Gov. Bob Wise and West Virginia University President David C. Hardesty Jr. will be among those taking part in a National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey event in South Charleston from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday (April 11).

The event is the brainchild of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), a group of 20 higher education institutions headquartered at WVU .

“We want to bring national attention to cleaner, more energy efficient and smarter choices in transportation,”said Al Ebron, executive director of NAFTC . Over 70 organizations have signed on to conduct events in 51 cities across the U.S. all on the same day to heighten awareness of AFV use.

The event will be staged in the vacant Lowes lot between WalMart and Sams Club on U.S. 119 in South Charleston, and experts will provide information on hybrid electrics, biodiesel, poultry-derived biodiesel, liquid natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen for transportation.

A car care clinic by high school automotive students will offer free emissions tests, tire inspections and under-the-hood inspections to ensure Charleston area motorists that their gasoline-powered cars are running as cleanly and efficiently as possible. The students, who are from the Monongalia Technology Education Center in Morgantown and the Academy of Careers and Technology in Beckley, also will be showing off their entries in the Electric Vehicle Challenge which will be held in North Carolina at the end of April.

An AFV auto show will feature WVU and other alternative fuel vehicles while attendees can take advantage of free hotdogs and soft drinks.

For more information about the local event or to register, visit or contact Tracy Novak at 304-293-2867, ext. 5421. For information about the national program, visit .