* WHAT :* The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, headquartered at West Virginia University, is hosting an education and awareness event at WVU as part of the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey.

Odyssey is a biennial event initiated in 2002 to promote the use of alternative-fuel and advanced-technology vehicles. The WVU event is one of 89 events being held across the country.

The public, students and media will have the opportunity to experience first-hand more than a dozen alternative-fuel and advanced-technology vehicles. There will also be several displays, and industry experts and car owners will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their commitment and activity in advancing these vehicles.

  • WHO :* Participants will bring the following types of vehicles: neighborhood electric, battery electric, hybrid electric, biodiesel and natural gas.
  • WHEN :* Friday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • WHERE :* National Research Center for Coal and Energy, WVU Evansdale Campus
  • BACKGROUND :* In conjunction with Odyssey events, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., sponsored a resolution designating Oct. 3 as National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day to bring national attention to the need for cleaner, more efficient and smarter choices in transportation.

The consortium, founded in 1992, is the only nationwide training organization dedicated to improving air quality and decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil. A program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy, the consortium provides training through its experienced instructors and real-world facilities. The consortium consists of 35 training centers nationwide.

For additional information about Odyssey, visit www.nationalafvdayodyssey.org .

To learn more about the consortium, go to www.naftc.wvu.edu .