A cleaner, greener future for automotive transportation is what organizers have in mind to showcase at the Alternative Energy and Transportation Expo (AltCar Expo) in Santa Monica.

The expo will offer a chance for people to test-drive cutting- edge electric, natural gas, biodiesel, hydrogen, fuel cell and propane cars, some of which will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the show.

The Alternative Energy and Transportation Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 19th and 20th, at the Santa Monica Airport Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Admission is free.

The event will feature panels of experts addressing potential solutions to energy and transportation issues — including the climate crisis — and ideas for helping to move environmental legislation forward.

Last year’s expo drew about 10,000 people, who looked at vehicles that are now out on the market and available for purchase such as Honda’s natural gas Civic GX and the electric Spyder Electrum sports car; futuristic vehicles like Mercedes DaimlerChrysler’s fuel cell Elegance and a hydrogen Toyota Prius from Quantum Technologies; the Solar Volkswagen Bug; and the electric Zap Xebra.

This year, more not-yet-released cars will be on display and test-drivable, with an expanded focus to include other types of alternative energy, organizers say.

Highlight of this year’s AltCar Expo include:

ï West Coast debut of the Vectrix, the world’s first high-powered, two-wheel, zero emission vehicle;

ï White Lightning, a 245-mph electric race car;

ï unveiling of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) cutting-edge air hybrid engine designed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce manufacturing costs of the more common electric hybrid;

ï ecological and carbon footprint charting, courtesy of 3 Phases Renewables and Sustainable Works;

ï screening of two episodes from the energy series of PBS program e2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious, produced by Kontentreal and sponsored by Autodesk;

ï screening of State of Resolve, covering California’s progressive energy policies with a panel of featured experts including former California EPA Secretary Terry Tamminen, former Assemblymember Fran Pavley and the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies Executive Director V. John White;

ï screening of Paving the Way, about mitigating the environmental impact caused by cars; and

ï a California Energy Commission climate panel featuring a review of their 2007 alternative fuels report, the most comprehensive look at alternative technologies thus far.

Vehicles and fuel types represented at the expo will include hybrid, electric, hydrogen, compressed natural gas, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell, high MPG gasoline and biodiesel. Other eco- friendly vehicles on display will be electric bicycles said to go 45 mph uphill, mopeds and two- and three-wheeled scooters including the Segway.

Policy makers from transportation, air quality and local and statewide agencies will open this year’s event at a panel debating transportation technologies, infrastructure and strategies.

The discussion aims to help generate future legislation and long-term energy and transportation policy. Speakers include California Air Resource Board chair Mary Nichols, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Roger Snoble, Southern California Association of Governments executive director Mark Pisano, WestStart-CALSTART executive director John Boesel, CALTRANS deputy director Mike Miles, South Coast Air Quality Management District executive officer Barry Wallerstein, California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority chair Pam O’Conner.

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