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Press Pass Coverage of Alt Car Expo

The Largest Alternative Fuels & Technologies Exposition

Produced and Edited by Marc J. Rauch, Exec. VP/Co-Publisher


On the weekend of December 9th and 10th, the City of Santa Monica, California hosted the first-ever ALTERNATIVE CAR AND TRANSPORTATION EXPO, a timely and engrossingly informative event.

The expo was divided into three distinct arenas within Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hanger facility:

  • Speaker/Seminar Sessions
  • Exhibit Area
  • Outdoor Test Drive & New Car Lot

Although the overall venue was small by today's modern convention-center standards, it was packed with an enthusiastic crowd of attendees, comprised of consumers, students, activists, and government/industry representatives.

Each of the three arenas provided great experiences, but the highlight of the weekend were the Speaker Sessions. These sessions ranged from comprehensive reviews of the alternative fuels and technologies that are available today, or in the near future, to spirited and controversial lectures from Edwin Black, Terry Tamminen and James Woolsey.

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The Auto Channel is pleased and proud to have been in attendance at this important event and to bring you complete PRESS PASS video coverage of many of the Speaker Sessions, along with video interviews with several exhibitors. We're sure you'll find each of these fascinating and thought provoking.

To watch the video programs click on the links below.

For more information about the event and its producers visit www.altcarexpo.com.


Alt Fuels 101

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John Frala MAED, Associate Professor, Rio Hondo College
Professor Frala reviews, in an easily understood overview, all of the alternative fuel technologies.




Federal Tax Credits For Alternative Fuel Vehicles And The Consumer

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Ron Smith, President, Adrianus Resources
Mr. Smith will detail a summary of the tax benefits provided by the Energy Bill of 2005 for the consumer as it relates to alternative fuels and the vehicles that can utilize them.



Alternative Fuel Technologies Comparison Panel

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Moderated by former Assembly Member Fran Pavley

Panel Members:
  • Hybrids - Andy Frank, Professor, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, UC Davis
  • Electric - Edward Kjaer, Southern California Edison
  • Ethanol - John Von Bogart, California Ethanol Vehicle Coalition
  • Natural Gas - Henry Hogo, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer for Science and Technology Advancement, AQMD
  • Fuel Cell - Steve Ellis, Manager, Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • Biodiesel - Kent Bullard, Founder, Los Angeles Biodiesel-Coop.org

Ending Our Oil Addiction Now (Keynote Speech)

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Terry Tamminen's introduction by well known actor and environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr.

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Terry Tamminen, Author, policy advisor, former Secretary of the California EPA

Terry Tamminen will discuss his latest book 'Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction.'


Where Are The Monorails?

Dick Falkenbury, leader of the modern Seattle monorail movement.
Brian C. Brooks, proposer of the LA Flyer water channel monorail system.

Messrs. Falkenbury and Brooks discuss what is probably the best, yet least appreciated solution to the mass transit problem.


Alternative Fuel Vehicles - Today And Tomorrow

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Steve Ellis, Manager, Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.






Energy, Security And The Long War Of The 21st Century (Keynote Speech)

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James Woolsey, Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton and former Director of Central Intelligence

Mr. Woolsey discusses the dangers of dependence on conventional oil and a range of important objectives – economic, geopolitical, and environmental – that would be served by reducing our demand for petroleum and increasing the supply of alternatives.


How We Became Addicted To Oil And How To Break The Addiction Right Now

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Edwin Black, International bestselling investigative author

Edwin Black will discuss his latest book, ‘Internal Combustion’ which connects the dots of greed and deception that have governed energy from ancient times to the present, and that threaten to destroy our future.



Featured Exhibitors

Phoenix Motorcars - Altair Nanotechnologies - Boshart Engineering
Phoenix, Altair and Boshart have teamed up to build an SUV and SUT that's powered by "game changing" battery technology. For more information about these vehicles and technologies visit www.phoenixmotorcars.com and www.altairnano.com.


Universal Electric Vehicles Corp
UEV is presenting their first high-performance electric powered sports car. For more information about UEV and their Electrum Spyder visit www.universalelectricvehicle.com.


Clean Energy
Clean Energy is the largest provider of natural gas for transportation in North America. Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is an inexpensive abundant national resource with 95% lower emissions (compared to petroleum fueled vehicles). For more information about this company and CNG visit www.cleanenergyfuels.com .


Quantum Technologies
Quantum presents their Toyota Prius conversion - converted to run as a hydrogen internal combustion vehicle (which happens to be The Auto Channel's preferred alt-fuel technology). For more information about Quantum visit www.qtww.com.


AC Propulsion
AC Propulsion introduces their E-Box vehicle, a converted electric-powered Scion. For more information about AC Propulsion visit www.acpropulsion.com.


Zenn Motor Company
For more information about Zenn visit www.zenncars.com.


Free Drive EV
Free Drive EV presents their solar powered SOLARBUG quadricycle. For more information about this vehicle visit www.freedrive-ev.com.