Public Invited to 'Electric' Weekend in Long Beach Hosted by Electric Drive Transportation Association

Nov 07, 2003, 00:00 ET from Electric Drive Transportation Association

    LONG BEACH, Calif., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The public is invited to test
 drive more than 60 clean, cutting-edge electric drive products at the Public
 Days for EVS-20: Powering Sustainable Transportation, taking place in Long
 Beach on November 15 and 16, 2003.  Attendees at either one of the two
 "electric" Public Days will get the chance to win a year's free use of a Honda
 Civic Hybrid from Honda, the title sponsor of Public Days.
     EVS-20 Public Days, at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
 (300 E. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach), will be held Saturday, November 15 from
 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 16 from noon to 4:00 p.m.  For the
 $10 admission fee (children 12 and under are free), attendees can participate
 in the largest public "Ride 'n' Drive" ever assembled of fuel cell, hybrid
 electric and battery electric vehicles, plus electric bikes and scooters.
 Vehicles available for test drives will be provided by Honda, Toyota, General
 Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Nissan, Hyundai and many others.  Attendees
 must be 18 and over with a valid driver's license to drive vehicles.  Children
 over 12 who meet a certain height requirement can ride the bikes and scooters
 with the permission of a parent or guardian.
     The public also can tour a full Exposition Hall crowded with more than
 100 exhibits from companies around the world.  The organizers are making this
 event not only educational, but also fun by providing entertainment, celebrity
 appearances, and static displays in the "Ride 'n' Drive" area that will
 feature vehicles from local colleges/universities, local utilities and
 businesses and even a 1930 antique EV!  In addition there will be hydrogen
 refueling demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday.
     On Saturday, November 15, an opening ceremony will take place at
 11:00 a.m. featuring actor and electric drive advocate Ed Begley, Jr., plus
 Long Beach Vice Mayor Frank Colonna and other officials.  EVS-20 organizers
 will present the City of Long Beach with two zero-emission neighborhood
 electric vehicles manufactured by Global Electric Motorcars (GEM).  Saturday
 attendees also will have the opportunity to win free tickets to the Long Beach
 Ice Dogs' hockey game that night, as well as free tickets to the Aquarium of
 the Pacific.  Spike, the Ice Dogs' mascot, will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to
 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the Long Beach Press-Telegram, a media sponsor,
 will have a booth onsite on Saturday.  On Sunday, November 16, media sponsor
 KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO will host a booth for attendees.
     "Honda is proud to sponsor EVS-20 Public Days, and hopes to see a large
 turnout from Southern Californians to experience, first-hand, electric drive
 technologies available today and on the horizon for tomorrow," said Stephen
 Ellis, Manager of Alternative-Fuel Vehicle Sales and Marketing for American
 Honda Motor Co., Inc.
     For more information about EVS-20 Public Days, visit .
     EDTA (formerly EVAA) is the industry association working to advance
 electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure through policy, information
 and communication initiatives in the United States.  EDTA is the premier
 organizer of electric transportation industry events and conferences, and is
 pleased to sponsor all international Electric Vehicle Symposia (EVS) held in
 the Americas, as well as the Electric Transportation Industry Conference
 series.  For more information on EDTA, visit .
                           EVS-20 Ride 'n' Drive Vehicles
     Manufacturer            Vehicle                      Electric Drive Type
     AC Propulsion           Tri-Fuel Hybrid              PHEV
     Allison Transmission    Hybrid Bus                   Hybrid Electric
     Alpha EV                E-Bike                       Battery Electric
     Alpha EV                E-Motor                      Battery Electric
     American Honda          Civic                        Hybrid electric
     American Honda          FCX                          Fuel cell electric
     ANUVU                   Clean Urban Vehicle          Fuel cell/EV
     Chevrolet               Silverado                    Hybrid electric
     DaimlerChrysler         F-Cell                       Fuel cell electric
     Dynasty                 IT                           Battery electric
     Ebus                    EB22TH                       Battery Electric
     Ebus                    EB22BFC                      PHEV
     ECD/Ovonic              E-Car                        Battery Electric
     Evionyx                 eVionyx-Taiwan               Battery Electric
     Evionyx                 EVT 4000_e                   Battery Electric
     EVTI                    Bikes                        Battery electric
     Ford                    Focus                        Fuel cell electric
     Ford                    Focus                        H2/ICE
     Georgetown University   Bus                          Fuel Cell Electric
     General Motors          HydroGen-3                   Fuel cell electric
     Global Electric
      Motorcars              GEM                          Battery electric
     Gorilla Vehicles        e-ATV                        Battery electric
     Hyundai                 Santa Fe                     Fuel cell electric
     ITRI                    Generation Electric Scooter  Battery electric
     John Deere              e-Gator                      Battery electric
     John Deere              FC Technology Demonstrator   Fuel cell electric
     Nissan                  Cube                         Hybrid electric
     Nissan                  X-Trail                      Fuel cell electric
     Personal Electric
      Transports             Metro Transporter            Battery electric
     Personal Electric
      Transports             LA Climate Cooler            Battery Electric
     Southern California
      Edison                 RAV-4                        Battery electric
     Toyota                  2004 Prius                   Hybrid electric
     Toyota                  Highlander                   Fuel cell electric
     UC-Davis                Sequoia                      PHEV
     UC Davis                Coulomb                      PHEV
     Vectrix USA             Scooter                      Battery electric
     WaveCrest Labs          Tidal Force M750 Bike        Battery electric
     ZAP                     L.U.V.                       Battery electric
     ZAP                     Heibao                       Battery electric
     ZAP                     Viento                       Battery electric
     ZAP                     Freeway car                  Battery electric
     Zytek                   Smart EV                     Battery electric
     As of November 3, 2003

SOURCE Electric Drive Transportation Association