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December 2006 -- The City of Santa Monica sponsored and hosted the first alternative transportation show in the Los Angeles region and it drew more than 10,000 people.

One AltCar Expo organizer stated that she was delighted that the exhibitors had the opportunity to take their story to the public rather than preaching to the choir. The attendees were eager to learn about powered bicycles, Segways, NEVs, conversion techniques, mass transit routes and alternative fuels.

More than 100 exhibitors presented green alternatives to transportation, lifestyles and even food during the two day event that also included informative panel discussions and endorsement appearances by celebrities and even attendance by Lee Iococa.

Public transit was in full view with the latest in bus, light rail, route information, urban planning and Metro expansion plans on display.

With 50% of the air quality issues caused by transportation, according to the Southern California Association of Governments, alternative transportation is a concern for everyone, and solutions are diverse and woven throughout the SoCal culture.

Everyone can do something.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive poll, the public continues to show growing interest in alternative fuel vehicles. A third of Americans polled said they are seriously interested in buying or leasing alternative fuel vehicles, and a full 92% said they would be willing to pay more for one over a traditional gasoline-powered car. Top reasons cited included concerns over damage to the environment from fossil fuels and the high cost of gasoline.

Eight million alternative fuel vehicles are now on US roads, more than double the number in 2000.

Exhibitors at event included (but was not limited to) the following:

DC Power Systems

LEED accredited building integrated photovoltaics with roof systems - Laguna Beach Electric motorcycles, batteries, motorcycles, parts">
Pacific Wind A body-mounted "thrustpac" speeds you up on bicycles, canoes, scooters, skis and skates.
Left Coast Conversions Conversion to electric vehicles
AC Propulsion - San Dimas, CA The eBox is a new electric car they designed for urban and suburban drivers.
Segway Los Angeles Personal two-wheel "scooter", sales, service and rental.
The Partnership - Diamond Bar, CA Advanced traveler information services for public transportation and transit agencies providing timely information to the traveling public.
Miles Automotive Group - Malibu, CA All Electric vehicle manufactured in China.
Standard Bio Diesel - Woodland Hills, CA Bio diesel fuel based on recycled and virgin vegetable oils.
Euro Taxi of Santa Monica Mercedes taxi service uses bio diesel fuel
CompPro Systems - San Diego, CA Markets the alternative fuel Heavy Haul VI System. Tellurian Biodiesel - Santa Monica Biodiesel sales and production company. Last year, Tellurian marketed a significant portion of the biodiesel consumed in Southern California; they now sell biodiesel nationally and internationally.
Metro: Metropolitan Transportation Authority - Los Angeles Regional mass transit system for Los Angeles County
C.I.C.L.E. Cyclists Inciting change thru Live Exchange - Los Angeles Supporting the bike community
Clean Energy Largest provider of natural gas for transportation i North America, with customers in refuse, transit, shutle, taxi, police, intrastate and interstae trucking, airporat and municipal fleets

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