Lung Association Hosts Clean Car Showcase

Largest showcase of clean air vehicles ever held in the area on Friday, January 25, 2002, at the Southern California Edison offices in Ventura, California.

Published: 25-Jan-2002

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Jan. 24 -- The American Lung Association of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, along with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, will host the largest showcase of clean air vehicles ever held in the area on Friday, January 25, 2002, at the Southern California Edison offices in Ventura, 10600 Telegraph Rd. Designed to raise awareness of air pollution and health, the event will feature the latest and "greenest" vehicle technology on the road today.

The event is free and will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the front conference room at the Southern California Edison offices. Among the vehicles on display will be heavy duty garbage trucks and buses that run on clean natural gas, hybrid electric/gasoline vehicles, electric conversion cars, and many more. Visitors will be able to take test rides in the hybrids and fuel cell vehicles.

"Air quality in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties has become a major concern in the last few years. Our goal is to build public support for alternative fuel vehicles as an important step in improving air quality," said Dave Rodriguez, program coordinator for The American Lung Association of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

"Air pollution continues to create health problems for Californians, so driving vehicles that are fueled by cleaner options, like electricity and natural gas, is crucial," said Rodriguez. "People who drive electric and natural gas vehicles love them. In fact, they are so popular that car companies cannot produce enough to keep up with consumer demand. Now it is easy for you to get yours at reduced rates. Renting or purchasing cleaner-fueled vehicles will help all of us breathe easier."

A statewide promotion between the American Lung Association of California and EV Rental Cars provides current and future American Lung Association volunteers, donors, and staff discounts of $300 per vehicle for the previously-owned Honda Civic GX and Ford Crown Victoria, both natural gas vehicles, as well as the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius hybrid-electric vehicles. Preferred rental rates are also available to American Lung Association supporters. For every rental of a cleaner-fueled vehicle, EV Rental Cars will make a $2 contribution to the American Lung Association of California. To become a supporter of the American Lung Association of California and receive the discounted rates, visit its web site at www.californialung.org.

City fleets, schools and private companies will be among the participants displaying clean air vehicles.

The American Lung Association has been working hard to improve air quality through advocacy and education. Air pollution continues to be a problem in California and in the Tri-County region. Many local cities have moved aggressively to add zero-emission and other clean fuel vehicles to their fleets with much success. These clean vehicles have been well-received by drivers and residents alike. Electric vehicles, which charge at night during off-peak hours, are particularly appropriate for fleet vehicle use.

The need for innovative programs to address air quality has never been greater. More than 90 percent of Californians now breathe air that is unhealthy. Sixty percent of smog-forming emissions in California are created by gasoline and diesel-fueled vehicles. The vehicles involved in the partnership are significantly cleaner than conventional vehicles. In fact, 25 Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicles produce fewer emissions than just one conventional mid-size vehicle. In addition to the direct air pollution reduction created by this program, estimated at 20 tons, the program promotes the development of a sustainable industry for cleaner-fueled vehicles.

More than 4 million Californians have lung disease, which is a leading cause of death in American and is growing faster than almost any other leading killer. The American Lung Association is committed to reducing the rising death rate, and fighting air pollution is a key component in that mission. For more information about the event, contact Dave Rodriguez, program coordinator, 805-988-6023.

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