Western Washington UniversityCommunications and Marketing
DATE: May 22, 2009 9:29:58 AM PDT
Alternative-Fuel Cars to be Showcased at WWU June 2

Contact: Eric Leonhardt, WWU Vehicle Research Institute, (360) 650-3045 or eric.leonhardt@wwu.edu.

BELLINGHAM - Students and faculty at the Western Washington University's Vehicle Research Institute (VRI) are assisting in the organization of a stop of the Hydrogen Road Tour from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2 in WWU's Red Square.

Up to 12 alternative fuel vehicles, most powered by hydrogen fuel cells, will be displayed in Red Square along with additional vehicles built by the VRI that run on a variety of fuel sources including biomethane, natural gas and solar power.

"The display of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles on Western's campus will give our students and our community a unique opportunity to see one important version of our transportation future," said Eric Leonhardt, director of the VRI. "We will witness the most sophisticated light-duty vehicles that exist on the planet.  We will also be able to talk with engineers about the vehicles."

WWU's Vehicle Research Institute investigates cutting-edge alternative power sources for use in transportation, from biomethane derived from dairy waste to solar power. It is one of only two universities in the country, along with Cornell, competing in next year's Progressive Automotive X-Prize, a $10-million contest to produce a 100-mpg automobile capable of being mass produced.

For more information, contact Eric Leonhardt, WWU Vehicle Research Institute, at (360) 650-3045 or eric.leonhardt@wwu.edu.

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