AltCar started in Santa Monica in 2005 at a time when alternative fuel vehicles seemed like a fading dream. This was a time when bigger was better. Big SUVs were making big money for automakers and you could get a $6,000 IRS tax rebate for purchasing one. The natural gas Honda Civic was the only alternative fuel vehicle offered by any automaker. There were very few natural gas conversions available; the only hybrids were the Prius, Insight and Escape and major automakers had reduced or entirely dismantled their alternative fuel and electric vehicle programs. There are now more choices than ever before, but the goal of AltCar is the same: to provide a very accessible and comprehensive setting where both industry and general public can discover alternatives to the way they use energy and transportation and motivate everyone to take further action.
Over the years, AltCar has gained National respect and hosted the National Debut of the Chevy Volt, the National Reveal of the Ford 150 CNG, the Global Debut of the Honda Plug In, the kick off of the Nisan LEAF and Toyota RAV EV Tours as well as many other fleet and public vehicle and infrastructure debuts. AltCar offers the largest collection of battery electric, gasoline-electric, fuel cell electric, natural gas, biodiesel and ethanol vehicles and technologies in one place. Most of them are available to drive and many of them can be purchased during the Expo.
AltCar also covers many other issues associated with our energy and transportation choices, includes exhibitors and education on urban planning, mass transit, energy generation & use, policy & regulations, telecommuting, sustainable lifestyle choices, reducing your carbon footprint, electric vehicle infrastructure, alternative fuel technology implementation and more.