Boston Hosts Alternative Fuels Festival
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino celebrated sustainable transportation choices at the 4th annual AltWheels sustainable transportation festival held on Boston’s City Hall Plaza, September 22 and 23.
“The problem of air pollution and dependence on foreign oil carries a high cost here in Boston, as it does in other cities,” says Menino. “[AltWheels] celebrates the efforts made by many individuals, businesses, and governments to ensure a clean and healthy environment and a secure energy future.”
Under the mayor’s leadership, the City of Boston, MA, has launched a number of sustainable transportation initiatives within the city fleet, including developing an anti-idling campaign, amending a vehicle procurement policy to encourage hybrid-electric and alternative fuel vehicles, and adopting a blend of biodiesel and ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) for the city’s diesel engine fleet.
“The City of Boston is committed to addressing mobile source pollution throughout Boston neighborhoods,” says James W. Hunt, Chief of Environment and Energy for the City of Boston. “This is an integral part of the Menino administration’s ongoing effort to improve public health, the environment, and the quality of life for residents and visitors of the Boston.”
The AltWheels’ lawn show included currently available transportation technology and cutting-edge vehicle technology choices of tomorrow. Alternative fuel vehicle technology on display will included electric, hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid-electric (PHEV), compressed natural gas (CNG), ethanol, hydrogen fuel cell, and vegetable oil.