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Earth Day Celebration Promotes Green Vehicles at DOT
April 21, 2014 by John Bozzella - President and CEO
Spring is upon us in Washington and people from all over the country are here to enjoy the cherry blossom trees in full bloom. This exquisite display of beauty also serves as a reminder that everyone has a role to play to keep the environment clean. On Earth Day this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and automakers are getting together to celebrate their combined accomplishments of “being green.”
Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. Global Automakers and its member companies have worked closely with DOT for decades on developing the one national program (ONP) to regulate fuel economy. The beauty of our involvement with DOT lies in the development of performance based standards under ONP that has allowed a thousand technological flowers to bloom.
We have made tremendous progress since the 1970s – fuel economy for cars and light trucks has nearly doubled. Consumers today have a variety of fuel efficient powertrain options including hybrids, electrics, and fuel cells.
Tomorrow, the DOT and automakers are gathering to showcase the latest and greatest fuel efficient vehicles with a “green display” for federal employees and the general public. So if you are in Washington to view all that Mother Nature has to offer this spring, why not come to DOT and see what automakers are doing to ensure a healthier planet for future generations.
Here’s a preview of what Global Automakers members are bringing to the event.
Honda Fit EV, 100 % electric.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, EPA-estimated 40 MPG Highway.
Kia Soul EV, zero CO2 emissions.
Nissan Leaf SL, 100 % all electric.
Toyota Prius Plug-in, EPA-estimated 95 MPGe.
Who: Department of Transportation/Automakers
When: April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 1200 New Jersey Ave., SW at the Atrium