LAS VEGASThe Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo 2009 (AF&V 2009) will be held in Orlando, Fla., at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, April 19-22, 2009. Details about the national Conference, presented by Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi), are now available on the AFVi Web site,

In addition to fleet and vehicle purchasing decision-makers, the AF&V Conference is of interest to professionals involved with policy and regulation, process and technology, research and development, engineering, environmental concerns, and future fuels and technologies.

"During the summer of 2008, economics catapulted the alternative fuels and vehicles market into the international spotlight," said Annalloyd Thomason, executive director of AFVi. "Fleets are looking for new transportation solutions in unprecedented numbers and they'll all be available in one place in a few short months."

Early highlights of the 2009 Conference include:

T. Boone Pickens to Keynote

T. Boone Pickens has gained international acclaim for his energy investment savvy, most recently as the founder and chairman of BP Capital Management. In the past few months, he's dominated the national scene with his call for ending U.S. dependence on foreign oil through what he calls The Pickens Plan. Pickens will be joined by Andrew Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy Fuels in kicking off the opening session of the conference.


Comprehensive Program

More than 200 experts will make presentations on nonpetroleum options including natural gas, ethanol, biodiesel, propane, electricity, and hydrogen, and the vehicles they power. Conversions, infrastructure, plug-in hybrids, funding and incentives, and port applications are all covered. Public and private fleets will hear the latest about delivery, aftermarket solutions, buses, refuse, and taxis.


Expo Marketplace

The Expo Marketplace includes major auto manufacturers, technology developers, industrial, heavy-duty and bus manufacturers, engine manufacturers, component suppliers and developers, fuel suppliers, government agencies, universities, and environmental and industry associations.


Industry Sponsors

Platinum sponsors Clean Energy Fuels and General Motors, joined by Diamond sponsor American Honda once again take the lead in presenting this fuel and technology neutral learning marketplace. Other confirmed sponsors include Wheels, Inc.



The Ride-n-Drive presents the largest display of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty alternative fuel vehicles available today. Attendees can get behind the wheel of the latest vehicle offerings and get product information to aid in decision-making. Company representatives are on hand to answer questions and talk about the newest technologies that result in significant fuel and emissions benefits.


Public Day

The public is invited to tour the Expo Hall, hear presentations, and find out the latest advancements being made in Orange County, Fla. The free Public Day is Sunday, April 19.


More Information

Visit for sponsor/exhibiting registration, and program information.


Originally posted on Automotive Fleet