Washington Auto Show Visited by Members of the Congress

Multiple key Members of the US Congress visited the Washington Auto Show yesterday, taking a tour of the Advanced Technology SuperHighway, a 65,000 square-foot display of safety and sustainability innovations.

The Washington Auto Show comes to display clean energy innovations underscored by President Obama in last week's State of the Union address.

"With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015," President Obama said, calling for 80 percent of U.S. electricity to come from clean energy sources by 2035.

So, let's see what the Advanced Technology SuperHighway has to offer:

  • The Venturi Buckeye Bullet - the world's fastest electric car, built by Ohio State University and topping 300 miles per hour;
  • Fuel from agricultural waste by Novozymes and POET;
  • The super-efficient Scuderi Engine;
  • Clean diesel innovations by Bosch;
  • Winners of the Progressive Automotive X Prize, the multi-million dollar competition for the best 100MPGe vehicles;
  • Privately-owned EVs by members of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington DC, including a Tesla Roadster and converted vehicles.
  • The winner of the Green Car Journal's Green Car Vision Award: the Ford Focus Electric.
  • DOE's Green Racing exhibit
  • Natural gas and propane vehicles from Honda, IMPCO, ROUSH, Alliance Autogas, and Baker Equipment that focus on both consumer and commercial uses.
  • Hydrogen powered vehicles including the hydrogen internal combustion Mazda RX8 RE and fuel cell powered Honda FCX and Toyota FCHV.
  • The Rentech Audi A3 TDI that drove to the Washington Auto Show from California exclusively on synthetic RenDiesel fuel.
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