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posted: 5/16/2014 6:11 PM

Chicago Area Clean Cities hosts Clean Vehicle Technology Expo & Ride-N-Drive

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  • Chicago Area Clean Cities Ride-N-Drive autos from 20 years ago and today. The May 21 Green Drive$ event will feature some 18 different Ride-N-Drive vehicles.

      Chicago Area Clean Cities Ride-N-Drive autos from 20 years ago and today. The May 21 Green Drive$ event will feature some 18 different Ride-N-Drive vehicles.
    Courtesy of Chicago Area Clean Cities

By Samantha Bingham

Wheaton, Ill -- Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC) invites the public to attend its third annual alternative fuels Green Drive$ 2014 event from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton.

This free one-day green technology event features presentations by major automakers, and green fuel and technology experts, on the current and future availability of light-, medium- and heavy-duty alternative fuel vehicles. Hear firsthand experiences from Chicago area fleets currently using natural gas, propane, and electric vehicles in their fleets

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Members of CACC will offer updates on financing projects and funding opportunities. Following the presentations the expo will showcase the latest in green vehicle technologies and offer an extensive Ride-N-Drive opportunity.

Vice Chairman of CACC and organizer of GREEN DRIVE$ 2014, John Walton, states that the Green Drive$ event will feature several local government and business fleets in the Chicago area that operate their vehicles on cleaner, less expensive fuels.

"We connect the presenters, vehicles and equipment manufacturers with the people and fleets that use the vehicles and fuels. It's an opportunity for all of us to learn how to reduce our use of foreign oil and explore the benefits of domestic fuels," said Walton. "For the third year, we are proud to empower our guests with the knowledge they need to take steps toward energy independence and lowering energy costs while being more environmentally friendly."

To register, visit the CACC events page at or for more information, contact Samantha Bingham at (312) 744-8096 or email

CACC is also pleased to announce a major milestone for the organization as they celebrate 20 years of progress in cutting petroleum use in transportation. CACC members have worked for two decades to advance the deployment of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, fuel economy improvements, idle-reduction measures, and new technologies as they emerge.

The CACC is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program. Its mission is to assist public and private organizations in the adoption of alternative fuels, advocate programs that effectively improve the environment, support legislation that promotes clean fuels, and reduce American dependence on foreign oil. In addition, the CACC helps organizations find government resources and funds in order to implement clean fuel initiatives and petroleum displacement projects.

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