National AFV Day Odyssey to be celebrated across the country

Friday, September 27th, 2019 Odyssey Updates
National AFV Day Odyssey to be celebrated across the country

The ninth installment of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle AFV Day Odyssey—the nation’s largest alternative fuel vehicle awareness event—will be held on October 17, 2019. 

What is National AFV Day Odyssey?

Three males speak together at an Odyssey event with a Toyota Prius in the foreground.

An Odyssey event at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University drew both students and employees to learn more about alternative fuel vehicles. Credit: NAFTC.

Odyssey is a nationwide celebration created by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) to promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles across the United States.

Since Odyssey’s start, 699 events have been held across the U.S. with an attendance of more than 931,000 people. Additionally, Odyssey’s media reach has resulted in millions of views and impressions.

Odyssey events show consumers the importance of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, and the role they play in protecting our environment and encouraging energy security through increased domestic fuel consumption.

The NAFTC encourages site hosts to tailor their event to meet the needs of their organization and their local resources.

Odyssey events take the form of local industry conferences, ride and drives, and vehicle displays. Some hosts choose to visit local schools or invite them to their facilities.

Why should I host an Odyssey event?

Woman seated in a red vehicle looks out the window. She is smiling.

Odyssey events allow consumers to learn more about how alternative fuel vehicles work and their feasibility in everyday driving situations. Credit: NAFTC.

Odyssey provides hosts with the opportunity to showcase their program and facilities, while making a difference in public awareness of alternative fuel vehicles. Many NAFTC members use Odyssey as a recruitment event for their school’s automotive program.

Participation in alternative fuel events provides networking opportunities and establishes you as a leader in the AFV industry.

Events such as Odyssey help gain the attention of local elected officials to promote support for energy initiatives and environmental objectives. Among the public, Odyssey can help increase interest, understanding, and use of cleaner, more secure energy technologies.

How can I host an Odyssey event? (Seriously, isn’t this a lot of work?)

Two cars with marketing decals on display at an event while two men speak in the background.

Odyssey is a great networking opportunity and a chance to introduce your organization to companies that you are interested in meeting. Credit: NAFTC.

The first step in hosting an Odyssey event is to complete the registration form. You will immediately receive an email pointing you to planning and marketing resources to help prepare for your event. If you have any questions, contact the NAFTC.

After that, you can get to work. Your event can take whatever form benefits your organization and area. If October 17 isn’t the best date for your organization to host an event, choose another one.

Following the event, you will need to complete a quick 10-minute survey to add your event to the national event summary.

Please join us for the 2019 event! To learn more about National AFV Day Odyssey, please visit