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Thanks for Joining Us at Staples World Headquarters for the
Fifth Annual AltWheels Fleet Day
—  Monday,  October 5th, 2009  - 8:30a to 3:30p  —

  • News Coverage • Agenda • Sponsors • Vehicles • Directions

AltWheels Fleet Day is an event for leaders in fleet management: If you are a fleet manager or commercial vehicle operator looking for new technologies and practical tips for coping with rising fuel costs, come to Fleet Day to learn how to achieve greater efficiency while making the business case for clean technologies that fuel costs and emissions.

Great Location: Fleet Day will again be held at Staples World Headquarters where attendees can see exciting transportation options, with room for more indoor exhibits, breakout sessions, and outdoor vehicle displays.

Great Attendance: We expect more than 350 Fleet managers and procurement officers this year with a balance between municipal, and corporate participants. We are also attracting larger national fleets as well as a very strong selection of local fleets.

Excellent Speakers: Last year we had more than 45 speakers signed up to join us for three panel sessions and seven breakout sessions. We just received feedback on the sessions from the survey and the average speaker was rated between "excellent" and "very good."

More than 40 Display Vehicles: 23 for Ride and Drives. We expect to have one of the most impressive and diverse displays of vehicles ranging from some of the first hybrid/electric class 6/7 vehicles in the country, to a full selection of flex fuel and biodiesel vehicles, to an array of CNG vehicles, and fuel cell/hydrogen vehicles.

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⇒  AltWheels 2009 Fleet Day News Coverage  (as of 6 Oct'09)

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⇒  2009 AltWheels Fleet Day Sponsors      (Updated 1 Oct.'09)

Gold:     Staples

Silver:     Dennis K. Burke •  Ford Motor Co.,
General Motors •  Massport •  Toyota

Bronze:     AVSG •  Eaton •  Mass. Clean Cities Coalition •  Mercedes-Benz N.A. • 
NAFA-New England •  National Grid •  Paul Revere Transportation • 
Penske Truck Leasing •  PlanetTran •  Propane Education & Research Council •  Smith Electric Vehicles

Trail Blazer:     A123 Systems •  American Honda •  Azure Dynamics • 
Bob Mann's Auto Conversions •  City of Boston •  Converdant Vehicles • 
GreenField Compression •  Isuzu Commercial Truck of America • 
Lincoln Service and Equipment •  Minuteman Trucks •  Peterbilt • 
Royale Limousines Manufacturers •  SAE - New England •  smart center Boston • 
The Foresight Project •  Tri State Truck Center •  Valence

        Please consider being a Fleet Day Sponsor — Sponsor Prospectus
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⇒  2009 AltWheels Fleet Day Agenda      (Updated 1 Oct.'09)
            Full Agenda:   pdf download    AW09_FleetDay_Agenda_5Oct09.pdf (115k)


8:00   Breakfast and Registration
8:30   Welcome
     Alison Sander, Founder, AltWheels
     Maeve Vallely Bartlett, Assistant Secretary for Transportation,
Mass. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental
Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
8:45   Building a Strong Fleet Strategy in a Volatile World
     Mike Payette, Fleet Equipment Mgr., Staples
9:45   Fleet Fuel and Technology Options:
     What is Available & What's in the Works
     [ Dennis K. Burke, Ford Motor, General Motors,
         Eaton, Propane Education & Research Council,
         American Honda, MIT ]
11:15   Real World Alternative Fleet Experience:
     What have Fleets Done? Best Tips for Saving
     Dollars, Fuel and Headaches
     [ National Grid, City of New York, City of Keene NH,
          Mass Clean Cities, Merck, Millipore,
          Wheels Inc., Carrier-UTC]
12:30   Lunch and Ride and Drive Opportunities:
     With the latest alternative hybrid, CNG, biodiesel
and fuel cell options in light duty, medium
and heavy duty applications.
1:00   Breakout Sessions: Fleet Challenges and Solutions
    •   Light and Medium Duty Fleet Options & Experiences
           [ Penske, Ford Motor, General Motors, EDF,
Millipore, Greenfield Compression, Carrier-UTC ]

    •   Heavy Duty Fleet Options, Strategies & Experiences
           [ EPA-SmartWay, Hartt, TJX, Poland Spring/Nestle Waters,
Braun's Express, Ryder Systems ]

    •   Municipal/Utility/University Fleets
           [ Massport, Framingham MA, Keene NH, Worcester MA,
Worcester Regional Transit Authority, Mass Clean Cities,
Harvard University, Worcester Local First ]

    •   Telematics - Using GPS and Intelligent Software to Save
           [ Penske ]
    •   Strategies for a Sucessful Carbon Reduction Plan
           [ PHP Arval, EDF, Tim McGee ]
1:45   Breakout Sessions: Best Practices
    •   Hybrid & Electric Vehicles, Adv. Gas & Diesel Technologies
           [ Penske, Ford Motor, Eaton, Smith Electric Vehicles,
EDF, Carrier-UTC, USA Taxi ]

    •   Heavy Duty Fleet Options, Strategies & Experiences (cont.)
           [ EPA-SmartWay, Hartt, TJX, Poland Spring/Nestle Waters,
Braun's Express, Ryder Systems ]

    •   Alternative Fuels, Fuel Additives and Fuel Saving Devices
           [ Burke Oil, Massport, City of Keene NH,
Mass. Clean Cities,
Harvard University, Worcester Local First ]

    •   Telematics Impact on Fleet Management
           [ Penske, GreenRoad Technologies, NetworkFleet,
Peoplenet, Trimble, United Natural Foods ]

    •   Strategies for a Sucessful Carbon Reduction Plan (cont.)
           [ PHP Arval, EDF, Tim McGee ]
2:35   Financing Your Fleet's Transformation
     [ AVSG, Eaton, EDF, NGVAmerica,
         EPA-SmartWay, City of New York ]
3:20   Closing Remarks
3:30   Ride & Drives and Exhibits Continue
4:00   Closing Reception (Refreshments)
5:00   Fleet Day Adjourns
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  • Vehicles on Display/Ride and Drive, and Exhibitors

⇒ 2009 Vehicle Showcase   (Updated 4 Oct.'09)
            Download the Detailed Vehicle List:   pdf download    AW09_VehicleShowcase_5Oct09.pdf (147k)


Hybrid Trucks  
and Buses
Azure Dynamics - "Balance" Hybrid Electric Step Van
(Gasoline/Electric  • Ride and Drive)
Eaton-Class 6 Hybrid Utility Bucket Truck (Diesel/Electric  • Ride and Drive)
Eaton-Class 8 Hybrid Hydraulic Launch Peterbilt Refuse Chassis (Diesel/Electric)
Isuzu-Hybrid Class 6 Truck (Diesel/Electric  • Ride and Drive)
Liberty International Trucks - International 4300 Eaton Hybrid Dump Truck
(Diesel/Electric  • Ride and Drive)
Minuteman Trucks - International Dura Star DT-466 Class 6 Eaton Hybrid Truck
(Diesel/Electric  • Ride and Drive)
Penske-Hybrid 4x2 24' Straight Box Truck (Diesel/Electric  • Ride and Drive)
Smith Electric Vehicles - Class 6 Electric Truck (All Electric  • Ride and Drive)
Tri State Truck Center - Freightliner Class 7 Truck (Diesel/Electric  • Ride and Drive)

Hybrid Cars:   Ford Escape Hybrid (two) (Ride and Drive)
Mass. State Police Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford Fusion Hybrid (Ride and Drive)
Ford Fusion Hybrid L Extended Sedan by Royale Limousine Manufacturers
General Motors - Chevrolet Sierra Two-Mode Hybrid 2009 (two) (Ride and Drive)
General Motors - Chevrolet Silverado Two-Mode Hybrid 2009 (Ride and Drive)
General Motors - Chevrolet Yukon Two-Mode Hybrid 2010 (Ride and Drive)
Mercedes-Benz - 2010 S400 Luxury Hybrid
Mercedes-Benz - 2010 ML450 Luxury SUV Hybrid
Toyota Prius Hybrid 2010 (two) (Ride and Drive)
Toyota Prius Hybrid 2009 - PlanetTran Livery Sedan with Wifi
Toyota Camry Hybrid 2010
Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2010

Plug-In Hybrids:   ConVerdant Vehicles - Plug-In Hybrid 4x4 Chevy Avalanche Conversion
(Ride and Drive)
National Grid Ford-EPRI Plug-In Escape PHEV Hybrid 2009 (E85/Electric)
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid with A123 Hymotion
L5 Plug-in Conversion Modules

Hydrogen Fuel Cell:   General Motors - Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell (Ride and Drive)

Fuels — Ethanol,  
Flex Fuel
Bi-Fuel 1999 VW Beetle CNG Bob Mann Conversion (CNG/Gasoline  • Ride and Drive)
Bi-Fuel 2002 VW Jetta Turbo Bob Mann CNG Conversion (CNG/Gasoline  • Ride and Drive)
City of Keene/Ford F-450 City of Keene Biodiesel truck
Dennis K Burke - E-85 Ethanol Corn Pickup
Dennis K Burke - "Biodiesel Blender" Pickup
Dennis K Burke - Biofuel Delivery Truck with Farm Mural
Ford Fusion 4 Cylinder - FFV (Ride and Drive)
Ford F-150 Propane Pick up Truck (Ride and Drive)
Golf GLS/TDI 2005 - Biodiesel
Harvard University-Biodiesel Shuttle Cutaway Van (B20)
Harvard University-Chevrolet Silverado Pickup (B20)
Roopod, 3 wheel microcar running on biodeisel and waste vegetable oil
(One Gallon Challange participant)

Natural Gas
El Dorado E-Z Rider II 35' long low-floor transit bus (2009)
operated by Paul Revere Transportation
Honda - Civic GX CNG Sedan 2009 (three) (Ride and Drive)
Massport - 40' CNG Shuttle BusAVSG - Ford Crown Victoria CNG
(Courtesy Shuttle from Parking Lot)

Idle Reduction:   Braun's Express - Tractor with Idle Reduction Technology
ConVerdant Vehicles - An APC retrofitted into a Converted Plug-In Hybrid Truck
(Ride and Drive)

Electric Vehicles:   Bravo EVT 4000e Electric Scooter
Mass State Police T-3 Electric Scooter
Miles ZX40ST Work Truck 2008 - Two passenger low speed vehicle
Miles ZX40S Advanced Design 2009 - Four passenger low speed vehicle
MIT Porsche 914 Electric Vehicle conversion (lithium-ion batteries)
(One Gallon Challange participant)

Small and/or  
Dirigo, 2 passenger 85 mpg prototype trike
(One Gallon Challange participant)
Ford Transit Connect (Ride and Drive)
General Motors- 2010 4-Cylinder Chevrolet Equinox (Ride and Drive)
Smart Car - smart center Boston
Smart Car - Smart Cabriolet

Trimble Demonstration Van
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⇒ Directions to the Staples World Headquarters
500 Staples Drive, Framingham MA 01702

  • Important: Remote Parking for Fleet Day Participants
    Parking is at 175 Crossing Blvd which is a remote parking lot. Only display vehicles are allowed to park in front of Staples headquarters so please allow extra time for the Massport CNG shuttles which will run all day (from 7 am to 7 pm) connecting the parking facility with the main building.
  • From the Mass Pike:
    Mass Pike either direction to Exit 12, through the toll booths and bear left onto Rt 9 West. As soon as you get on Rt 9, move as far left as you can and exit left onto Crossing Blvd. Come up to the first traffic light and turn left onto Staples Drive. Go past the first few driveway entrances and a stop sign.
  • From 495:
    Exit 495 at Exit 23A for Rt 9 East. 4 miles, exit onto Crossing Blvd. Turn right off the exit, follow road up and around into the business park. Turn right at the first light onto Staples Drive. Go past the first few driveway entrances and a stop sign.

⇒ Fleet Day Hotels
Framingham, MA

  • Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center    
    1657 Worcester Road, Framingham MA // www.sheraton.com/framingham // 508-879-7200 // Ask for Staples/AltWheels rate of $122/night (plus tax). Effective dates are Oct. 4-6, 2009. The courtesy block of rooms will be held through Monday, September 28th. The number of rooms available at this rate is limited (15), so the Sheraton Framingham recommends booking your room as soon as possible.
  • Residence Inn Marriott
    400 Staples Drive, Framingham MA (on the Staples Campus - walking distance) // www.marriott.com/bosfm // 508-370-0001 // Ask for the AltWheels/Fleet Day rate of $125/night (plus tax). Effective dates are Oct. 4-6, 2009. The block of rooms will be held through Friday, September 25th. The number of rooms available at this rate is limited (15).
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