Mount Washington Auto Road to host largest gathering of alternative-energy based vehicles in North America
A three-wheeled board, the Tribey, was a popular attraction last year. Constructed by Black Sparrow Indutries, it's expected to make a return visit this year with updates. (COURTESY)
One of the vehicles perched atop Mount Washington following its climb up the Mount Washington Auto Road during the 2013 Alt Energy Summit. The summit returns to the Auto Road on Sept. 13 and 14. (COURTESY)
This year's summit, said Dillard from his Dedham, Mass., home, will serve to kick off the New England celebrations of National Drive Electric Week. The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative is the presenting sponsor of the summit, which boasts major manufacturers, electric vehicle associations, industry suppliers and individual "makers."
Dillard said attendees will include the New England Electric Auto Association; Bill Buchholz, with his Dirigo front-wheel drive, 90 mpg diesel tadpole trike; the MIT EVT team with its electric Porsche and latest electric motorcycle; Olin College's REVO Team; Zoombikes' electric bikes; Robert Worobey of Black Sparrow Industries, with his three-wheeled board, the Tribey; Ben Rich, Cross-Country EV adventurer and KickgasTV, who will display his Zero Motorcycle ride; and Smart Energy of New England, which will highlight its line of solar electric, solar thermal, pellet boilers and various wind-generation products.
Gary LeMay from the NHEC will be on hand to answer questions about renewable and sustainable energy, and Twin State Ford will display an assortment of electric and hybrid vehicles available for purchase.
The summit begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 with the "Alt Energy Parade and Drive to the Summit." The Auto Road will be open to the public both days, and the vehicles will be available for inspection.
Creativity abounds at the Alt Energy Summit, said Dillard, noting that in 1975, one entry was a chicken manure methane-powered school bus.
"Our effort last year, and a big part of our effort this year, is to inspire entrepreneurial inventors and to show the public what is here already, what they can buy right off the shelf," said Dillard, whether it's a hybrid or all-electric vehicle or a whole-house solar kit.
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