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The Oct. 18 National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey, "Driving Change Across America," will be the biggest odyssey yet, with 10 events planned in West Virginia and 160 internationally.

"It's gotten larger each and every year," said Bill Davis, assistant director of operations for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University, which created the first odyssey in 2004 and hosts the biennial event. "Our attendance at events has gotten larger every year and our reach through media coverage has gotten larger every year."

The National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey, a biennial outreach and education event dedicated to promoting the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, consists of concurrent events at locations nationwide and internationally.

An early Oct. 12 event at WVU's Mountainlair in Morgantown displayed electric, hybrid electric, natural gas and propane vehicles and distributed information to students.

But the kickoff event takes place Oct. 18 in Indianapolis, Ind., with concurrent events taking place in 44 states and the District of Columbia as well as in Paris, France, and in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Most exciting for Davis in this fifth odyssey is the inclusion of more than 50 secondary schools.

"We are so resistant to change," Davis said. "You have to start with the young people."

So joining career and technical centers in Craigsville, Eleanor, Morgantown and Petersburg in holding events will be middle and high schools in Fairmont, Inwood, Morgantown and Shenandoah Junction.

School events include viewing a video about alternative fuel vehicles, discussions, writing activities and a "rodeo."

The goals for this year's Odyssey are to attract more than 250,000 attendees at 160 sites across the country and to reach more than 100 million people through media coverage and support.