The 11th Annual AltCar Expo

AltCar is the only event in the United States where the largest collection of light duty alternative

technology vehicles currently on the market are available for free test drives.


The City of Santa Monica will present the 11th Annual AltCar Expo, the region’s premier car show dedicated to alternative fuel vehicles and transportation.  The two-day event will be held at the Santa Monica Civic parking lot and East Wing, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica, CAFriday September 16 and Saturday September 17, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is free to the public.


The goal of AltCar is to provide a very accessible and comprehensive setting where both industry and general public can discover existing alternatives to the way they use energy and transportation and motivate everyone to take further action.  California leads the nation in alternative vehicles, incentives and fueling stations, with many states now following the state’s example and implementing programs similar to those in California.


AltCar will feature more than 35 retailers featuring alternative fuel vehicles that consumers will have the opportunity to test drive. The 2016 Expo will have the most extensive array of electric, hybrid electric, natural gas, propane and hydrogen vehicles for consumers.  Participating manufacturers to date include:  Honda, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Smart, Toyota, Volkswagen, as well more to come. So far cars on display and available for test drives include:


Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Next Gen Volt

Ford C-MAX Hybrid

Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid

Ford Focus Electric

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

Mercedes-Benz B-Class CELL

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric

Nissan LEAF

Toyota Mirai

Toyota Prius V

Volkswagon e-Golf


AltCar will also showcase the latest in electric scooters, bikes and Segways, all available for free test rides and purchase.


Since its inception, AltCar Expo has featured the West Coast debut of the Chevy Volt, the first worldwide glimpse of the Honda Plug-In Accord, the Honda GX, the national kick off of the Nissan Leaf and Toyota RAV EV Tours, and the national reveal of the Ford CNG 150.  Expo speaker sessions have featured some of the top decision makers from Federal and State agencies as well as directors of alternative technologies for all of the OEMs.


Admission to AltCar Expo is free.  To learn more about the vehicles and / or the Government Fleet & Industry Conference, visit


AltCar Expo will take place at the Santa Monica Civic Center 1855 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. For additional information, visit or call (310) 390-2930.


Author: So Cal Life Mag Guest Post

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