Monday, January 24, 2011

2011 Utah International Auto Expo

Many of the newest electric, hybrid, and alternative fuel vehicles were showcased last weekend at the 2011 Utah International Auto Expo. The event was held January 14-17th at the South Towne Expo Center, and featured over 20 different alternative vehicles.

Among the “must sees” was the 2011 Chevy Volt, named “Motor Trend Car of the Year,” “Green Car of the Year” and “North American Car of the year.” The Volt went on sale in December of 2010 and has been dubbed as the most fuel-efficient car in America.

The Nissan Leaf was another popular vehicle at the show. The Leaf, 100% electric, has no tailpipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. Depending on the conditions, the Nissan Leaf can go anywhere from 138-162 miles before having to recharge.

The all-new Ford Fusion was among the many hybrids showcased, also named one of Car and Driver magazine’s "10 Best Cars for 2010." Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Lincoln and Toyota also displayed their 2011 hybrid models.

The T-3 motion, a zero gas emissions all-electric vehicle, was featured at the AAA booth. The vehicle was purchased through an AAA Greenlight Initiative Grant to Utah Clean Cities Coalition and Salt Lake City in 2009. Utah Clean Cities and AAA have enjoyed a partnership for the past several years, working together on grants, outreach events, and legislative issues.

To find out more about the 2011 Utah International Auto Expo, please visit

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