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Petersen Automotive Museum Announces Alternative Fuel Symposium



Petersen Automotive Museum Announces Alternative Fuel Symposium

Los Angeles, CA, March 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Petersen Automotive
Museum is hosting its first public alternative fuels symposium titled "Why Alt
Fuels Now" on April 18, 2013. The event, which features a public symposium and
an alternative fuel technology display, will explore the driving forces, such
as  high gasoline prices, increased consumer and corporate environmental
awareness and the emergence of new technology that have created a "perfect
storm" for alternative fuel vehicles.

The symposium, which runs from 1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. with a reception following,
will feature three different panel presentations and discussions. The cost  is 
$40 for students, $70 for museum  members and members of the alternative  fuel 
industry and $80  for general  registration. Visit the  Petersen's website  to 
register. Discounts for  early registration  are available and  all levels  of 
registration include free  parking and  admission into  the museum  galleries. 
Panel topics include:

·         Infrastructure  and  Policy:  The issues  of  the  alternative  fuel 
infrastructure will be discussed  by industry leaders  such as the  California 
Energy  Commission,  Clean  Cities  Coalition,  Southern  California   Edison, 
Chesapeake Energy and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. 

·         Manufacturing: Representatives  from various  vehicle and  equipment 
OEMs will  speak  out  about  how  they  have  adapted  to  the  economic  and 
environmental situation  in recent  years  and what  their plans  for  further 
development are, with speakers including Chrysler, Ford, Honda and 3M.

·         Fleets: Alternative fuel fleet operators and technology providers in
the public and private sector will speak about the challenges and benefits  of 
utilizing various fuel technologies in their fleets. Speakers include Venchurs
CNG, Roush CleanTech, and the L.A. County Office of Sustainability.

The Petersen is also  putting together an  Alternative Fuels Advisory  Council 
that will  focus on  helping the  museum become  a major  public resource  for 
alternative fuel education. The council will be chaired by Jeff Wyatt, CEO  of 
Venchurs. Current members include  Rick Teebay, Los  Angeles County Office  of 
Sustainability and  John Frala,  Coordinator, Alternative  Fuels and  Electric 
Vehicles at Rio Hondo  College. The goals  of the council  are to produce  the 
yearly alternative fuels  symposium on  current industry  topics, refresh  the 
content and displays of  the Petersen's alternative  fuels exhibit and  engage 
with the alternative fuel industry  to support educational programming at  the 
museum. 

"To stay relevant in the ever changing automotive industry, we host programs,
lectures and workshops that speak to the current and future state of the
automobile in America and the world," said Clayton Drescher, Education Manager
at the Petersen. "To that end we are putting together this alternative fuel
symposium, which we plan to make an annual event. Alternative fuel is gaining
popularity among fleets and individuals alike, and we aim to be a vital
educational resource for the public so they can stay current on developing alt
fuel technology."

For                  more                  information                   visit 
http://www.petersen.org/visit/museum-events/alt-fuels-symposium.

The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational
institution.  The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in
Los Angeles, California 90036.  Admission prices are $12 for general admission
adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students with ID, $3 for children ages 5 to 12.
Museum members, active military with ID  and children under five are  admitted 
free. Vault tours are available  for an additional $25,  and are offered on  a 
first-come, first-served basis. Parking is free  for the first 30 minutes  and 
$2.00 each additional 30 minutes. One hour validation with purchase of $20  or 
more  in  the  Museum   Store  or  Johnny  Rockets   located  in  the   museum 
lobby.  Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. For  general 
Museum information,  call 323/930-CARS  or  visit the  Museum's Web  site  at: 
www.petersen.org. 

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