Release 03-21      

September 22, 2003
  CONTACT: Jerry Martin
(916) 322-2990

Richard Varenchik
(626) 575-6730

Media Advisory

Showcase of Automobiles: Cutting Edge of Low Emission Technology

SACRAMENTO -- Cal/EPA Secretary Winston Hickox, ARB Chairman Alan Lloyd and over 100 automotive, fuel and energy executives will be available for questions at Michelin Challenge Bibendum to be held September 23 through September 25 in Sacramento and Sonoma. The Bibendum will feature an array of advanced vehicles, including fuel cells, battery electric cars, hybrids and vehicles powered by Compressed Natural Gas.

On September 23 at 11:45 a.m., government and industry experts, including Secretary of Cal/EPA, Winston Hickox, and ARB Chairman, Alan Lloyd, will be available for questions during a ride-and-drive at the State Library and Courts Building, in Sacramento. Following the interview session the officials will leave Sacramento to attend the Bibendum motor vehicle tests at the Infineon Raceway (formerly Sears Point Raceway) in Sonoma.

Photo Opportunity: A ride and drive of some alternative fuel vehicles will be offered for reporters at 11:45 a.m. at the State Library and Courts Building grounds.

Where: State Library and Courts Bldg., 914 Capitol Mall
When: Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Time: 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Contacts: California Air Resources Board
(916) 322-2990
  Michelin Challenge Bibendum
  Brett Turner
(864) 272-3014

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

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