What do the city of Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Chevy Volt have in common?
According to the Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC), several local companies played a role in the car’s development, and yesterday PTC along with CONSOL Energy Inc. held an “Energy Independence Road Trip” with the Volt.
The purpose in part was to raise awareness for “how some of the top companies in southwestern Pennsylvania are helping to lead the United States to energy independence.”
Energy technologies centered in the region include advanced materials, energy production, and advanced IT.
Specific local companies that played a role in the Volt becoming a reality include ANSYS, Bayer MaterialScience, ALCOA and Kennametal.
The Volt reportedly made stops around the town, including at the Homestead Pump House, Oakland “Innovation Zone” with Dippy the Dinosaur, the fountain at Point State Park and random gas stations for snacks. People were offered the opportunity to tweet a photo and win prizes.
Locations were tweeted along the way from #ConsolVolt, and the promoters said “anyone who tweets a photo of the Volt or re-tweets any of the #ConsolVolt tweets will be in the running for free Pirates tickets and free Lynyrd Skynyrd concert tickets, courtesy of CONSOL Energy.”
“The Tech Council is honored to partner with CONSOL Energy in this effort,” said Audrey Russo, president and CEO of the PTC. “The region is an epicenter of energy awareness and we’re pleased to highlight the local companies that are helping the United States become more energy independent. Nothing is more American than energy independence and a road trip in a Chevy.”
The Tech Council’s Jonathan Kersting as “Johnny Volt” drove one of CONSOL Energy’s Volts to visit five companies around Pittsburgh that stand out as energy and environmentally conscious, “and are developing technologies, products and services that are helping the region move toward energy independence.”
The tour began at CONSOL Energy Headquarters and proceeded as follows:
• 7:30 AM Depart CONSOL Energy HQ
• 8:15 AM ANSYS
• 9:15 AM U.S. Steel Corporation R&D Lab (Waterfront)
• 10:45 AM PPG Industries
• 11:30 AM-1:45 PM Lunch at Sonic in Bridgeville
• 1:45 p.m. LANXESS
• 2:30 p.m. Bayer MaterialScience
• 3:30 p.m. Back at CONSOL Energy HQ
“Alternative fuel vehicles, including both electric and natural gas vehicles, showcase the innovative spirit and commitment that built this country and sustains our high standard of living,” commented Steve Winberg, vice president Research & Development, CONSOL Energy. “We are excited to be taking the show on the road and sharing with our southwestern Pennsylvania communities.”
We (at GM-Volt.com) were e-mailed about the event yesterday by Brian Kennedy, vice president of Strategic Services and Government Relations for the PTC.
“Our purpose is two-fold: First, we want to demonstrate the role that Rustbelt innovators are playing in bringing new technologies and energy saving materials to the automotive sector,” said Kennedy. “Our second objective is to showcase the role that domestic energy can play in the electrification of the U.S. automobile fleet.”
Kennedy added that “the Appalachian region is home to one of the world’s largest reserves of natural gas (serving as a growing a fuel sources for U.S. electricity production), which has come into play as part of the Marcellus Shale.”
“In short,” he continued, “the Rust Belt is helping us to transition to lighter, safer and more fuel efficient automobiles, and away from volatile sources of foreign oil as the fuel of choice for transportation.”
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