News Release


Monday, May 9, 2016

Contact: Maggie Striz Calnin Office: 517-393-0344 ext. 30

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Michigan Energy Fair Adds Clean Vehicle Ride-and-Drive with host Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities Coalition

Lansing, MI—Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) and Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities (GLACC) have announced the addition of a clean vehicle ride-and-drive to be held during the Michigan Energy Fair (MEF). The ride-and-drive highlights the growth of advanced vehicle interest in Michigan’s Capital Region and gives the public and fleet representatives the opportunity to test drive a variety of clean cars and trucks.

The MEF is set for Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. The clean vehicle ride-and-drive is free with admission to the MEF.  Vehicle types include passenger and commercial vehicles incorporating the latest advanced technologies and alternative fuel applications, such as: plug-in electric, plug-in hybrid electric, propane, compressed natural gas, and hydraulic hybrid. Ride-and-drive vehicles are provided by area auto dealerships and public and private fleets, including MEF sponsor Consumers Energy, which will provide an extended-range plug-in hybrid electric half-ton Chevy Silverado 4X4 pick-up truck, a compressed natural gas (CNG) three-quarter ton GMC Sierra 4X4 pick-up truck, and a plug-in hybrid electric Chevy Volt passenger car.

“Past attendees have asked for more activities centered around alternative fuel vehicles, so we’re very happy to meet that demand with the ride-and-drive, said Mary McGraw, MEF Coordinator.” “We’re excited to be partnering with GLREA to host this new addition to the Michigan Renewable Energy Fair,” said Maggie Striz Calnin, GLACC Coalition Coordinator. “This event will highlight the growth in alternative fuel vehicle use in the region in recent years and share voices of those using new transportation technology.”

The 2016 MEF offers additional new activities that the public and industry attendees are sure to love, as the MEF is being held in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Summit, the Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo, and the Michigan Outdoor Expo (Saturday only). Visit for more information and the MEF schedule.


Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a U.S. DOE sponsored initiative promoting alternative fuel vehicles and alternative fuels locally to address national energy challenges. GLACC is committed to improving air quality and transportation energy security. For more information visit

The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association is a statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our members educate, advocate, and promote renewable energy. GLREA is a member driven organization with a unique mix of both individual memberships and business memberships. The annual Michigan Renewable Energy Fair is our premier event to bring businesses, municipalities and homeowners together to explore ways to save energy and produce energy. Learn more at

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