AltWheels is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization who's mission is to help build a "Sustainable Transportation and Energy Vision for the 21st Century." AltWheels started in 2003 with a large public festival originally held at Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline, MA and starting in 2006 at Boston City Hall Plaza where in 2007 AltWheels's public festival had over 25,000 participants.
AltWheels mission is to showcase the best technology, educate passenger and fleet consumers about available technologies and the real choices that exist, and stimulate the demand for choices that will improve our health, air quality, and sustainable survival. Since 2007 AltWheels has focused on an event to educate Fleet Managers about available options in an annual event held in Framingham. AltWheels has won awards for its powerful role shaping education on alternative transportation options from EPA Region I, from the Women in Transportation Seminar for national leadership on the alternative transportation topic, and for individual initiatives. AltWheels has been featured on a NOVA special on PBS, on Channel 5, Fox News, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor among many other leading publications and media.
Over the years, AltWheels has showcased a broad and changing range of alternative vehicles, fuels, and transportation strategies. From Conference Bikes to Heavy Duty Hybrids, AltWheels has brought together thought-leaders and the general public on mobility options. Since 2003, we have seen hybrids become mainstream, plug-ins and pure EVs become commonplace, as well as a full-range of fuel and alternative vehicle options for commercial and municipal fleets, including CNG, biofuels, and heavy-duty hybrid service and public transportation vehicles. Fleet Days have informed hundreds of professionals not only about new offerings (including ride and drives), but best practice "enviro-logistical" approaches they can implement tomorrow.