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Jul 3, 2015
Mt. Washington Auto Road Presents 40th Anniversary of "Alternative Energy Summit" on July 25th, 2015

The Mt. Washington Auto Road continues its long tradition of supporting automotive innovation and environmental responsibility with the 40th year of the Alt Energy Summit, on Saturday, July 25th, 2015. Free to the general public, the event is expected to be one of the largest single gatherings of alternative energy vehicles in the country.
The 40th anniversary of the Alt Energy Summit, led by New Hampshire Electric Co-op as the presenting sponsor, will feature major manufacturers, electric vehicle associations, industry suppliers and individual “makers” and inventors as the Auto Road continues as a proving ground and playground for new and evolving technologies.
“The Mt. Washington Auto Road has seen the evolution of transportation play out on its eight mile path to the summit.”  remarked Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. “Considering that the first motor vehicle to ever go up was a steam powered Stanley Loco-mobile in 1899, it seems very appropriate that we showcase how alternative energy technologies have evolved since then.”
Since it’s inception in 1975 as the “Alternate Energy Regatta”, the event has drawn the most creative and unique garage-builds, commercial start-ups and inventions from around the country. The first years were organized by Charles MacArthur, an inventor and environmental activist of Sangerville, Maine, teaming with EV and motorcycle legend, Mike Corbin (of Corbin Sparrow fame), and featured garage-built electric cars, record-setting motorcycles and even a chicken-manure-powered school bus.
The list of builders, manufacturers and organizations planning to attend the 2015 event may be the most impressive to date with vehicles such as the first-ever, bacon-fueled bio-diesel motorcycle. The Hormel "Driven By Bacon" Bike, built to tour the US and promote the launch of it's new "Black Line" bacon in the Driven by Bacon US tour, is sure to attract a crowd. The bacon bio-diesel bike is reportedly nearly carbon-neutral, meaning it contributes almost zero emissions to the environment. Bike and driver are reportedly planning to summit Mount Washington during their new England tour.
Entropy Racing, a motorsports shop and rental service headquartered in Sacramento, Pennsylvania, will feature three electric race cars at this year’s summit. Entropy builds and races the revolutionary Electric Vehicle Sports Racer (EVSR), which has set new standards for affordable, safe and environmentally-friendly racing. Fresh off a successful run in the 2015 Pikes Peak race in Colorado, Entropy will allow people to drive a fully race-prepped electric race car to the summit of Mount Washington (for a fee, and speed-limited to comply with Auto Road regulations) or around the grounds at the base of the Auto Road.  
Saturday’s schedule begins at 8:00AM with breakfast at the Great Glen base lodge leading up to the Regatta parade preparation, exhibitor and participant setup at 9:00AM. At 10:00AM the pedal-powered vehicles will begin the parade to the summit followed all other vehicles by 11:00AM. By 1:00PM all participants will return back down to the base area from the summit attempt for exhibition, demonstrations and reports from their summit trip.
Presentations and workshops will also be available on both days. Saturday at 1:00PM, the “Three Amigos of Electric Motorcycle’s, Terry Hershner, Ben Rich and Stéphane Melançon (AKA Doctor Bass), world record holders and legends in the electric motorcycle community, will give a brief talk on their home-brew tech innovations, work with streamlining, charging and legendary feats of endurance and distance!  PLUS, Troy Rank, Guinness World Record holding e-bike distance rider.
Saturday afternoon at 2:30PM, EVSR’s Charlie Greenhaus and the Entropy Racing team return to the scene of their first world-class hillclimb victory to talk about their recent conquest of Pikes Peak – crashes, hail, sleet and cheers as they placed 3rd and 4th in their class.  
Presenting Sponsor, NH Electric Co-op, represented by Gary LeMay, will be on hand to answer NH renewable and sustainable energy questions and show off their plug-in electric Line Truck.

For more information about or to register for the “Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit” event at the Mt. Washington Auto Road, visit www.altenergysummit.org, email Event Director Ted Dillard at ted@altenergysummit.com, or call at (978) 621-5178.
Links:
Mt Washington Alt Energy Summit: www.altenergysummit.org
New Hampshire Electric Co-op: http://www.nhec.com
Mt Washington Auto Road (main site): http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com