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College Students get Lesson on Green Vehicles

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LAS VEGAS -- In the next few years, more hybrid and all electric cars will come on the market providing plenty of options for car buyers.

There was a look into the automotive future Friday at the Community College of Southern Nevada. Several vehicles that run on propane, hydrogen and electricity were featured. Automotive students at CSN got a chance to drive them to see just how quiet and clean they run. It's all part of the National Alternative Fuel Odyssey Day. A day to show automotive students like Josh Mcelry what types of cars he'll be working on someday.

"It's much quieter, much smoother, much more fluid. Everything works together," said  Mcelry, CSN automotive student.

"I think electric power, hydrogen and plug-in hybrids, all that eight years ago was, 'boy, that's a fantasy. That's going to take a generation to perfect.' Look where we are today? That is stuff being manufactured today in quantity," said Dan Hyde, city of Las Vegas.

Among the featured vehicles was the new hybrid school bus currently being used by the Clark County School District. It has less emissions, runs on electricity and bio-diesel fuel, and gets better mileage than the older school buses.

The event also showed off green taxi- cabs being used by Nevada Checker Cab Corporation. They run on propane which burns cleaner than regular gas.

"I think electric power, hydrogen and plug-in hybrids, all that eight years ago was, 'boy, that's a fantasy. That's going to take a generation to perfect.' Look where we are today? That is stuff being manufactured today in quantity," said Dan Hyde, city of Las Vegas.

Hyde also believes this type of greener technology will provide more jobs in the future and lessen Americans dependence on foreign oil.

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