ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - The world's cleanest and most efficient big-rig and heavy work trucks will "quietly convoy" into downtown Atlanta October 27th to kick-off a major national gathering of military, industry and fleet leaders who are speeding the production of hybrid and high-efficiency trucks through HTUF -- the Hybrid Truck Users Forum (

The HTUF™ National Conference and Ride & Drive comes to Atlanta October 27-29, 2009. The hybrid and high efficiency trucks spurred by HTUF cut foreign oil use, reduce air pollution and climate change emissions and create high quality jobs in America by using leading-edge technologies.

The press is invited to take part in several HTUF/Hybrid Truck Week events:

--  A hybrid and clean truck convoy on October 27, starting at 11am at
    241 Ralph McGill Blvd., ending at 11:45am at the Georgia World Congress
--  The gathering of truck technology experts available during the
    conference Oct. 27 and 28 at the Georgia World Congress Center
--  The world's biggest hybrid and high-efficiency truck ride & drive
    Oct. 29 at Turner Field, 9am to 2pm.

Advanced hybrid electric, hybrid hydraulic, plug in hybrid and electric trucks will take part, as will the manufacturers who build them and national and local leaders -- such as Southern Company, UPS, Coca-Cola -- who use them.

HTUF Conference October 27-29, 2009

Clean Truck Convoy October 27, 11am - 11:45am

30 trucks leave from Georgia Power's corporate offices and wind through
Atlanta to Georgia World Congress Center (route details available)

--  Gov. Perdue's Hybrid Truck Week proclamation presented by Jill
    Stuckey, Georgia Center of Innovation for Energy

Conference Sessions & Tech Exhibits October 27, 28, 8am - 5pm

Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW

--  Access to industry experts -- including U.S. Army leaders -- discussing
    the progress of cleaner truck technologies
--  IBM unveils groundbreaking study, Truck 2020: Transcending Turbulence,
    outlining coming technology and market changes

Hybrid-Advanced Truck Ride & Drive October 29, 9:00am - 2pm

Turner Field Breakfast & Opening Remarks
755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, Ga. 30315

Exceptional video & photo opportunities! More than 25 advanced technology medium and heavy duty vehicles, including from: Altec | Arvin Meritor | Azure Dynamics | Bosch Rexroth | Crane Carrier | ODYNE/Dueco | Eaton | Freightliner | Mack | Navistar | Orion | Parker Hannifin | Siemens

**For a list of other events, times and speakers, please see the conference agenda**


CALSTART operates the national Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF™) program to speed hybrid commercialization, in partnership with the U.S. Army National Automotive Center (NAC). CALSTART is a member-supported organization of more than 150 firms and organizations worldwide, dedicated to expanding and supporting a high-tech transportation industry that cleans the air, creates jobs, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and increases energy efficiency.

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Contact Information: Contact: MK Campbell CALSTART 626/744-5602 or onsite: 323/497-9974