|Clean fuel powers Audi
Rialto getting new company
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/20/2010 04:41:58 PM PDT
RIALTO - Two cars juiced with clean fuel made a stop Wednesday at the Civic Center on a state tour promoted in part by an alternative energy company that wants to do business in town.
The 2010 Audi A3 TDI vehicles have been powered on their scheduled drive from Eureka to San Diego by low-carbon, synthetic fuel produced by Rentech, a Los Angeles-based company looking to build a renewable energy center here.
"It's beyond just an economic relationship," said D. Hunt Ramsbottom, chief executive officer for Rentech. "They're really getting the concept and they really want to bring (in) these green fuels."
Ramsbottom said the clean fuel is drinkable. He's even tasted it.
"(It has) a bit of a waxy taste, certainly better than gasoline or diesel," he said jokingly.
The Green Car Journal, which is one of the tour's organizers, named the Audi car its 2010 Green Car of the Year.
The vehicle gets 42 mpg on the highway, Audi officials said.
Rentech officials anticipate their Rialto project will create more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during the construction and operations phases.
The project is designed to produce renewable electric power and roughly 640 barrels a day of renewable synthetic fuels from urban green waste diverted from landfills.
Rentech officials say the plant will be capable of providing enough electricity for about 30,000 homes.
Councilwoman Deborah Robertson said the project represents the city's focus on sustainable communities and clean air.
"I'm just ecstatic and excited with Rialto, and the fact that we (have our) little niche," Robertson said.
The two vehicles' stops have included one earlier this week in Sacramento, where Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lauded the technologies used to power them.
The tour will end in San Diego today. The cars then will be driven to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, where an Audi A3 TDI will be added to its alternate power exhibit.