Pacific Park To Host Alternative Fuel Vehicles Day

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier is set to electrify the City with a community-driven alternative fuel car rally on the Santa Monica Pier upper parking lot while dedicating its all-new SIG Alert EV bumper cars on Saturday, March 28 from 11 am to 3 pm. The first 100 alternative fuel car drivers will receive free parking on the Santa Monica Pier along with fresh coffee and doughnuts.

In addition, all drivers of alternative fuel cars including electric vehicles (EV), neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV) and hybrids will receive two free passes to SIG Alert EV from 11 am to 12 am. Drivers simply need to bring a photo of them standing next to their alternative fuel car to the ticket booth in exchange for the passes. Alternatively, drivers can show their picture on a mobile phone or, if a picture is not possible, drivers can present their alternative car registration at the ticket booth to claim their passes.

Pacific Park will post all printed photos on Inkie’s Eye-On community bulletin board that will be located near the entrance to the ticket booth.

 “With Pacific Park situated center stage in the most progressive sustainable city in the United States, a celebration of alternative fuel vehicles fits right in with our green initiatives,” says Jeff Klocke, director of marketing and sales at Pacific Park. “We also look forward to introducing the SIG Alert EV to the community, which is one of our newest green attractions.”

The all-new SIG Alert EV is not your parents’ bumper cars… but they are welcome to hitch a ride in the electric vehicles that spin 360 degrees and feature a dual joystick lever control allowing for full turns right, left, front and back for easy maneuvering. The futuristic cars are equipped with neoprene covered bumper tubes that safely absorb the shock of bumping while providing a hover-like ride. Unique to these cars is the protective high back headrest that is the ultimate in safety and style.

The alternative fuel car rally will feature local sponsors and exhibitors showcasing the latest in EV and Hybrid technologies.

“Community events like these are important in creating awareness for alternative fuel vehicles and the positive impact that they can provide to neighborhoods and cities,” says Tom Beaulieu, president of Santa Monica Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Club. “This is a great opportunity to work with Pacific Park in creating additional awareness in sustainable programs for entertainment attractions and community based initiatives.”

Towering over the SIG Alert EV bumper cars is the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel featuring 160,000 energy-efficient LED lights that provide dynamic, computer-generated lighting entertainment each evening. The enhanced LED lighting also provides 75 percent greater energy savings than the Ferris wheel’s previous incandescent bulbs, which were replaced in May 2008.

 “The Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel is Pacific Park’s premier green initiative and is a terrific example of how solar-power conversion can reach new heights. Along with the all-new SIG Alert EV bumper cars and several additional business greening projects, Pacific Park is proud to be a community leader in sustainability,” adds Klocke.

At 8:30 pm Pacific Park will darken the Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel, albeit its rim lighting, and the Santa Monica Pier will turn off its iconic Pier Arch in unity with Earth Hour.

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 21 midway games and an oceanfront food plaza. Signature rides include the Pacific Wheel, the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel; The West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie’s Air Lift Balloon Ride, the all-new, high-flying, family-sharing kids’ ride. For additional information and hours of operation, call (310) 260-8744 or visit

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