The Toyota Ride & Drive event, sponsored by SCE and A&S held on the UMKC campus on Tuesday, Feb. 22, introduced UMKC engineering and computer science students to the prototype Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle-Advanced with an anticipated release in 2015, and the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vechicle, with an anticipated release in 2012. UMKC friends, students, faculty and staff viewed the vehicles up close and had the opportunity to drive the cars while local and national Toyota representatives explained the new technologies embedded in each prototype. Fox4 covered the event and interviewed Jason Patterson, SCE student council president, who spoke with reporter John Pepperdine. Bill Reinert, a UMKC College of Arts and Sciences alumnus and national manager of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc.’s Advanced Technology Group was instrumental in providing this opportunity for UMKC. Detailed information about the event can be found in its UMKC Press Release.