The Carroll Technology Council event would be different.
The sleek vehicles on display gave it away.
A Toyota Prius, a Nissan Leaf, a Dodge Dart and a Ford Shelby were parked outside the Carroll Nonprofit Center, where the council gathers monthly.
John Davis, the founder and host of the nation's longest-running automotive series "MotorWeek," was the featured speaker at the Carroll Technology Council's September meeting Thursday in Westminster.
Just like he does on his PBS program, Davis discussed the latest in vehicle technology. He explained how he expects hybrid cars will influence vehicle fleets in the future for the gathering of the Carroll Tech Council, a nonprofit working to provide leadership, information and resources to influence technology in the county.
From model year to model year, vehicles change as technology improves, Davis said. But the industry is at the cusp of a revolution, he said, one prompted by an Environmental Protection Agency mandate that the corporate average fuel economy of the nation's fleet must average 35 miles per gallon by 2017. That's 7.5 more miles per gallon than today.
"We are in the midst of the most significant automotive revolution since, basically, internal combustion engines," Davis said. "For the first time in over 100 years, we're seeing a real transformation to new types of power trains."
Automakers are planning to meet the mandate by making several swift changes in vehicle designs and engines. Some of those are already popping up in 2013 model year vehicles, Davis said.