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11042 Weeks to Plug-In 2010: Conference + Public Night; Cleantech Open Next Thursday

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  • Felix Kramer
    Jul 15, 2010
      At this momentous time, when news about plug-ins
      is everywhere, when the U.S. and governments
      worldwide are working to accelerate vehicle
      electrification, and when the first mass-produced
      PHEVs and EVs will be arriving in just a few
      months, it's time for Plug-In 2010. Join us July
      26-29 in San Jose, California, at this premier
      event, organized by the Electric Power Research
      Institute and Silicon Valley Leadership Group,
      sponsored by domestic and international
      automakers, utilities and others. There's still
      time to sign up to attend (including sessions
      with CalCars' Felix Kramer and Ron Gremban),
      exhibit or attend the exposition; and come to
      Public NIght July 27. The week before, on July
      22, also in San Jose, Felix Kramer will encourage
      entrepreneurs at the first Cleantech Open
      conference to start businesses in the new
      industry that will result (sooner or later) when
      the "Big Fix"/Drivestar strategy for gas-guzzler
      conversions takes off. Details follow on both events.

      (Shortly after it goes out on email, this posting
      will also be viewable at
      http://www.calcars.org/news-archive.html -- there
      you can add CalCars-News to your RSS feed.)

      PLUG-IN 2010 July 26-29 at the San Jose
      Convention Center brings together for a third
      time key players in the rapidly-expanding plug-in
      vehicle industry. See the latest details and sign
      up at http://www.plugin2010.com . Here's info on
      the public night, followed by the pre-conference
      workshops, plenaries and panels.

      PUBLIC NIGHT: For those who can't attend the
      entire conference, for $10 you can come to
      Plug-In 2010 Public Night: July 27, 5:30-9:30PM.
      Preview the very latest vehicles and other
      plug-in technology innovations, then take part in
      an entertaining and educational panel about your
      role in shaping a plugged-in future. Tickets at
      the door. Vehicles scheduled for display on the
      exhibition floor (subject to change) include the
      Chevrolet Volt, 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid,
      Mitsubishi i MiEV, Nissan LEAF, 2010 Prius
      Plug-In, smart fortwo electric drive, a
      range-extended electric chassis, a plug-in hybrid
      passenger car, and more. The all-star panel discussion features:

      * Mark Duvall, Director, Electric Transportation,
      Electric Power Research Institute, moderator
      * Martin Eberhard, Co-Founder, Tesla Motors
      * Bill Nye, "The Science Guy:"
      * Jessie Deeter, Producer, "Who Killed the
      Electric Car?" & "Revenge of the Electric Car"
      * Chelsea Sexton, Founder, The Lightning Rod
      Foundation & former General Motors EV1 Specialist

      PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS: Monday July 26, 2-6PM,
      sessions on "Battery Costs and Markets" and on
      "Plug-In Readiness for Communities." See details

      CONFERENCE: Plenaries and workshops are from 8AM
      Tuesday, July 27 to noon Thursday, July 29. See
      the plenary schedule at
      . See the breakout sessions at
      or the PDF at
      . If you're attending, don't miss Ron Gremban's
      presentation on retrofit strategies at the
      Wednesday 3:30PM panel on "Designing PEVs:
      Vehicle technology, costs, etc. for today and
      tomorrow." That session also features Tom
      Bradley, Colorado State University, and Jim
      Winkelman, Efficient Drivetrains. And at the
      Tuesday 1:45PM breakout session on "Policies that
      Impact Electric Vehicles: How new fleet and fuel
      policies can work and their possible impacts on
      EV and PHEV deployment," Felix Kramer will both
      moderate and address ways to promote high-volume
      validated conversions of gas-guzzlers. That panel
      will feature Ron Minsk, Electrification
      Coalition; Elise Keddie, California Air Resources Board; and Geoff Ryder, SAP.

      This year, registrants also have tools to plan
      meetings and other networking events. We hope
      you'll sign up at http://www.plugin2010.com .

      inaugural conference of this organization that
      sparks, mentors, and recognizes entrepreneurs and
      inventions in renewable and sustainable
      technologies. See the list of Semifinalists in
      this year's competition at
      CTO has now expanded to five regions in the U.S.
      and is planning to go global. The event is all
      day Thursday, July 22, at the Doubletree Hotel in
      San Jose, CA. Sign up and get details at http://cleantechopenconference.com .

      Felix Kramer will speak about gas-guzzler
      conversions at the 10:30-11:50AM panel, "The Road
      Ahead: Legacy versus Efficiency," moderated by
      "superlawyer" and Cleantech Open co-founder MARC
      Gottschalk, and also featuring Michael Jackson,
      TIAX; Paul McGrath, RideSpring; Edward West,
      Mission Motors, and Joshua Goldman, Proterra, Inc.

      Other panels at the event include Smart Power,
      Renewable Energy, Green Buildings, and Energy
      Efficiency. Focusing on spurring jobs in
      cleantech, the day-long event explores:

      * How can we accelerate the cleantech revolution?
      * Which technologies hold the most promise—short-term and long-term?
      * What does it take to spur cleantech entrepreneurship?
      * How can we integrate cleantech into our economic policy?
      * What are the best models to integrate public and private sectors?

      Both events are listed with links at http://www.calcars.org/events.html .

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      Felix Kramer fkramer@...
      Founder California Cars Initiative
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