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INVITATION: Celebrate Arrival of Volt This Weds AM at Novato Chevrolet

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  • Felix Kramer
    EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: This Wednesday December 22, at Novato Chevrolet, long-time advocates will pick up the PHEVs they ve worked to bring into existence. This
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 20, 2010
      EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: This Wednesday December 22, at Novato Chevrolet,
      long-time advocates will pick up the PHEVs they've worked to bring
      into existence. This first California Chevy Volt celebration marks
      the climax of a long and successful campaign. Please join us for fun
      and inspiring speakers!

      (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.)

      Celebrate the Arrival of the Chevy Volt
      World's First Mass-Produced Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)
      Wednesday Dec. 22 at 9:30AM at Novato Chevrolet

      SPONSORS: Novato Chevrolet and The California Cars Initiative -- the
      nonprofit that entrepreneurs, engineers, environmentalists, and
      drivers formed in 2002 to get carmakers to build PHEVs.

      WHO: Speakers and a crowd will greet the customers getting the
      world's first mass-production PHEVs:
      * Andy Frank, from Davis, CA, the "Father of the Plug-In Hybrid,"
      designing PHEVs for over 30 years, Engineering & Aerospace Professor
      at the University of California at Davis and Co-Founder of Efficient
      Drivetrains, Inc;
      * Ron Gremban, from Corte Madera, CA, CalCars Technology Lead, who
      first drove an electric car in the 1968 Caltech-MIT cross-country
      race and led the 2004 open-source PRIUS+ Project, converting hybrids
      so they could plug in.
      * Felix Kramer from Redwood City, CA, CalCars Founder, former
      entrepreneur and the world's first consumer owner of a PHEV.

      WHAT: The new Chevy Volt PHEV (GM calls it an extended range electric
      vehicle or EREV) has been winning awards everywhere, including "2010
      Motor Trend Car of the Year." It's the first consumer vehicle whose
      local miles can be electric, chargeable at 120 Volts, while it can
      drive across the country anytime. Hundreds of the first Volts left
      Michigan last week for six states, including this first wave for Californians.

      WHY: Fueling miles by cheaper, cleaner, domestic electricity tackles
      the high cost of driving, global warming, energy security, and jobs
      in the auto industry, all at once. Advocates and the auto industry
      aim to get millions of PHEVs and EVs (all-electric vehicles) on our
      roads ASAP.

      HOW will the PHEV pioneers get to Novato? Gremban's silver "World's
      First Prius PHEV" began the buzz on PHEVs in 2005. Kramer's white
      Prius was flown to Washington DC in 2006 to inspire members of
      Congress http://www.calcars.org/phevs-in-dc.html . (Both cars sport
      giant "$100+MPG" signs.) Frank's Nissan hybrid stays until his Volt arrives.

      WHEN/WHERE: "Success of the Plug-In Vehicle Campaign" is the theme
      for this grass-roots event on Wednesday morning December 22 at 9:30AM
      at Novato Chevrolet, 7123 Redwood Boulevard, Novato CA 94945 (45
      minutes north of San Francisco). Speakers will be announced. Bring an
      umbrella; if weather is extreme we may relocate. WEDNESDAY MORNING,
      CHECK http://www.calcars.org/events.html .

      CO-SPONSORS: Plug In America, Electric Auto Association, San
      Francisco, North Bay & Silicon Valley EAA chapters.

      Watch http://www.calcars.org/news-archive for more info.
      Some photos at http://www.calcars.org/photos-plugins-arrive.html

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      Felix Kramer fkramer@...
      Founder California Cars Initiative
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