News of three major events:
* Former Intel CEO Andy Grove has been added as a keynoter to the
international conference on plug-in cars.
* The third annual "Hybridfest" in Madison Wisconsin features a
strong focus on PHEVs
* Save the Dates for the September 4-5 Cascadia/Microsoft conference:
the Pacific Northwest's headline event
* Plus pointers to articles about Oregon and Washington plug-in projects
PLUG-IN 2008 Conference & Exposition in San Jose, CA July 22-24, 2008
In a major new addition to the program, Andy Grove, former Intel
chairman and CEO, will provide a keynote address at Plug-In 2008.
This inaugural three-day international conference will showcase the
latest technological advances, market research and policy initiatives
shaping the future of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Grove
will discuss the critical importance -- and business opportunity and
viability -- of moving transportation from oil to electricity. Grove
was TIME Magazine's Man of the Year in 1997 and was named by the
Wharton School of Business and Nightly Business Report as Most
Influential Business Person of the Last Twenty-Five Years in 2004.
Additional highlights of this conference on PHEVs and EVs:
* A pre-conference battery workshop and 18 breakout sessions with
80-plus scheduled speakers addressing issues ranging from car buyers
and PHEVs, to reducing petroleum use with PHEVs, to "smart charging"
and the home interface, and more.
* Comprehensive exposition featuring displays including plug-in
vehicles, batteries and the latest innovations associated with PHEVs
and electricity infrastructure. Vehicles scheduled for display
include a plug-in Prius, a Ford Escape PHEV, a PHEV Dodge Sprinter, a
Ford F-150 PHEV, a plug-in ACE Formula Racing Car, and other plug-in
and electric vehicles, motorcycles and scooters.
If you don't attend the whole conference, come to the Public Night,
Tuesday at 6PM to see the booths on the exposition floor and attend
the panel discussion on PHEVs and their role in the transportation
and energy future.
HYBRIDFEST in Madison, WI July 19-20, 2008 http://www.whybridfest.com
This third annual event will focus on rising fuel prices and will
feature a number of PHEVs and a live Prius conversion. Felix Kramer
is speaking both days.
From the press release:
After two years of growing crowds and nationwide publicity,
Hybridfest continues to amaze the skeptics who thought that a
grassroots event, organized by volunteers, and held in Madison,
Wisconsin, would never succeed. The more than 12,000 people who
visited Hybridfest 2007 would disagree. One of this nation's largest
events dedicated to clean and sustainable transportation will once
again be held as part of the Dane County Fair, July 19-20, 2008. Free
public admission to Hybridfest 2008 will be included with the
purchase of every Dane County Fair ticket, and parking at the fair is
free. Most Hybridfest events are scheduled for the air-conditioned
comfort of the Alliant Energy Center.
This year's show will include displays by manufacturers, dealers,
environmental groups, vendors and exhibitors, as well as vehicle test
drives. Toyota Motor Company, the world's largest auto manufacturer
and maker of more hybrid vehicles than any other, is proud to again
be Hybridfest 2008's Diamond Sponsor. Felix Kramer, founder of
CalCars, will join a varied lineup of speakers on a wide assortment
of topics including current and future vehicles, as well as various
environmental, fuel-efficient driving and other technology issues.
Hybridfest 2008 will again be the "home" for hybrid owners from
around North America. Owners travel from all across the country and
Canada, many hypermiling to Madison, to meet, teach and learn with
other hybrid and fuel-economy enthusiasts like themselves. Visitors
will have the unique chance to see incredible vehicles in the
Hybridfest Owners' Vehicle Showcase, and to talk with the owners
about their real-life driving experiences. Hybridfest 2008 will also
feature the nation's premier fuel economy competition, the MPG
Challenge, which will again test some of the world's best hypermilers
to achieve the best fuel economy over an open-road course. Last year,
MPG Challenge winners achieved from 60 to 168 MPG in various vehicle classes.
Sunday speakers include
Ron DeLong, creator of the ScanGaugeII: Using the XGauge feature in
Wayne Gerdes, owner of CleanMPG.com: Total Cost of Ownership. Why
You Want to Purchase a Hybrid Today
Mike Granoff, Head of Oil Independence Policies for Project Better
Place: electric car infrastructure
Benjamin Jones, co-founder of ecomodder.com: Modifying Your Car for MPG's
Peter Koczan, Hybridfest 2007 MPG Challenge participant: Tips and
Tricks for Maximizing Fuel Economy on the Highway
Felix Kramer, CalCars.org: The Campaign to Commercialize Plug-In Hybrids
Richard Krueger, automotive writer and fuel economy instructor: Five
Easy and Safe Ways to Improve Your Fuel Economy
Francis Voge, Executive Director of Wisconsin Clean Cities:
information about the "greening" of fleets.
From the Hybridfest web site....
Although the public portion of Hybridfest spans two days (Saturday,
July 19, and Sunday, July 20), as a Hybridfest member you'll have
access to even more fun:
* An extra half day of activities on Friday, July 18
* Post-show activities Saturday evening, July 19
* Pre-show activities Sunday morning, July 20
* T-Shirt, Goodie Bag, Showcase rights, awards, door prizes, free
fair admission, "How-To" sessions, etc.
BEYOND OIL: Save the Dates September 4-5 in Redmond WA
"Beyond Oil: Transforming Transportation: A National Demonstration
Project" Redmond, WA September 4-5 at the Microsoft Conference Center
Fifth Annual Cascadia-Microsoft Conference on Transportation
Technology, co-sponsored by Microsoft, the U.S. Department of
Transportation, the Idaho National Laboratory, PEMCO, Washington DOT
and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
The topic of the conference is urgent and timely. With oil over $120
a barrel and gas approaching $4 a gallon, America will spend $450
billion this year to buy imported oil, accelerating an unprecedented
transfer of wealth. Our near total dependence on oil in
transportation harms national security, the economy and the environment.
Learn how we can accelerate the day when we have a choice in
transportation fuels. Hear experts discuss how flexible fuel, plug-in
hybrid electric vehicles can be combined with advanced vehicle
software and communications capabilities that will increase safety,
reduce time in traffic, dramatically decrease emissions and bolster
Hear speakers describe a national demonstration project that can be
launched this year that would showcase these advanced transportation
and energy solutions. And hear panels discuss how governments and the
private sector can work together to create the transformed
transportation system of the future. Workshops include advanced
cellulosic biofuels, tolling, traffic management, green highway and
clean port strategies as well as advanced air, passenger rail and
Register early, as attendance is limited.
OTHER PACIFIC NORTHWEST NEWS
See the article in The Oregonian, "The new span is key to a 'green
highway'" Sunday, June 29, 2008 by Bruce Agnew and Matt Rosenberg
from Cascadia, that situates plug-in cars within a larger
transportation planning context:
Oregon Utility, Readying for Waves of EVs, Installs Charging Stations
in Two Cities
Seattle Mayor Introduces City's First PHEV [report on regional
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Founder California Cars Initiative
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