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Oct 15, 2009 (From the CalCars-News archive)
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Here's information on an event tomorrow morning, conferences next week in MIchigan and Washington State, and reports/links to our presentation at a recent event. Find links here and at­events.html.

"ASK GM AND CALCARS" ON A WEBCHAT: Pose your questions to Tony Posawatz, Chevy Volt Vehicle Line Director and co-chair of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, along with Felix Kramer, CalCars Founder, for an hour starting Friday, October 16 at 12:30 Eastern, 9:30 Pacific time. In an encouraging sign of broad interest, we expect you'll find it at,, and other plug-in related sites. You can also be sure it will be easily visible at the top of the page at the GM Fastlane blog and the Volt Facebook page­chevroletvolt (where you can find links to previous Webchats in this series). (While you're at it, check out the VoltAge info/social networking site:­.)

This event is a lead-in to the Detroit Business of Plugging In conference next week (more on that below). If you're a journalist or blogger who wants to "embed" a link to the event on your site so your audience can participate, write us and we'll put you in touch with the event organizers.

FIRST MAJOR CONFERENCE IN MOTOR CITY ON PLUG-IN VEHICLES: The Business of Plugging In, October 19-21 in Detroit, is organized by the influential Center for Automotive Research, with support from the Michigan Public Service Commission and sponsorship by GM and DTE Energy. The event includes a GM Public Day October 21, a ride-and-drive, a venture capital workshop. The speaker lineup includes Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, former NY Gov. George Pataki, former NATO Supreme Commander Gen. Wesley Clark, the Department of Energy's Matt Rogers, Bill Ford and many auto industry leaders. At "The Consumer: Who, When and Why?" session on market penetration and consumer expectation issues, panelists are Think's Richard Canny, CalCars' Felix Kramer, GM's Tony Posawatz, US Environmental Protection Agency's Karl Simon, and Specialty Equipment Market Association's John Waraniak. The conference is sold out, though there is a waiting list.

BEYOND OIL IN WASHINGTON STATE: The sixth annual Cascadia Project TransTech Conference­scripts/­viewDB/­index.php?command=view&id=991&program=Cascadia&isEvent=true, October 23-24 at Microsoft's Redmond campus, will include a strong focus on plug-in vehicles. Invited speakers include Gov. Chris Gregoire, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, Reps. Jay Inslee and Norm Dicks, US Commerce Sec. Gary Locke, Microsoft's Rob Bernard. See <agenda­scripts/­viewDB/­filesDB-download.php?command=download&id=5751. You can still <register­events/­2009.10.23/­eventForm-payflow.php.

REPORT TO COME ON ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE EVENT: RMI's first West Coast Symposium, October 1-3, 2009 in San Francisco, <"Reinventing Fire"> (referring to RMI's roadmap for eliminating the use of fossil fuels) included a well-received luncheon plenary featuring RMI's National Solutions Council project of the year: The Smart Garage's Project Get Ready to prepare communities to get ready for plug-in vehicles. We hope to post some notes from a great event.

VIEW/HEAR OR READ TRANSCRIPT OF PRESENTATION ON GAS-GUZZLER CONVERSIONS: On September 28-30, 2009: Felix Kramer presented at PHEV '09­phev/­en/­home_en.html, the second Canadian conference on "Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicles/Vehicules electriques et hybrides rechargables." Canada shows signs of evolving at an even faster rate than the U.S. toward plug-in vehicles. See­ice-conversions for links to the 23-slide PDF of "Beyond New Plug-Ins: Fixing Gas Guzzlers" and to download mp3 audio and/or a transcript.

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