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2 Weeks to Plug-In 2010: Conference + Public Night; Cleantech Open Next Thursday
Jul 15, 2010 (From the CalCars-News archive)
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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.

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 . 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 at­index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49&Itemid=50

CONFERENCE: Plenaries and workshops are from 8AM Tuesday, July 27 to noon Thursday, July 29. See the plenary schedule at­index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=49 . See the breakout sessions at­index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44&Itemid=45 or the PDF at­images/­stories/­agenda/­breakout-sessions.pdf . 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 .

CLEANTECH OPEN NATIONAL CONFERENCE This is the 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 at­app.cgi/­entry_list/­2010/­2 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 .

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 at­events.html .

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