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Apr 20, 2006 (From the CalCars-News archive)
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Apologies for the late notice: we never announced this event on CalCars-News. See URL for directions. I'll be showing our PHEV-30 from EnergyCS/EDrive both before the event (starting at 6PM) and after 9PM.­2006/­04/­commercializing.html

Commercializing 100+MPG Hybrids: Challenging Automotive Energy Orthodoxies

Next Future Salon Thursday 20th of April: Commercializing 100+MPG Hybrids

The California Cars Initiative ( is a nonprofit startup of entrepreneurs, engineers and environmentalists combining advocacy and technology development. Founder Felix Kramer (bio see further down) explains plug-in hybrids' benefits for energy security and global warming. He describes current campaigns to promote this solution (and the related campaign for E85 and other biofuels) and the responses from automakers.

A Future Salon has the following structure: 6-7 networking with light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP. From 7-9+ pm presentation and discussion. SAP Labs North America, Building D, Room Southern Cross, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 [map] As always free and open to the public. Improve your commute by sharing it with a fellow Futurist. Check the Ride Board for opportunities. Please RSVP, so we can get enough food and drinks.

Speaker Bio: founder Felix Kramer is a communications, marketing, business development and strategy executive. He's made a successful career of promoting innovative ideas, events, products and services relating to energy and technology. He organized this advocacy and technology nonprofit startup devoted to commercializing plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), gaining national attention for the first "green-tuning" of the popular Toyota Prius hybrid and catalyzing national campaigns to promote flex-fuel PHEVs.

Previously, he was a legislative aide for a member of Congress, in the late 1970s ran a nonprofit energy conservation company, created a trade association for conservation businesses, and directed a three-day citywide solar energy event in NYC. In 1985, he was an early desktop publisher. In 1990, he co-authored Desktop Publishing Success, the first book on the business side of electronic publishing. He sold his DTP business in 1997.

In 1997, he founded, a marketplace for web development services, then sold the company in 2001. A graduate of Cornell University, he lives in Silicon Valley.

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