SOURCE: CleanTX Forum

September 18, 2007 18:54 ET

Grid-Connected Vehicles -- Will Electric Cars Jam the Streets?

CleanTX Forum to Meet on Wednesday, September 19; Automotive Giants to Present in Panel

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - September 18, 2007) - In a forum that should be happening in Palo Alto, top automotive industry experts will be discussing the future of electric vehicles. As available technology, environmental concerns, energy independence and consumer demand all speed towards a multi-car collision, the chances of vehicles plugging into the nation's electric grid in the coming decade have never looked better.

Current battery technology has made the potential of Plug-in Hybrids with comparable range and features to standard vehicles as well as short-range, electric vehicles a reality. Investors and large companies have allocated resources, pioneers are building cars, early adopters are converting and driving them and the Toyota Prius has proven that demand for electric vehicles is growing.

Soothsayers are predicting cars with bi-directional chargers -- drivers will be able to fuel up their vehicles from the electric grid and sell surplus electricity back to the utilities during critical peak hours. What does the future realistically hold?

The CleanTX Forum will address the impending growth and opportunities in the emerging grid-connected vehicle market. We will address the following questions and show a real example of the "vehicles of the future" that are actually available today.

Event Details

Date:       Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Time:       5:00-6:00 Registration/Networking + Vehicle Demos
            6:00-8:30 Panel Discussion

Location:   The Commons Center
            10100 Burnet Road
            Austin, TX 78758
            Map URL:

Moderator:  -- Dave Tuttle - Chairman, Austin's Digital Horsepower
               Initiative; CEI Advisor, UT DARPA Urban Challenge Team,
               UT ChallengeX Team

Speakers:   -- Jaycie Chitwood - Senior Strategic Planner,
               Advanced Technologies Department, Toyota Motor Company
            -- Roger Duncan - Deputy General Manager, Austin Energy
            -- Robert Kanode - CEO, Valence
            -- Sunil Chhaya, PhD - Senior Project Manager - Electric
               Transportation, Electric Power Research Institute
            -- Kevin Klein, PhD - Global Automotive Marketing Manager,


Cost:       $15 in advance / $20 at the door

CleanTX Forum

The CleanTX Forum provides the networking and environment for professionals interested in learning more about clean technologies and building the Austin cleantech community. Our mission is to promote entrepreneurship in the field of clean technology and renewable energy in Austin, by providing a forum for executives, entrepreneurs, investors and analysts to share real-world experiences, opportunities, and challenges in the field. The Austin Cleantech Forum will also schedule ad hoc events when cleantech leaders are available to travel to Austin. We will also announce and support workshops and demonstrations of new technologies in the community and will highlight Austin's growing list of cleantech successes.

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