SOURCE: CleanTech OC

CleanTech OC

May 09, 2011 18:38 ET

The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Revolution: Are We Ready?

Media Invited to Attend Discussions Featuring High-Profile Thought Leaders Within the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Industry as Orange County and California Prepare for the Wider Adoption of PEVs

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) -

CleanTech OC, the trade association for cleantech companies in Orange County, is hosting a symposium on plug-in electric vehicles featuring thought leaders from the PEV industry. Speakers include Diane Wittenberg of the California PEV Collaborative, County Supervisor Bill Campbell, Matt Sapp of Ernst & Young, Dr. Scott Samuelsen of UC Irvine, Dave Mazaika of Quantum Technologies, and others.

Media is invited to the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Revolution symposium, hosted by CleanTech OC. This event will feature three panels and a variety of speakers from throughout the industry, discussing the opportunities and challenges our communities and state face with the wider adoption of plug-in electric vehicles. Following the program, a reception will be held on-site featuring an exhibition of electric vehicles, including the Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, an all-electric military vehicles (similar to a Hummer) manufactured by Millenworks, an electric F-150, Tesla Roadster, and five other vehicles.

Wednesday, May 11. Symposium will be held 1:30 - 5:30pm. Reception and electric vehicle expo will be held 5:30 - 7:30 PM.

UC Irvine Student Center - Pacific Ballrooms. First 200 attendees can park for free in Student Center Parking Structure adjacent to the facility. A311 Student Center, Irvine 92697.

Now that the major OEMs are rapidly introducing plug-in electric vehicles to the consumer market, our cities and the State of California will soon face a variety of challenges and opportunities related to the wider adoption of PEVs. Utilities will have to be strategic in upgrading the grid, cities will need to trim red tape for permitting EV charging infrastructure, and the State will have to determine whether it is financially feasible to continue extending tax credits to those purchasing PEV's and providing grants for cities that prepare for wider adoption.

Media are invited to learn more about these issues from industry leaders, and connect with them after the event has concluded. For additional information please contact CleanTech OC Director Taylor Honrath, at 949.585.2988, or

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