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Electric Vehicles to Take Center Stage in Nation’s Capital for Earth Week

2011 EDTA Conference, “The Time is Now,” April 19-21, To Bring Together Policy and Business Leaders to Accelerate Electric Drive into the Market

With our nation at an energy crossroads, this year’s conference will demonstrate how electric drive technology will be an essential part of the solution to our economic, energy and environmental challenges created by U.S. foreign oil dependence.”

Washington, DC March 2, 2011

The Electric Drive Transportation Association(EDTA), the preeminent trade association representing battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric drive vehicles, announced today the sessions and keynote speakers for its [2011 EDTA Conference. This Earth Week event, taking place April 19 – 21, 2011 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., will also offer the opportunity for attendees to ride, drive and charge a variety of electric vehicles.

The EDTA annual conference attracts automakers, battery, charging and other electric drive infrastructure companies, utilities, policymakers, media and non-governmental organizations. This year’s event will kick off with keynote addresses from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Edison International Chairman and CEO Ted Craver. In addition, the CEOs of Ener1, Ecotality, Coulomb Technologies, Envia Systems, Enova Systems, Dow Kokam, and Volkswagen North America will also speak at the conference.

“We are pleased that these electric drive leaders will be providing their unique insights at the 2011 EDTA Conference,” said EDTA President Brian Wynne. “With our nation at an energy crossroads, this year’s conference will demonstrate how electric drive technology will be an essential part of the solution to the economic, energy and environmental challenges created by U.S. foreign oil dependence.”

To showcase electric drive vehicles, the 2011 EDTA Conference will feature an Innovation Motorcade and Ride, Drive and Charge event on April 19, starting on Capitol Hill. The motorcade parade will make key stops throughout the district, including at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The conference will also include more than 50 electric drive industry and policy leaders discussing the key issues and newest technology advances, including:

•Congressional Outlook: an opportunity to learn about what leading policymakers are planning for advanced, more sustainable transportation and the electric drive industry;

•The Evolving Electric Drive Marketplace: a discussion that will explore new market adoption in areas such as rental cars and installation needs, especially as the industry continues to expand;

•Smart Grid, Smart Fuel: a session about the capability of the electric grid to support electric vehicles, particularly its current and future effect on electricity demands, the environmental benefit and consumer impact;

•Materials and Rare Earth Metals: a talk among industry experts to learn more about how materials – from rare earth technologies to lithium – are changing the future of electric drive vehicles; and

•Speeding Future Deployment: a discussion about understanding how to help advance electric vehicle deployment, including improving the electric vehicle manufacturing processes – from design, installation and training.

Additional speakers include:

•Chad Bell, senior director, new business solutions Group, Best Buy;
•Richard Broome, senior vice president, corporate affairs and communications, Hertz;
•Linda Bluestein, co-director, DOE clean cities, U.S. Department of Energy;
•Mark Duvall, director, electric transportation and energy storage, Electric Power Research Institute;
•Edward Kjaer, director of electric transportation, Southern California Edison;
•Sherif Marakby, director of electrification programs and engineering, Ford Motor Company;
•Tony Posawatz, vehicle line director, global electric vehicles, General Motors Corporation;
•Mike Rowand, director, advanced customer technologies, Duke Energy;
•John Schaaf, vice president, market development, Johnson Controls; and
•Saul Zambramo, director, clean air transportation, Pacific Gas & Electric.

For more information and to register for the 2011 EDTA Annual Conference, please visit

About EDTA: The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) is the preeminent trade association representing battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure. EDTA conducts public policy advocacy, education, industry networking, and international conferences. EDTA’s membership includes vehicle and equipment manufacturers, energy companies, technology developers, component suppliers, and others. For more information about EDTA and its members, visit For information about owning and operating electric vehicles, please visit

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