Raleigh Snags Influential EV Conference

Raleigh Snags Influential EV Conference

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Raleigh, North Carolina has been chosen as the site for the 2011 Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conference, a global gathering of expert insights on technical advances, market research and policy initiatives shaping the future of plug-in hybrid and electric transportation. Dubbed Plug-In 2011, the conference is scheduled to be held in the capital city from July 18-21, 2011.

Raleigh Choice

2011 Ford Transit Connect Electric

Choosing Raleigh for the event is important as it will be the first time the Plug-In Conference will be held outside of California. The Raleigh venue is expected to help make the conference more accessible to potential attendees. The 2011 conference will be co-organized by EPRI, Progress Energy and Duke Energy and held at the Raleigh Convention Center downtown.

“We decided to offer a bit of geographical balance to our conference schedule as a way of exposing more people to the significant progress made toward integrating plug-in hybrid and other electric vehicles into the transportation system,” said Mark Duvall, director of Electric Transportation at EPRI. “The Research Triangle area is an appropriate location that is well-known as an incubator of entrepreneurship, innovation and thought-leadership.”

San Jose Venue

First held in San Jose in 2008, the Plug-In Conference moved to Long Beach in 2009 and returned to San Jose this year. Automotive manufacturers, component suppliers, electric utilities, government agencies, the environmental community and academia participate by exchanging ideas and gathering data necessary for making critical decisions related to plug-in hybrid and electric transportation.

Plug-In 2010 is concluding today and has included high-level inclusive sessions and 21 breakout sessions and mini-panels focused on driving, connecting and launching technologies required to fully commercialize and integrate electric drive into the marketplace. More than 40 exhibitors showcase their wares with one night set aside for public review.

Raleigh Mayor

Speaking on behalf of his city, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said, “The cooperation we are experiencing here between the electric utilities, the municipalities and other partners is contributing mightily to the creation of a supportive environment for this innovative transportation technology.” In 2011 Raleigh will get its chance to demonstrate its interest in advancing electric vehicle technology at the fourth annual Plug-In Conference.

Sources: EPRI, Progress Energy and Duke Energy.

Photo Credit: Ford Motor Company

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