CleanTech OC Hosts “The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Revolution: Are We Ready?”
Sponsored by UC Irvine’s National Fuel Cell Research Center
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Program: 1:30pm | Reception: 5:30pm
Electric vehicles are quickly becoming the hottest autos on the market, and their wider adoption presents an array of opportunities and challenges for our cities, utilities, businesses, and neighbors.
CleanTech OC and UC Irvine are hosting a series of panel discussions exploring what it means to be “PEV-ready,” featuring speakers representing startup and major auto manufacturers, electric vehicle charging systems, the utilities, regulatory agencies, and other critical stakeholders.
Capacity for this event is limited, so register today.
Panel #1: The PEV Has Arrived
Moderator: Diane Wittenberg, Executive Director of the California PEV Collaborative
-- Bob Graham, Southern California Edison
-- Alex Keros, General Motors
-- Adrene Brios, ECOTality
Three panelists will take the “30,000 foot view” of the PEV industry and readiness. The first panel will have a broader focus on issues related to charging infrastructure build-out (residential and beyond the home), how widespread PEV adoption relates to the electrical grid, thoughts from the EV automotive industry, and the early challenges posed by widespread PEV adoption.
Panel #2: PEV readiness at the city, regional, and state levels
Moderator: Dr. Matt Miyasato, South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
-- Leslie Baroody, California Energy Commission
-- Joshua Cunningham, California Air Resources Board
-- Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power
Three panelists will focus on what cities/regions/the state are doing to be PEV-ready, what still needs to be done, and what policies will promote greater PEV-readiness and adoption.
Break: 3:45 – 4:00 PM
Panel #3: The future of PEV: Economic impacts, energy security, and infrastructure
Moderator: Brian Kremer, ROTH Capital
-- Alan Niedzwiecki, Quantum Technologies
-- Chris Chen, San Diego Gas & Electric / Sempra Utilities
Three panelists will discuss how the growth of the PEV industry relates to issues such as energy security, smart-grid build out, its impact on the economy, and how related technologies will continue to advance the transportation industry and its evolution.
Closing remarks: Dr. Scott Samuelsen, UC Irvine
Reception:5:30 – 7:30 PM