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Friday, May 04, 2012

Tomorrow: UCLA, UC Davis host world conference on electric vehicles and cities in Los Angeles

Image: Concept for solar charging station for electric bicycles, from Kyocera.

(Note that later next week, powerpoints and videos from the presentations will be made available on the organizational website) From email:

-- Conference website

The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and the UC Davis Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center host the World Electric Vehicle Cities and Ecosystems Conference, which will explore best practices and innovative solutions for the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles in cities throughout the world. 
The one-day conference brings together more than 300 government leaders, business executives and nonprofit directors from a variety of countries, including Australia, China, England, France, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the United States. 
The event will include panels on designing parking and roads for EVs; financing and maintaining charging stations; using EVs in public transportation; and EV goals for nonprofits, foundations and governments, among others topics, and will feature the release of the much-anticipated EV City Casebook, which provides a look at the global EV movement by detailing policies and programs in 16 cities around the globe. 
In addition, the Global Electric Vehicle Insight Exchange, an international knowledge-sharing consortium that tracks worldwide EV-deployment progress, will be announced, as will the World EV Cities and Ecosystems web portal, which serves as a central hub for collaborative EV-deployment and research efforts and disseminates best EV-deployment practices to global stakeholders.  
Keynote speakers at the conference will include:  David Sandalow, Assistant secretary of policy and international affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy and Thomas BeckerVice president of government affairs for BMW 
8 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 5
J.W. Marriott hotel at LA Live (map)
900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015  

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