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DOE Hosts Workshop on Transition to Electric Vehicles

July 21, 2010 - 12:00am


Washington, DC - On Thursday, July 22, 2010, the Department of Energy will host an electric vehicle workshop at DOE Headquarters in Washington, DC, bringing together more than 150 city officials, vehicle manufacturers, utility companies and other stakeholders.  The workshop will help participants better coordinate their efforts to expand the availability and use of electric cars, trucks and buses by discussing the infrastructure investments needed to support the broad deployment of plug-in electric vehicles.  Throughout the day, the workshop will focus the discussion on high-impact steps regions can pursue in the near-term to better prepare for electric-drive vehicles.  In August, the Department of Energy will release a short summary of the lessons learned from panel discussions with leading local governments, utilities, and carmakers.

Local leadership will play an important part in the Administration's overall efforts to build a broad market for plug-in electric vehicles that will lower carbon pollution, reduce our reliance on oil, and spur U.S. economic growth.

As part of the Department of Energy's $12 billion investment in advanced vehicle technologies, DOE is investing more than $5 billion to electrify America's transportation sector.  This includes eight demonstration projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will help deploy 13,000 new, grid-connected vehicles and put 20,000 charging stations in residential, commercial and public locations nationwide over the next few years.

This workshop builds on the Department's ongoing programs to support the development, manufacturing and deployment of the batteries, components, vehicles and chargers necessary to reach President Obama's goal of 1 million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015.  More information on DOE's advanced vehicle investments is available in the recently released report, "Recovery Act Investments: Transforming America's Transportation Sector" (pdf - 341 kb). 

WHAT: Plug-in Vehicle and Infrastructure Community Readiness Workshop 
WHEN: Thursday, July 22, 2010

8:30 AM - 5:15 PM 

*Agenda below*

WHERE: Department of Energy Headquarters

1000 Independence Ave. SW

Washington, DC 20585

WHO: Department of Energy Officials with local government representatives, automakers, utilities and other stakeholders
RSVP: Due to security and space constraints, please RSVP to Ebony Meeks at or (202) 586-4940.


8:30 - 8:45 Welcoming Remarks and Workshop Purpose

David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, DOE

8:45- 9:15 Case Study: Oregon's Plug-in Vehicle and Infrastructure Plan

Rick Wallace, Oregon Department of Energy

9:15 - 11:00 Panel Discussion: Planning, Processes, Financing, and Partnerships

Moderator: Don Karner, ECOtality

Panelists: Paul Mitchell, Energy Systems Network (IN); Susan Freedman, San Diego Association of Governments (CA); Colleen Crowinshield, Pima Association of Governments (AZ); Rick Wallace, Oregon Department of Energy; Laura Spanjian, City of Houston (TX)

11:00 - 12:00 Facilitated Discussion on Community Best Practices
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:45 Auto Industry Perspectives on Building Plug-in Vehicle Markets

Moderator: Patrick Davis, U.S. Department of Energy

Panelists: Tracy Woodard, Nissan; Britta Gross, GM; Douglas Greenhaus, National Automobile Dealers Association; Nancy Gioia, Ford

2:45-3:00 Remarks

Matt Rogers, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, DOE

3:15 - 4:45 Utilities' Roles in Developing Plug-in Vehicle Initiatives

Moderator: Richard Lowenthal, Coulomb

Panelists: Larry Alford, Austin Energy; Bob Graham, Southern California Edison; Mike Rowand, Duke Energy; James Ellis, TVA

4:45-5:15        Closing

Media contact(s):

(202) 586-4940