Plug-in 2012 Coming Up Next Week in San Antonio

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Jon LeSage, Editor

Mark Duvall, Direc­tor of Elec­tric Trans­porta­tion, for Elec­tric Power Research Insti­tute, and the lead­ing orga­nizer of Plug-in 2012 (and the other annual events going back to 2008), says there are three main indus­try sec­tors that are lay­ing the infra­struc­ture for plug-in elec­tric vehi­cles to reach large scale – automak­ers, charg­ing devel­op­ers, and util­i­ties. I’ll be attend­ing the con­fer­ence next week in San Anto­nio, Texas, and look for­ward to learn­ing more and net­work­ing in this grow­ing trans­porta­tion system.

Dur­ing an inter­view last Thurs­day on AV Clean Cities Radio (which is still avail­able on archive to lis­ten to), Duvall, made some more points about the future of elec­tric vehi­cles. He says ben­e­fits of EVs cre­ates four strong legs to sup­port the chair – more free­dom from petro­leum depen­dency, reduc­ing CO2 emis­sions, improv­ing air qual­ity, and US job cre­ation mak­ing the cars, infra­struc­ture, and elec­tric­ity for this cost effec­tive trans­porta­tion fuel. (Edi­tors note: spe­cial thanks to Brett Hauser of EVCon­nect for his com­men­tary on work­place charg­ing — see below.)

Some of this is about learn­ing to speak the same lan­guage, Duvall said. Automak­ers and util­i­ties come from widely dis­parate mind­sets on what they’re doing and how they do it. Coor­di­na­tion is impor­tant – you must have the power sources and the vehi­cle. An exten­sive exhibit hall is part of the edu­ca­tion, speaker pan­els fea­tur­ing experts in their fields, an EV ride and drive, and a pub­lic night where the local com­mu­nity can access dis­plays and hear edu­ca­tional presentations.

The Plug-in con­fer­ences have been in Sil­i­con Val­ley, Long Beach, Calif., Raleigh, NC, and now will be in San Anto­nio. Cal­i­for­nia has been an impor­tant region for EVs and the charg­ing infra­struc­ture, but there are other regions of the coun­try with growth mar­kets. San Anto­nio does have an inter­est­ing selec­tion of green tech­nolo­gies being uti­lized by fleets, cities, and tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies in the region. I’m inter­ested in learn­ing more about the “Texas Tri­an­gle” while vis­it­ing there.

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