Thursday, September 6, 2012
The Future of Electric Vehicles: How to Boost an Emerging Market Sector
New report *Electric Drive by ’25 presented at Capitol Hill lunch briefing (live webcast available)
sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)
The environmental law centers at the UCLA and University of California, Berkeley, Schools of Law will moderate a lunchtime discussion on ways to boost development of electric vehicles and increase consumer demand. A panel of technological experts, industry representatives, and research analysts will offer insights on key state and federal policies needed to grow this automotive market segment.
The briefing coincides with the release of a joint law school report “Electric Drive by '25
” which is embargoed until Sept. 10, at 8 a.m. E.T.
The new report outlines ways policy makers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders can ensure the mass adoption of electric vehicles by 2025. Panelists will discuss the current state of this market sector, including the latest on sales and consumer attitudes, the state of the charging infrastructure, and proposed government policies that support this growing industry. Complimentary lunch will be served.
Congressman Henry A. Waxman praised the new report
and urged support of electric vehicle development:
"Electric vehicles are an important technology for cleaning our air and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. This report provides important suggestions for policy makers and industry alike to spur the widespread adoption of these vehicles and increase the use of electricity for transportation."
- Jay Friedland, legislative director, Plug In America;
- Colleen Quinn, vice president of Government Relations and Public Policy, Coulomb Technologies;
- Tracy Woodard, director of Government Affairs, Nissan;
- Ethan Elkind, Berkeley Law / UCLA Law Climate Policy Associate; lead author of Electric Drive by ’25
When: Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. E.T.
Where: Hearing Room 2322, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The event is free for journalists; RSVP
for the luncheon briefing by Sept. 7, or watch the live webcast
Background: Electric Vehicles, including a range of automotive technologies and models that allow drivers to “plug in” to the electric grid for power, are critical to the nation’s economic, environmental, and national security goals. By relying on domestic electricity production, electric vehicles cut air pollution and boost our economy. But major challenges remain, including the need to reduce consumer costs, invest in new charging stations, and raise awareness about the vehicles’ environmental and economic benefits.