International Conference Opens as EV Sales Hit Record Highs

(EV) technology joins advanced batteries center stage at the major international conference

Novi, Michigan, September 10, 2013 – With the Volt setting an all-time monthly sales record in August, the Leaf and Prius also setting monthly records, and with plug-in electric vehicles now outnumbering gas stations in the USA, electric vehicle (EV) technology joins advanced batteries center stage at the major international conference accompanying The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo.


Around 157 speakers will provide insights on core topics such as lead acid and li-ion market trends, materials and manufacturing processes, with new dedicated tracks on hot issues such as Utility Energy Storage and Safety. The all-new R&D Zone will offer updates to pioneering academic and commercial research, as well as investor perspectives on commercializing research ready for market.

The new Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Conference not only offers insights into core battery and energy storage issues for electric and hybrid vehicles, but also leading supplier and OEM perspectives on electrification and hybridization strategies and technologies across passenger cars, commercial, transport and off highway vehicles. In addition, another 14 speakers will be giving presentations at a free-to-attend one-day Charging Infrastructure Conference.

Event director Steve Bryan said, "We're delighted to be welcoming a truly comprehensive panel of expert speakers from across the commercial, academic and government/civil sectors. In addition to an array of battery supply chain perspectives, the conferences offer insights from automotive OEMs including Volkswagen, Hyundai, GM and Chrysler, power companies such as SCE, Toronto Hydro and DTE, as well as leading national laboratories and government agencies including JCESR, NREL, NASA, Department of Energy, Department of Transport and the Federal Aviation Authority."

Keynote speaker, Joe LoGrasso, Engineering Group Manager at General Motors, anticipates an excellent conference: "I look forward to sharing good dialogue on the future of batteries and additional insight into GM's electrification strategy as we continue on this important journey.

"We've recently launched the Chevrolet Spark EV and will begin production of the Cadillac ELR later this year. These additions to our electrification vehicle portfolio, which started with the Chevrolet Volt and our eAssist technology, will help our customers around the world reduce their dependence on petroleum," he announced.

With the increasing popularity of EVs in the USA being translated into record sales, the time for the allied battery, electric auto, and charging infrastructure industries to discuss the future under one roof together is now, and the only place that is possible is here in Novi.

For further information go to: www.evtechexpo.com/ or www.thebatteryshow.com/

Event director: Steve Bryan, steve.bryan@smartershows.com tel: +44 1306 871 305

Conference director: Mindy Emsley, mindy.emsley@smartershows.com tel: +44 1306 743 811 ext 2303

Media enquiries: Alex, alex.beveridge@smartershows.com tel: +44 1306 871302

Register for your press pass by visiting http://www.evtechexpo.com/press-registration-evt/

Co-located with The Battery Show, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo and Conference provides an ideal opportunity for decision makers to interact with each other and the world's leading suppliers in the US home of EV automotive and battery technology.

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