Acclaimed Director Rob Reiner & General Wesley Clark Just Added to Line-up
Washington, DC—September 5, 2003—Plenary, automotive and keynote speakers have been announced for EVS-20: Powering Sustainable Transportation, to be held in Long Beach, California from November 15-19, 2003. A complete list of plenary session speakers and biographies is attached.
Of particular note, Hollywood director, producer and electric drive advocate Rob Reiner will keynote the Opening Plenary session on Monday, November 17, joined by international leaders from the automotive, technology development and energy sectors. Mr. Reiner is a recognized and active civic leader and environmentalist, even "walking the talk" by driving a Toyota Prius hybrid electric vehicle.
The Opening Plenary Session, "Electric Drive: Powering Sustainable Transportation" boasts the following distinguished speakers - all of whom have confirmed attendance:
• General (ret.) Wesley K. Clark, Chairman, WaveCrest Laboratories, LLC
• David Garman, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy
• Jim Press, Executive Vice President and COO of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc
• Dennis Campbell, President & CEO of Ballard Power Systems
• T.J. Glauthier, President and CEO of the Electricity Innovation Institute
• Hishashi Ishitani, Professor at Keio University, Japan
• Urban Karlstrom, Director General , Swedish National Road and Transport Institute
• Edward Kjaer, Director of the Electric Transportation Division at Southern California Edison
The Closing Plenary Session, "Sustainable Transportation: A World Community Call to Action", on Wednesday, November 19 will celebrate and explore innovative work underway in three cities around the world and will feature:
• Brian Williams, Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, California
• Tomohiko Kawanabe, Director of Honda R&D Co., Inc.
• Antonella Spaggiari, Mayor of Reggio Emilia, Italy
• Hiroshi Nakada, Mayor of Yokohama, Japan
• Sam Bonasso, Acting Administrator of Research and Special Programs (RSPA) for the U.S. Department of Transportation
• Ed LaRocque, National Manager, Advanced Technology Vehicles, Toyota
On Sunday, November 16, EVS-20 will feature an Automotive Media Roundtable, with top-level executives from General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Ford, Nissan and DaimlerChrysler. Participants will speak to the topic of the "Global Calls for Sustainable Transportation", and how manufacturers, suppliers, and society can "afford the bill" of a global transition to widespread electric drive. During the roundtable, credentialed EVS-20 media can ask questions of the panel. (more) Automotive Media Roundtable participants:
• Eiichi Abe, Senior Vice President and Head of FCV R& D, Nissan Japan
• Robert Bienenfeld, Senior Manager, Automobile Product Planning, American Honda
• Mike Schwarz, Director, Sustainable Mobility Technologies, Ford Motor Co.
• Bob Stempel, Chairman, ECD Ovonics (moderator)
• Ken Stewart, Marketing Director of New Ventures, General Motors
• Andreas Truckenbrodt, Director, Fuel Cell Program, DaimlerChrysler
• Douglas West, Senior Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs, Toyota
"The impressive speakers assembled for our plenary sessions make EVS-20 the 'must attend" event of 2003 for the battery, hybrid and fuel cell industry," declared Kateri Callahan, President of EDTA, the organizer of EVS-20: Powering Sustainable Transportation. Ms. Callahan added: "Complementing an impressive assemblage of the world's foremost academicians, technology developers, vehicle manufacturers, government officials and energy providers that comprise the EVS-20 technical program, the keynote speakers bring electric drive "star power" to the program."
A complete conference agenda and speaker list can be found online at www.evs20.org.
EDTA (formerly EVAA) is the industry association working to advance electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure through policy, information and communication initiatives in the United States. EDTA is the premier organizer of electric transportation industry events and conferences, and EDTA is pleased to sponsor all international Electric Vehicle Symposia (EVS) held in the Americas, as well as the Electric Transportation Industry Conference series. For more information on EDTA, visit www.electricdrive.org.