EDTA Names Thomas R. Kuhn, President of the Edison Electric Institute, as Co-Chairman of the Board

March 8, 2006—Washington, DC—The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) today named Tom Kuhn, President of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), as Co-Chairman of its Board of Directors.

March 8, 2006—Washington, DC—The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) today named Tom Kuhn, President of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), as Co-Chairman of its Board of Directors.


EEI, a longtime board member of EDTA, is the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, international affiliates, and industry associates worldwide. Mr. Kuhn joins the current Co-Chairman, Edward Cohen of Honda North America, in leading EDTA's national and international efforts to promote the development and adoption of electric drive technologies.

"The Administration and Congress are increasingly recognizing that electric drive is an available and effective response to the challenges of foreign oil dependence, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions," says Kuhn. "EDTA's challenge is to turn that recognition into reality. We will be making the most of the opportunities before us this year, including the President's Advanced Energy Initiative, which calls for increased federal investment in advanced vehicle technologies - including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen and flexible fuels vehicles. "

"EEI is an established leader in the development of electric drive," says EDTA President Brian Wynne. "Mr. Kuhn's outstanding policy credentials and industry experience will be a tremendous asset to EDTA and to the electric drive effort."

Departing Co-Chairman Eugene Zeltmann, President & CEO of the New York Power Authority, has retired. Other EDTA Board members include: Austin Energy, DaimlerChrysler, Energy Conversion Devices/Ovonic, Enova Systems, Electric Power Research Institute, General Motors, Honda, Methanex, Pacific Gas & Electric, Saft America, Southern California Edison, and Toyota.

About the Edison Electric Institute:
EEI's members serve 97 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder owned segment of the industry, and 71 percent of all electric utility ultimate customers in the nation. They generate almost 60 percent of the electricity produced by U.S. electric generators.

About the Electric Drive Transportation Association:
EDTA is the preeminent industry association dedicated to advancing electric drive as a core technology on the road to sustainable mobility. As an advocate for the adoption of electric drive technologies, EDTA serves as the unified voice for the industry and is the primary source of information and education related to electric drive. Our membership includes a diverse representation of vehicle and equipment manufacturers, energy providers, component suppliers and end users.
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EDTA Contact: Jennifer Watts
202-408-0774
jwatts@electricdrive.org

EEI Contact: Jason Cuevas
202-508-5074
jcuevas@eei.org

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