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Symposium to focus on commercializing plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

IEEE-USA

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles could greatly reduce U.S. gasoline consumption and carbon emissions if adopted on a large scale.

IEEE-USA is co-sponsoring a symposium on the technology and policy challenges of commercializing plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington on 19 September. "Plug-in Hybrids: Accelerating Progress 2007" will bring together leaders in the manufacturing industry, electric utilities, universities, national laboratories and non-profits to explore what is needed to accelerate commercial use of plug-in vehicle technology.

Demonstration vehicles will be on display.

"Advances in power electronics, controls, computer systems, sensors, high-performance permanent-magnet electric motors and new battery technology are converging to create the opportunity to make the plug-in vehicle practical," said Tom Schneider, general chair of the symposium and past chair of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee. "If not today, then in the immediate future."

Unlike gasoline-electric hybrids on the road now, which charge their batteries from an on-board engine while the vehicle is running, plug-in hybrid batteries can charge from an ordinary electric outlet. Thus, your battery can be charged from home while the engine is off.

By getting power from the electric grid, plug-in hybrids can increase the security of the United States by reducing dependence of foreign oil. Drivers can save money by purchasing off-peak electricity and using less gasoline, and the environment benefits from reduced carbon emissions.

The symposium's four panel sessions will explore: Electrification, Fuel Economy and the Environment; Plug-in Vehicles and the Electric Grid; New Technology Challenges and Opportunities; and the Need for Federal Action Now.

The registration fee is $200 for industry and $100 for government employees and students. Continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks are included. After 2 September, the fees jump to $250 and $125, respectively. For more information and to register, see http://www.ieeeusa.org/policy/phev/default.asp.

IEEE-USA is co-sponsoring the event with the IEEE New Technology Directions Committee, the Set America Free Coalition, the IEEE Power Electronics Society, the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and the IEEE Power Engineering Society.

Go to http://www.ieeeusa.org/policy/positions/PHEV0607.pdf for more on plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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