Electric/hybrid plug-in car conference takes place in Long Beach

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A conference focused on the future of electric and hybrid cars you can plug into the wall takes place in Long Beach Monday through Thursday. KPCC’s Molly Peterson offers this preview.

Cars with batteries that can be plugged in to a socket aren’t in dealer showrooms – yet. This conference aims to speed the spread of that technology, and to bring together its developers, regulators, and rabid fans.

The Electric Power Research Institute and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group are sponsoring the event. Registration isn’t cheap, but the South Coast Air Quality Management District is hosting a public night tomorrow. For a $10 dollar fee after 5:30, people can wander the exhibition hall to see demonstration plug-in and hybrid cars on display.

One of the vehicles will be a Hummer that Raser Technologies says it’s modified to get the equivalent of 100 miles a gallon. Later tomorrow night a panel of electric car enthusiasts, filmmakers, and specialists will talk about spreading the plug-in word.


Plug-In 2009 Exposition
Opens to the Public

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Long Beach Convention Center, Hall A