All-Electric Ride-and-Drive Hits Detroit at The Business of Plugging In Conference, October 11-13

Aug 24, 2011, 11:26 ET from The Business of Plugging In (SM)

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Smart, efficient and fully charged ... these are the common features of the plug-in electric vehicles to be on display—and driven—at The Business of Plugging In(SM) 2011, a Center for Automotive Research conference. The event, taking place October 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Mich. will include an exclusive ride-and-drive offering attendees the opportunity to drive several production electric vehicles (EV). The test track, featuring hairpin turns, accelerations and a slalom course, will deliver a full driving experience, just steps away from conference presenters and exhibitors.

Ride-and-drive vehicles will include:

  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Ford Transit Connect Electric
  • Mercedes ML350 EV provided by AMP Electric Vehicles
  • Saturn Sky provided by AMP Electric Vehicles
  • Vauxhall Vivaro provided by Protean Drive™
  • Plus, additional vehicles to be revealed in September

When not behind the wheel of an EV, conference registrants can view several types of charging stations, on display and in operation, in addition to hearing from dozens of industry experts during The Business of Plugging In (BPI) 2011 panel discussions and technical sessions. Sessions will include "Changing Perspectives: PEV Partnerships in a Changing World," focusing on the evolving landscape for automakers and suppliers, and "Consumer Insights," discussing early consumer response and stakeholder reaction.

Encouraging collaboration within the industry to address global challenges, the conference will offer access to information from nearly 50 exhibitors, including, automakers, charging station providers and other stakeholders.

For the full event agenda, visit The conference will be offering an early registration discount through August 31, 2011.

About The Business of Plugging In(SM)
The Business of Plugging In (BPI) was launched in 2009 with a grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). It took place in Detroit, Mich., the center of global automotive technology leadership, to cultivate discussion among key stakeholders about developing a business model and infrastructure to support the introduction and future growth of plug-in electric vehicles. BPI is a Center for Automotive Research (CAR) conference. CAR's mission is to conduct research on significant issues related to the future direction of the global automotive industry, as well as organize and conduct forums of value to the automotive community. For more information about CAR, visit

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