WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A motorcade of battery, hybrid and fuel cell powered vehicles will parade through Washington D.C. on Tuesday, April 19th, as part of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) conference during Earth Week. As gas prices are spiking, the motorcade of cars and trucks will showcase electric alternatives to oil dependence.
The Honorable Steven Chu, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, will kick-off the "Innovation Motorcade" from the Department of Energy at 10 a.m. with a press conference. After the kick-off, vehicles will tour the Nation's Capital and end at the EDTA Conference Ride, Drive and Charge at the Washington Convention Center.
The following day, the Honorable Ray H. LaHood, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, will be the keynote speaker at the opening plenary of the 2011 EDTA Conference, where leading government and industry experts will discuss the latest advances in electric drive technology and policies to accelerate the electrification of transportation.
PARTICIPATING COMPANIES IN THE INNOVATION MOTORCADE
AMP Electric Vehicles
Edison Electric Institute
Smith Electric Vehicles
"We are excited to show consumers and policymakers how many electric drive choices are available and how rapidly innovations are being brought to the market place," said Brian Wynne, the President of EDTA. "These cars and trucks, and the technology that supports them, are helping to reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil, reducing driving costs and pollution, improving our national security and creating advanced energy jobs."
- 10:00 AM: Opening press conference at the Department of Energy with Secretary Chu, EDTA President Brian Wynne, followed by Q&A (approx 25 cars will be present); Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue
- 11:00 AM – 11:45 PM: Cars and trucks depart for Motorcade through Washington, DC
- 12:15 PM: Washington Convention Center "Ride, Drive and Charge" event, where the public can interact with the vehicles and charging stations.
SOURCE Electric Drive Transportation Association