artners: Office of Energy Resources, National Grid, Inskip Nissan and Inskip Smart Center, DATTCO, Project Get Ready RI, Essex Partnership, Environment Northeast, Brown University
Attendance: 141 consumers, students, faculty, OEMs, industry leaders, state officials
Event Highlights: The University of Rhode Island (URI) and Ocean State Clean Cities coordinated a plug-in electric vehicle conference in celebration of Odyssey 2010. Among the displayed vehicles, many of which were available for ride-and-drives, were three products from Xtreme Green, all-electric Smart cars, the National Grid Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid, ConVerdant Vehicles Prius, and a DATTCO eStar.
The plenary session featured speakers from General Motors, CODA Automotive, Mitsubishi, and Plug-In America. This was followed by the utilities perspective and updates by Northeast Utilities and National Grid representatives. The event also held a policy forum, during which attendees discussed legislation to promote plug-in vehicles and EV infrastructure development. Also, there was a fleet outreach session to increase interest and awareness of the benefits of plug-in vehicles.
Additional presentations featured URI and Brown University’s collaboration on lithium-ion battery research, jumpstarted by the RI Science and Technology Advisory Council, plus BASF’s, Lithion Yardney’s and CODA Automotive’s national research and development efforts to improve plug-in vehicle technology.
Coastal Institute Building
University of Rhode Island Bay Campus
215 South Ferry Road