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The Electric Drive Conference: From the Front

By Jim Motavalli June 13, 2013

A plug-in Accord typified the lineup in industry was out in force. (Jim photo)

Driving a Chinese-made car the streets of Washington’s quiet neighborhood was just one of the opportunities me during the conference and annual of the Electric Drive Transportation where I was a speaker on a panel the Wall Street Journal’s Dan

E.D.T.A. (representing 110 stakeholders) is the battery of the EV world, a quiet lobbying for EV-friendly legislation 1989. It’s also a in putting on the large-scale E.V.S. put on around the world.

Our session, by E.D.T.A.’s Brian Wynne, was though Neil and I essentially that electric drive eventually (the timeline is certain) conquer all in its path. in fact, thinks the battle is won. When the automakers hands with President at the White House and agreed to mpg by 2025 they were agreeing the electrify the fleet, he

Neil and I also agreed on Americans like fast and cars, and that’s why the Tesla S (and before that, the have been such a hit both the public and the media. surprising that, Detroit aside, there aren’t imitators out there.

Nissan’s Announcement

Nissan said working with NRG Energy, it triple the number of its 480-volt chargers in the U.S. to 500 in the next 18 (including the first units in D.C.).

Bollorè Group. previously to me, is building a $35 million electric network in Indianapolis .

eGrandPrix and CEO Azhar Hussain, who spoke at the conference about how motorsports can electric sales, is bringing his motorcycle racing to Indianapolis 17) and Laguna Seca (July 24) summer.

It’s not strictly but Carly Kade of eVgo me the charging company is expanding the Washington/Baltimore area. and on her iPad me a map with a lot of Walgreens locations on it. has a new design for its stations, which include 480-volt quick eVgo has many public (Texas Cracker Barrels ) and prefers to locate at the far end of parking to minimize internal-combustion encroachment driver rage).

Testing is So

I wasn’t able to attend all the but I saw an exhibition hall that has largely from experimental to production programs. Instead of versions of Toyota Corollas, were plug-in Priuses and LEAFs. Fit EVs and C-MAXes.

In that way it was indistinguishable from the at a mainstream show like only minus the IC cars.

Lee Burlison with an electrified G3, body and chassis sourced Chinese automaker JAC. Motavalli photo)

Probably so, but that it’s a technology-neutral and the internal-combustion engine still has cards to play (such as the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid I drove in this week ).

Yes, was some wannabe technology The Chinese car I drove, with a installed in Mississippi (of all places) was a G3 GreenTech Automotive, which is in the footsteps of Coda and Wheego. GTA is if not ambitious.

During the ride, Marianne executive vice president, that the company is planning to the G3 (which like many cars resembles a mid-80s as a highway-capable vehicle circa

Electric Cars

Buy Our NEVs

Right now, GTA a Smart-like Chinese neighborhood called the MyCar, and some 300 produced in 2012—all exported to I know, the economics of building EVs in the U.S. to sell to Europe sound great, but the company it works. McInerney claims to 1,700 orders for 2013 in both the U.S. and Europe.

a Chinese factory, too, but still under construction.

GTA was famous by its association with executive Terry McAuliffe, flat out as the Democratic candidate for of Virginia. GTA has become an issue in the though not with questions the viability of the company—Republicans demand to why McAuliffe abruptly quit his (duh, to run for governor, he says) and why he his factory in Mississippi instead of

Charged Publisher Christian rounding up new subscribers. (Jim photo)

McInerney admits the G3 (sold in Brazil as a hatchback gas lacks LEAF-like sophistication—the charge indicator is a barely gas gauge. But she says a new information is coming. The car, with a pack and reputed 120-mile is no barn burner. It’s off the line, but cruises fairly

All in all, it’s a worthy for BYD’s long-delayed E6, another EV designs on the American market.

Always Happy

Oh, and the very Charged magazine was there. about time the industry had its own Track. I see publisher Christian at every trade show.

a seriously good read, and are free.

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