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Electric cars are generating energy
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The time is now to drive electric. You've heard about the smooth ride and acceleration; feel for yourself. You've seen pictures; see them in person.

Ride in the cars. If you think they are smooth from behind the wheel, settle into a passenger seat, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Charge the cars. You won't believe how easy it is. The charging stations make refueling your electric vehicle simple and seamless. Whether you're driving a battery or a fuel cell electric vehicle, home charging is available, so no need for you to stop at the gas station and stay outside in the cold while you refuel.

Experience the cars and the stations for yourself and you will truly understand that we've arrived at a historic moment.

We know demand is high and you probably don't own an EV yet. Maybe you haven't even come across one on the street. With that in mind, this spring the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) will bring the cars to the people. EDTA's Innovation Motorcade will feature vehicles from all major manufacturers on the streets of our nation's capital, from Capitol Hill to the White House. We want to get the word out and show the public that the cars are here.

The motorcade concludes at the Washington Convention Center and the 2011 EDTA Conference and Annual Meeting. This is where the fun really starts. Come to our Ride, Drive, and Charge and you will have the opportunity to do all three! This is your chance to experience electric vehicles in person and really explore this movement.

So drive them, charge them, show them off, and after you've done all this, talk about it! Tweet about it, post on your Facebook wall, in your RSS feed, in your Buzz, and talk to people. In the age of social media we often forget that a one-on-one conversation is the best way to truly convey an experience. Engage your friends, your family, your neighbors and co-workers. Join the conversation and charge your energy with us on Twitter.

Johnson Controls Global Leadership
Johnson Controls, through our joint venture Johnson Controls-Saft, is the leading independent supplier of advanced battery systems that make vehicles more energy efficient. MORE

Detroit Auto Show gets off to an electrifying start
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Ford showed off four new vehicles including one that is completely electric, and two others that will combine electric power and a gas engine. GM's plug-in hybrid, Volt, won North American Car of the Year. It was named Motor Trends' Car of the Year. Ford revealed three variations of a compact minivan called the C-Max that will go on sale next year: A seven-passenger version that runs on a gas engine, and two five-passenger hybrid versions. Though the company took the wraps off its battery-powered Focus, that car was also prominently displayed in Detroit and may in fact be the star of the show. More

Toyota grows Prius brand
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Toyota is expanding its Prius brand of fuel-sipping cars with a larger gas-electric hybrid called Prius V, a plug-in electric aimed at drivers with short commutes and a Prius C concept that will come to market in early 2012 with the highest fuel economy rating of any non-rechargeable hybrid. "Today we're going to plant the (Prius) family tree and watch it grow," said Bob Carter, Toyota division group vice president. While Toyota has offered hybrid powertrain options on most of its passenger car models, market research found that many current or aspiring Prius owners wanted more choices, including more storage space. More

Johnson Controls unveils its ie:3
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Johnson Controls this morning at the Detroit auto show unveiled a fully electric concept car, the ie:3 — which features a densely packed lithium battery under the floor and stadium seating for extra storage. The demonstration small car, whose name is short for "inspired efficiency," highlights several of JCI's product lines, including batteries and seating systems. The ie:3 is powered by a next-generation prismatic battery, packed with 216 cells, 6-inches deep, whose placement allows for a completely flat floor, said Michael Warsaw, vice president, industrial design for Johnson Controls Automotive Experience. More

Ecotality electric car charger gets Underwriter Labs OK
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Ecotality Inc. got the green light for its Blink electric vehicle charging system from Underwriters Laboratories. The San Francisco-based company's home charging stations will be available as options with several vehicles coming to market, including the Nissan Leaf. The chargers are part of the EV Project, a $230 million effort partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and being worked on by Ecotality North America in Phoenix. More

Toyota advances hydrogen fuel cell plans amid industry's battery-car push
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Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest seller of hybrid vehicles, said it's on schedule to sell hydrogen cars by 2015 or sooner in California, Japan and Germany as an alternative to battery-powered models coming to market. Toyota, which also aims to sell plug-in hybrid and battery-only autos in 2012, is overcoming the cost and technical hurdles that have kept hydrogen fuel-cell cars from being sold to retail customers, said Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota's executive vice president for research and product development. More

Honda launches EV, Plug-in hybrid vehicle testing program in Japan
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Honda has built production hybrids for over a decade, but apart from a few test vehicles and concept cars, the company hasn't been too interested in full electric vehicles until now. Honda announced it was ramping up development of electric vehicles (EVs) and was looking to launch test programs around the world, including a new development in Japan. More

Study: Megawatt outlook for plug-in electric vehicles
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A new study on the prospects for plug-in electric vehicles (EV) in the U.S. predicts that EV "evangelists," mostly in the Western U.S., will lead the way in the adoption of plug-in vehicles — buying most of the EVs sold in America during the next two years. The study's outlook for EVs is blindingly bright, holding that some 730.000 plug-in vehicles will be on U.S. roads by 2016, per the study. More

Ford electric vehicle plan offers real choice with new Focus electric, C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid
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Differentiating itself with an electrification strategy that emphasizes customer choice, Ford is introducing a family of electrified vehicles — including its first all-electric passenger sedan, the all-new Focus Electric. The debut of C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, on the heels of the newly unveiled Focus Electric, builds on Ford's electrified vehicle portfolio, bringing expanded choice to customers and further strengthening the company's sustainability strategy. More

The Chevrolet Volt has been named the 2011 North American Car of the Year
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"It's a great honor to be recognized as the North American Car of the Year," said GM CEO Dan Akerson. "Since development began, we believed the Volt had the potential to transform the automotive industry. Today, the Volt is the first electric vehicle to win the prestigious North American Car of the Year award, and the first vehicle ever to receive the industry's highest automotive, technology, and environmental recognitions." More

Toyota reveals Prius family of vehicles at the North American International Auto Show
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Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., unveiled the Prius family of vehicles at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. In addition to the current third-generation Prius and Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle, the new Prius v midsize hybrid-electric vehicle and the Prius c Concept vehicle joined the iconic hybrid brand, broadening the appeal of Prius to all ages and lifestyles. More

Hydro-Québec, Mitsubishi: Largest electric vehicle trial in Canada
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Hydro-Québec and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. are pleased to invite local Boucherville businesses to participate in Canada's largest all-electric vehicle pilot project. Currently, five i-MiEVs are being tested by employees from the City of Boucherville, the Centre de santé et de services sociaux Pierre-Boucher and Hydro-Québec. It is expected that by mid-2011,about fifteen i-MiEVs will be made available to local businesses for integration into their fleets and testing of the vehicle's innovative technology. More

ECOtality's Blink EV charging station earns the UL mark
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ECOtality, Inc., a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced that the Company's Blink™ Level 2 Home Charging Station has received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Listing. The Blink Home Charger has been certified under UL Subject 2594 which is specific to Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), for both plug-in and hardwired models. In addition, the Blink Home Charger has been found to be compliant with the Federal Communications Commission Federal Code of Regulation Part 15C, pertaining to radio and frequency emitting devices. More

Ener1 achieves milestone with Volvo's C30 electric vehicle
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Ener1, Inc., a leading manufacturer of lithium-ion energy storage systems for transportation, utility grid and industrial electronics applications, achieved another significant advance in its growing relationship with Volvo Cars. During the North American International Auto Show here, Volvo President and CEO Stefan Jacoby unveiled a crash-tested C30 Electric designed with Ener1's EnerDel battery. This is the first time that a crash-tested electric car has been displayed in public, and the results reflect a successful two-year development program between Volvo and Ener1 in both Europe and the U.S. More

Feature your product in the Innovation Motorcade
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The 2011 EDTA Conference & Annual Meeting will be held April 19 - 21 in Washington, D.C. We are featuring the Innovation Motorcade, an exciting parade of electric vehicles across our nation's capital. Electric vehicles from all major vehicles manufacturers will make stops on Capitol Hill, at key Departments, and at the White House before opening the Ride, Drive & Charge with a press conference also featuring charging infrastructure. Senior officials from Government and the Industry will be speaking and more than 1,000 attendees are expected at the conference.

Register before February 28 to get the early bird special and save $100 on this must-attend event. Make your New Year's resolution to go electric!
New EDTA sponsorship and exhibit packages add more value than ever to conference participation. These packages leverage branding, speaking and strategically placed floor/exhibition space, enabling key positioning of sponsor companies as leaders in industry ideas and innovation to the people who matter most — political leaders, influential members of the media, industry partners, and other key constituents. We are proud to announce that Mitsubishi has joined the Conference as a Bronze Sponsor.

EVS 26
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Los Angeles will host the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium on on May 6-9, 2012. This EDTA event is the premier global gathering of corporations, politicians, and academicians to address the booming electric drive industry. For preliminary information, visit

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