Sep 26, 2006 (From the CalCars-News archive)
This week, Ron Gremban and I and many advocates of electric transportation solutions will all be in Sacramento for the important California Air Resources Board's ZEV Technology Symposium. Here the ARB re-evaluates the basis for its strategies to move toward Zero Emissions Vehicles. It started today with introductions and a day on hydrogen; tomorrow it wraps up Hydrogen, then moves on to updates from DaimlerChrysler, Honda, Nissan and Toyota. Tuesday afternoon-Wednesday afternoon is a survey of Battery Technology. Wednesday ends with topics on Battery Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles. More information on the event and PDFs of most of the presentations are available now, starting from http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/zevprog/symposium/symposium.htm, where you'll also find a link to live webcasts of the event.
A number of people from Plug In America and the Electric Auto Association, as well as two presentations on Prius Conversions (one by EnergyCS, one by Sacramento Municipal Utility District) come near the end of day three (Wednesday). CalCars had submitted proposed testimony, but our submission was not accepted. After much back-and-forth, we've been promised a spot at the start of the final Open Comment period. You can see our 8-pages for our testimony at http://www.calcars.org/calcars-arb-zev-kramer.pdf. We address technical and experiential topics that we don't expect others will cover.
Also Tuesday, John Davi of CalCars will appear along with JB Straubel of Tesla Motors at Stanford. (This event when announced included my participation, but I can't be in two places at once.)
Details on both events at http://www.calcars.org/events.html.
We've augmented our photos section of the CalCars website, now divided into a "Best of" page, then "People & Places," "PHEV Tech," "Scenic Shots" and "PHEVs in D.C." This replaces our attempt at a photoblog. Media can download high-resolution versions of most photos.
We're also taking this opportunity to correct the report in the Christian Science Monitor (see http://www.calcars.org/calcars-news/526.html) that my Prius has gotten a solar rooftop....CSM will provide a print and online correction.
This is also an exciting week in Sacramento and globally)for another reason, with the expected signing into law by the Governor of the much-lauded, pioneering AB32, The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.