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Innovation Motorcade slated for Washington, DC April 19

U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu, will launch Earth Week in the nation’s Capitol as the electric drive industry highlights advances in electric drive systems on April 19. A motorcade of battery, hybrid and fuel cell powered vehicles will proceed through Washington D.C. as part of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) conference.

The Honorable Dr. Chu will initiate the Innovation Motorcade from the Department of Energy offices with a 10 a.m. press conference.

Afterwards, the vehicles will drive through the Capital ending at the EDTA Conference Ride, Drive and Charge station at the Washington Convention Center.

The next day, the Honorable Ray H. LaHood, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, will be the keynote speaker at the opening of the EDTA Conference.

Leading government and industry authorities will take stock of advances in electric drive systems and discuss policies to further the electrification of U.S. transportation.

Companies participating in the Innovation Motorcade include Aerovironment, Ecotality, Nissan, AMP Electric Vehicles, Edison Electric Institute, Odyne Systems, Audi, Ener1, Siemens, Azure Dynamics, General Electric, Smith Electric Vehicles, BMW, Tesla Motors, Bright Automotive, Johnson Controls, Toyota, Coda Automotive, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen and Eaton.

"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."

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