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Electric Vehicles: Cars, Charging Stations & The Utility Grid

April 26, 2012

The EcoCom SIG Presents…



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This EcoCom Event will take us to the intersection of plug-in electric vehicles, networked charging stations, the utility grid and the communication systems that make it work together.Car2Go launched for the first time an all electric fleet of 300 Smart Fortwos in San Diego, which is fast becoming the EV launch site of choice.  Car2Go’s unique car sharing business model allows you to pay by the minute.  It doesn’t require returning the car to the original location, so drivers can make one-way trips if they choose.  This business model depends on the availability of public charging stations and communications to track the location of the vehicle after usage.ECOtality has launched The EV Project that will install up to 15,000 charging stations around the nation, including hundreds of public charging stations in the San Diego region.  The goal of The EV Project is to study how people charge their vehicles.  Ecotality’s  Blink charging stations require a communications network for data and the ability to communicate with the utility grid.SDG&E is working on a solution to issues like this by building a smart grid that will have the ability to communicate with vehicles and charging stations to better manage the electric grid.  The ability to do this successfully depends on a common communications platform.

How does this all fit together?  The panelists will discuss their initiatives and the communication technologies needed.

Greg Haddow
Clean Transportation Manager, SDG&E

Greg Haddow, Clean Transportation Manager for the San Diego Gas & Electric Company, leads the company’s efforts in developing On-Road and Non-Road electric transportation services for its residential and business customers. Greg has spent over 30 years serving various leadership roles in utility and non-utility energy businesses including: strategic planning, marketing, market and load research, and energy program development and management. During his role as director of sales and marketing at SDG&E he played a key role in the growth of energy efficiency and clean transportation in California.  Prior to joining Sempra Energy he served as Supervisor of Market Research at Pacific Gas & Electric.Donald Karner
President, ECOtality North America

Donald Karner, President of ECOtality North America, has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering.  Mr. Karner has over 25 years experience in the advanced transportation and energy areas including fifteen years of electric utility industry management experience.  Mr. Karner held the position of Chief Nuclear Officer for Arizona Public Service Company during the construction and commissioning of the 3800 MWe Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.  During this period Mr. Karner directed a staff of 3,000 and interfaced with and provided testimony for the multiple plant owners, the NRC, various State regulatory commissions and the financial community regarding plant matters.  As President of ECOtality North America, Mr. Karner provides Strategic direction, conducts Research and directs the development of products and services in the areas of energy, environment, and advanced transportation. Mr. Karner has authored numerous papers on these topics and ECOtality North America offers a number of products associated with these technology areas including battery fast chargers, specialized battery products, hydrogen fueling infrastructure and internal combustion engine vehicle hydrogen fuel conversions.Walter Rosenkranz
Business Development Manager, car2go
Walter  Rosenkranz  is  responsible  for leading a progressive expansion of car2go,  a wholly-owned  car-sharing  subsidiary  of Daimler North America Corporation,  for  the  Western  Region  of  North  America. Working at the corporate  level,  Walter  has  been  responsible  for  strategic planning, execution and oversight of one of the country’s most visionary and exciting new  transportation businesses. In his role with car2go, Mr. Rosenkranz was responsible  for  opening  North  Americas largest all-electric car-sharing fleet  in  the City of San Diego, and most recently introduced the business model to the Portland, Oregon market.  Mr.  Rosenkranz joined car2go in November 2010 after 20-years of management experience.   Prior  to  assuming  his position with car2go, Mr. Rosenkranz worked in  various  corporate leadership positions for the San Diego based specialty retail chain, PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.  Throughout  his  career  –  including  his 10-years with PETCO – Walter was charged  with  progressively  responsible  roles  which included serving as Director  of  Operations  overseeing  a  new  business launch and a company acquisition,  as  well  as  oversight  of  inventory management systems and warehouse replenishment.MODERATOR:
Joel Garcia
Founder & Partner, CM Tech Partners

Joel Garcia is the founder and partner of CM Tech Partners, an advisory company that assists early stage companies with business, technology and funding challenges.  He utilizes his previous engineering and technology experience from companies such as Hughes, Qualcomm, Nokia and Northrop Grumman in his current entrepreneurial work. After receiving his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, his endeavors have leveraged technology in such diverse areas as cleantech,wireless, e-learning and gourmet food services.  In addition, Joel is an entrepreneur in residence at CONNECT, a globally recognized organization fostering entrepreneurship in the San Diego region. He received an MS from UC Berkeley and BS from UC San Diego, both in mechanical engineering.

Maria Sendra, Partner, Jones Day
Joel Garcia, Director, Renewable Advisors
Thomas Hartman, Managing Director, Ventana Capital
Gary Hawkins, Vice President, Sun Ray Solutions Inc.
Alex Kim, Director, Customer Innovations, SDG&E
Mark Bowles, Chief Marketing Officer & Founder, EcoATM

April 26, 2012

5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends

mintz levin
3580 Carmel Mountain Road #300
San Diego, CA 92130

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