Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Consortium Partners

Two major forces in the drive for Plug In Hybrids have come together. Here is the story.

Austin Energy and Plug-In Partners
Team with the Hybrid Consortium
By Business Editors
(c) 2006 Business Wire
Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2006--The Plug-In Hybrid Development Consortium announced today that Austin Energy, a public utilities company in Austin, Texas and the Plug-In Partners, a national grassroots campaign working to build public support for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, have joined with the Hybrid Consortium as Advisory members.


The Consortium is made up of a growing number of automotive suppliers, manufacturers and other organizations working together to accelerate the commercial production of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs).

"Austin Energy is pleased to join with the Consortium alongside other utility companies in support of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. By working together we can build a stronger unified voice advocating the development of PHEVs and the use of clean renewable energy for transportation.

We believe that plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can be practical and cost-effective and are pleased to support the cooperation between the Plug-In Partners and the Consortium," said Lisa Braithwaite, spokesperson for Austin Energy.

Plug-In Partners is a national grassroots initiative to demonstrate to automakers that a market for flexible-fuel Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) exists today.


Roger Duncan has been active in the leadership of the Plug-in Partners national campaign. Mr. Duncan serves as the Campaign Coordinator for Plug-In Partners, and Deputy General Manager of Austin Energy. Mr. Duncan joins the Consortium as an advisory member.

"We are pleased to welcome Austin Energy and the Plug-In Partners to the Consortium," said Ed Kjaer co-founder of the Consortium and Director of Electric Transportation, Southern California Edison. "

Roger has done a tremendous job in developing public awareness for PHEVs, and we support his innovative campaign to accelerate demand through the fleet 'soft order' program," continued Kjaer.


The Consortium plans to demonstrate affordable plug-in hybrid technology to automakers in a PHEV design with the potential of achieving over 100 mpg by using electric fuel for local driving."

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