One of the best parts of the Plug In 2014 Conference in San Jose, CA last week was getting to listen in on thoughts about the state of the plug-in vehicle industry from people who have been involved with it for ages. They bristle when you call them the "Old Guard" (learned that one the hard way), but these are the people who have been through a number of ups and downs with plug-in vehicles, so they've got what we call perspective.
Their knowledge was on full display in the three plenary sessions, which the Plug In Conference organizers have given us permission to share with you. Each is at least 90 minutes long, so make sure to set some time aside to enjoy the discussions after you download them (any help with making them streamable would be appreciated). Follow us below to see what we've got to offer.
Opening Plenary (audio link). "The Road Ahead – Delivering on a Vision for Sustainable Transportation." Moderated by Mark Duvall (director of energy utilization at EPRI, the Electric Power Research Institute, and a long-time EV advocate), this panel featured:
- Jack Broadbent, Executive Officer / APCO, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
- Pat Romano, President & Chief Executive Officer, ChargePoint, Inc.
- Aaron Johnson, Senior Director, Customer Programs, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
- Brendan Jones, Director, EV Sales Operations & Infrastructure Deployment, Nissan North America, Inc.
- David W. Cash, Commissioner, MassDEP
- Dan Sperling, Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis
Wednesday Morning Plenary (audio link). "Getting to the Mass Market – A Discussion of Ideas for Widespread PEV Adoption." Moderated by John Gartner, research director for smart transportation at Navigant Research. With:
- Matt Soloman, Transportation Manager, NESCAUM
- Judy Mitchell, Mayor, City of Rolling Hills Estates, California
- Justin Johnson, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
- Tony Posawatz, President & CEO, Invictus iCAR LLC
- Mark Duvall
Closing Plenary (audio link). "The Last Word – A Discussion of Ideas to Advance Electric Transportation"
- Moderator: Dan Bowermaster, program manager for electric transportation at EPRI. With:
- Chelsea Sexton, Founder, Lightning Rod Foundation
- Watson Collins, Manager, Research & Business Development, Northeast Utilities
- Tom Turrentine, PH&EV Research Center, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis
- Edward Kjaer, Director, Transportation Electrification, Southern California Edison