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UCGEC Transportation Seminar Series No. 1, June 22, 2009

Green Vehicles Overview – Where is the Opportunity for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV)?
Monday, June 22, 2009 - 18:00 - 21:00
Conference Room Terrace 2D
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA

The US-China Green Energy Council’s Transportation Steering Committee is pleased to announce its Transportation Seminar Series: “Green Vehicles Overview – Where is the opportunity for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV)?”

The market for PHEVs is set to transform from being a niche segment to becoming more mainstream, with major vehicle manufacturers focusing their efforts on advancing this technology. The global market for PHEVs is estimated to reach 130,000 vehicles by 2015 according to Frost & Sullivan Research, and currently there are at least 18+ car companies of all sizes exploring or planning to offer a plug-in. Experts have identified plug-in hybrid technology as being critical to achieving sustainable mobility.

While PHEV holds future market promises, PHEV provides a less cost-effective way to reduce petroleum and greenhouse gas emissions than hybrids in the near-term, due to its higher upfront costs. PHEV also faces greater technical and infrastructure risks than the traditional hybrid: while the hybrid has already enjoyed market success, PHEV still requires significant improvements in enabling technologies, supporting infrastructure and government regulations to push it towards mainstream adaptation.

The Transportation Series will utilize the collective talents of many industry experts to examine PHEV technology & market landscape, discuss key enabling technologies & business model innovations, analyze government regulations and policies required to offer PHEV a mid to long-term path to continued reductions in petroleum and GHG emissions beyond the traditional hybrids.

The first transportation seminar will examine the following topics:

  • Green Vehicles Technology & Market Overview – Opportunity for PHEV
  • Enabling Battery & System Technologies
  • Electric Recharging Infrastructure & Business Models
  • China PHEV/EV Market Update
  • Policies, Incentives and Regulations

Subsequent seminars will address the different perspectives of technical, business, and investment issues and opportunities surrounding Transportation.


June 22 (Monday), 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Conference Room Terrace 2D
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
950 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA

6:00-6:30pm: Registration, light dinner and networking
6:30-6:40pm: Welcome, UCGEC

Individual presentation (15min presentation per speaker)

  1. Mr. Cliff Nakayama - Managing Director, Mostwell International; UCGEC Transportation Taskforce
  2. Professor Andy Frank - Chief Technology Officer, Efficient Drivetrains Inc
  3. Saul Zambrano – Director, Clean Air Transportation, PG&E
  4. Peng Zhou -  Formerly Tesla R&D Director
  5. Matthew Crosby -  Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission
8:00-8:30pm: Open Discussion and Q&A
8:30-9:00pm: Networking


Who Should Attend:

  • Entrepreneurs, researchers, and engineers seeking the newest ideas in the cleantech sector
  • Investors, attorneys, and other professionals interested in green energy challenges and opportunities


  Early Bird* (by June 21) After June 21
General Pass $25 $40 (At Door Cash only)
Student Pass $10 $40 (At Door Cash only)

UCGEC Member Discount: 20%; UCGEC Partner Organization Member Discount: 10%

Organizer: US-China Green Energy Council (UCGEC)

Founded in Silicon Valley in 2008, UCGEC is a leading non-profit organization that connects U.S. and Chinese individuals interested in green energy. The mission of UCGEC is to facilitate and sponsor high impact cleantech collaborative initiatives and projects between the U.S. and China, and to serve as a platform for the integration of policy, business, investment, and R&D projects for the two countries.


  • Cliff Nakayama, UCGEC Transportation Taskforce;  Managing Director, Mostwell International LLC, based in California ( www.mostwellintl.com ); Vice Chairman, DIAS Holding, Inc.
  • Professor Andrew A Frank, CTO,  Efficient Drivetrains Incorporated;  Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California-Davis
  • Saul Zambrano,  Director, Clean Air Transportation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Dr. Peng Zhou (周鹏), Electric Vehicle Technologist
  • Matthew Crosby, Analyst, Policy & Planning Division, California Public Utilities Commission