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Media advisory: Expert panel to release report on plug-in electric vehicles

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EDITORS AND REPORTERS: A report by a blue-ribbon panel on the future of Plug-In Electric Vehicles will be presented in a news conference Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

What: Release of Plug-In Electric Vehicles: A Practical Plan for Progress
Who: John D. Graham, dean of the Indiana School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Gurminder Bedi, former Ford Motor Co. executive
When: 10 a.m. EST Wednesday (Feb. 2)
Where: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 1, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs will release an expert report Wednesday that lays out the steps the United States must take to be assured of a global leadership role in the emerging electric vehicle industry.

Plug-In Electric Vehicles: A Practical Plan for Progress represents a first-ever evaluation of one of President Obama's chief environmental campaign goals -- putting one million alternative-energy vehicles on U.S. highways by 2015.

John D. Graham, dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, organized the panel. Former Ford Motor Co. Vice President Gurminder Bedi chaired the group, whose yearlong evaluation is the work of experts from government, the auto industry and environmental groups.

The work of a 13-member blue ribbon panel, the report will be released at a news conference Wednesday (Feb. 2) at 10 a.m. EST at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. Bedi will be present for the news conference and Graham will take part by phone.

The report comes as the administration and Congress are preparing a fresh push for electric vehicles, including legislation to more than double the tax credit consumers receive for purchasing a plug-in electric vehicle and a competitive grant program for communities to develop charging stations and electric-car requirements.


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