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FEV Powertrain Innovation Forum to Fuel Change

DETROIT, April 15, 2009 - The FEV Powertrain Innovation Forum, one of three featured theaters at the SAE 2009 World Congress, will focus on discussions surrounding   alternative energy sources and their individual races to the marketplace.

The SAE 2009 World Congress hosted by Honda, with its theme “Racing to Green Mobility,” is set for April 20-23 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Masaaki Kato, Senior Managing Director, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and former President, Honda R&D Co., Ltd., is the General Chairman of the event. Bosch is the Tier One Strategic Partner. The SAE World Congress is the world’s largest powertrain and safety engineering event.

“The Road Map to 35 MPG: Which Technologies Will Get Us There?” opens the FEV Powertrain Innovation Forum on Monday, April 20, at 10 a.m. New fuel economy regulations present a major challenge to the auto industry – no news there -- but the technologies that are most likely to be utilized to attain the federal mandate might be unexpected. Moderator of the session is Gary W. Rogers, President & CEO, FEV, Inc., and panelists include John M. German, Senior Fellow, International Council for Clean Transportation; Trevor O. Jones, Chairman, NRC Comm on Fuel Economy Tech for L.D. Vehicles; John W. Juriga, Director, Powertrain, Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc.; Charles Klein, Director, Global Mass, Energy & Aerodynamics, GM Product Development; Norbert Krause, Director, Engineering and Environmental Office, Volkswagen of America, and Johannes Jorg Rueger, Sr VP, Diesel Systems N.A. Engrg, Robert Bosch LLC.

“New Battery Technology: The Path to Durability, Cost and the Best Combination Range,” is scheduled Tuesday, April 21, at 1:30 p.m. in the FEV Powertrain Innovation Forum. Discussion will center on the many aspects of batteries for the future, including the most pressing question of all: When will they be manufactured for and sold at a mass-market price? Moderator is Nancy L. Gioia, Director, Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs, Ford Motor Co.; panelists include Steven L. Clark, Senior. Manager - E/E Energy Management, Chrysler; Michael Crane, Managing Director, HEV N.A., Continental Corp.; Prabhakar Patil, Chief Executive Officer, Compact Power Inc., and Minoru Shinohara, Senior Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

For a complete list of panel topics, participants and dates/times, please visit FEV Powertrain Innovation Forum .

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