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SAE International Webcast Plugs Into Future of Electric Cars

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 16, 2009 - SAE International’s Automotive Engineering International magazine will explore the future of electric cars during a telephone/webcast, May 7, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., EST.

Titled “Keys to the Electric Car Future: Batteries, Drivetrain and Infrastructure,” the presentation is organized by Bradley Berman, Editor of, who also will serve as moderator.

Other panelists are:

·      Prabhakar Patil, Chief Executive Officer, Compact Power, Inc.

·      J.E. "Ted" Robertson, Chief Technology Officer & EVP of New Product Creation, Magna 

      International, Inc.

·      Nancy L. Gioia, Director, Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs, Ford 

      Motor Company

·      Richard Lowenthal, Chief Executive Officer, Coulomb Technologies, Inc.

Topics to be discussed include:

·         Current and emerging electric vehicle technologies

·         Possible solutions to obstacles facing plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicle manufacture

·         Latest developments in battery technologies, including lithium-ion batteries

·         Economic and legislative landscape for battery production in U.S., Asia and other countries

·         Integration of battery systems, recharging networks and vehicle platforms

Engineers involved in the design, development or manufacture of plug-in hybrid or pure battery-electric vehicles are encouraged to participate.

For more information, visit

Fee is $179; SAE Sections and collegiate branches can participate for $149. Fee will be waived for reporters who receive accreditation; please e-mail your request to

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