Alternative Fuel Vehicles Found in San Jose

Thursday June 24th, 2010 at 1:66 PM
Posted by: Derek

toyota-prius-plug-in-hybrid-conceptHybrid cars are expensive and only considered a short term answer towards relieving our dependence upon foreign oil sources. To really decrease America’s dependency and reduce our overall consumption of a non-renewable resource, there are many alternative fuel cars in the pipeline – compressed natural gas, hydrogen, 100% electric vehicles, PHEV, and bio-diesel are the alternative fuels being explored by many car manufacturers and independent companies looking to offer conversions.

Alternative fuels, such as compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen fuel cells, are also being tested by many companies. Ford is testing a CNG powered F-150 with a range of 190 miles on 10 gallons of CNG. Taxi cabs are also a target using CNG as a fuel source. On average, a NY taxi cab can run up 50,000 miles a year. Using CNG, this translates into a savings of approximately $38,000.

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Plug-In 2008 Conference Report – Recharging the Future

Thursday July 24th, 2008 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: Derek


The very first Plug-In Conference was held in San Jose, Calif. (7/22/2008 – 7/24/2008), to showcase the latest technological advances, market research, and policy initiatives shaping the future of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The three day conference brings together automotive manufacturers, component suppliers, electric utilities, government agencies, universities, and the environmental community to address the most current technical research surrounding PHEVs, the impact of current policies and regulation, and clean-tech entrepreneurs’ ideas to enhance and expand the PHEV market.

PHEVs offer one of the most promising near-term strategies for substantially reducing transportation-related greenhouse emissions and our dependency upon fossil fuels for transportation purposes. PHEVs are hybrids with a much larger battery pack that can be plugged into a 120-volt outlet allowing them to travel greater distances solely on electric power.


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Get Behind the Wheel of 100 MPG Car

Tuesday July 8th, 2008 at 1:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

plugin2008CEOs plug in to the future;

Get behind the wheel of 100 mpg car

SAN JOSE, CA (July 8, 2008) – Tired of $4 gas? Plug in! Get 100 miles per gallon. Save gas. Save money. Cut pollution. Fight global warming.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group would like to put you behind the wheel of a plug-in hybrid car – eventually at least. As a start, on Monday, July 21, five Valley CEOs and executives will take possession of their new plug-ins, which they are purchasing through a program initiated by the Leadership Group to demonstrate the value of these cars to their drivers and the environment. The CEOs will each get a converted Toyota Prius at a news conference outside the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, a day before the start of a three-day international conference on plug-in hybrids.

Event: Five plug-in hybrids delivered to Silicon Valley CEOs and executives
When: 1 p.m. Monday July 21
Where: Plaza in front of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos Street

To jumpstart the plug-in market, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group hopes to sign up 100 people to have a conventional Toyota Prius converted to a plug-in, with the addition of a larger battery pack and a plug. Twenty-five potential owners are already on board, and the first five owners will talk about their cars on July 21.

Because they run exclusively on electricity a greater percentage of the time than conventional hybrids, plug-ins can average 100 miles per gallon — a fuel cost of 4 cents per mile, with gas at $4 a gallon. For a car getting 25 mpg, the fuel cost is 16 cents per mile.

The news conference not only highlights a valuable initiative by the Leadership Group, it also offers a good story, with visual elements, to lead into a discussion of the important international conference on plug-in hybrids over the following days.

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Sent on behalf of the Plug-In 2008 organizers.
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
224 Airport Parkway, Suite 620

San José
, CA 95110

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Plug-In 2008 Conference & Exposition: A Short Drive to Tomorrow

Wednesday February 20th, 2008 at 1:22 PM
Posted by: Derek

Plugin 2008 Conference


Name: Plug-In 2008 Conference & Exposition: A Short Drive to Tomorrow
Dates: July 22-24, 2008
Location: San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA U.S.A.
For More Information:

This inaugural three-day international conference will showcase the latest technological advances, market research and policy initiatives shaping the future of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Attendees will learn about the most current technical research, the business case for PHEVs, the impact of current regulations, and clean-tech entrepreneurs’ ideas to enhance and expand the PHEV market. In addition, the exposition floor will feature the latest innovations associated with PHEVs and supporting electricity infrastructure.

Event organizers include the Electric Power Research Institute, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric (a Sempra Energy utility), the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and the University of California at Davis Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center.

For more information or to reserve a booth for Plug-In 2008, visit

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Mindy Berman
MFB Communications

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