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Aug. 24, 2011 — Auto industry stakeholders interested in getting behind the wheel of an electric vehicle will have an opportunity to do so at the Business of Plugging In 2011, set for Oct. 11–13 in Dearborn, Mich.

The event, a Center for Automotive Research Conference, will feature panel discussions with industry experts, technical sessions and several electric vehicles for attendees to drive and ride in. The vehicles will be driven on a test track with hairpin turns and an accelerations and slalom course.

The following test vehicles will be available:

• Chevrolet Volt
• Nissan Leaf
• Ford Transit Connect Electric
• Mercedes ML350 EV provided by AMP Electric Vehicles
• Saturn Sky provided by AMP Electric Vehicles
• Vauxhall Vivaro provided by Protean Drive
• Additional vehicles to be reveled in September

Event sessions will cover the evolving landscape for automakers and suppliers, and consumer response and stakeholder reaction. The event will be feature nearly 50 exhibitors including manufacturers, charging station providers and other stakeholders.

A full agenda is available at Early registration is available through Aug. 31.

The Business of Plugging In was launched in 2009 in Detroit with a grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission. It was developed to cultivate discussion among key stakeholders about developing a business model and infrastructure to support the introduction and future growth of plug-in electric vehicles.

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