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Exclusive Press Pass Video Coverage

2008 Alternative Fuels and Vehicles Conference in Las Vegas - EXTENSIVE VIDEO

AFVi's Annual Event A Smashing Success

Produced and edited by Marc J. Rauch, Exec. VP & Co-Publisher

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The Auto Channel is pleased and proud to have been in attendance at this important newsmaking event and to bring you exclusive PRESS PASS video coverage of many of the Keynote Speeches and Panel Sessions. We're sure you'll find each of these video segments fascinating and thought provoking. To access the videos click on the links below.


For four full days, more than 2,000 attendees to the Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference had the opportunity to learn, share and participate in an exchange of ideas and information that examined nearly every aspect of the alternative fuel and vehicle issue.

The event took place May 11-14 at the Rio Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas. Activities included workshops, sessions, a Ride-n-Drive, free public day, and exposition. The tradeshow featured over 100 exhibitors, displaying products and services available for purchase and use today. Attendees saw cutting-edge vehicles and technologies from exhibitors with real-world application experience.

In total, there were 27 multi-speaker panel sessions, 14 keynote speakers, 14 technology showcase presentations and a great poolside kickoff party, hosted by General Motors.

In addition, AFVi has made pdf versions of most of the presentations available on their website at Information about future AFVi events, including their 2009 National Conference & Expo at Disney World can also be found at the AFVi website.

Keynote Speakers

  • Amy Myers Jaffe, Associate Director, Rice University Energy Program
  • Dr. Robert L. Hirsch, Senior Energy Advisor, Management Information Services, Inc.
  • Larry Burns, Vice President for Research, Development & Strategic Planning, General Motors Corporation
  • Ed LaRocque, National Manager for Advanced Technology Vehicles, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.
  • Michael Williams, Chairman, Railroad Commission of Texas
  • T. Boone Pickens, Founder, BP Capital Management and Andrew Littlefair, President and Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy
  • Aubrey McClendon, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Interview with California Fuel Cell Partnership's Exec. Director

Panel Sessions

  • IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME: Product Rollout for Light, Medium, and Heavy-Duty Markets
    Moderated by Charles Vogelheim, Vice President of Automotive Development, J.D. Power & Associates

    Panelists (Light Duty):
    Jeff Boyd, Chief Operating Officer, Miles Electric Vehicles
    Greg Glander, Strategic Planning Manager, Toyota Motor Sales
    Gerald Koss, North America Fleet Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company
    Mike McGarry, Marketing Manager, General Motors Corporation
    Elizabeth Munger, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Consultant, American Honda Motor Company
    Jay Wik, Director of Sales and Marketing, Global Electric Motorcars

    (Medium and Heavy Duty)
    Dave Bryant, Vocational Sales Manager-Hybrids, Freightliner LLC
    Brian Daniels, Specialist-Product Planning, Daimler Trucks North America (Sterling Trucks)
    Andy Douglas, Sales Manager, Kenworth Truck Company
    Gordon Exel, Vice President and General Manager Americas, Cummins Westport Inc.
    Dr. Jeffrey Seisler, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Fuels Consulting for Foton America
    Tony Picarello, Vice President, Heavy Duty Sales and Marketing, Westport Innovations Inc.
  • CHARGE IT PLEASE: Electric Vehicle Investments that Make Sense
    Moderated by Ruth Horton, Program Manager, Energy Efficiency, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

    James Francfort, Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity, Idaho National Laboratory
    Ewan Pritchard, P.E., Hybrid Program Manager, Advanced Energy
    Britta Gross, Manager, Hydrogen Infrastructure, General Motors Corporation
    Edmond Lam, Ph.D., Electrovaya Inc.
    Stephen Ellis, Manager of Fuel Cell Marketing, American Honda Motor Company
  • HYDROGEN CELLS: Paving the Way for the Hydrogen Highway Moderated by Catherine Dunwoody, Executive Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership

    Stephen Ellis, Manager, Fuel Cell Marketing, American Honda Motor Company
    Britta Gross, Manager Hydrogen Infrastructure, General Motors Corporation
    Dr. Robert Hirsch, Senior Energy Advisor, Management Information Services, Inc.
    Mitchell Pratt, Senior Vice President, Clean Energy
    Keith Wipke, Group Manager Hydrogen Technology, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Moderated by Annalloyd Thomason, Exec. Director AFVi

    Adam Borelli, Team Coordinator, Google with associates
  • ALL CHARGED UP: Electric Vehicle Product Rollouts
    Moderated by Sebastian Blanco, Editor, AutoBlogGreen

    Richard Kasper, President and Chief Operating Officer, Global Electric Motorcars
    Jeff Boyd, Chief Executive Officer, Miles Electric Vehicles
    Bryon Bliss, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Phoenix Motorcars and Ed Begley, Jr., Actor and Activist