Electric vehicle roundtable in Copenhagen explores how to fast-track EVs

14 December 2009

A group of 25 mayors and heads of regional governments, policy makers, manufacturers and bankers from over eight countries met in Copenhagen today on the sidelines of the climate change negotiations to discuss electric vehicle development around the world.

The meeting was convened by leading business NGO The Climate Group to help fast-track development of electric vehicles.

HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco opened the forum. Speaking ahead of The Climate Group's Climate Leader's Summit tomorrow, he said: "We are moving away from an era of hope to one of real progress."

Shai Agassi, CEO of Better Place, said three ingredients were necessary to spur widespread growth of electric vehicles: "We need the right places, products and policies to drive the revolution. It is time to start to act. The end result will drive all of us forward," he also said.

Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group, said: EVs are a transformational clean technology we have today.  With the right policies and financing they can help the world meet ambitious emissions reduction targets as early as 2020."

French Minister for Industry Christian Estrosi, Jean Charest (Premier of Quebec), Mike Rann (Premier of South Australia), and Eileen Tutt (Deputy Sec California EPA) also attended.

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