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Turning a New Leaf, The Future of Electric Vehicles & Networked Charging Stations from CommNexus San Diego on Vimeo.

San Diego Gas & Electric utility, Nissan’s LEAF electric vehicles, networked charging stations, smart grid and clean energy merge into the fast lane to help reduce the 40 percent of greenhouse gases attributed to transportation activities in the developed countries.
ECOtality and Nissan are launching the largest plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure project in US history.  In collaboration with SDG&E and other region stakeholders, this project will jumpstart the first mass introduction of the LEAF electric car in San Diego.  This entails developing an infrastructure of public and home charging stations which interacts with communications and electrical networks to integrate these cars into the current grid.   Plugging an electric car into the grid can be equivalent to the energy consumption of an average residential home.  Without the intelligent integration of transportation, utilities and the management of related energy demands with renewable energy solutions, the future of the electric car could collide with the limits of our infrastructure’s ability to steer a path to an electric future.  EcoCom, SDG&E, ECOtality, and Nissan will share their vision and challenges in the introduction of the electric vehicle and provide insight into what has been achieved and what remains to be done as we move towards the smart grid of tomorrow.  Companies with potential solutions and technologies will learn how to partner their services in the rapidly developing and emerging electric car industry.

Gregory W. Haddow
Clean Transportation Manager, 
San Diego Gas & Electric

Greg Haddow, Clean Transportation Manager at SDG&E, leads the company’s efforts in developing On-Road and Non-Road electric transportation services for its residential and business customers. Greg has spent over 30 years serving various leadership roles in utility and non-utility energy businesses including:  strategic planning, marketing, market research and program development.  During his role as director of sales and marketing at SDG&E he led over $70 million in annual energy efficiency and clean transportation programs, as well as the successful use of related shareholder incentive mechanisms.  He was also active in the early development Sempra Energy’s retail electricity commodity business.  Prior to joining Sempra Energy he served as Supervisor of Market Research at Pacific Gas and Electric.

Mark Perry
Director, Product Planning & Strategy, 
Mark Perry is director of Product Planning and Strategy for Nissan Americas. His teams are responsible for Versa, Sentra, Altima, Altima Coupe, Maxima, Quest and the Electric Vehicle programs plus cross carline strategic adoption of emerging technology, powertrain and safety applications for Nissan and Infiniti. He leads the product planning teams to take approved vehicle concepts through development to launch and manages the product’s lifecycle. From a cross carline perspective, Nissan and Infiniti’s IT, NAVI, and audio development, emerging technology, regulatory, and safety strategy are developed by his team. Previously, Perry was director, Corporate Brand Management and Market Intelligence where he led the development of the brand strategies for Nissan and Infiniti in North America. Additionally his team led the global development of retail dealership facility designs for Nissan and Infiniti. Over his 25 years with Nissan, Perry has held a variety of marketing, planning and sales management positions in both national and regional sales offices. Perry earned his bachelor of science degree in marketing management from Virginia Tech.  He lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife and two children.

Andy Hoskinson
Area Manager, San Diego, 
ECOtality (formerly eTec) North America
Andy is the EV Project lead for the San Diego region.  Andy is guiding local stakeholders in planning plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure for the San Diego region and is coordinating local jurisdictions’ readiness for significant plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure improvements within the coming year.  Prior to joining ECOtality North America, Andy spent over a decade with several municipal and private urban planning organizations.  He has served as projector manager on commercial, hospitality and industrial development projects, as well as developed municipal and special district infrastructure plans for capital improvements as varied as transportation and fire protection facilities.

Mike Elconin
Mr. Elconin is an active angel investor. He is immediate past president of the San Diego Tech Coast Angels. He has been investing in and consulting with California technology startups since 1999, serving on a number of company and organizational Boards of Directors, including Clean Tech San Diego, where he is also Chair of the Capital Formation Committee . Mr. Elconin has a background in finance, government and software. Prior to coming to San Diego, he founded and was CEO of Software Banc, Inc, a Midwest firm designing medical and legal management systems. The company was sold to a public competitor in 1997. Mr. Elconin is a Technology and Business Advisor with the von Liebig Center at the School of Engineering at UCSD, where he works with professors on commercializing their technology. Mr. Elconin works primarily in the fields of clean tech, electrical, structural, mechanical and aerospace engineering. He is also Technical Client Manager for the Center for the Commercialization of Advanced Technology, a DOD funded program which seeks to commercialize innovative technologies for use in the military, primarily in the field of robotics and Homeland Defense. From 1973 through 1983 he served in government in Wisconsin – 3 terms in the Wisconsin Legislature followed by two years as Chief of Staff of the Governor of Wisconsin, and subsequently on a number of state and local elected and appointed positions, including a term on the Milwaukee School Board.

Alex Kim, Director, Customer Innovations, SDG&E
Mike Elconin, President, San Diego Tech Coast Angels
Maria Sendra, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Joel Garcia, Co-Founder, CM Tech Partners
Thomas Hartman, Managing Director, Ventana Capital
Mike Cusick, Director of Sales, Solekai Systems
Gary Hawkins, CTO, Celergy Networks Inc.


Thursday, June 17th, 2010

7:30AM Registration/Networking/Breakfast
8:00AM Event Begins
9:30AM Event Ends


Pre-Registration: (Please Pre-Register by 2PM 6/16/10)
$10.00 – CommNexus Sponsor
$20.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE –  Mentor Sponsor

At the Door:
$20.00 – CommNexus Sponsor
$30.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE –  Mentor Sponsor

Students, Military & Press: FREE