Minnesota Group Sees Opportunity to Lead in Plug-in, Electric Hybrid Development

Panel discussion raised hopes of the state of Minnesota and the University joining forces to become a leader in plug-in hybrid automobile technology.

Published: 23-Jan-2007

A round table discussion raised hopes of the state of Minnesota and the University joining forces to become a leader in plug-in hybrid automobile technology.

The University's Center for Transportation Studies, the Initiative for Renewable Energy and Environment, the Humphrey Institute State and Local Policy Program and the Center for Diesel Research held a round table discussion at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus Jan. 18 about Minnesota's stake in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).

The University has the strength to analyze the economics of PHEVs, mechanical engineering professor David Kittelson said. This will lead to understanding what incentives businesses need to mass-produce the cars.

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