Auto Industry Leaders Discuss Next Steps Towards Sustainable Transportation at the Auto FutureTech Summit

This year we're excited to once again be hosting the Auto FutureTech Summit, an event that will run concurrently with GLOBE 2010. This "conference within a conference" will focus on sustainable transportation.

In 2010 the message is clear: the future of transportation is green. A link between dirty transportation and climate change has been proven time and time again, and there's no denying that emissions from the traditional combustion engine as well as other old school transportation methods pollute our air and waterways. But gratefully, a paradigm shift towards sustainable transportation is growing. And as it does, so too does the market for green vehicles.

Evidence of this growing market is obvious as we start to see large car manufacturers around the world rolling out their green alternatives. Big names such as Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Fiat, Chevy, and Mitsubishi have all ascertained the way of the future. And it's not only the big names who are playing in this space. Lesser-known manufacturers are also keeping up with the transformation so as not to be left behind.

A recent January study by IHS Global Insight, estimated that by 2030 nearly 20 percent of the global market for vehicles will consist of plug-in hybrids and battery-powered electric cars. Which is great news, but is this conversion happening fast enough? The Auto FutureTech Summit will address this question amongst others including:


  • What is the current public perception of electric and plug-in hybrid cars?
  • What are the challenges and the most effective strategies for installing recharging infrastructure?
  • What is the latest research from universities, NGOs, and utility companies regarding plug-in cars as a long-term solution to climate change?
  • Is the answer for a speedier integration of sustainable vehicles to convert existing vehicles to run on electricity?


Some of the most knowledgeable people in the clean technology, sustainable transportation, and greening cities sectors will be speaking at the summit, including:


  • Brian Beck, Project Manager, Low Carbon Vehicle Strategies, City of Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Al Cormier, Executive Director, Electric Mobility Canada, Mississauga, ON, Canada
  • John Gartner, Senior Analyst, Pike Research, Boulder, CO, USA
  • Jay Giraud, Founder & CEO, Rapid Electric Vehicles (REV), Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Donna LeClair, Chief Technology Officer, BC Hydro, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Ben Marans, Manager of Grants and Special Projects, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • John O'Dell, Senior Editor,, Santa Monica, CA, USA
  • Sevag Pogharian, Principal & Founder, Sevag Pogharian Design, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Constantine Samaras, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Climate Decision Making Center, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Marc Stuyver, Manger, Advance Technology and Powertrain Group, Toyota Canada Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada
  • John Thomas, CEO, ALTe LLC, Plymouth, MI, USA
  • Luke Tonachel, Vehicles Analyst, Air & Energy, Natural Resources Defense Council, New York, NY, USA
  • David Trueman, Technical Consultant, Thor Lake, Avalon Rare Metals, Richmond, BC, Canada
  • John Waraniak, Vice President, Vehicle Technology, Specialty Equipment Market Assoc. (SEMA), Detroit, USA


What are your thoughts about the future of sustainable transportation? Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to join us at the Auto FutureTech Summit to hear the latest on this evolving industry. To find out more click here.

And don't forget to connect with us on Twitter: @GLOBE_Series and join discussions about the business of the environment with other GLOBE 2010 participants in our newly formed GLOBE Conferences & Trade Fair LinkedIn group.


1 comment for “Auto Industry Leaders Discuss Next Steps Towards Sustainable Transportation at the Auto FutureTech Summit”

  1. Gravatar of Aaron QAaron Q
    Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:44:25 PM

    I think that people are finally opening up their eyes to a more sustainable transportation future, and think that we, here in BC are on the right track.

    With demonstration projects such as the hydrogen buses in Whistler and the Olympic Line street car in Vancouver, public awareness will build and push things forward. Even BC hydro has been testing plug-in hybrids for the past year to prepare the grid for the changes which are coming....hopefully more people begin to understand WHY we need to make these changes, as that is the root of the problem.

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