Media Advisory

Left: the Electric Motorsports Superbike. Right: the Saba Carbon Zero Roadster.The Lightning Motorcycles Electric Superbike.What: Plug Ins or hybrids? What does the emerging field of Electric Vehicle (EV) transportation hold in store for consumers? Top executives from EV companies come together in a Saint Mary's College forum to discuss what prospective car buyers want, need and the choices available in electric vehicles. The forum will also explore the costs for infrastructure and maintenance, and address real world consumer concerns about where and how to recharge an electric vehicle.

The forum includes a rare technology showcase; allowing attendees to see an Electric Motorsport Electric Superbike, a Lightning Motorcycle Electric Superbike, an electric Mini Cooper - one of 400 worldwide (courtesy of Columb Technologies), the Carbon Zero Roadster (courtesy of Saba), a Ford Ranger EV and the all-electric Mitsubishi iMiev.

Panelists include: Dan Bowermaster, Clean Air Transportation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Damian Breen, Director of Strategic Incentives Bay Area Air Quality Management District; Bob Costa, City of Pleasant Hill (civic charging stations); Ron Freund, Plug In America Board Member; Richard Hatfield, CEO, Lightning Motorcycles; Todd Kollin, CEO, Electric Motorsport; Richard Lowenthall, CEO, Coulomb Technologies and Simon Saba, CEO, Saba Motors. The forum includes a question and answer session and will be moderated by Saint Mary's College Executive MBA alumnus Gint Federas`03, CEO of the Lazarus Team.

When: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Soda Activity Center, Saint Mary's College of California
1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94556

Cost: $15 for Saint Mary's alumni, $20 for non-alum. Free for current Saint Mary's students
(with valid ID). Admission includes appetizers and refreshments.

Background:In November 2008 San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums pledged to make the Bay Area the "EV Capital of the U.S." A Bay Area EV Corridor program was established to help coordinate efforts among municipal governments and businesses in the nine-county area to make the region EV-ready.

The EV forum is sponsored by the Graduate Business Alumni Chapter of Saint Mary's College. For more information contact Jackie Williams at 925-631-4653 or via e-mail at jyw1@stmarys-ca.edu.

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Michael McAlpin
Director of Media Relations
(925) 631-4222
mdm5@stmarys-ca.edu

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The Saint Mary’s College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For nearly 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church’s oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls more than 3,800 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary’s College at stmarys-ca.edu and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.
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