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Alt-Fuel Vehicles on Display at CALSTART 2020 Conference

November 8, 2004

PASADENA, CA – Automakers, technology and energy suppliers, and regulatory agencies are sponsoring “2020: California´s Transportation Energy Future” conference, which focuses on finding ways to reduce petroleum consumption and increase the use of alternative fuels by 2020. The conference is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Some sponsors will also showcase technology highlighting their approach to energy efficiency and alternative fuel use. DaimlerChrysler will feature its diesel Jeep Liberty, which achieves a 30 percent fuel economy gain over its gasoline counterpart, together with its GEM neighborhood electric vehicles. Honda will bring examples from its portfolio of clean and efficient vehicles, which currently encompasses natural gas and several hybrid electric vehicles, including the all-new Hybrid Accord. “In a world where $50 a barrel petroleum is the new norm and domestic oil sources are in decline,” said John Boesel, president and CEO of WestStart-CALSTART, “the question is no longer whether we need to reduce petroleum use, but how and how soon. This conference focuses on near-term steps to take and long-term solutions.” Coupled with the forum will also be an awards luncheon celebrating current transportation leaders. CALSTART will present its prestigious 2004 Blue Sky Awards, given annually to recognize outstanding action to move clean and efficient transportation solutions to market. The early registration discounts for the conference expire Nov. 19. Visit www.California2020.com or contact Monica Alcaraz at (626) 744-5655 for more information.

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