Editors over at Automotive News, along with industry experts, have compiled a list of the most influential people paving the road for the automobile's electrified future. The "Automotive News' Electrifying 100" were recognized at an event on June 13th at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI. AN's list includes industry leaders like Carlos Ghosn and visionaries such as Tesla's Elon Musk. Some of the other notable "Electrifying 100" members include:
  • Barack Obama - President, United States of America
  • Brian Wynne - President, Electric Drive Transportation Association
  • Barry Engle - CEO, Think Global
  • Chelsea Sexton - co-founder, Plug In America
  • Felix Kramer - founder, California Cars Initiative
  • Henrik Fisker - CEO, Fisker Automotive
  • Micky Bly - executive director of global electrical systems, General Motors
  • Steven Chu - Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
And the list goes on and on. Click here to pour over AN's 100 key players driving vehicle electrification.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.| Images: AFP/Getty Images, Jim Watson and AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais]
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EDTA President Brian Wynne Named One of 100 "Most Influential People" In the Electric Vehicle Market

Recipients to be honored in Detroit on June 13

Washington, D.C.-June 13, 2011- Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) president Brian Wynne today was named one of the most influential people in the electric vehicle industry.

Automotive News' "Electrifying 100" list of the "most influential people leading the global transformation of the automobile to an electrified fleet" also includes leaders such as President Obama, General Motors' Vehicle Line Director for the Chevrolet Volt Tony Posawatz and Nissan's CEO Carlos Ghosn. Wynne and the other recipients will be recognized tonight in Detroit, in conjunction with the magazine's Green Car Conference.

"I am honored to be included on the 'Electrifying 100' list," said Wynne. "This recognition is also an honor for EDTA as an association, as it represents the meaningful work we are doing to advance all aspects of electric drive in America – including collaborating with utilities, as well as charging infrastructure and battery technology companies. Electric drive technologies – those available today and those on the horizon – will help the U.S. achieve greater energy security, spend more of its energy dollars domestically, expand competitiveness and create jobs, while at the same time creating a cleaner environment."

Automotive News chose Wynne as one of the top industry influencers because he has helped increase EDTA Membership from 65 companies in 2004 to 110 companies in April 2011, and has diversified the market sectors represented by those companies. He is currently planning for EDTA to host the 26th International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS), held May 6-9, 2012, in Los Angeles . Furthermore, the magazine recognized Wynne for the recent launch of GoElectricDrive.com, an EDTA website designed to educate consumers about purchasing and owning a plug-in electric vehicle.
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About EDTA: The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) is the trade association representing battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure. EDTA conducts public policy advocacy, education, industry networking, and international conferences. EDTA's membership includes automotive and other equipment manufacturers, energy companies, technology developers, component suppliers, and government agencies. For more information about EDTA and its members, visit www.electricdrive.org. For information about owning and operating electric vehicles, please visit GoElectricDrive.com.

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