Google to Washington: We Want Plug-In Vehicles

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We told you a few weeks ago that Google.org was looking for video submissions of you all telling Google how much you wanted a plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV). Google has now officially sent out their call for videos and unveiled they’re grander PHEV scheme. Google.org and the Brookings Institute will be holding a conference on PHEVs on June 11 and 12 in Washington DC to explore how federal policy might reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Google’s lined up an A-list of presenters for this conference, including Senators Orrin Hatch, John Kerry, and Lamar Alexander, as well as Congressmen John Dingell and Jay Inslee. From the private sector, FedEx CEO Fred Smith, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, Vantage Point Venture Partner and former-CIA director James Woolsey will also be in attendance. A full agenda and registration information are available here.

If you can’t make it to Washington for the conference you can catch in streaming online or send in your 90-second video of why you want a PHEV and you’ll get a shot of being part of the conference. The best videos will be screened at the conference and featured on the RechargeIT, Google.org’s PHEV program web site.

Officially titled “Plug-In Electric Vehicles 2008: What Role for Washington?” the conference will look at the national interest in putting millions of plug-in electric vehicles on the road and how federal policy could facilitate that.

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