Today the Electric Drive Transportation Association’s 2014 Conference and Annual Meeting started in Indianapolis and will run through Wednesday.
The EDTA conference will essentially serve as a showcase for the present state of the electrified vehicle industry. It thus will feature the gamut – from recognized leaders speaking on various topics, to a public Ride, Drive and Charge event, to plenary sessions on key topics.
Stakeholders from all aspects of the industry’s value chain have converged on this location to show what they are doing, network, and in general strive for a synergistic meeting to move the industry forward.
Created in 1989 and headquartered in Washington D.C., the EDTA is the U.S. arm of the World Electric Vehicle Association, and is now a coalition of over 110 industry movers and shakers.
This year Indianapolis was chosen for the annual conference as it’s a hub for the conventional and electric-drive automobile industry, and as the host city for the Indianapolis 500.
Among highlights making Indianapolis a stand-out city for electrification is a 2012 executive order signed by Mayor Greg Ballard requiring the entire municipal fleet of non-police vehicles to be converted to plug-in or hybrid vehicles by 2025.
This year also, the french company Bolloré Group, announced it would launch in Indianapolis its first North American electric vehicle car share program.
This program, beginning this year, promises bringing another 500 plug-ins and 1,000 charging stations to the city.
Indianapolis has long been a center for traditional petrol power, and it would appear right in the heart of it all, the nascent plug-in industry is getting a serious leg up.