Sunday, January 3, 2010

PHASE II NAIAS / Update (OUT of the BOX!)

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is returning to the 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) for a second year with The MEDC Eco Xperience. Located in Michigan Hall, the Eco Xperience will feature a quarter-mile indoor Ride and Drive track surrounded by landscaped and forested terrain. A variety of electric vehicles will be provided by various manufacturers, including avant-garde electric vehicle inventions. More than 30,000 NAIAS visitors participated in the 2009 Ride and Drive.

MEDC will be introducing a dynamic, new exhibit at the 2010 NAIAS which will be located adjacent to the Eco Xperience Ride and Drive track area. The MEDC Alternative Energy Showcase will feature ten of the most innovative alternative energy component suppliers displaying the latest battery and related technologies.

Companies participating include A123 Systems (Preview Week), Johnson Controls-Saft (Preview Week), Dow Kokam, DTE Energy and Sakti3 (Preview Week). Other participants include some of the nation's leading universities such as Michigan Technological University and the University of Michigan as well as TARDEC, the nation's research lab for military energy initiatives. Department of Energy and MEDC funding for research and development activities have produced significant progress in the vital and expanding electric battery field.

Additional Exhibitors include: Magna International (Preview Week), SPX Service Solutions (Preview Week), PEP Stations, Wayne State University (Public Show) and University of Windsor (Public Show).

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