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Oregon's Electric Vehicle Industry News 

January 2014

Drive Oregon Awards $85K, Opens New Round

Drive Oregon has awarded grants to three electric vehicle firms -- KersTech Vehicle Systems, Brammo, and Shorepower Technologies -- to support the research, development, and marketing of their unique products.  As noted by Executive Director Jeff Allen, “Drive Oregon has previously paid out just under $400,000 in matching grants, which have already leveraged nearly $4 million in additional investment. We look forward to continuing this highly successful program.”   

Is your company pursuing research or investment funding?  Drive Oregon is accepting matching grant applications for its next round of awards, expected in mid-April.  Proposals are due February 28th and application materials, plus more information, can be found on our website.  
CES & Detroit Auto Show: Cutting Edge Cars 

Major automakers revealed their latest technologies at two major shows taking place this month.  Drive Oregon member Via Motors unveiled their ground-breaking XTRUX plug-in electric pick-up at the Detroit Auto Show.  At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford introduced their C-Max Solar Energi concept, which uses SunPower solar cells to charge the plug-in vehicle's batteries.  The first Formula E electric race car also made its debut in Las Vegas.  Capable of speeds up to 150 mph, the vehicle will be one of dozens on the new Formula E racing circuit kicking off next September.  Portland will play host to its own auto show next month: The Portland International Auto Show runs February 6-9 at the Oregon Convention Center.  
New Events: EV Tourism, IP, E-Bikes, & More!

If you join us next week for Drive Oregon's first monthly event of 2014, you may just leave with ideas of what to do over your summer vacation.  EV Tourism: Creating Value for Oregon on January 21st will feature Oregon's Chief Electrification Officer, Ashley Horvat, and JudiAnn Woo of Travel Oregon, sharing the history and impact of the Oregon Electric Byways initiative.  Our February eventon the 12th, will dive into the world of intellectual property - why it matters, how it relates to securing funding, and smart management strategies. Our April event will explore the expanding e-bike revolution on April 16th.  Our March event is coming together and will focus on exploring opportunities for new business partnerships in Tualatin.  We hope you can join us for any or all of these informative networking events.  Interested in sponsoring a Drive Oregon event to increase your firm's visibility and role in the EV industry?  Contact us!
Drive Oregon Staff Hit the Road

Drive Oregon’s team will be out in force in the coming weeks. Zach Henkin will speak at the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Earth Care Summit on January 27th and at the Green Transportation Conference on February 19th.  Emmaline Pohnl will participate on a panel at AESP's next monthly event, also on February 19th. Our Executive Director, Jeff Allen, will speak January 28th at the Gorge Technology Alliance in Hood River. On January 31st, Jeff will share his perspective on the EV industry with the Medford Rogue Rotary Club and live on the Jefferson Exchange radio show on Jefferson Public Radio from 8-9 AM with representatives from member company Alltrax.  Jeff was also recently honored by Sustainable Business Oregon as one of its “15 people to watch” in 2014…so we encourage you to keep an eye on him!  
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Member of the Month

RYNO Motors, a local start-up company, has been attracting lots of attention for their one-wheeled electric "microcycle".  Click here to read more about their innovative product and what's next for this exciting firm.
Upcoming Events

January 21 Drive Oregon Event: EV Tourism

February 12 Drive Oregon Event: IP Funding Strategy for Emerging Businesses

February 28 *Rescheduled from January* Opening of Mt. Hood's New West Coast Electric Highway EV Station

April 16 The E-BIke Industry: Technology and Market Trends

July 24-25  EV Roadmap 7: Making Connections 

For a complete list of upcoming events and trade shows, visit our calendar
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