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On the Road with Electric Vehicles

As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues, President Obama is calling upon Americans to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. With the nation’s transportation system heavily reliant on petroleum, this change is unlikely to occur unless Americans transform the way we move ourselves and our goods around the nation.

In May of this year, Democrats and Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate introduced legislation designed to advance the wide-scale adoption of electric vehicles – and to develop the infrastructure needed to support them – in order to combat oil dependence.

On June 11, Robbie Diamond, CEO of the Electrification Coalition, will describe the roadmap this bill lays out toward electrification. He will explain its proposal to have geographic areas compete to be selected as electrification “deployment cities,” and how, in these chosen communities, a wide array of financial incentives would be employed so that all of the elements of an electrified transportation system would deploy simultaneously.

Purchase tickets at www.pdxcityclub.org or call 503-228-7231 x110.

Where: The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland OR 97205

When: Doors open at 11:30 AM, Program begins at 12:15 PM and concludes at 1:15 PM

Transportation and parking: The Governor Hotel is accessible by bus, Portland Streetcar and MAX light rail. A SmartPark garage is located one block away from the Governor Hotel at 730 S.W. 10th Ave.

Cost: Luncheon tickets are $16 for City Club members and up to two guests, $20 for nonmembers. Limited coffee/tea table tickets are $5 and are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. General seating is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. A limited number of $5 coffee/tea tickets are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations: Reservations required for lunches only; reservations close at 2 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the event. Reservations for lunch are strongly encouraged. To reserve a lunch via telephone, individuals (members and non-members) should call our voice mail reservation line, 503-228-7231, ext. 110. A limited number of lunch tickets are generally available at the door. Luncheon tickets reserved after the 2:00 PM Wednesday deadline or purchased at the door will be subject to an additional $4 charge. General seating and coffee/tea tickets will be available at the door.