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California State University-San Bernardino: Readiness of Power Grid for Surge of Electric Vehicles Discussed

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SAN BERNARDINO, California, Aug. 23 [TNSscienceresearch] -- California State University's San Bernardino Campus issued the following news:

As the number of electric vehicles on the road is expected to grow to about 18 million by 2030, the need for the power grid and transportation infrastructure to keep pace will be the focus of the Regional Mobility Dialogue Series of the Leonard Transportation Center at Cal State San Bernardino on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

"Improving the Electric Grid and Infrastructure to Meet the Needs of Electric Vehicles," is the fourth of six dialogues on topics relevant to the future of transportation in the Inland Empire held by the Leonard Center. The dialogue will be held from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1755 Waterman Ave., San Bernardino.

The dialogue will look into what challenges will be encountered by electric utilities, and transportation and utilities planners as these groups and entities will have to effectively model their performance and incentive charging programs for both the general public and business sector from the increase of electric vehicles.

Attendees will hear from two noted electric vehicle and electric utilities experts: Lisa Hannaman, senior account manager, Southern California Edison; and Loreana Marciante, senior emerging mobility solutions engineer, HNTB Corporation.

The talk will focus on how the region can improve its electric grid and infrastructure to meet the growing needs and demands of electric vehicles in Southern California. The experts will provide a look into different initiatives being undertaken by both the transportation and power industries to respond.

In its second year, the Regional Mobility Dialogue Series of the Leonard Transportation Center at Cal State San Bernardino is presenting six dialogues on topics relevant to the future of transportation in the Inland Empire. The series is open to the public and sponsored by HNTB Corporation, a national infrastructure solutions firm, and the San Bernardino International Airport.

Following the presentations, attendees will engage in a discussion with an opportunity to share their concerns and ideas with transportation professionals, policy makers and each other. Transportation experts from HNTB will facilitate this discussion and bring their experience and expertise to benefit the dialogue.

As part of CSUSB, the Leonard Transportation Center is interested in bringing people together to provide the facts, discuss the major issues, and work to resolve them. The center is committed to the notion that finding solutions to the mobility challenges in Southern California is much more likely when people from different walks of life are engaged in the conversations.

Kimberly Collins, LTC executive director, said, "We invite anyone interested in being part of the conversation and solution to join us for this innovative and engaging series."

The cost for the dialogues is $25 per session, $10 for students. Registration fees cover a continental breakfast and conference materials. Parking is free. Attendance is limited to the first 50 registrants, so early registration is recommended. Register online at Leonard Transportation Center's Events web page.

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About Leonard Transportation Center

The Leonard Transportation Center (LTC) at California State University, San Bernardino opened in 2006 with a focus on regional transportation needs. The vision of Bill and Barbara Leonard was to create a center that focuses on the unique transportation opportunities and challenges the Inland Empire faces. Today, the LTC is working to expand its research and student engagement programs. Focal points include transportation management and governance issues, development of new technologies, and transnational studies. Their vision is to work collaboratively to seek solutions to assist residents, businesses, government and nonprofit agencies, and international partners to work together on improving sustainability and quality of life in the Inland Empire. For more information, visit the center's website.

About San Bernardino International Airport (SBD)

Conveniently located in the heart of the Inland Empire, close to major freeways and just 60 miles from Los Angeles, SBD International Airport is strategically positioned to meet growing aviation activity including: cargo, business aviation, general aviation, and commercial airlines by providing competitive rates for aviation companies and local businesses looking to stretch their wings and expand their horizons. With extensive stretches of pristine runway and acres of prime land available for aviation development, SBD International Airport is ready to help our community and region reach new destinations.

About HNTB

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. HNTB's work in California dates back to its founding in 1914. Today, HNTB continues to grow in size and service offerings to clients in California from eight office locations, currently employing more than 350 full-time professionals. Celebrating 105 years of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients' most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit www.hntb.com.

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