CSU Northridge event puts focus on electric vehicles amid soaring gas prices – Daily News

As gas prices hover at record levels, California State University, Northridge will tap growing attention being placed on electric vehicles during a car show and roundtable discussion of current energy issues on Thursday, April 7.

The electric vehicle show will take place on the grounds of CSUN’s Institute for Sustainability from 11 am to 6 pm People attending will get the chance to view and test-drive cars from automakers including Chevrolet, Tesla, Honda and Porsche.

The vehicles will be located at the corner of Lindley Avenue and Vincennes Street, near the University Student Union complex.

Electric car drivers charge up their vehicles at a Tesla Supercharger in Fountain Valley, CA, on Thursday, March 24, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The roundtable, “The Future of Electric Vehicles in the US,” will include speakers from Porsche AG, Tesla, Honda, Chevrolet and Chargie, a company developing a nationwide network of charging stations for electric vehicles. The conversation will begin at noon, in person at the university’s Sustainability Center, Room 103. Organizers said space for the live roundtable will be limited, but attendees can participate virtually via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/2p8bcw3f. (Note: the link will not be active until the date and time of event, organizers said.)

“The roundtable and car show are part of our goal to identify CSUN as the center of all aspects of sustainability in Southern California,” said Yan Searcy, dean of CSUN’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, home of the Institute for Sustainability. “Indeed, we aim for our region of the San Fernando Valley to be recognized as the ‘Sustainable Valley,’ just as the technology sector in Northern California is known as Silicon Valley.”

Among the topics, according to organizers:

–What is the future of EVs and Smart Charging?

–As gas prices soar will electrification see a similar price increase?

–What are the infrastructure investments needed to decrease carbon emissions?

CSUN’s Institute for Sustainability aims to broaden the definition of sustainability, promote innovation in the field, steward best practices and strategies, inform policy and create partnerships with the community and business leaders, according to a statement from the university.

More information about the event: https://www.csun.edu/social-behavioral-sciences/events/roundtable-discussion-future-electric-vehicles-us.

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