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October 07, 2009

DOE and Chinese Ministry Co-Host Their First Electric Vehicle Forum

The first U.S.-China Electric Vehicle Forum, which brought together more than 140 U.S. and Chinese officials to discuss progress in the electric vehicle industry and opportunities, concluded October 1 in Beijing, China. David Sandalow, DOE's assistant secretary for policy and international affairs, joined with Minister Wan Gang of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology to co-host the event, which highlighted the rapidly growing electric vehicle industry in both countries.The countries are the two largest auto markets and energy consumers, and together emit more than 40% of the world's greenhouse gases.

"The U.S. and China share a strong common interest in putting millions of electric vehicles on the road soon, which will lessen our dependence on foreign oil and help address the global climate challenge," said Sandalow. "Working together, we can accomplish more than acting alone."

The Electric Vehicle Forum provided a venue for experts to exchange recent developments and identify promising opportunities for collaboration on technical advances and policy issues. The forum builds upon growing U.S.-China collaboration on clean energy technologies. In July, the United States and China announced plans to develop a U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) that will facilitate joint research and development on clean energy by bringing together teams of scientists and engineers and providing an information clearing house to help researchers in both countries. The CERC has identified clean vehicles as a priority for joint projects and is expected to help advance cooperative projects identified during the Electric Vehicle Forum. See the DOE press release.