The Triangle's reputation as a national hub for electric vehicle development just got a big jolt with today's announcement that this region has been selected to host a major industry conference next year.
The Electric Power Research Institute, the power industry research arm, picked the Raleigh Convention Center for its 2011 conference on the plug-in electric car.
It'll be the first time the confab is held outside California, the nation's undisputed leader in the electric car realm.
"The Research Triangle area is an appropriate location that is well-known as an incubator of entrepreneurship, innovation and thought-leadership," said Mark Duvall, director of Electric Transportation at EPRI, in a statement.
The conference features the usual plenary sessions, break-out sessions and panel discussions.
But the big attraction for the public will be the exposition floor, featuring more than 40 exhibitors and a hall full of electric vehicles on display.
The conference will be hosted by Raleigh-based Progress Energy and Charlotte-based Duke Energy, the state's two big publicly owned electric utilities.
North Carolina is on course to install about 350 electric car recharging stations next year in public areas, mostly funded by the federal stimulus.