The leading professional association for electrical engineers has picked Greenville as host of its first electric vehicle conference next year, an event expected to draw up to 2,000 attendees from around the world and boost the city's reputation as a center for automotive technology.
In addition, Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research is bringing two other international conferences to Greenville this year.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers chose Greenville for the electric vehicle conference over Austin, Texas, San Francisco, Washington and Detroit, said Lee Stogner, a local engineer and marketing consultant who is a member of the institute's international board and its electric vehicle committee.
Stogner said attendees should include engineers, designers, executives, researchers and government officials a "who's who list" of "senior people" involved in electric vehicles. The conference is planned for early February 2012.
Stogner said electric bus maker Proterra Inc. will provide transportation between hotels, the Carolina First Center, ICAR and downtown, using the battery-powered buses it makes in Greenville.