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Caltech and the Origins of Electric Vehicles

Thursday, May 30, 2024
4:00pm to 8:30pm
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This event will be live-streamed and recorded.

Please visit:

4:00 – 5:30 pm (Beckman Lawn)

  • Food truck will be on-site
  • Display of the EV1 (courtesy of Petersen Automotive Museum)
  • Display of AC Propulsion tZero (courtesy of Scott Sorbé)
  • Caltech student electric vehicle demos

5:30 – 7:00 pm SESSION 1 (Ramo)

Wally Rippel (BS '68)
Caltech, MIT, and the Great Electric Car Race

Alec Brooks (PhD '81) and Wally Rippel (BS '68)
The Creation of Modern Electric Cars: Aerovironment, the Sunraycer, the Impact, and the General Motors EV1

7:00 – 7:15 pm Break

7:15 – 8:15 pm SESSION 2 (Ramo)

Tom Gage (former president of AC Propulsion) joins Wally and Alec to discuss:
AC Propulsion, tZero and the Technology Handoff to Tesla

8:15 – 8:30 pm Cars and the Future of Electrification

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