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Felix K.


Berkeley, CA
Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area

Member since:

November 10, 2011


Why are you interested in electric vehicle technology and innovation?

I'm motivated mainly by the need to vastly accelerate electrification of transportation as a response to climate change. While new plug-in vehicles are a great step, they won't penetrate the market as quickly as we need, nor will they arrive in sufficient numbers to improve energy security.

Are you part of an electric vehicle startup?

BRIEF BIO: Felix Kramer is a serial entrepreneur and lifelong environmentalist who founded the California Car Initiative in 2002 to promote plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). In 2006, he became the world's first non-technical consumer owner of a PHEV. He popularized the "100+MPG" goal and "cleaner/cheaper/domestic" to describe electricity's benefits. In 2009, while noting much remained to be done, CalCars "declared victory" on plug-ins. Thomas Friedman, in his best-seller, Hot Flat and Crowded, said, "Felix Kramer has made plug-in electric cars not only his passion but an imminent American reality." In 2011, his family became the world's first household with both a Volt and a Nissan Leaf. With allies including Andy Grove, Kramer is forging a technical, business and government coalition to spark a new industry to turn millions of large internal combustion engine vehicles now on the road into safe, practical, EVs and PHEVs via carmaker-sanctioned retrofits.

What is the name of your company?

The California Cars Initiative (

What topics would you like to see covered at EVE Silicon Valley meetings?

Ways to promote awareness there are business and technical solutions for retrofit companies. How to help conversion companies get started. How to promote incentives for conversions equivalent to those for new vehicles Other business opportunities in the plug-in car space.

Do you currently own a hybrid vehicle or electric vehicle?

Chevy Volt (VIN#9, license plate VOLT009), Nissan Leaf (VIN #277, license plate COAL BAD)


I founded in 2002 to put plug-in hybrids on the map. We declared victory in 2009 as they came to market. Now promoting steps to get gas-guzzlers converted in high volume to affordable, safe, driveable, warrantied EVs and PHEVs.

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