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Hwang, Reinert will speak at congress

Roland Hwang, vehicles policy director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Bill Reinert, who is in charge of advanced technology vehicles at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., will be among the speakers at the 2008 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.

Hwang and Reinert will be part of a group discussing environmental issues and future technologies. The panel meets Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22.

Reinert, known as an atypical engineer who is passionate about the environment, worked his way up at Toyota after joining the automaker in 1990 in the unlikely area of managing real estate and facilities.

When the Prius hybrid car was introduced in 2000, Reinert landed in Toyota's alternative-fuels section.

He co-wrote an environmental and energy plan for the Galapagos Islands when the ecosystem was endangered by an oil tanker wreck in 2001.

Hwang also is an expert on clean vehicle technologies and policies, and has co-written several reports.

Before joining the environmental group, Hwang was director of the transportation program for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Earlier, he worked for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was an air pollution engineer at the California Air Resources Board.

Key facts
When: Jan. 21-24
Where: Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center
Cost: $1,395 early registration fee by Nov. 30. Daily fee $975.
For information: 866-374-6227 (U.S. only) or 734-929-0498

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