Energy systems engineering director, AVL (N.A.) Powertrain Engineering Inc.
Chosen because: Klarr, 56 was chief powertrain engineer of a team at Ford Motor Co. that brought the Ford Escape Hybrid to market in 2005. Today he is involved with several automakers and battery makers seeking to add hybrids and plug-in electrics to vehicle platforms.
Quote: "Everyone is shooting for that magic range of 40-50 miles between charges."