Tesla Motors CTO JB Straubel to Deliver Keynote at 9th Annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit

PALM SPRINGS, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 10, 2013) - The 9th Annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit, presented by International Business Forum and chaired by Technology Partners' Ira Ehrenpreis, on February 6-7 in Palm Springs, California, announced today that Tesla Motors, Inc.'s ( NASDAQ : TSLA ) Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, JB Straubel will deliver a keynote address on how the Silicon Valley start-up has changed the landscape of the auto industry.

Straubel is responsible for all software, electronics and propulsion across Tesla's portfolio with direct operational responsibility for roughly one quarter of the company. He is also the point executive driving OEM partner relationships at Tesla with Toyota, Daimler, Panasonic and others. These partnerships have introduced new vehicles such as the new electric Toyota Rav4, the Smart EV from Daimler and the A-class EV from Mercedes. In addition Straubel is managing the creation and construction of the Tesla Supercharger network of fast, free DC chargers making EV travel from coast to coast possible with no loss of convenience.

Clean-Tech Investor Summit attendees will have the opportunity to drive the Tesla Model S as well as hear from an impressive line-up of clean tech luminaries in addition to Tesla's Straubel. Once again expected to be another sold-out event, the 9th Annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit is bringing together the "who's-who" of the clean tech sector including leading investors, Fortune 500 executives, and entrepreneurs for two days of high-level presentations, conversations, and networking.

The Tesla Model S is the world's first premium sedan to be engineered from the ground up as an electric vehicle. Since beginning deliveries to U.S. customers in June of 2012, the Model S has been awarded multiple accolades including Motor Trends 2013 Car of the Year ® and AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2013 Automobile of the Year.

To register for the clean tech industry's top investment summit please visit: www.cleantechsummit.com

Members of the media interested in covering the summit and seeking interviews with any of the summit speakers should contact Dilek Mir, Managing Director, IRTH Communications at dilek@irthcommunications.com or 310-928-3288.

This year's Sponsors for the Clean-Tech Investor Summit include Robert W. Baird & Co., Orrick, Silicon Valley Bank, Mintz Levin, Wells Fargo, Deloitte, PWC, IRTH Communications, Morrison & Foerster, Grant Thornton, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Hobbs & Towne, Morgan Stanley and Sherwood Partners.