The 2011 Washington Auto Show starts this week and we're getting out recorders ready for the annual highlight: the Green Car Summit. In the past, the summits have been engaging discussions about the cleaner side of the auto industry (you can all about the 2010 Summit here and the 2009 event here). We're ready for the 2011 edition, which will feature:
  • Jim O'Donnell, President, BMW North America
  • Susan M. Cischke, Group Vice President of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company;
  • Michael O'Brien, Vice President of Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America;
  • Donald G. Hillebrand, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory;
  • D. Hunt Ramsbottom, CEO, President and Director of synthetic fuel producer Rentech;
  • Arun Banskota, Senior Vice President, President of EV Services, NRG Energy;
  • Dr. Joseph Romm, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Long-time AutoblogGreen readers will probably note that last name, since Romm is theoretically still waiting for time to go by to see if he wins his bet with hydrogen-vehicle proponent Greg Blencoe (the wager was if fuel cell cars will make up one percent of the new car market by 2015 or not). We doubt that particular topic will come up, but this looks like it'll be another great panel.

We'll also be checking out the presentation by the Consumer Federation of America, which is calling for CAFE standards to be raised to 60 miles per gallon by 2025. Another highlight will be the keynote speech by Mark Reuss, General Motors's president of North America. At the 2009 D.C. Show, GM announced the first places where the Chevy Volt would be available. In 2010, the company said that D.C. would be the car's third retail market. We're hearing that some sort of confirmation about increased production numbers will be announced this year. Stay tuned.
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2011 Green Car Summit to Tackle Energy Security, Future Strategies
Jim O'Donnell, President, BMW North America, Headlines Capitol Hill Forum

Jim O'Donnell, President of BMW of North America, and other luminaries in the automotive and energy sectors will discuss advanced vehicles, environmental goals, and transportation's part in energy security at the 2011 Green Car Summit, produced by The Washington Auto Show® and Green Car Journal.

Held on January 26, 2011 in the illustrious Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building, the Green Car Summit will launch the first of the 2011 Washington Auto Show's two Public Policy Preview Days.

The Summit's strategic Capitol Hill location regularly draws high-level government and industry officials, key Members of Congress and their staff, and prominent members of the Washington media circuit.

An enduring tradition of The Washington Auto Show, The Green Car Summit convenes industry veterans and visionaries to address realistic pathways toward achieving higher fuel efficiency, energy diversity and, of course, the urgent need for U.S. energy security.

Along with BMW's O'Donnell, this year's Green Car Summit features the following expert panelists:

* Susan M. Cischke, Group Vice President of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company;
* Michael O'Brien, Vice President of Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America;
* Donald G. Hillebrand, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory;
* Dr. Joseph Romm, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress;
* D. Hunt Ramsbottom, CEO, President and Director of synthetic fuel producer Rentech; and
* Arun Banskota, Senior Vice President, President of EV Services, NRG Energy


The panel will be moderated by Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com, and Warren Brown, automotive columnist for The Washington Post.

Panelists will address how the available technologies and fuels at our disposal, and those being developed, can be harnessed in the short-, medium-, and long-term to make a meaningful impact toward petroleum independence. Additionally, panelists will discuss the imperatives of decreasing CO2 emissions and lessening environmental impact.

"Significant focus will be directed toward electric drive at the Green Car Summit, a reflection of the tremendous effort now being made to develop and sell battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and conventional hybrids using electric drive," points out Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. "Still, with advanced gasoline and clean diesel internal combustion vehicles expected to represent the majority of vehicle sales for years, and alternatives like bio/synthetic fuels, natural gas, and other fuels and technologies still very active in the automotive arena, strategies involving these options will also represent a critical and enlightening part of the discussion."

To register for the Green Car Summit, go to www.regisys.com/AUTO11m. The password, Energy11, is case-sensitive.

The 2011 Washington Auto Show opens to the public from Jan. 28-Feb. 6 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and is produced by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA).

This 69th edition of the show will present more than 700 vehicles from over 42 domestic and import manufacturers and a special 65,000-square foot exhibit, "The Advanced Technology SuperHighway" of the latest innovations in safety and sustainability.

A+ to D: Consumer Expert to Grade Cars Live at the Washington Auto Show

See the Advanced Clean Car Technology on Display and in Demand

Washington, DC – Dr. Mark Cooper, Director of Research for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), will tour the 2011 Washington Auto Show beginning at 1:30 PM on Jan. 27thto grade a sampling of cars on the floor, using the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed letter grades for labeling fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Dr. Cooper will also discuss how increasing fuel economy and GHG standards to 60 mile per gallon (mpg) serve the American consumer and auto industry's best interest contrary to claims by domestic automakers.

"The Washington Auto Show's Advanced Technology SuperHighway is showcasing advanced technologies that could be in every car and truck, delivering enormous savings to consumers," saidDr. Cooper. "This is the future of the automotive industry – and yet American automakers are still fighting standards that would put them on a level playing field with foreign companies."

"When the cost of driving goes down, auto sales go up. Toyota figured that out a decade ago," Dr. Cooper commented. "Gas prices are on the rise and the auto company with the cleanest most fuel efficient choices is going to wipe out their competition."

Dr. Cooper will be giving a letter grade to vehicles on display at the DC Auto Show according to the EPA's newly proposed grading system based on emissions and fuel economy.


A+ to D: Consumer Expert to Grade Cars Live at the Washington Auto Show

See the Advanced Clean Car Technology on Display and in Demand

Washington, DC – Dr. Mark Cooper, Director of Research for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), will tour the 2011 Washington Auto Show beginning at 1:30 PM on Jan. 27thto grade a sampling of cars on the floor, using the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed letter grades for labeling fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Dr. Cooper will also discuss how increasing fuel economy and GHG standards to 60 mile per gallon (mpg) serve the American consumer and auto industry's best interest contrary to claims by domestic automakers.

"The Washington Auto Show's Advanced Technology SuperHighway is showcasing advanced technologies that could be in every car and truck, delivering enormous savings to consumers," saidDr. Cooper. "This is the future of the automotive industry – and yet American automakers are still fighting standards that would put them on a level playing field with foreign companies."

"When the cost of driving goes down, auto sales go up. Toyota figured that out a decade ago," Dr. Cooper commented. "Gas prices are on the rise and the auto company with the cleanest most fuel efficient choices is going to wipe out their competition."

Dr. Cooper will be giving a letter grade to vehicles on display at the DC Auto Show according to the EPA's newly proposed grading system based on emissions and fuel economy.


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