For Immediate Release

Contact: Barbara Pomerance; 404-557-7200

Jan. 30: National Journal Live Policy Summit, 8-10:30 a.m.

Affordable Mobility: A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency

 Affordable transportation is an essential part of the American economy. Most forms of transportation rely on fuel consumption, and leading the conversation in keeping transportation costs low, while creating economic sustainability, is fuel efficiency. However, some economists say that new fuel-efficiency standards for vehi­cles sold in America have costs of their own, and will benefit the environment less than a straight tax on gasoline, which leaders from both sides of the aisle have ruled out.

What is the collective increase in vehicle cost related to fuel economy increases, safety mandates, and other direct regula­tory burden? What will be the infrastructure needs of emerging advanced technology vehicles, such as fueling stations? What does the impact of the prevailing price of gasoline and diesel have on the adoption of new technology? Join National Journal for a policy summit that offers a 360-degree view on these topics with experts from Congress, the Administration, automakers and other key Washington players.


   Fawn Johnson, Correspondent, National Journal

   Amy Harder, Correspondent, National Journal

 FINAL Agenda


Guest registration and refreshment reception begins

8:30 – 8:35AM

Welcome remarks from National Journal and WANADA executive hosts


Experts Panel: The Costs, Benefits, and Future of Affordable Mobility.  This conversation will feature voices from the state, federal, environmental, consumer and manufacturing sectors of transportation to discuss areas surrounding fuel economy, the costs of new technologies and the impact on the consumer.

Moderator: Fawn Johnson

  • Mary Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board
  • Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation
  • Rebecca Lindland, Director, Automotive Research, IHS Global Insight
  • Mitch Bainwol, President and CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  • Don Chalmers, National Auto Dealers Association

9:15 -9:30 AM 

Audience Q & A


Report from the Automakers: Energy Security Benefits, Consumer safety, and Environmental Advancements for Cars of the Future

Moderator: Amy Harder


  • Robert Bienenfeld, Senior Manager, Environment & Energy Strategy, Product Regulatory Office, American Honda Motor Co., Inc
  • Tom Stricker Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, and Energy and Environmental Research Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
  • Reg Modlin, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Chrysler LLC


Audience Q & A


Closing Remarks from National Journal and WANADA executive hosts

Jan. 31: Public Policy Day at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

8:00 a.m. 

Newsmaker Breakfast sponsored by Washington Automotive Press

Association (WAPA) and International Motor Press Association (IMPA)-Audi (Hall A)

8:30 a.m. 

Welcome- Robert Fogarty, Washington Auto Show Chairman – Audi (Hall A)

Introduction of IMPA and WAPA –

WAPA Presentation of Golden Quill Award

8:45 a.m.  

Keynote from Scott Keogh, president, AUDI of America- Audi (Hall A)

9:30 a.m.  

Stakeholder Panel: A Roadmap for 2013: Principles to Guide Policymakers (Hall A)

Leaders of associations representing automakers, suppliers and dealers
will summarize top policy priorities in the new Congress.

 Panelists: Mitch Bainwol, President & CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Governor Matt Blunt, President, American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC); Robert "Bob" McKenna, President & CEO, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA); Damon Lester, President, National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD); Cody Lusk, President, American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA); David W. Regan, Executive Vice President, Legislative Affairs, National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA); Randall Scheps, Global Marketing Director, Automotive Sheet – Alcoa, Chairman - Aluminum Association Transportation Group; Michael J. Stanton, President & CEO, Association of Global Automakers, Inc.

10:15 a.m. 

Green Car Technology Award Winner Announcement-Green Car Journal (Hall C)

10:40 a.m. 

US Army's Rapid Equipping Force Seeks Innovations from Auto Industry (Hall C)

11:10 a.m. 

Ford (Hall E)

11:35 a.m. 

Jeep (Hall D)

11:55 a.m.  

General Motors (Lunch) (Hall D)

12:55 p.m. 

Nissan (Hall B)

1:25 p.m. 

Government Keynote Address: U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu :"The Department of Energy's EV Everywhere Grand Challenge." (Hall A):

2:10 p.m.  

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Electric Vehicles: Making Good Business Sense

2:25 p.m.  

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) – An Energy Star partnership (Hall A)

3:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m.    

 SAE International Plenary Session(Room 145AB) A conversation on meeting Safer & Cleaner Transportation in a Digital Age.

Moderator: Angela Greiling Keane, Reporter, Bloomberg News

Panelists: Greg Cohen, President, American Highway Users Alliance; Chuck Gulash, Senior Executive Engineer, Toyota Technical Center, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc.;Robert P. Hartwig, President, Insurance Information Institute; Anthony Levandowski, Google's Self-Driving Car Project; Gummada Murthy, Associate Program Director, Operations, AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials);

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.     

Sneak Peak Reception and Preview of the 2013 Auto Show.

7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.    

   Reception and Dinner:Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award honoring Edsel Ford II. Introduction by Roger Penske, 2012 Recipient (Ballroom A)

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