2017 New York Auto Show
New York, April 19, 2017 – ChargEVC, NJ CAR, and Plug-In America, held an all-day event at the Jacob-Javits Center, hosted by the New York International Auto Show. The event began at 10 a.m. with a round-table discussion with automotive dealers, which included an overview of the EV training program to be launched by ChargEVC and Plug-In America later this year. This discussion, led by Eric Cahill from Plug-In America, was an opportunity to introduce basic information about electric vehicles and the market trends towards electrification. Participants included dealers, policy makers, clean air advocates and other professionals from the automotive industry.
Panelists (left to right): Matt Solomon, Alycia Gilde, Courtney McCormick, Robyn Marquis, Pamela Frank, & Eric Cahill.
Following the morning session, Eric Cahill moderated the luncheon EV policy discussion. Elise Keddie, Manager of Zero Emission Vehicle Implementation at the California Air Resource Board, shared opening remarks via satellite. The panel included Matt Solomon from NESCAUM, Alycia Gilde from Calstart, Courtney McCormick from PSE&G, Robyn Marquis form NYSERDA, and Pam Frank from ChargEVC. Topics covered included how much California’s experience translates to the northeast; crucial actions to get more EVs on the road; VW’s investment in electrification; the role of the states versus the federal government regarding incentives; and the interest and appropriate roles for public utilities in growing the EV marketplace.
Following the panel discussion, EV specialists from Plug-In America, Michael Thwaite and Tom Moloughney took participants on a guided tour. Each stop on the floor of the Auto show featured electric vehicles from many manufacturers (OEMs) with a detailed explanation about various EV features, such as estimated range on a full charge. The variety of EVs displayed at the Auto Show illustrated the variety of choices that OEMs are making for electric vehicles.
Jim Appleton, Executive Director of NJCAR and Officer of ChargEVC, touring EVs at the NY Auto Show.
The groups toured the floor in small groups to allow participants to ask questions and interact with the vehicles on display. Participants were invited to plug in the vehicles, take a seat, and explore the features of the vehicles. Many remarked on the various characteristics of the EVs, from the “spaciousness of the backseat” to the “depth of the trunk space.” The groups toured over 25 electric vehicles on display, across all manufacturers.
NJ Senator Linda Greenstein learns about EVs from Michael Thwaite, President of Plug-In America.
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