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2022 Public Policy Day Schedule

NOON – 2:00 p.m.

EV Pavilion Stage, Hall B, Lower Level

  • Media Lunch, sponsored by Toyota, in the Washington, DC Auto Show’s EV Pavilion sponsored by Electrify America
  • Opening Keynote – Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor
  • EV Press Announcements 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

MobilityTalks Stage, Hall E, Upper Level

  • Coffee Break sponsored by Arcimoto
  • Industry Keynote – Chris Urmson CEO of Aurora
  • Panel Discussion – “How Are States Preparing for Tomorrow’s Infrastructure?”
    • Kevin Tynan, Moderator, Senior Auto Industry Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence
    • Cathy McGhee, Director, Office of Transportation Research and Innovation, Virginia Department of Transportation
    • Matthew Nelson, Director of Government Affairs for Electrify America LLC
    • Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer, Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification
3:30 p.m. – 4:30  p.m.
  • Industry Keynote – Alex Vetter, CEO,
  • Panel Discussion – “International Policy Trends in EVs and Autonomy”
    • Jennifer Safavian, Moderator, CEO, Autos Drive America
    • Dilip Sundaram, Chief International Business Officer, Arcimoto
    • Monica J. Gorman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, International Trade Administration
    • Paul Rennie, Counsellor for Global Issues, British Embassy
    • Seiji TAKAI, Director of International Policy Planning Division, Road Transport Bureau, Japanese Ministry for Land, Infrastructure & Tourism
  • Closing Keynote – Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
5:00 p.m. 
  • US News & World Report’s “Best Cars for the Money” Awards
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sneak Peek Preview Reception

All media will be required to produce a photo ID, and all bags and equipment will be subjected to inspection.

Notice: Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as the Washington Auto Show has instituted a standard security policy for all show days at the center. Patrons will be subject to search and possible hand held metal detectors. All bags, briefcases, book bags or items similar in nature will be searched as patrons enter the arena. The Washington Auto Show consults with local law enforcement agencies on a continual basis. Some of the security measures in place will be apparent to patrons and some will not.
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In addition to achieving GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the Convention Center is currently utilizing the following additional, state-of-the-art sanitation protocols:

  • The building is the first convention center in the nation to use an HVAC solution called Synexis to purify the air inside the building by using dry hydrogen peroxide which is present throughout the entire building. For more info, please click here:
  • Additionally, the building recently activated a new robot that uses disinfecting ultraviolet lighting to cleanse up to 5,000 square feet at a time in less than 5 minutes. More info can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here:

As of now, masks must be worn inside of the building at all times and all building employees (city and union workers) must be vaccinated as a condition of employment. The producers of The Washington, DC Auto Show will provide any operational or policy updates on this page and elsewhere on the site if any changes are to occur. For more information, please contact Joe Koch, Assistant Producer, at

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