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Please note: As of June 11, D.C. is fully re-opened and all capacity limits at large venues, both indoor and outdoor, are currently lifted entirely.


Please stay tuned for additional details regarding The Washington, D.C. Auto Show’s Public Policy and Media Days. 

2020 Industry Media Day Schedule


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Washington Auto Show Media Breakfast, Sponsored by Toyota and the Washington Automotive Press Association
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. The Washington Auto Show’s Annual Government Keynote Address by Mark W. Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy, United States Department of Energy
9:05 a.m. – 9:30  a.m.

“What’s Coming Next in Mobility” Panel

 This panel discussion offered up perspectives from startups in the mobility space on how they approach getting their technologies in front of OEMs and other major players, while continuing to develop and mature their solutions to remain on the cutting edge.

  • Ms. Leslie Allen, Mobility Editor, Automotive News (Moderator)
  • Mr. Alex Thibault, Vice President & General Manager, Vulog North America
  • Mr. John Xin, CEO, Lunewave
9:35 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

5GAA Presentation feat. Ford Motor Company

As mobility eco-systems – vehicles, public transit, scooters, bikes, infrastructure, and ultimately AV’s – become increasingly connected, Ujkachevic discussed some of the best technologies to get us to an inter-connected, seamless, and more efficient transportation system in the future.

  • Ms. Desi Ujkachevic, Global Director for Auto Safety, Ford Motor Company
9:50 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Panel Presented by Advanced Energy Economy

Companies have begun to realize the benefits that come along with transitioning high mileage fleets to all-electric vehicles, including lower maintenance and fueling costs. Recently, major companies have announced efforts to electrify fleets from local delivery fleets to ride-hailing services, and cities from Los Angeles to New York City have begun transitioning their transit bus fleets. This panel offered insight from key players in the fleet electrification space on key trends, challenges, and motivating factors for fleets to electrify.

10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Panel Presented by CTIA

  • Ms. Jackie McCarthy, Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, CTIA (Moderator)
  • Mr. Jeff Stewart, Assistant Vice President, Global Public Policy, External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T Services, Inc.
  • Mr. Douglas C. Longhitano, Senior Engineer, Automotive Safety, Honda
10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Toyota Press Announcement
11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m Ford Motor Company Press Announcement
11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Honda and Acura Press Announcement
12:10 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Maserati Press Announcement
12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Lunch Sponsored by U.S. News & World Report
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Keynote Address by Eric Meyhofer, Head of Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), Uber
1:20 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Address and Q&A from FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly
1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards Presentation
2:25 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

2020 Green Car Awards

Luxury Green Car of the Year

Green Car Technology of the Year

2:55 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. DriveSafe DC Award Presented by the National Road Safety Foundation

3:45 p.m. –

5:00 p.m.

SAE Government & Industry Meeting Plenary Session

5:00 p.m. –

8:00 p.m.

Washington Auto Show 2020 Sneak Peek Preview Reception Sponsored by Hargrove, NADA & U.S. News & World Report




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.
Global Biorisk Advisory Council Star Facility

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is a GBAC STAR™ accredited facility. GBAC STAR™ is an outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation. This performance-based program establishes requirements to assist facilities with work practices, protocols, procedures, and systems to control risks associated with infectious agents, such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. This is the “gold standard” for sanitization. For more information on GBAC STAR™ accreditation, please visit

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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