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Chicago Drives Electric - Media Day

  • Thursday, September 29, 2022
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Chicago Automobile Trade Association, 18W200 Butterfield Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181


  • ALL MEDIA (on air, camera, support) MUST REGISTER INDIVIDUALLY.

Registration is closed

The shift to EVs is fast and furious, and there’s a lot of information circulating. The Chicago Automobile Trade Association is engaging with a team of experts on various subject matters as they relate to this revolution in hopes to provide our media partners with education, resources and hands-on experience with today's EVs.

In partnership with the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), Media Day will feature keynote presentations and two panels with EV industry thought leaders. A breakfast presentation of the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale will kick off the event, followed by a panel addressing a macroeconomic view of the trends and challenges facing mass EV adoption, ranging from infrastructure shortcomings to cutting-edge battery tech. 

The CATA staff is more than happy to help coordinate on-site interviews with industry experts, b-roll opportunities, and live hits from the event. Please provide that information when registering and reach out to Hayley Feichter ( and Mark Bilek ( with your request. 


  • 7:15 a.m. – Media registration opens
  • 8 a.m. – Breakfast and Presentation by Alfa Romeo
  • 8:30 a.m. – State of the EV Revolution Presentation
    • Presenter: KC Boyce, Vice President/Sector Lead, Powertrain Innovation & Energy Transformation, Escalent Research
  • 9-9:45 a.m. – Panel Discussion/Q&A – The Electric Car has Arrived: Now What?
    • Panelists: Sam Abuelsamid, Principal Analyst leading Guidehouse Insights' E-Mobility Research Service with a focus on transportation electrification, automated driving and mobility services; Jennifer Newman, Editor in Chief; Sylvia Garcia, Director, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity; KC Boyce, Escalent Research, VP.  Moderator: Harvey Briggs, MAMA President and Author at Rides & Drives
  • 10 a.m. – EV Test Drives
  • Noon – Lunch and Presentation by
  • 12:30-1:45 p.m. – Panel Discussion: Your Electric Car Has Been Ordered: Now What?
    • Panelists: Nicole Antakli, Chief Business Officer, CHARGE Enterprises; Dave Thomas, Director of Content Marketing, CDK Global; Robert Hattier, Business Representative, Powering Chicago; Melissa Washington, Senior Vice President Customer Operations & Chief Customer Officer, ComEd; Moderator: Rob Duffer, MAMA Senior Vice President and Senior Editor, The Car Connection
  • 2-4 p.m. – EV Test Drives
  • 4 p.m. – Event Concludes

Chicago Automobile Trade Association
18W200 Butterfield Rd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 
(630) 495-2282


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