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CATA LUNCH & LEARN: EV Charging 101 with Autel – Bring your Mayor or City Manager

Friday, April 28, 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



Tuesday, May 24, 2023

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Chicago Automobile Trade Association, 18W200 Butterfield Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

New-car dealers are being asked by OEMs to build the most EV dense parking lots in the country. Many dealers are moving forward based on the minimum OEM requirements, but they may not be considering the future.

On May 24, CATA will be hosting an EV charging lunch and learn with Autel Energy’s COO John Thomas at our headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace. Designed to give dealers peace of mind and intelligence on understanding what it takes to install scalable, reliable, and high-quality hardware with an eye toward serving the dealership’s needs today and tomorrow. At the same time, making use of that infrastructure to engage with the public and cultivate new customers.

Autel Energy, an EV charging OEM, will talk about its unique approach to help new-car dealers meet the challenges of electrifying dealerships. Autel recently held a similar event in Detroit with the Southeastern Michigan Ford Dealers. After the event, more than 20 metro Detroit dealers selected Autel as their hardware provider of choice. Autel’s products are built to automotive quality standards and the company has two decades of Automotive Service and Repair experience; meaning, Autel understands the importance of operational excellence and uptime in a dealership, while providing the highest quality equipment at the most affordable pricing. 

“Unlike other EV charging companies Autel understands the challenges this EV transformation brings for an auto dealership,” said Autel COO John Thomas. “As a 30-year auto-industry insider I understand the car business. In the next five years, dealerships will have the most EV-dense parking lots in the country, and together with the CATA, Autel is here to help CATA dealers successfully navigate this challenge.” 

Autel has been taking the EV charging industry by storm, and we are excited to have them as a partner with the CATA. Most recently Autel sponsored the Chicago Auto Show’s Chicago Drives Electric EV Track.

Bring your mayor or local city manager …

Additionally, the federal government recently announced a grant program for cities, municipalities, and under severed & rural communities which will equate to $2.5 Billion for EV charging deployment. CATA dealers should consider bringing along their mayor or city manager to learn about this program and expand EV charging in local communities. More chargers in your town means more EV customers at your dealership.

John Thomas will be available to answer any questions during and after the seminar. Lunch will be provided.


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


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