Jan 22, 2018 - Energy & Environment

2018 Washington Auto Show to have most all-electric vehicles to date

A 2017 Chevy Malibu at the 2017 Washington Auto Show in Washington, USA on February 3, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A 2017 Chevy Malibu at the 2017 Washington Auto Show in Washington. Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The 2018 Washington Auto Show begins on Tuesday, and will be displaying a variety of electric vehicles, as well as allowing lawmakers and regulators to discuss "unique challenges and opportunities" surrounding new transportation trends in the MobilityTalks International forum.

Why it matters: This year's show will have the most all-electric vehicles to date, according to the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association communications manager Mike Bushnell.

  • There will be a Senate Energy Committee hearing on the sidelines of the auto show events on Thursday, and a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday.
  • Guest speakers include Senate Commerce chairman John Thune; Michigan Sen. Gary Peters; Lyft's director of government relations Rob Grant; General Motors' director of corporate finance Rachel Bhattacharya; and Jack Weast, the chief systems architect of autonomous driving solutions for Intel.
  • Bill Wehrum, who is EPA's top air pollution official, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will be taking questions from the press on Thursday.
  • Cars that will at the consumer show include the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the e-Golf, the zero-emission BMW i3, the Honda Clarity fuel cell car, and the Chevy Volt and Bolt
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