Electric Cars Are 'Big Deal' This Year for Washington Auto Show

Being part of Washington DC Auto Show increasingly important in era of government intervention.

Published: 26-Jan-2010

The Washington Auto Show, which begins Wednesday, typically isn't the place where new models are unveiled. But there's no doubt that the event's profile is higher than normal this year, thanks in no small part to the billions of dollars that have been coming from the direction of Capitol Hill.

Is there any other auto show that would mention the attendance of "hundreds of legislative officials" as part of the draw? Reps. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson are among those scheduled to appear at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

"The automakers obviously want to show politicians that the investment in their companies was a good use of funds," said Alan Baum, principal industry analyst at Baum and Associates, a research firm based in Bloomfield, Mich. "Being in D.C. is now a big deal."


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