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Chicago Drives Electric - Media Day

  • Thursday, September 28, 2023
  • 7:15 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Chicago Automobile Trade Association, 18W200 Butterfield Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181


  • One credential required per participant.

Registration is closed

Join the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) and the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) as we recharge into Chicago Drives Electric for a comprehensive look at the vehicles and technology that’s driving the EV revolution.

Please join us on Thursday, September 28th from 7:15 AM to 4:00 PM at CATA Headquarters where you’ll have the opportunity to drive and compare EVs and PHEVs from a wide range of manufacturers including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. We’ll also have a panel discussion on the state of EVs today with sponsors from, CDK Global, ComEd, and Powering Chicago.

Media will have the opportunity to drive electric vehicles on 15 to 20-minute drive routes.

The event will take place in alignment with National Drive Electric Week, and will kick off consumer days of Chicago Drives Electric onsite at CATA over the weekend.


Broadcast media welcome at any time throughout the day for live interviews and b-roll.

7:15 a.m. – Media registration opens

7:30-8:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast & Networking

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Panel Discussion/Q&A: The Current State of EVs

  • Panelists:
    • – Brian Normile, Road Test Editor
    • CDK Global – David Thomas, Director of Content
    • ComEd – Ryan Burg, Principal Business Analyst
    • Powering Chicago – Elbert Walters, Executive Director
  • Moderator:
    • Robert Duffer, MAMA President

10:00 a.m.-Noon – EV Test Drives

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch & Presentation by CDK Global

1:00-4:00 p.m. – EV Test Drives

4:00 p.m. – Event Concludes


Please follow signs to park in the East Side of the Hyundai building lot adjacent to the event location. There will be no media parking on the CATA property.


  • Alfa Romeo Tonale
  • Audi RS e-tron RT
  • Audi Q4 e-tron
  • Audi Q8 e-tron
  • Cadillac LYRIQ
  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • Dodge Hornet RT
  • Ford F-150 Lightning
  • Ford Mustang Mach-e
  • Ford E-Transit
  • Hyundai IONIQ 5
  • Hyundai IONIQ 6
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe
  • Jeep Wrangler 4xe
  • Kia EV6
  • Kia Niro EV
  • Kia EV9 (static only)
  • Nissan ARIYA
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Toyota bz4x
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Prius Prime
  • Toyota RAV4 Prime
  • Volkswagen ID.4
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge
  • Volvo C40 Recharge

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


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