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Drive Electric Alabama EV Summit
September 21 – 22, 2022

Event Overview

The Drive Electric Alabama EV Summit will feature discussions on electric vehicle initiatives in Alabama and provide crucial information on charging infrastructure. Targeted attendees include elected officials, representatives from major automotive manufacturers and suppliers, experts on EV charging and technology, representatives from electric utilities and owners of businesses of all sizes. Summit activities include – but are not limited to – panel discussions, vendor booths and seminars focused on state and federal grants available in Alabama to install EV charging infrastructure.

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Why EVs?

In just the past year, Alabama has announced five public EV investments totaling $1.52 billion, creating 998 jobs. Virtually every major automaker around the globe has announced plans to electrify its fleet. Automobile manufacturers clearly see EVs as the future of the industry – that’s why they’re pouring billions of dollars into research and development. As the number four auto exporter in the nation, Alabama’s automobile manufacturing sector has a large impact on Alabama’s economy and employs tens of thousands of Alabamians with good-paying jobs. It is important that Alabama stays competitive so that the next generation of automobiles are built here instead of in neighboring states. 

Electric vehicles also make financial sense for consumers, especially now with gas prices skyrocketing at the pump. On average, EV drivers spend approximately $1.10 per eGallon, while gas-burning vehicles are paying over $4 per gallon. Owning an EV also means major savings on maintenance costs, with the average EV driver saving anywhere from $6,000-$10,000 over the life of the vehicle. As EV technology advances, the performance margin between electric cars and gas-powered vehicles becomes greater, as do other metrics such as selection of EV’s, driving range, and availability of charging stations.

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Agenda subject to change
Wednesday, September 21
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Networking Reception
Thursday, September 22
7:00 a.m. - Registration
Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Welcome
Introduction & Summit Commencement
Ron Davis, President, Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association
Governor Kay Ivey, State of Alabama
8:45 a.m. - EV Initiatives in the Yellowhammer State
Moderator: Michael Staley, President, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
Panelists: Representative Danny Garrett, W&M Education Chairman, Alabama House of Representatives / Kenneth Boswell, Director, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs / Hollie Pegg, Business Development Assistant Director, Alabama Department of Commerce / Michael Oatridge, Executive Director, Alabama Mobility and Power Center
9:30 a.m. - Charging Technology 101 Panel
Moderator: Matt Weekley, Marketing Services Manager, Alabama Power Company
Panelists: Brandon Colman, Utility Sales Manager, Electrify America / Ben Kessler, Public Policy Manager, ChargePoint / John Halliwell, Senior Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute / Jim Nork, Chief Revenue Officer, Loop
10:15 a.m. - Exhibitor Break
10:45 a.m. - EV Charging Technology and the Power Grid
Moderator: Blake Hale Hardwich, Executive Director, Energy Institute of Alabama
Panelists: Justin Harrison, Power Delivery Central Engineering & Network Underground Manager, Alabama Power Company / Matt Diamond, Vice President of Member Services & Communication, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative / Arthur Bishop, Manager of Transmission and Distribution Technology Support, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority
11:30 a.m. - EV Ecosystem in Alabama and Beyond
Moderator: Drew Frye, EV Energy Services and Programs Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority
Panelists: Bernard Swiecki, Research Director, Center for Automotive Research / Caitlin Hilliard, Manager of Marketing Programs, Alabama Power Company / Cathy Anderson Stender, Woody Anderson Ford - Huntsville / Tom Dart, President, Automobile Dealers Association of Alabama
12:15 p.m. - Lunch
Invocation: Donna Thompson, T&W Operations
1:00 p.m. - OEM Executive Panel
Moderator: Lindsay Chappell, News Editor, Automotive News
Panelists: Jason Puckett, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama / Michael Goebel, President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International / Pete Branham, Director of Vehicle Production, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
2:00 p.m. - Transition Break
2:15 p.m. - Automotive Supplier Panel
Moderator: Lindsay Chappell, News Editor, Automotive News
Panelists: Jay Wago, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Westwater Resources / Paul Underwood, Plant Manager, DURA Automotive / Mark McClanahan, VP of Sales, MS Metal Solutions / Weston Coleman, Sales Manager, T&C Stamping / Stefan Hogg, Business Development Associate, Li-Cycle
3:00 p.m. - Exhibitor Break
3:30 p.m. - EV Grant Writing Workshop
Michael Staley, President, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
Shannon Tillman, Chief Operations Officer, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
5:00 p.m. - Closing Comments
Ron Davis, President, Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association
Michael Staley, President, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition


Get Charged Alabama!


Get Plugged In!

Attendee Registration: $95


Join our Exhibit Hall!

Exhibit Booth Registration: $750

10’ X 10’ exhibit booth includes:
*Two complimentary exhibitor attendees (additional attendees may be added for $95 each).
*8’ tall back drape, 3’ tall side drape, one skirted 6’ table, 2 chairs and a booth ID sign.


Make an Impact as a Sponsor!

Collaborative Partner: $10,000
Platinum Sponsor: $5,000
Gold Sponsor: $2,500

Custom sponsorships also available!

Download Our Sponsorship Prospectus Here!

Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex
East Halls - View Map here
1 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Recommended Hotels - The Sheraton & the Westin
*Please note we do not have special room blocks for this event.

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For more information, please contact:


Madison Bosc


Lynsey Delane


Come explore the exciting and innovative world of electric vehicles at the Drive Electric Alabama EV Summit!
All state OEMs will have a major part to play as they showcase their brightest technologies ready to electrify the roads of Alabama. We look forward to seeing you in September!

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