“Washington's Auto Influence” (#1517)

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Friday, 4/22 @ 12:00pm ET
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  1. PLAYING: Entire Show

  2. Open: John's Opening Thoughts

  3. Segment 1: Davis Interview


  4. Segment 2: Oge Interview


  5. Segment 3: Jones Interview


  6. Close: John's Closing Thoughts



Pat Davis, U.S. Department of Energy, Margo Oge, Environmental Protection Agency, Jake Jones, Daimler External Affairs. Topic: Washington D.C. Auto Show.

From all the bailout coverage the past few years, you might've thought that automakers only looked to Washington for money. But in reality, the Department of Transportation is involved with every OEM in one way or the other. Take Patrick Davis for instance. He runs a DOT office that searches for new fuels and groundbreaking batteries for electrics and hybrids. Over at the EPA, Margo Oge, who's in charge of, among other things, emissions, has a phalanx of staff who test every engine and the fuels that run them. And then on the flip side there are executives like Daimler's Jake Jones who works with the government on programs like the company's new Student Driving Academy. All three guests join John McElroy from the floor of this year's Washington Auto Show.