It’s that time of year again! No, it’s not Thanksgiving just yet, but the Los Angeles Auto Show is back in town and the Cal State LA EcoCAR 3 team gained access to the Press & Trade Days from November 16-19. Held at the LA Convention Center, the Auto Show was in the heart of Downtown LA. Several EcoCAR 3 team members found the time in between classes to head over to get a sneak peek at all exhibitions before the Show opened to the public Friday, November 20.
The Press & Trade Days were packed with various events, including the Connected Car Expo (CCE) at the JW Marriot, the event preceding the official opening of the LA Auto Show. On Tuesday, November 17, Dr. David Blekhman, Cal State LA’s EcoCAR 3 Lead Faculty Advisor and Calvin Qui, a 3rd year mechanical engineering student and EcoCAR ambassador, attended the CCE with a university partner, the Advanced Transportation Center, to discuss the competition as well as the university’s other green transportation projects, such as its Hydrogen Fuel Station on campus. The Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti made the welcome address for all attendees, most of whom were automotive startups hoping to make their marks in the industry. Brian Cooley of CNET and designated CCE Emcee followed, introducing the opening Keynote speaker, the ride-sharing Lyft Co-Founder & President John Zimmer. On his experience at CCE, Qui said “It was amazing to see how invested the community is in constantly improving the quality of transportation. Being here has helped me reinforce my knowledge of the current state of automotive technology advancements and has given me insight into where it could potentially be going. It’s really exciting.”
Communications Co-Manager Carol Mamon attended the Press Conference for the 2016 Green Car of the Year Award. Preceding the announcement of the award, the ROEV Association, a collaboration of automotive industry stakeholders whose goal is to make public electric vehicle charging stations more widely accessible for all, was introduced. “It was great to see leading industry stakeholders make transportation even greener. Hearing ROEV’s plans makes me that much prouder to be part of the EcoCAR competition,” Mamon said. Following the ROEV announcement, Jay Leno of the popular YouTube series turned network show Jay Leno’s Garage, helped announce the winner, The Chevrolet Volt.
The LA Auto Show is in town until Sunday, November 29. More Cal State LA EcoCAR members will be heading to the Show throughout the week, look out for more pictures from the show on the team’s Facebook page!