Fw: Travel pool 7

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From: Benjamin Wolfgang [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 02:12 PM
To: Gabriel, Brian
Subject: Travel pool 7

We arrived at the Cobo Center at 2pm and were quickly escorted inside
the (very large, very impressive) hall. Pooler spent several moments
fantasizing about buying five new cars.

POTUS is now touring exhibits. Quotes and color to come, for now some
background from WH:

The President will tour the 2016 North American International Auto
Show where he’ll see firsthand the resurgence and progress of the
American auto industry, which just seven years ago hit a 27-year low
in sales and just last year reached an all-time high.  And thanks to
the investment the President made in Detroit, the American auto
industry is back with the latest in green technology as it commits to
the fuel efficiency standards the President laid out in 2012.

The auto industry remains on track to double fuel efficiency and cut
GHG emissions in half by 2025, and carbon pollution from the fleet is
down with fuel economy at an all-time high.  Already the auto industry
has avoided 60 million metric tons of carbon pollution, and this is
only the third year of a 14-year program.

We are seeing more novel technologies that improve fuel economy
faster, and electric cars and hybrids are becoming a normal part of
almost every manufacturer’s line. In fact, Americans bought more than
115,000 electric vehicles (EVs) in 2015, more than double the number
purchased in 2012, and there are more SUVs above 30 mpg than ever

In addition, America is at leading edge of autonomous vehicles and
self-driving vehicle technologies. To help accelerate these
potentially life-saving technologies,  Secretary Foxx recently
announced new steps to accelerate the deployment of self-driving
vehicles and DOT’s Smart City Challenge, which will provide $40
million to a selected city to prototype the future of transportation
in their cities - including self-driving cars, connected vehicle
technologies, and smart sensors.

The President will see firsthand the latest in EV and vehicle safety
technology at the 2016 North American International Auto Show on a
tour led by 2016 NAIAS Chairman Paul Sabatini and UAW President Dennis

The President will make four stops:
·         ZF – ZF  designs and develops sensors, processors and
actuators, and programs devices that form the foundation for automated
driving. The President will see an example of how autonomous driving
technology can be implemented to assist the driver with steering,
braking and accelerating for safer driving. He will also see a
life-sized glass model that incorporates all the ZF components into
one car.
·         Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – The President will see the
plug-in hybrid model of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan unveiled at the
show and the 75th anniversary display of Jeeps, including the Jeep
Wrangler made in Toledo, OH.
·         General Motors – The President will see the new 2017
Chevrolet Bolt EV, an all-electric vehicle with an estimated range of
200 miles on a single charge and a top speed of over 90 mph. The car
will go on sale for $30,000 after a federal tax incentives and go into
production by the end of 2016. The Bolt will be manufactured at the
Orion Assembly north of Detroit with a majority of its components made
in the U.S., including tires from South Carolina and seats
manufactured by Magna located in Highland Park, Michigan.
·         Ford – The President will see the latest model of the Ford
Escape Hybrid.

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