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Chicago Automobile Trade Association Announces Key Industry Partners For Chicago Drives Electric, An EV Test Drive and Educational Event

Contact: Mark Bilek

Senior Director of Communications and Technology
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Office: (630) 424-6082
Cell: (847) 652-0632

Contact: Hayley Feichter
Communications & Marketing Manager
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Office: (630) 424-6002
Cell: (419) 506-0885




OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. (Sept. 15, 2022) – The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), the area’s new-car dealer association and producer of the Chicago Auto Show, is proud to announce the sponsors of its first-ever Chicago Drives Electric event to be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2022. 

Sponsors of the event will be speaking on panel sessions, enjoy social media integration and activate onsite to showcase their knowledge and position in the industry. The sponsor lineup includes:

  • – A longtime supporter of the Chicago Auto Show, is also a premier sponsor of Chicago Drives Electric and will have senior subject matter experts involved in presentations to both the media and CATA dealers discussing current consumer trends and shopping experiences related to EV purchases. also provides an abundance of consumer-oriented EV information on its website aggregated by local journalists.
  • Charge Enterprises – Charge Enterprises is a new premier sponsor that will provide insights on a key topic many are curious about, which is how to charge EVs. Executives from Charge Enterprises will sit on education panels discussing the complexities of different EV charging solutions. Charge Enterprises will also be on-hand during the consumer days to answer questions and support consumers in their EV knowledge journey.  
  • ComEd – ComEd is a new sponsor and neighbor to the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and will be providing charging locations for all the participating vehicles. ComEd’s Senior Vice President Customer Operations & Chief Customer Officer Melissa Washington will participate on a panel discussion on Sept. 29 while ComEd representatives will be on-hand throughout consumer days.
  • Powering Chicago – A premier sponsor of the 2021 Chicago Auto Show, Powering Chicago signed on as a premier sponsor for Chicago Drives Electric. Representing unionized electricians in the Chicagoland area, Powering Chicago brings an interactive display to the event with their 73-foot semi-trailer. Participants can engage with the Powering Chicago representatives to walk through the exhibit and learn about home charging installation, electricity usage and more. Powering Chicago leaders will also serve as panelists for the educational sessions.  

“As we designed this event, we knew that engaging a wide range of partners would be crucial to providing value to our attendees,” said Jim OBrill, CATA marketing and sponsorship director. “The multi-faceted EV industry is quickly growing and evolving which is why bringing in this dynamic group of sponsors is important to understand the full landscape. This event wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Chicago Drives Electric also welcomes PLEMCo and Solar One as supporting sponsors who will also be participating in the event offering diverse perspectives, skills and advice to dealers.

For more information, visit: Chicago Drives Electric test drives are reserved exclusively for the public who pre-registered for the event. A waitlist has opened at


About the Chicago Auto Show
First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the nation’s longest running auto exposition in North America. The show is produced by the Chicagoland’s new-car dealer association, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, which has staged the show since 1935. The 2023 public show is Feb. 11-20 at McCormick Place. For more information and the latest updates, visit or

About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904 and located in Oakbrook Terrace, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is comprised of more than 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information, please visit

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