Questions I’ll ask at LA Auto Show

So I’m getting organized for the working at the LA Auto Show media days — will be there Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday next week. We’re setting up some interviews, and I do look forward to find out if I’m right about the Ford Focus Electric winning the Green Car of the Year award.

In preparation, here’s a few questions I’ll put on my list for interviews, and if you have any good ones, let me know.

1. For the green car ride and drive, why are two of the nominees not going to be available for ride and drive, but the other three are? Why can’t I drive a Focus Electric or Honda Civic natural gas version?

2. For the 54.5 mpg corporate average fuel economy standard that’s supposed to be adopted by 2025, how real is it? It sounds like a good deal of watering down is going on — some of that giving trucks more of a break in the standards. There’s also the issue of getting this through in Washington and enforcing it.

3. How long will it take for these green cars to make a difference in reducing carbon and tailpipe emissions? It sometimes seems like a lost cause — with all the vehicles out there now. It will take a long time for this to make a difference. So the question might be — Are you hopeful about it?

4. What’s it like to market and sell plug-in electric vehicles today now that the Volt and Leaf have been out there nearly a year? Have perceptions changed for consumers? Interest and enthusiasm?

5. Which of the 2012 model year (and later) product launches could make the biggest impact on green machines? What’s getting the most interest? What’s innovative about what’s next?

See you soon….

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