As gasoline prices and fuel economy standards rise, many in the industry are looking at fundamental changes in the automobile.
BMW AG, for instance, has developed the i3 electric car, previously known as the Megacity. It goes on sale in late 2013.
BMW's Manuel Sattig will speak about project i at the Automotive News Green Car Conference on June 14.
He will be part of a panel on rethinking the car. Also on the panel are Bill Reinert, national alternative fuel vehicle manager at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.; and Paul Wilbur, CEO of Aptera, developer of a three-wheeled electric vehicle.
Other panels will explore the case for electrics, what the industry is learning from consumers about electrics and hybrids, and how China is pushing green-car changes.
At another Automotive News event, Electrifying 100, executives, engineers and thinkers driving vehicle electrification will be recognized in Dearborn, Mich., on June 13.