EV Talk

May 14 | Noon | Electric Vehicle Neighborhood Powered by Xcel Energy

If you want to learn more about Electric Vehicles this event is for you!

This event will be an enlightening discussion about the Future of Automotive - Electric Vehicles. Electric Vehicles will also be highlighted in the Electric Vehicle Neighborhood, powered by Xcel Energy. 

Come to this event to hear from the those that are making it happen. 

Moderated by EV Spokesperson Paul Douglas, you will hear from representatives from Xcel Energy, Great River Energy, the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association, EV Owners and a professional driver. 

Don't miss the conversation. It is free with your Twin Cities Auto Show Ticket. 


Get to know the panel participants:


Benjamin Freedman
Sales Operations Manager
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc

Benjamin Freedman is the Sales Operations Manager for Volkswagen of America. His responsibilities include leading sales, business and operational advisory and indirect leadership in a multistate territory, Minnesota & North Dakota, where he delivers business and operational solutions focused on sales growth, process improvements, cost savings and customer experience improvement.
Previously, Benjamin had more than five years in national supply chain management and transportation leadership. Combined, he has diverse experience in project management, national supply chain management, data/business analytics, vendor/supplier management, sales & operations planning (S&OP), forecasting and leading process improvements, standardization and cost savings initiatives at the site, regional and national levels. Benjamin has success delivering high-impact results through innovation and influence to overcome business, customer, infrastructure and competitor obstacles, where he is able to rapidly define opportunities, create strategic and operating plans and install foundation, infrastructure and resources to exceed goals.
Benjamin holds a B.B.A. from the University of North Florida and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Quantitative Management and an M.B.A .from New York University Stern School of Business.

David Ranallo
Director, Culture, Communications, Marketing & Member Services
Great River Energy

David Ranallo is the director of culture, communications, marketing & member services at Great River Energy. David currently leads the organization’s electric vehicle market stimulation, beneficial electrification, and employee and public engagement efforts and was recently names one of Public Utilities Fortnightly’s ‘Top innovators’.

Nadia El Mallakh
Area Vice President of Clean Transportation and Strategic Partnerships
Xcel Energy
In her role, Nadia designs and leads the company’s efforts to identify and create partnerships focused on innovative solutions for customers and achieving other Xcel Energy strategic priorities. Nadia also oversees the electric vehicle team at Xcel Energy. The Denver Business Journal has named Nadia a “Top Woman in Business” and included her in its “Who’s Who in Energy” list since 2017.

Scott Lambert
Minnesota Auto Dealers Association, Greater Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, Twin Cities Auto Show

A St. Paul native, Scott attended St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, MN and earned his Bachelor of Arts at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1982.  He has been with the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association for 32 years.  In 2000 he was named the Association’s President.  In 2010 he took on the dual role to run the Greater Metro Auto Dealers Association which produces the Twin Cities Auto Show.  In 2021 he was national Chair of the Automotive Trade Association Executives.


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