Margo Oge, director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality at theEnvironmental Protection Agency, reveals she drives a Chevy Volt extended-range electric vehicle, but maybe not the most efficiently at times.

"I love the performance," she tellsus on the sidelines of the show and conference."Especially when you put it in sport mode."

Who saysregulators don't want to have fun?

Never Stop Selling

Mitch Bainwol, CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, makes light of the industry's slow climb back to normalized annual sales volumes, saying every newvehicle purchased makes the U.S. fleet more fuel efficient and safer.

"So go out there and buy some cars!"

Short Circuit

In an effort to keep things civil among his panel of auto industry executives, academics and regulators during adiscussion on controversial fuel-economy and safety standards, former Chrysler public relations chief andnoted funny man Jason Vines warnsmembers there will be consequences should they stray off message.

"Violators of our policy will geta short electric shock to their chair," says Vines,moderator of the discussion and a vice president atFleishmanHillard Public Relations. "If theycontinue to violate the rules, amassivecharge will be sent to the chairrendering the offender incapacitated.

"Any questions panel?"