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About the event

Join us on May 2, 2024, as we delve into the transformative impact of electric vehicles (EVs) on our transportation and energy sectors. EVs are revolutionizing the way we move, but they're also driving changes in how we power our vehicles.

We are thrilled to have Susan Elkington, Senior Vice President of Electric Vehicle Supply at Toyota Motor North America,  John Bevington, Senior Director of Business and Economic Development at PPL Corporation/LG&E-KU, and Justin Harrod, TET III/EV Project Manager at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as esteemed speakers at our event.

Copper Roux
Lexington, KY
Registration opens: 7:00am
Programming begins: 7:30am

Susan Elkington

Senior Vice President, Electric Vehicle Supply

Toyota Motor North America

As senior vice president of Electric Vehicle Supply, Elkington is responsible for accelerating the company’s electrified transformation, with a focus on battery and electric vehicle production and supply strategy. Prior to her current role, Elkington was president of Toyota Kentucky, the company’s largest production facility globally, from 2018-2023. Elkington began her career with Toyota in 1998 in Princeton, Indiana, as an assembly engineering specialist. Throughout her career, Elkington has been recognized as a leader in the automotive industry. She was included in Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North America Auto Industry (2020), is an inaugural inductee into the Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame (2020), a STEP Ahead Honoree (2014), and an ATHENA of Southwest Indiana Award Finalist (2013). Elkington earned her mechanical engineering degree from the University of Evansville, Indiana.

John Bevington

Senior Director, Business and Economic Development

PPL Corporation / LG&E-KU

John Bevington joined LG&E and KU in October 2018. In his role, he directed all aspects of LG&E and KU’s business and economic development strategies and implementation, including the development and delivery of demand side management and energy efficiency programs, and customer offerings in emerging technologies. In 2024, Bevington’s role expanded to direct economic development for PPL’s service territories in Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Before joining the company, Bevington was with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development for nine years and held a number of roles with increasing responsibility and finished his tenure there as Commissioner of the Department of Business Development. Bevington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and finance from Western Kentucky University. He serves or has served on the board of the Frankfort YMCA, the YMCA of Central Kentucky, the Kentucky Association for Economic Development, and the KET Louisville Regional Fund Board.


Justin Harrod

TET III/EV Project Manager

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Justin began his career with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in 2010. He currently works for the Modal Branch in Division of Planning. His primary responsibilities center on the planning, deployment, and implementation of Kentucky’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan, the Carbon Reduction Strategy, and assisting with Air Quality requests. Justin is a 2009 graduate of Murray State University. A native of Frankfort, he resides there with his wife Shelly, and their three children.


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