Green Truck Summit emphasizes drive toward zero-emission work trucks

This article was published in the February 2019 edition of NTEA News.

New technology and the work truck industry’s continued emphasis on achieving zero emissions are the focus of this year’s Green Truck Summit, held with Fleet Technical Congress in conjunction with The Work Truck Show® 2019.

The Show runs March 5–8 at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Green Truck Summit and Fleet Technical Congress start March 5 at JW Marriott Indianapolis. Other Work Truck Week activities, including educational sessions, Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference and the exhibit hall, are all located at Indiana Convention Center. The exhibit hall is open March 6–8.

The Summit is an annual alternative fuels and advanced technology conference. It features presentations from regulatory agencies, fleet managers, commercial vehicle manufacturers, and stakeholders from industry trade associations and professional societies.

“Green Truck Summit provides the best and most comprehensive opportunity for fleet managers, truck equipment distributors, upfitters and truck dealers to discuss clean energy technologies and fuels directly with industry thought leaders and decision-makers,” said Doyle Sumrall, NTEA managing director. “The work truck industry is constantly striving to keep up with ever-changing technology. Attendees can use the knowledge and resources gained at this event to help them minimize negative environmental effects while maximizing vehicle performance, sustainability and efficiency.”

Session highlights
Green Truck Summit begins March 5 at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks, followed by a keynote address at 8:45 a.m. by Carlton Rose, president, global fleet maintenance & engineering for United Parcel Service (UPS). Rose began his UPS career in Indiana in 1980 as a package handler. A graduate in automotive engineering from Lincoln Technical Institute, he was later promoted to automotive technician, before serving as a package car driver for nearly four years. As a skilled technician, accomplished driver and team leader, he was quickly promoted into management as an automotive line supervisor and later to automotive fleet manager. His experience with UPS includes key leadership assignments in package operations, industrial engineering, plant engineering and sales. Rose was promoted to vice president, corporate fleet maintenance for U.S. operations in 2012, before being promoted to his current role in 2016.

Following the keynote address, attendees can participate in a variety of general sessions covering technology and fuel advancements, funding sources, and alternative fuel developments and benefits. Green Truck Summit and Fleet Technical Congress general sessions will run on the same schedule and attendees can choose to attend any session from either program. Lunch is included with registration, as is a reception from 5–6 p.m.

Michael Berube, acting deputy assistant secretary, sustainable transportation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, U.S. Department of Energy; Tod Hynes, president & CEO, XL; and Gary Parker, Director, Electrified Power Engineering Programs, Cummins, Inc., will present Industry and Government in Flux: Evolving Supply, Technology and Government Positions. In this session, attendees will learn about changes in advanced fuel and alternative powertrain development, impacts of the changes and how current government positioning will affect the future.

Jim Castelaz, founder & CEO, Motiv Power Systems, will outline a strategy for successful electric truck deployment during Truck Electrification: No Longer a Science Project. Attendees will learn the importance of infrastructure drive and duty cycle matching and operations planning.

Jonathan Ells, director, fleet sustainability, NYC Fleet; Don Francis, executive director, Clean Cities Georgia; Mike Roeth, executive director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency; and Paul Stith, director, strategy & innovation, transformative technology, Black & Veatch, will lead Electric Infrastructure Development. This session will address how electrification of trucks and systems requiring electric distribution and charging infrastructure is becoming an important limitation to the widespread adoption of battery electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and grid-dependent HEVs. Attendees will learn the where, what and how of charging power.

Tim Campbell, managing director, Vahana Automotive; Darren Gosbee, vice president, engineering, Navistar Inc.; and Tim Reeser, CEO, Lightning Systems, will present The Evolution of Work Trucks into Work Systems — sharing how truck intelligence, powertrain options and safety systems are evolving and being integrated into total vehicle design. The session will cover new product developments, field deployment and how end-users are looking to maximize truck productivity through vehicle connectivity, driver assistance and monitoring, multi-fuel options and electrification.

Dan Gage, president, NGVAmerica; Stacy Noblet, principal, ICF; and Peter Ward, principal, Alternative Fuels Advocates LLC, will outline the changing face of incentives and how government shifts are impacting new technology deployment in people and goods movement in the session Shifting Landscape of Private and Public Funding, Including Incentive Opportunities. Attendees will learn key drivers and how government, fleet objectives and incentives are weaved together.

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