Industry education sessions

Commercial Vehicle Upfitting Summit features the following Industry Education Sessions on helpful tools and resources for business operations and planning.

Trends and Opportunities in Electric and Alternative Powertrains
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 9:15–10 a.m.
This in-depth session presented by FEV Consulting Inc. will explore the latest advancements and economic considerations in electric and alternative powertrain technologies for Class 2–8 commercial vehicles. FEV will highlight current and upcoming battery and e-motor technology trends through 2027 and the relevant commercial vehicle vocational application technologies. In addition, learn how emerging alternative powertrain technologies (battery electric vehicle, fuel cell electric vehicle, hydrogen internal combustion engine/compressed natural gas hybrid/diesel hybrid) can help meet carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction targets and optimize fleet operations for a sustainable future.
Presented by: Agarshna Murari Muthukannapiran, Manager, FEV Consulting Inc.; and Greg Kolwich, Director, FEV Consulting Inc.

Rising Fuels in Commercial Vehicles
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 11:15 a.m.–noon
Exploring alternative fuel options to traditional fossil fuels? This session will provide a basic overview of fossil fuel alternatives, applications, benefits, and challenges for use in Class 2–7 commercial vehicles.
Presented by: Industry Representative

Demystifying Commercial Vehicle Certification
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2:15–3 p.m.
Vehicle certification involves more than putting a label on a work truck. It’s a commitment to meeting specific and consistent processes to help assure purchasers of safety, reliability and durability. Learn the basics of commercial vehicle certification, including common misconceptions. In addition, find out why proper certification matters and what can go wrong during the process.
Presented by: Bob Raybuck, Director of Technical Services, NTEA; and Steve Spata, Senior Technical Assistance Director, NTEA

Optimizing Your PTO Selection
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 9:15–10 a.m.
Explore the differences between conventional PTOs and ePTOs, and highlights between their unique advantages and limitations. Discover which PTO option is best suited for various commercial vehicle applications, regardless of the vehicle’s propulsion type. Gain practical knowledge on how to determine the best PTO option for your needs and how to spec it effectively for optimal performance.
Presented by: Industry Representative

Safety Practices for Working on xEVs
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 11:15 a.m.–noon
As the commercial vehicle industry increasingly adopts electric vehicle (EV) technologies, it is crucial to stay informed about best practices and safety measures. This session will cover the safety basics of xEVs, highlighting the common safety processes necessary for a secure working environment. This session aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to safely and effectively work on xEVs.
Presented by: David Macholz, President & CEO, Advanced Vehicle Technology Group, LLC

TruckScience: Using Technology Tools to Upfit Safe, Legal and Efficient Trucks
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2:15–3 p.m.
Learn how to perform a weight analysis with the TruckScience Axle Weight Calculator to ensure your vehicles maximize payload while complying with manufacturer ratings, state regulations and your own organization’s standards.
Presented by: Jens Hellberg, CEO, TruckScience; and Martin Dammann, Lead Technical Specialist, TruckScience