Graham Doorley, CEO and founder of Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies, talks about the company’s ground-up new design for a driver agnostic electric truck with a 500+ mile range. He also talks about his time at Tesla and Google, his passion for clean energy and the key things that are needed to help scale the acceleration of electric and autonomous technologies.
Andrew Bremer, managing director of DriveOhio, talks about the goals of the program, Ohio’s importance as a transportation center and the infrastructure needs for EVs and AVs. He also comments on the importance of partnerships and dialogues to make improvements and he shares information about the US 33 Smart Mobility Corridor and the I-70 Truck Automation Corridor.
Erik Neandross, CEO of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, talks about working with OEMs and fleets to navigate into the future, the importance of TCO in clean transportation, and how taking risks is what will identify winners. He also talks about the three main drivers of the move to more sustainable transportation and gives advice on what the industry needs to be doing now to speed up adoption of alternative fueled vehicles.
Glen Kedzie, senior executive at the American Trucking Associations, talks about why everyone needs to pay attention to what happens in California, the give-and-take in the regulatory development process, the reason this next NOx rule will be the last, and why being a fleet manager will become one of the most difficult jobs. He also offers advice on collaborating with government regulators and urges trucking industry stakeholders to speak up during the rulemaking process.
Jigar Shah, director of the loan program office at the United States Department of Energy, explains what’s happened over the last 10 years with decarbonization, the need to crack the code to deploy technologies faster, getting people past the valley of inertia, the history and goals of the DOE’s loan program and measuring the program’s success. He also encourages the industry to be more vocal about what it needs from the DOE.
Ep. 60: Chet Ciesielski, vice president, on-highway truck business, Navistar, talks about how Navistar works with customers when it comes to fuel economy, his thoughts on the vocational business, how hydrogen fuel cells will play a part in long-haul, and why the industry needs to work together to harness the momentum of electrification.
Anthony Eggert, senior director of transportation, Climate Works Foundation, talks about his first zero-emission vehicle — a go-kart. He also talks about the audacious goals of the Drive Electric Campaign, the importance of working together across businesses to achieve goals to speed the scaling of EVs and how failing fast can lead to success. He shares the success of EV adoption in Norway and Shenzhen, China and reminds us that it will take both the supply side and the demand side to enable the rapid transition to EVs.
Alison Conway, associate professor at The City College of New York, talks about the challenges of goods movement in dense urban environments, the impact of e-commerce on freight delivery, the shift in vehicles engaged in goods movement, using data to better understand what is happening in e-commerce. She also talks about the fact we are going to see new methods of modeling that bring together things that used to be separate and how freight efficiency can be improved by addressing what’s happening off the vehicle.
Jose “Pepe” Gutierrez, who is leading NACFE’s efforts in Mexico, talks about the similarities and differences between the US and Mexican truck markets, last mile delivery, electric vehicle deployments in Mexico and what is preventing more widespread adoption of EV. He also talks about the work NACFE LATAM is doing to help Mexican fleets operate in a more fuel-efficient manner.
Kevin Beaty, principal consultant, YUNEV LLC, talks about his involvement in the early days of NACFE, the messy middle, lessons learned over the last 20 years, and the difference in sourcing batteries for passenger cars and trucks He also comments on the path forward for trucking, how e-mobility is one of the exciting places to work and he offers some advice to everyone involved in EV development.