Venkatesan Murali, founder and chief technology officer at Merlin Solar, talks about informed risk taking, how he got into solar, why commercial transportation is a key space for solar and how he learned to speak the language of trucking. He also explains the importance of articulating the ROI equation and providing hard data to fleets. He shares his thoughts on solar’s applicability to electric vehicles and about being open minded as we navigate to the future.
Sean Larkin, director of sales and business development at Amply Power, talks about charging management, why electricity rates change based on time of use and demand, charging as a service, and how we’ve moved from the chicken or the egg discussion to the chicken and waffles discussion when it comes to EVs. He also talks about the importance of bringing all stakeholders together to help scale vehicle electrification and the need to focus on service and maintenance of chargers.
Jennifer Wheeler, senior program manager at NACFE, talks about her career at Walmart, how to adjust operations to accommodate new technologies, what excites her about her work with NACFE, her passion to be of service to the trucking industry, and NACFE’s report on electric vans and step vans. She also encourages fleets to talk with each other about what they are doing in the area of electrification and how important it is for them to be part of the solution.
Diane Newton, an associate vice president at HNTB, talks about the company’s role in transforming how freight gets move and intelligent transportation systems She also shares takeaways from the Columbus, Ohio Smart City project, talks about the I70 truck automation corridor project and encourages everyone to stay engaged and understand the role of technology in transportation.
Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, talks about why the organization was formed and the purpose it still serves. He also talks about how his childhood influenced his interest in air quality, the apples to oranges comparison of passenger cars and commercial vehicles, why diesel will continue to be the dominant fuel for the next several decades and the things that can be done to make diesel even cleaner than it is today.
Bill Bliem, vice president of fleet services at NFI Industries, joins me on my 50th podcast and talks about NFI operations, the little things you can do to improve fuel economy, how he got excited about electric vehicles, two big challenges he faces, the importance of building a good team and why you need to identify and fix things that take you away from the goals you have achieved.
Ep. 49: Sam Spofforth, Clean Cities Project Lead at NREL, talks about what the Clean Cities Program is and how it facilitates connections so people can learn from each other, and about his passion around sustainability, the environment and energy. He shares his thoughts on EVs and what he calls no-brainer use cases for them as well as what some of the challenges to EV deployments are.
Britta Gross, managing director of the carbon free mobility work at RMI, talks about her interest in energy, electricity and the transportation industry. She also talks about the importance of 2030, the relationship between the automotive and aerospace industries, plug-in hybrids, why we need to remove the barriers that are preventing large scale adoption of EVs, the charging infrastructure and grid readiness.
Henry Albert, president of Albert Transport, talks about his passion for fuel economy, how he uses his experience as a race car driver to excel at fuel mileage in his truck, the importance of aerodynamics, his experience in Run on Less 2017, how he manages speed and his work on Team Run Smart.
Rob Graff, senior advisor to RMI and NACFE, talks about how his passion for the environment started back in first grade. He also talks about how the lessons he learned working on electric buses can translate to commercial vehicles, the importance of working on all parts of electrification not just the vehicle itself, the importance of understanding what the customer wants and designing solutions today that can avoid problems in the future.