Michael Berube, acting deputy assistant secretary for sustainable transportation at the US Department of Energy, talks about his role at DOE, the primary work of the agency, the agency’s goal for decarbonizing transportation, the SuperTruck programs, annual Merit Reviews of DOE funded projects, the importance of teams in getting new technology to market and the key elements needed to scale battery electric trucks.
Ep. 23: Paul Stith, director of global transportation initiatives at Black & Veatch, explains the company’s role in vehicle electrification, his experience with EVs, where we are with EV infrastructure development, the need for cooperation among a variety of parties, lessons learned from transit charging, and why fleets need to get involved with EVs now.
Denise Rondini, NACFE’s Communications Director and President of Rondini Communications, talks with Mike about the importance of clear, direct communication, the best way to tell your company’s story, why businesses need to control their own narratives, and offers comments on how the trucking industry is doing in its diversity efforts and the handling of disruptive technologies in the industry.
Patrick Molloy, Technical Lead, Electrification at Rocky Mountain Institute, shares his thoughts on the need to educate people on hydrogen as an energy source, why hydrogen is a good carbon-free solution for many industries, the opportunities for hydrogen as a fuel for the trucking industry and the need to learn from others in order to know when it is time to make a decision about hydrogen use in your operation.
Rick Mihelic, president of Mihelic Vehicle Consulting, and NACFE’s director of emerging technologies, shares his thoughts on the value of networking, the rapid pace of technology change, the importance of research and understanding bias, explains the technology diffusion S curve, offers quick thoughts on a host of emerging technologies and gives advice on being successful with new technology.
Steve Ernest, vice president of engineering for Jacobs Vehicle Systems, talks about the evolution of Jacobs over the past 60 years, variable valve actuation, cylinder deactivation, electric trucks, working with universities and other groups to advance technology, and reminds listeners that diesels will be a viable option for years to come.
Ellen Voie, founder, president and CEO of Women in Trucking, talks about her career, what sparked the idea for Women in Trucking, her passion for bringing more women into the industry, and how the industry has changed in terms of the value it places on diversity and inclusion. She also shares thoughts on the difference between being for women and being about women.
Rustam Kocher, charging infrastructure lead for the e-mobility group at Daimler Trucks North America, talks about the speed of the transition to electric trucks, DTNA’s e-mobility projects, why fleets are looking at EVs, the importance of charging infrastructure and charging management, and his passion for electric vehicles. He also offers advice to fleets about making the move to EVs.
Jack Roberts, senior trucking editor and freight futurist, talks about the technological changes he has seen in trucking over the years but focuses on the development of autonomous trucking and how it can address some of the core inefficiencies in the trucking industry. He also gives advice to fleets on how to handle innovation.
Kyle Treadway, Kenworth Sales Company’s dealer principal, shares his thoughts on dealers’ role in technology integration and product development, the challenge of new technology, the technician shortage, his own dealership’s growth and he also comments on natural gas, electric and autonomous trucks.