Freight Efficiency with NACFE‘s Mike Roeth & Friends
Ep. 46: Rob Graff – RMI and NACFE

Ep. 46: Rob Graff – RMI and NACFE

February 22, 2022

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.

Ep. 45: Gina Lopez – Kalmar

Ep. 45: Gina Lopez – Kalmar

February 15, 2022

Gina Lopez, a vice president at Kalmar, shares the history of Kalmar, how she got into trucking, the various uses for terminal tractors and the efficiency of using them to move trailers. She also talks about the new generation of Kalmar terminal tractors, why the electrification of terminal tractors makes sense, and about the journey to automate terminal tractors.

Ep. 44: Paul Rosa – Penske

Ep. 44: Paul Rosa – Penske

February 8, 2022

Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning at Penske, talks about the role of collaboration in EV development, Penske’s role in educating the market about current and emerging technologies, all the variables that must go into an EV ROI calculation, the importance of the driver, the uncertainty around residual value of EVs and the need for the industry to gain knowledge about EVs and make plans for their deployment.

Ep. 43: Tim Reeser – Lightning eMotors

Ep. 43: Tim Reeser – Lightning eMotors

February 1, 2022

Tim Reeser, CEO and co-founder of Lightning eMotors, talks about the company’s history, how and why it pivoted from hybrid vehicles to electric vehicles, drivers’ role in the success of new technology, the efficiency of EVs, the importance of scaling the technology to make the TCO story work and what it will take to scale the technology.

Ep. 42: George Miller – BYD

Ep. 42: George Miller – BYD

January 25, 2022

George Miller, director of sales at BYD, talks about BYD’s relationship with Anheuser-Busch, their experience in Run on Less – Electric and what it is about beverage hauling that makes it a good fit for EVs. He also shares his thoughts on bi-directional charging, the need for standardization, the role of utilities in the successful deployment of EVs, the lessons the US and Canada can learn from China and the importance of battery recycling.

Ep 41: Rob Ulsh – Great Dane

Ep 41: Rob Ulsh – Great Dane

January 18, 2022

Rob Ulsh, vice president of dealer and international sales at Great Dane, talks about why trailers are more than boxes on wheels, dealing with the ups and downs of trailer demand, new trailer designs, and how data and electrification are impacting trailer development. He also shares his thoughts on the role trailers will play in trucking in the future and on what he thinks people need to know about trailers.

Ep 40: Randy Cornell – CFI

Ep 40: Randy Cornell – CFI

January 11, 2022

Randy Cornell, vice president of maintenance and asset management at CFI, talks about the diversification of CFI, the perennial driver shortage, things that have changed since he started his career, why CFI has short trade cycles, and the best way to bring new technology into a fleet. He also shares his thoughts on alternative fueled vehicles which he said are in the company’s future.

Ep. 39: Jim Sharkey – Pressure Systems International

Ep. 39: Jim Sharkey – Pressure Systems International

January 4, 2022

Jim Sharkey, vice president of global sales and marketing at Pressure Systems International, talks about the evolution of automatic tire inflation systems, the importance of company culture, PSI’s involvement in industry organizations, and the company's opinion on the GHG Phase 2 regulations. He also shares his opinion on some of the new technologies like EVs and AVs and says one barrier to their adoption is having enough trained technicians.

Ep. 38: Avra Brahma – Locomation

Ep. 38: Avra Brahma – Locomation

December 21, 2021

Avra Brahma, principal engineer at Locomation, shares his thoughts on human-guided autonomy and explains why it is the most practical approach. He also talks about autonomous convoys, why AVs are a feasible near-term opportunity to reduce emissions and improve the quality of life for drivers, the challenges of reliability and robustness of AVs and how AVs merge with a variety of powertrain options.

Ep 37: Selda Gunsel – Shell Global Solutions

Ep 37: Selda Gunsel – Shell Global Solutions

December 14, 2021

Selda Gunsel, president, Shell Global Solutions and vice president, Global Lubricants and Fuels, shares her thoughts on the power of technology to change the world and improve the quality of life and the need to work on multiple solutions in transportation to increase the efficiency of today’s products while developing products for the future. She also talks about the need for innovation, collaboration, and partnership to tackle the climate challenge and Shell’s short- and long-term plans for the trucking industry.

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