Participate in four days of fleet-focused educational sessions.

Learn about the incredible momentum taking place across the transportation industry to lessen dependence on fossil fuels, improve air quality, and mitigate our impact on climate change.


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9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Workshops & Forums

Partner Events

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Workshops & Forums

Battery Technology Workshop

The electrification of the transportation sector is driving a surge in the development of new battery technologies, production capabilities, and battery performance. This rapid shift in the transportation sector and the focus on the environmental and energy benefits of electric vehicles has led to a plethora of questions about source materials, recycling, and second-life capabilities. This workshop will provide an overview of some of the basic battery chemistries being used by OEMs today. Learn the differences between lithium-ion, nickel-metal hydride, ion-phosphate, lithium-oxygen, sodium-ion, and other advanced battery technologies. In addition to performance, weight, and affordability, learn more about important beginning and end-of-life issues (i.e. sourcing and recycling) when it comes to selecting compounds such cobalt, lithium, graphite, and other/or materials. Other key topics will include current research and expected advancements in battery technologies, national and global market trends, production capabilities and the emergence of mega factories, safety considerations, and other cutting-edge issues.

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Workshops & Forums

Game Changer Summit 2.0

Picking up where ACT Expo 2016 left off, the 2nd annual Game Changer Summit will provide a comprehensive update on the Cummins Westport ISLG “NZ” (near zero) natural gas engine deployment--a transformative sustainability solution that is making significant headway in the refuse and transit sectors, and also beginning to gain steam in the on-road truck segment. With the “NZ” version of the Cummins Westport ISX 12 liter engine now running in early trials, and commercial product expected within a year, meaningful continued growth within this segment is expected. Hear from a number of leading fleets that now have run hundreds of thousands of miles, powered by NZ engines and RNG, and understand what developments are expected in this market in this incredibly exciting and important market year ahead.

10:00 a.m. - Engine Update

Rob Neitzke, President, Cummins Westport Inc.
An Update on Cummins Westport’s Near Zero Emission Engine Platforms

10:15 a.m. - RNG Market Update

Johannes Escudero, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
A Update and Overview on a Strong and Growing RNG Market

10:30 a.m. - Market Update from Fleets

Vic LaRosa, Chief Executive Officer, President, Founder, TTSI
Feedback from the Field – Initial Results from the First Deployment of the Cummins Westport ISXG 12 Liter Near Zero Engine

Tim Burrie, Maintenance Manager, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
A Winning Combination – Combining Near Zero Emission Engine Technologies and Renewable Natural Gas to Achieve Zero Emission Equivalent Operations

Marty Mitchell, Fleet Director, Athens Services
Combining Near Zero Emission Engines and Renewable Natural Gas for Sustainable Collection Services

11:45 a.m. - Lunch Break

12:15 p.m. - Vision for Future Deployment in Goods Movement

George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, SoCalGas
Achieving Maximum Criteria and GHG Emission Reductions for the Least Cost in the Transit Sector

Thomas Lawson, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
California Perspective on RNG and the .02g Standard

Greg Roche, Vice President, Clean Energy Fuels
Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Now Plan

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Workshops & Forums

NACFE Trucking Efficiency Workshop

This workshop will provide an intimate forum to explore the North American Council on Freight Efficiency’s (NACFE) work encouraging the use of advanced technologies to improve fuel economy for Class-8 tractor trailers. With approximately 1.8 million Class 8 trucks operating in North America, 28 billion gallons of diesel are consumed each year in this industry. Working to reduce the volume of fuel consumed by this sector is a top priority of truckers that pay these fuel bills, as well as policy makers who are looking to reduce our nation’s dependence on imported energy sources. Small group discussions will uncover the benefits and challenges of adopting various technologies, including 6×2 axles, idle reduction devices, electronic engine settings, and automated transmissions.

12:30 p.m. - Trucking Efficiency and Technologies

1:00 p.m. - Keynote on Autonomous Technologies Pathways

1:30 p.m. - Q&A with Trucking Executives

2:00 p.m. - Four Breakout Sessions on Confidence in Technologies

Aerodynamics, Platooning, 6x2 Chassis, and Powertrain

2:45 p.m. - Four Breakout Sessions on Confidence in Technologies

Aerodynamics, Platooning, 6x2 Chassis, and Powertrain

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Workshops & Forums

Fleets for the Future: Innovative Procurement Strategies to Reduce Cost & Aggregate Demand

Entering into procurement for new vehicles and technologies can be a daunting task for many fleets, this peer-to-peer workshop will dive into the efforts of Fleets for the Future, a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities program, to make this process easier for fleets across all weight classes and ownership models.

This workshop will explore the following topics:

  • What kinds of efforts are being done to aggregate demand for new vehicle technologies, and what kinds of results have they shown? What lessons can be learned from these?

  • How can fleets join Fleets for the Future’s existing efforts for joint procurement?

  • What types of considerations need to be made when procuring new vehicle technologies?

  • How can the models that work well be expanded to other vehicle types, weight classes, and organizations?

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Workshops & Forums

Partner Events

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m. - City of Long Beach

Long Beach has one of the most diverse and innovative municipal fleets in the nation, offering an array of fuel and vehicle types with renewable diesel, renewable natural gas (and HDVs powered by Ultra Low NOx engines – a Game Changing combination), and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Attendees will see an assortment of city vehicles, as well as its renewable fueling infrastructure, extensive maintenance shop, and fleet charging infrastructure.

1:00 p.m. - Experience American Honda

Join American Honda at its North American Headquarters in Torrance, CA for a reveal of its three Clarity models: the Battery Electric, Fuel Cell Electric, and Plug-in Hybrid. The reveal will include an overview of national marketing efforts to deploy the Clarity as well as an opportunity to get in the new vehicles and test them out! Attendees will also see the onsite solar-powered hydrogen fueling station and workplace chargers on the American Honda campus.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Workshops & Forums

CHBC Hydrogen and Fuel Cell On-Road Freight Workshop

The movement of freight and goods from the commercial ports to consumers represents a vital component of US transportation infrastructure and the US economy. Seaports and distribution networks are economic drivers for jobs and development, and entry points for goods used throughout the country. They also cause significant local air and greenhouse gas emissions, and the medium- and heavy-duty truck fleets that move goods from ports cause problems well beyond the boundaries of the ports. Join the California Hydrogen Business Council in a half-day workshop to build awareness and hear from a diverse group of panelists on the ability of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to enable commercial customers to meet sustainability and regulatory compliance objectives, address the technical and non-technical challenges with transitioning hydrogen and fuel cells into fleets, and understand the key drivers of substantive economic and operational benefits. At the workshop, fleet operators and medium- and heavy-duty OEMs will present, followed by discussion and presentations from hydrogen technology providers on the status of freight demonstrations, future visions, and lessons learned from other fuel cell products that have reached commercialization.

3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Workshops & Forums

BSR Future of Fuels Spring Forum: What Will It Take to Scale Low-Carbon Fuels? Launch of the Sustainable Fuel Buyers’ Principles

Sustainable fuels and related technologies are increasingly critical to business success. But which fuels are sustainable and how do they scale? BSR will lead a discussion on the newly launched Sustainable Fuel Buyers’ Principles. Developed by BSR’s Future of Fuels members, including UPS, Walmart, and Amazon, the Fuel Principles are designed to increase the availability of sustainable, low-carbon fuels by: 1) signaling the magnitude of business demand, 2) clarifying sustainability criteria needed for uptake, and 3) encouraging partnerships and pilots with suppliers. BSR’s Future of Fuels works with its corporate members and more than 600 stakeholders to improve fuel choices as a critical piece of the global freight agenda, and ultimately to drive a sustainable transition to sustainable commercial freight.

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Workshops & Forums

NAFTC Breakfast Meeting**

**By invitation only. 

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Workshops & Forums

Women In ACT: Transcending Barriers & Achieving Innovation in Transportation

Technological innovation and an ever-increasing focus on sustainability is changing the way we think about transportation solutions to deliver people, goods, and services. Innovation and leadership is key to achieving a new transportation paradigm. Hear from women in the public and private sectors who have made meaningful impacts and helped to transform the advanced clean transportation market, including how they got started in their industry and what has motivated them to continue pushing cleaner fuels and technologies forward. These Women in ACT are working to ensure that a diverse range of perspectives are incorporated as we clean up our nation’s roadways and move to the future of mobility and freight.

MODERATOR: Jon Coleman, Director, City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility

Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, New York City Department of Sanitation
Championing Innovation at the World's Largest Sanitation Agency

Tina Quigley, General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
Pushing Technological Advances to Sustain Nevada's Economic Vibrancy

Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Integrating AFV Transit Operations in the Most Densely Populated Metros

Eileen Tutt, Executive Director, California Electric Transportation Coalition
Pioneering Transportation Electrification and the Role of Utilities

Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President – Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
Championing Transportation Electrification at Leading Utility

Jordan Davis, Director, Smart Cities Strategy and Collaboration, The Columbus Partnership
Moving Columbus into the Future

9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

General Session

Conference Welcome

9:50 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

General Session

Keynote Address

Thom Shea, Chief Executive Officer, Adamantine Alliance

10:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

General Session

The Policy Landscape for Advanced, Clean & Innovative Transportation

Public policy and regulatory influences have always played a critical role in the development of cleaner transportation options at the local, state, and national levels. Leading policymakers and public agencies have flexed their muscle in the development of transformative policy that has helped lead to higher fuel efficiency standards, cleaner engines, and other advanced vehicle technology development, procurement, and deployment—all of which affect fleet operations. Hear from progressive leaders around the world who are pushing the envelope to achieve even cleaner and more advanced transportation options and models for goods and people movement. With a new administration in Washington, DC, the landscape for advanced clean transportation technologies and infrastructure is set to shift. The question is, in which direction and how will such a shift impact others at the local, state, and international levels?

Randy Frye, State Representative, District 67, Indiana State House of Representatives
How VP Mike Pence and I Worked Together to Advanced AFVs in Indiana

Anne Korin, Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS)
Petroleum Resources in the Current Geopolitical Landscape

Sandra Berg, Vice Chair, California Air Resources Board
How California Plans To Continue Leading The Nation In Advanced, Clean Transportation

Margo Oge, Former Director, Office of Transportation & Air Quality; Vice Chairman, DeltaWing Technologies
What’s Happening at EPA and What to Expect in the Next Four Years

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.



1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 1.1

The Role of Fleets in the Smart City

The widespread connectivity afforded by smart technologies is beginning to transform the transportation sector. Data collected by buildings, vehicles, roads and other associated smart infrastructure can be used to improve vehicle efficiency, reduce transportation’s environmental impacts, and increase the speed and reliability with which people, goods, and services are moved. However, a critical challenge is how best to handle this significant volume of data. Leaders in the industry are therefore inventing creative solutions to take advantage of the sheer volume of data at fleet managers’ disposal. This session will explore some of the solutions that OEMs, fleets, regional agencies, and service providers have already employed to increase the ability of fleet vehicles to interact with and improve their surrounding environments.

MODERATOR: Ben Prochazka, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Securing America's Future Energy

David Petersen, Director, Utility Solutions, ChargePoint
The Role of Charging in the Smart City

Joanna Wadsworth, Program Manager, Department of Public Works, Transportation Engineering Division, City of Las Vegas
Launching The First Electric Autonomous Shuttle On U.S. Public Roads

Bill Burns, Fleet Operations Manager, City of Columbus, Ohio
Combining electric + automated technology to win the Smart City Challenge

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 1.2

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles On a National Stage

Fuel cell electric vehicles continue to see increased attention year over year. Hydrogen station development, new vehicle launches, and fleet deployments continue to increase at a steady pace, with significant growth expected in the near term. While the vast majority of the focus on fuel cell electric vehicles has thus far been in California, other regions throughout the US have taken a keen interest in FCEVs to meet their zero emission vehicle goals. In particular, hydrogen technologies have maintained a steady increase in market penetration for light-duty, material handling equipment, and transit applications, but they are also potentially poised to expand into new markets like port operations and heavy-duty range extension. Hear from an array of industry leaders about their work to continue to drive this market and how FCEVs can work for fleet operations across all weight classes.

Peter Devlin, Market Transformation Program Manager, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, US Department of Energy
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Md & HD Fleet Vehicles and Goods Movement Operations

Joel Rinebold, Director of Energy Initiatives, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: The Northeast Roadmap

Craig Scott, National Manager, Advanced Technologies Group, Toyota
Mirai Deployment: a National Approach

Lauren Skiver, General Manager, Sunline Transit
Lessons Learned Operating a Fleet of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses since 2010

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 1.3

Status Update on Today’s Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Truck Market

The unbridled growth of the heavy-duty natural gas sector lost some steam in 2016 as the price of oil dipped into the $20 per barrel range. However, those that were already invested in this fuel and technology pathway have continued to see cost savings, even when compared to the low price of diesel. Those committed to this pathway have not shied away, but have doubled down on their commitment. Hear from those on the front lines of the heavy-duty natural gas truck revolution about how they have continued to save and why they continue to invest.

Mark Matheson, Chief Executive Officer & President, Matheson Trucking Inc.
Successfully Expanding CNG Deployments Coast to Coast

John Sheehy, President, Sheehy Mail Carriers
Continuing Investment in Natural Gas Vehicles Amidst Price Parity

Dean Stapleton, Manager, Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing
Utilizing Leases to Accelerate Natural Gas Vehicle Deployment

Speaker TBA, US Foods *

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 1.4

Dumping Costs and Emissions from the Waste Industry

The stop-and-go operation of a collection truck, combined with its return-to-base route, has made heavy-duty refuse an ideal application for the increased penetration of alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies. The ruthless nature of the refuse duty-cycle has also made this an important testing ground for new technologies and fuels; only the strongest have survived. With so many refuse operations already adopting alternative fuels, what are the next steps in terms of technology evolution, new fuels, and other innovative options to operate smarter and reduce emissions? Hear from leading waste handling fleets on their approaches to deploying new and cleaner vehicle technology in their operations, renewable fuel production through waste diversion, reducing trips and miles driven, and other innovative approaches to improving waste collection operations.

Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, New York City Department of Sanitation
Demonstrating DME and other Efficiency Measures in the World's Largest Sanitation Agency

Michelle Wiseman, Director of Waste Diversion, City of Atlanta
Utilizing revolutionary Smart Garbage technology to Optimize Routes

Jedediah Greenfield, Public Information & Sustainability Officer, City of Houston*

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

General Session

Keynote Address

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

General Session

ACT Talks & Fleet Owner Green Fleet of the Year Award

ACT Talks are short TED-style presentations that shine a light on key leaders driving innovation and challenging the status quo in the advanced clean transportation industry. Each of these trailblazers has helped to chart a new course in advanced vehicle technology and alternative fuels sectors. Speakers will provide insight into the current state of ACT technologies and fuels in real-world applications, as well as their vision for the future. In conjunction with ACT Talks, Fleet Owner will present the Green Fleet of the Year Award, an annual tradition since 2009 that recognizes an exemplary "green" fleet. These organizations, whose operations promote environmental sustainability by reducing fuel consumption and emissions, champion the use of alternative fuels and related fueling infrastructure. Past honorees include Saddle Creek, Anheuser-Busch, and New York City, among others making notable strides in the alternative fuel and clean technology space.

Steve Center, Vice President, Environmental Business Development Office and the Product Regulatory Office, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda's Multiple Drive Train Approach, leading by example, and the future of mobility

Luke Cruff, Vice President, Engine Controls & Fuel Systems, EControls
We Are Only Just Beginning – Improving Power, Performance, Efficiency, Emission and Cost of Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Engine Technology

Mike Silva, Civil Engineer / Project Manager, CR&R
California’s First Pipeline Injection RNG Project Is Now Online

Mike Casteel, Director of Fleet Procurement, UPS

4:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Expo Hall Grand Opening Reception

8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

General Session

Medium- and Heavy-Duty General Session

8:30 a.m. - The Future of Heavy-Duty Trucking

Begin Wednesday’s heavy-duty track with a discussion among leading truck and engine manufacturers about their long-term vision for commercial vehicles. Hear how advanced clean diesel technology, and an array of other advanced technology and fuel options, will continue to play an important role in the market given the continued focus on cost-effective investments, increased vehicle efficiency and improved environmental performance. This session will not only provide insight into the complexity of multiple customer and regulatory priorities facing OEMs, but will also explore opportunities for cost reductions throughout the sector via the harmonization of state, national, and European regulations for emission control and truck automation technologies. In addition to an update and overview on the existing patchwork of regulation governing autonomous truck technologies, key emission regulations to be covered include: US EPA 2010 emissions; EPA/DOT NHTSA’s Phase 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards; Euro VI; and federal and state level efforts to develop an Ultra-Low NOx Heavy-Duty Emission Standard. For any fleet interested in long-term strategic planning, you will not want to miss the Fleet Owner-moderated session.

MODERATOR: Jim Mele, Editor-in-Chief, Fleet Owner

Jonathan Randall, Senior Vice President, North American Sales, Mack Trucks

Kary Schaefer, General Manager, Marketing and Strategy, Daimler Trucks North America

Bill Kahn, Principal Engineer & Engineering Manager of Advanced Concepts, Peterbilt Motors Company

Steve Gilligan, Vice President, Product and Vocational Marketing, North American Business Unit, Navistar

9:45 a.m. - Focusing Freight on Efficiency

Building on the opening session, this panel will provide additional details on industry efficiency improvement projects and strategies, as well as insight into how these near-term efforts then connect to the longer-term evolution to truck platooning, automation and potentially driverless trucks. This session will start off by diving deeper into the EPA's Phase 2 GHG Rule to help fleet customers understand what this regulation will really mean to their future planning and procurement plans. Higher costs; increased vertical integration of truck, engine, and powertrain components; and fewer options from OEMs are expected. With implementation of the trailer standards set to take effect in 2018, and the truck and engines standards in 2021, hear from industry leaders on this session about what these new standards and rules mean to your fleet and future procurement costs and options. Beyond the EPA Phase 2 GHG Rule, get an update on the second round of SuperTruck funding. SuperTruck II projects will research, develop, and demonstrate technologies to improve heavy-truck freight efficiency by more than 100 percent, relative to a manufacturer’s best-in-class 2009 truck, with an emphasis on technology cost-effectiveness and performance. Hear which OEMs are participating, what technologies they will be testing, and what goals they hope to achieve.

MODERATOR: Mike Roeth, Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

Andrew Cullen, Senior Vice President, Fuels & Facility Services, Penske Truck Leasing

Roland Gravel, Technology Development Manager/Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy*

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 2.1

Incorporating New Mobility in Transportation

With an aging population, increased traffic congestion, shifting housing patterns, and the multitude of mobility options that exist, transit and municipal agencies are faced with the growing challenge of providing transportation services in the most efficient and effective way possible. Hear from leading fleets throughout the US that have developed innovative approaches in adopting alternative fuels, incorporating ridesharing into their services, and connecting users with other mobility options that improve the efficiency of the transportation system.

Rani Narula-Woods, California Program Manager, Shared-Use Mobility Center
Improving Mobility Access With ZEV Sharing

Francie Stefan, Mobility Manager, Planning & Community Development, City of Santa Monica
More Connections for Improved Mobility in Urban Environments

Jim Burrell, Assistant Vice President, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
The Evolution of Fleet Mobility

Zach Henkin, Program Director, Drive Oregon
Electric Vehicles and Transportation in Underserved Communities

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 2.2

Choosing the Right Light- & Medium-Duty AFV for Your Fleet

Fleets looking to save on fuel costs while increasing fleet and environmental performance continue to turn to alternative fuels and advanced technologies. However, with a seemingly overwhelming number of new fuel and technology options available, how does one choose which is best for their fleet? This overview of key considerations will include those dictated by various operational profiles, refueling characteristics, timing and routing, and the availability of fuels and incentives in the immediate area, among others. Hear from OEMs on current product offerings and from fleet managers on the decision-making process that determined which technologies offered the greatest advantage for their unique operations, and how these lessons learned can be leveraged and applied to your own fleet.

MODERATOR: Tim Echols, Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission

Bob Myers, Division Chief of Equipment, California Department of Transportation
Implementing a Diverse Range of AFVs Across All Weight Classes and a Large State-wide Fleet

Gary Maresca, Senior Director of Fleet Services, Bimbo Bakeries USA
Performance Optimization by Choosing the Right AFV for the Operation

Clint Marsh, Team Lead, Fleet Design, Sempra Utilities
Diversifying Utility Fleet with 110 XL Hybrids

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 3.1

Building the Future: Advanced Clean Transportation Infrastructure

With the transportation sector evolving more rapidly than ever before, the supporting infrastructure must evolve to meet these growing, ever-changing needs. From natural gas refueling facilities and renewable natural gas pipeline interconnects to high volume hydrogen stations and heavy-duty vehicle charging stations, new and innovative approaches to fueling are essential to meet the needs of the vehicles of today and to prepare for the advanced transportation strategies of tomorrow. Hear from infrastructure/fuel providers and fleets leading the charge on infrastructure development for alternative fuel vehicles and advanced clean transportation technologies.

Laura Renger, Principal Manager, Air & Climate, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
Transportation Electrification: Reducing Emissions, Driving Innovation

Lisa Alexander, Customer Solutions and Communications, SoCal Gas
Tools for Developers – How to Work with the Natural Gas Utility on Pipeline Injection for Renewable Natural Gas

Joy Alafia, President and CEO, Western Propane Gas Association

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 3.2

Platooning for Increased Cost Savings and Safety

With two-truck driver-assistive platooning systems slated for commercial release in 2017, this fuel and emissions savings technology can provide a clear return on investment. These systems can also provide the financial justification to add safety and collision mitigation systems to a truck, and can also lead to higher levels of truck automation in the future. This session will provide a comprehensive update on the latest platooning technologies being tested and made available to the market, together with an overview of the latest regulatory considerations at the state and federal levels. In addition, this session will provide an overview of the evolution in trucking from increased efficiency and safety technologies, to platooning and driver-assist technologies, and ultimately to more complete automation and potentially driverless trucks. Speakers will outline the details and timelines for the different phases in this evolution, and the expected economic ROI for each phase.

Rick Mihelic, NACFE Aerodynamics Program Manager, North American Council for Freight Efficiency
Industry Insights on Platooning and Automation

Michael Lammert, Senior Fleet Test and Evaluation Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Class 8 Tractor Trailer Platooning: Effects, Impacts, and Improvements (presenting the latest SAE paper)

Steve Boyd, Co-founder and Vice President External Affairs, Peloton
Improving Safety & Fuel Efficiency with Platooning

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

General Session

Urban Mobility Keynote

Michael Backstrom, Managing Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, Southern California Edison

11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

General Session

The Path to Sustainable Transportation in Urban Mobility

Gain a glimpse into the future from leading light- and medium-duty OEMs and fleets that are integrating and preparing for new, innovative, and disruptive technologies. These new trends-such as automated and connected vehicles, powertrain improvements, and advanced emission controls-will dramatically advance sustainable transportation in the urban landscape. This session will highlight advanced clean transportation product offerings that are revolutionizing the way people and goods are moved in the urban environment, improving the user experience and air quality at the neighborhood level and beyond.

Jon Coleman, Director, City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility
Reimagining Fleet Mobility in Cities

Stephen Ellis, Manager, Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Transforming Urban Mobility with Powertrain Optionality

Steve Kosowski, Manager, Long Range Strategy & Planning, Kia Motors America
Pursuing Clean Vehicles with Design, Utility, and Efficiency

Clay Siegert, Chief Operating Officer, XL Hybrids
Delivering Cost-effective Solutions that Enable Commercial and Municipal Fleets to Quickly and Efficiently Reduce Transportation Fuel Consumption

12:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


Lunch in the Expo Hall

Note: The Expo Hall will remain open during afternoon sessions.

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 4.1

State of Charge: EVSE and Energy Storage

With exciting new technologies emerging, abundant fuel cost savings, and promising environmental benefits, the transportation sector is rapidly electrifying. However, battery range, power, and rate of charge are all still cited concerns for many fleets considering EVs. As fleets continue to convert a larger portion of their vehicles to electric, innovative strategies are needed to reduce and balance grid impacts to avoid scenarios like demand charges on electric bills. Hear from EVSE providers, OEMs, and fleets on the energy storage and demand response technologies available to address these hurdles and provide transformative technologies to advance the electric vehicle market.

Erin Galiger, Project Manager, Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, ABB, Inc.
High Power Charging for Medium and Heavy-Duty Commercial Fleet Vehicles

Speaker TBA, Qualcomm*

Kellen Schefter, Manager, Sustainable Technology, Edison Electric Institute*

Phillip Kobernick, Sustainability Project Manager, County of Alameda, General Services Agency

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 4.2

Transcending Traditional Trends in Transit

Transit fleets are one of the best candidates for deployment of alternative fuel vehicles. Their repetitive routes, frequent stops, and high fuel consumption mean there is tremendous opportunity for significant efficiency increases, environmental improvement, and diesel displacement. Recent developments have seen significant penetration of full battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies in a growing number of transit operations alongside the more traditional natural gas and propane options. Hear from leading transit fleet managers utilizing a broad range of fuel types as well as equipment and service providers to get an inside look into the future of public transit.

MODERATOR: Russ Scaramastra, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Penske

Kirt Conrad, Executive Director/CEO, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority
Pioneering Change in Transit: Deploying 10 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses

Matthew Damon Brown, Stanford
Operating one of the Nation's Largest Battery Electric Shuttle Fleets

Peter Melin, Director Zero-emissions Technologies, King County Metro
North America’s Largest Heavy-Duty Electrification Project to Date – Deploying 120 Battery Electric Buses

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 4.3

Forsaking Fossil Fuels: Incorporating Renewables into Your Fleet

From electricity to diesel, the path to zero and near zero emissions is becoming a cost-competitive reality with an increasing number of opportunities available to easily drop these renewables into existing operations. Technology and fuel solution providers are rapidly developing systems to capture the energy from renewable sources and turn it into the cleanest, domestically produced fuels on the market, paving the way for an efficient and energy secure future. This session will highlight companies and projects that are making the seemingly futuristic leap to these next generation fuels, including a discussion on the implementation challenges, the regulations and policies encouraging this revolution, and the economic environment that will be required for this trend to take hold.

Tuija Kalpala, Commercial Development Manager, North America, NESTE US, INC.
Fleet Opportunities for Biopropane & Renewable Diesel

Alia Khouri, Director, Fleet Operations Department, City of San Diego
Largest Municipal Fleet in the Nation to Switch to Renewable Diesel

Harrison Clay, President, Clean Energy Renewable Fuels
Renewable Natural Gas is a Big Deal These Days

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 4.4

A Brave New World: Autonomous Transportation and Innovative Delivery Concepts

Drones, the sharing economy, advanced telematics, and autonomous technologies are all transforming the traditional delivery landscape-a process that will certainly continue to charge ahead into the future. These strategies effectively consolidate and alter the supply chain landscape, resulting in increased productivity and reductions in the time it takes goods to reach the consumer. This evolution opens the door to significant opportunity for emission reductions and increased efficiency; however, ensuring that this potential is reached requires strategic planning and cooperation. Additionally, considerable questions remain when it comes to commercial availability, application and use, and the regulatory landscape for these technologies. Hear from industry leaders on this panel as we explore how far along the goods movement industry has come in putting these technologies to use and what barriers and challenges remain. See and hear where these technologies are already in everyday use and which applications are poised for automation in 2017 and beyond.

Mike Roeth, Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency
Identifying the Distinct Phase of a Transition to Truck Automation and the Expected ROI of Each Phase

Alain Kornhauser, Director, Transportation Program, Princeton University
An Overview of the Current and Future Landscape for Heavy Duty Vehicle Automation

Otto Schmid, Director, Product Management, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America
Putting the Pieces Together – Combining Connectivity and Battery Electric Truck Technologies

Tony Brasil, Branch Chief, Heavy Duty Diesel Implementation Branch, California Air Resources Board
Accelerating the Market for Heavy Duty Zero Emission Trucks in California

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Reception in the Expo Hall

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Workshops & Forums

Ultra Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Summit

The heavy-duty vehicle sector is at the dawn of a new era-one characterized by an array of zero emission technology. From full battery electric trucks, buses, and other equipment to hydrogen fuel cell trucks that can travel 1,200 miles, what will the future look like? Not to be left behind, ultra-low emission heavy-duty natural gas and propane autogas engines are here today, and many believe we will see diesel engines fight back in the coming years. Local, state, and federal regulators have noticed these advancements and are charging ahead with low-NOx rule-making efforts at the national level and in California. Meanwhile, leading progressive fleets are making big investments in these zero and near zero emission technologies which, when combined with renewable fuels, can provide a heavy-duty vehicle platform that has virtually no emissions. Find out first-hand how the heavy-duty sector is poised to do a 180 and go from the largest source of regional criteria emissions and greenhouse gas emissions to a sector that contributes almost no harmful air emissions. Hear from leading stakeholders on these fast-paced developments in the market so that you understand what is real, what is happening, and when these products will be required and available.

Trevor Milton, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Nikola
The Nikola: Commercial Production of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Class 8 Trucks

William Robertson, Vehicle Program Specialist, Mobile Source Control Division, California Air Resources Board
The Path to Zero and Near Zero Emission Truck Technology

Michael Simon, President & Chief Executive Officer, TransPower
Expanding Platforms for Heavy Duty Transportation Electrification

Andy Swanton, Vice President of Truck Sales, BYD
Battery Electric Heavy-Duty Vehicles for the Commercial Vehicle Market

Luke Cruff, Vice President, Engine Controls & Fuel Systems, EControls
Optimizing Efficiency of Natural Gas Systems

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

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Choosing AFVs in First Response Operations

Whether first responder fleets already have alternative fuel vehicles in their vehicle pool or are considering it, the vehicle and fueling options available have changed substantially over the past few years. This has left questions about the options available through an OEM versus a vehicle modifier, costs, range, and user experience from other fleets. ACT Expo is joining forces with first responder expert NAFTC to discuss the options that are available to first responder fleets so as a fleet, you can be prepared to make a decision on the transition to alternative fuel vehicles for your motorcycles, fire trucks, police vehicles, and more.

Andrea Pratt, Green Fleet & Fuel Program Manager, City of Seattle
Leading Adoption of AFVs for First Responder Applications

Daniel Bowerson, Director of Technology & Development, NGVAmerica
Natural Gas Vehicles in First Responder Operations

Linda Bluestein, National Clean Cities Co-Director, US Department of Energy
AFVs for Resilience and Emergencies: A Project Overview

Michael Taylor, Director of Autogas Business Development
Choosing Propane Vehicles in Emergency Situations

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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CalETC Annual Member Meeting**

**By invitation only.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Advanced Transportation Center of Southern California Executive Council Meeting**

The Advanced Transportation Center of Southern California will host their annual Executive Council Meeting at ACT expo. Representatives from the advanced transportation industry, utilities, local governments, transit agencies, and regional organizations will discuss the how to grow the deployment of advanced transportation technologies in the Southern California region. The e4 | Advanced Transportation Center of Southern California was established in 2014 and designated by the California Energy Commission to serve the counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino where it provides a one-stop-shop to grow and facilitate advanced transportation activities within the region. The Center is managed by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)—Southern California’s leading economic development 501(c)(3) organization which is committed to raise standards of living for the residents of Southern California, by increasing economic opportunity and regional prosperity.
**By invitation only

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

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The Total AFV Training Requirement

AFV consumers know that technicians, fleet managers, and operators need to be trained on the technology of the vehicles, but there are so many additional audiences that must be trained. The NAFTC will provide information in this session about the training needs for first responders (firefighters, law enforcement, and EMS personnel), second responders (automotive recycling and towing and roadside assistance personnel), and collision repair technicians, that also may be involved in the total AFV life cycle.

11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Private Meetings

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Funding Workshop: Updates on the VW Settlement Funds and How to Access These and Other Grants and Incentives

12:00 p.m. - VW Settlement Funds

Up to $4.7 billion will be distributed from the Volkswagen Consent Decree settlement to fund advanced clean transportation technology purchases, fueling infrastructure, and market acceleration activities. Up to $2.0 billion of these funds will be used to improve ZEV infrastructure and access to ZEVs, and for ZEV education, while the other $2.7 billion will be spent on emission-cutting and a variety of low-emission and alternative fuel vehicle deployment projects. Compared to the $300 million that was made available via the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) in both the US DOE Clean Cities Program and US EPA DERA Program, this VW funding presents an unprecedented opportunity for the growth. Money from the VW settlement will be distributed at the state level by designated "Beneficiaries." Details on who these Beneficiaries will be and how the money will be spent at the state level will begin to emerge in May 2017, right at the time of the ACT Expo conference. With VW monies expected to flow in late 2017, you will not want to miss this important session.

Cassie Powers, Senior Program Director, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
The Role of States in the VW Settlement

Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
A Methodical Approach to Tracking and Securing Grant Funding

1:30 p.m. - Accessing Other Incentives for AFVs

The final panel of this in-depth funding workshop will also provide detail on how the $4.7 billion available from the VW settlement pales in comparison to the other funding programs already available throughout North America at the local, state, and federal levels, including being able to access carbon credits to fund your low carbon fuel project. Funding experts will be on hand to show how the VW money is ‘small potatoes’ compared to these existing programs, and to provide guidance and answer your questions about how to leverage all of these lucrative opportunities.

Joe Annotti, Senior Associate, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Incentives Carbon Credits for Advanced Technology and Alternative Fuels, and What Makes a Good Funding Program

Robert Langford, Manager, Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Accelerating BEV and FCEV deployment with Funding Opportunities

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m. - Long Beach Container Terminal

LBCT is the world’s first zero-emission marine container terminal. It uses fully automated battery electric cargo handling equipment to move containers through its terminal. While there is a lot of talk of heavy-duty vehicle automation, LBCT has more than 60 battery electric units running in every day service. Visit this incredible project, and also see how these units autonomously change their own battery packs!

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Accelerating Electrification Through Municipal Demand Aggregation – Part 2

At ACT Expo 2016, the City of Los Angeles led a large discussion with fleets around the nation and OEMs across all weight classes—from refuse to buses to trucks to passenger vehicles—to see what cities could do to accelerate EV deployment. From this meeting, the City of LA joined in an EV RFI in partnership with Seattle, Portland and San Francisco to pool the collective demand of these major West Coast Cities in the EV industry—this RFI was released in January 2017. Following on the heels of this meeting, Los Angeles invites government agencies and OEMs to join in on a follow-up discussion of what we can do to improve procurement processes and drive BEV adoption as well as the introduction of new vehicles for fleet purchases.

Open to invitation only; to receive more information, contact [email protected]


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