Agenda

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.

Networking

Tours

10:00 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.

12:30 p.m. - 4:00 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.

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

Workshops & Forums

Partner Events

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

Networking

Tours

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Workshops & Forums

BSR Future of Fuels Spring Forum

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is a global non-profit business network dedicated to informing and strengthening the sustainability efforts of more than 250 of the world’s most influential companies. Through their Transportation & Logistics Initiative, BSR works with companies and stakeholders across the supply chain to address sustainability expectations and integrate ethical, social, and environmental practices into the global logistics value chain. Join Future of Fuels Forum speakers from major fleet operators, fuel producers, vehicle manufacturers, scientists, civil society, and governments to discuss opportunities to incorporate environmental and socially responsible practices into daily operations. There is no extra cost to attend for ACT Expo full-conference attendees.

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.

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

Workshops & Forums

Private Meetings

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

General Session

Conference Welcome

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

General Session

Keynote Address

10:45 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?

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

Networking

Lunch

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.

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.

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

Breakout Session 1.3

Long Haul Fleet Success Stories

The movement of goods is one of the largest global sources of greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants. To address these issues and mitigate environmental impact, we must take into consideration the unique aspects of over-the-road trucking, including operations based on the paid miles, unique routes and logistics, refueling accessibility, and vehicle and maintenance costs, among others. During this session, hear from fleet managers who have successfully deployed alternative fuel vehicles for long haul applications, as they discuss the key considerations behind the decision to test alternative fuels, how they addressed the logistical challenges, and the steps made that have allowed them to achieve success.

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.

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.

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

Networking

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 3 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 interesting in long-term strategic planning, you will not want to miss the Fleet Owner-moderated session.

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.

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.

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.

11:00 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.

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.

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.

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

Networking

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Networking

Reception in the Expo Hall

6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Networking

Fleet Awards Dinner & Opening Reception

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.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.

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

Workshops & Forums

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.

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

Workshops & Forums

NAFTC First Responder Training

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

Workshops & Forums

Private Meetings

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

Workshops & Forums

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.

1:30 p.m. - General Funding Overview

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.

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