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Next Week’s ACT Expo Offers Several Clean Truck Fleet Workshops

April 22, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: ACT Expo, Fleet Management, Fuel, News
Next Week’s ACT Expo Offers Several Clean Truck Fleet Workshops

In what has been touted as the largest clean fleet event in the country, next week’s ACT Expo will take place Monday, May 2, through Thursday, May 5, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Attendees are urged to sign up for pre-conference workshops by calling (888) 993-0302.

Monday’s workshop schedule includes the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) Spring Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presented by CHBC, the workshop will provide a balanced forum for businesses, academia, and government agencies to explore hydrogen and fuel cells through intelligent conversation, surprising presentations and thought-provoking sessions.

On hand will be an impressive array of senior government officials and industry executives providing their vision of the role of hydrogen and fuel cells in California and the United States and laying out their plans for continued technology commercialization. Cost is $59 for CHBC members, $159 for non-members.

Also on Monday is the NGVAmerica Technical Forum from 1 to 4 p.m. This forum will provide fleets an open environment to discuss critical issues faced by the NGV industry. This session will consist of three panels of experts discussing issues of relevance to those operating natural gas vehicles.

In prior years, this event was a closed session, but this year the NGVAmerica Technical Forum will be open to all ACT attendees and fleet operators.

On Tuesday, May 3, a Women in ACT forum will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. As the nation works to resolve its climate change and air quality issues, effective vision and leadership have never been more vital.

This forum will feature female executives in the public and private sector who have dedicated their careers to advancing the clean transportation market, including insight into their individual paths to success and their perspective on the trends and technologies that will transform our industry. Gain insight into the critical reasons our nation must think beyond fuel price in order to ensure a sustainable energy future, and hear how these “Women in ACT” are helping ensure we are garnering a diverse range of perspectives as we clean up our nation’s roadways.

A North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) Trucking Efficiency Workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday. With 1.8 million Class 8 trucks operating in North America, a total of 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 who pay these fuel bills, as well as policy makers who are looking to reduce our nation’s dependence on imported energy sources.

Join this workshop where the NACFE and the Carbon War Room will provide an update on their important work in these areas, provide key lessons learned in this field thus far, and an overview of the variety of technologies and efficiency related regulations focused on the trucking industry.

Electric applications in the medium- and heavy-duty sectors will be discussed from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Electric vehicles are beginning to see increased demand as well as an increased number of offerings from vehicle manufacturers.

Over the past few years, transit agencies have adopted electric buses in higher volumes — some going so far as to commit to 100 percent electric — proving that the technology is no longer in demonstration, but is a viable alternative to traditionally fueled vehicles. While the other segments of medium- and heavy-duty transportation have been slower to develop and adopt electric vehicles, a number of options have emerged for work truck, over-the-road and other specialty applications.

Game Changer: Today’s Most Viable Option for Near Zero Emission HD Transportation is the topic of another Tuesday workshop, this one running from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The natural gas-fueled 0.02 g/bhp-hr NOx engine — particularly when fueled with renewable natural gas — is a game changer for the transportation industry that will allow fleets to pioneer a sustainable energy future.

This session will showcase the transformative sustainability solution that has made zero emission equivalent vehicle operations possible for the heavy-duty transportation sector, starting with heavy-duty vocational applications like refuse, transit, municipal, and urban delivery and then expanding to over-the-road trucking.