Bill Van Amburg
Executive Vice President
Bill Van Amburg has over 40 years of experience, including technology development, commercialization and marketing. He is considered an industry expert in advanced technologies for transportation.
Bill is the Initiative leader for the medium- and heavy-duty truck and off-road equipment sector, the largest practice area at CALSTART. His responsibilities include heading up strategy and overseeing the Initiative’s portfolio of activities as well as leading business development and other executive management activities for CALSTART. He and his team recently developed with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) a “beachhead” strategy for market transformation of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles for zero emission, low NOx and efficiency technology pathways that formed the basis for a multi-year investment plan. This strategy is also now the basis of CALSTART’S newest program, the Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero initiative (Drive to Zero). His teams operate multiple projects, including California HVIP, Drive Clean Chicago, New York Truck Voucher Incentive Project, High-efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) and a portfolio of technology development, demonstration and validation projects, from ultra-low emission opposed piston engines for Class 8 trucks to all-electric and range extended drayage and delivery trucks and cargo handling equipment.
Bill is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology, is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, has a certificate in brand management from Stanford and served on the founding Board of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. Prior to joining CALSTART in 1992 he was an award-winning broadcast journalist focused on science, technology and the environment, which included reporting on the 1980 eruption of the Mount St. Helens volcano.