PASADENA, Calif. – CALSTART is pleased to announce the hiring of Tor Larson as its new vice president of Trucks and Off-Road, and Stacey Simms as new senior director, Clean Fuels and Infrastructure. These new additions will allow the organization to expand and enhance its ability to build an efficient, clean, and technologically advanced transportation industry.
As Vice President of Trucks and Off-Road at CALSTART, Larson will lead all zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty truck and off-road equipment programs across the organization, with the goal of accelerating the growth of the industry and reducing greenhouse emissions. Larson has more than 20 years of experience in the fleet industry, across all vehicle classes and equipment types; he brings a wealth of subject matter expertise and knowledge to CALSTART.
Prior to joining CALSTART, Larson worked at Amazon, building their last- and middle-delivery service programs. He built the framework for Amazon to deliver their first 40,000 delivery vans in 2019, including 10,000 custom Rivian EVs, 3000+ CNG class 8 vehicles, and 30+ Class 8 EV trucks and infrastructure across Germany. Prior to his experience at Amazon, Larson led various fleets and sustainability/electrification projects at such organizations as Swissport USA, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Zipcar, and AAA insurance.
Larson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Seattle University.
Simms will serve as senior director, Clean Fuels and Infrastructure at CALSTART, overseeing all programs and projects related to clean fuel and charging technologies and supporting infrastructure across the transportation spectrum at the company. She has extensive experience in the clean energy and transportation fields, from an impressively diverse variety of roles.
Before joining CALSTART, Simms was senior manager, EV Policy and Incentives at 7-Eleven, leading the company’s teams in building out the 7Charge EV charging network throughout the U.S and Canada. Simms’ other roles have included senior business consultant for clean transportation at Xcel Energy, where she led teams in launching the Electric Fleet Advisory Program, the Electric School Bus Incentive Program and the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program; and associate director of programs at the Colorado Energy Office, leading the team responsible for more than $200M in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Simms also served in El Salvador as a member of the Peace Corps.
Simms earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Davenport College, and a master’s in management from Regis University. She also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate.
“We are very excited to have Tor and Stacey join the CALSTART team,” said John Boesel, CALSTART president and CEO. “They are two highly qualified individuals with impressive private-sector experience. I am confident they will play a major role in working with our more than 330 member companies to spur the growth of the United States’ clean transportation industry, and put our country in a leadership position.”
A nonprofit organization with offices across the United States, in Europe, and with partners worldwide, CALSTART works with more than 300 member companies to build a prosperous, efficient, and clean high-tech transportation industry. We overcome barriers to modernization and the adoption of clean vehicles. CALSTART is changing transportation for good.