Clean Commercial Transportation Update

Join us for this weekly series of live 30 minute updates on the latest in clean transportation news. In this fast-paced webcast hosted by CALSTART’s Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President, and Alycia Gilde, Senior Director, we cover key industry issues that will get you up to speed on the latest information that is moving our industry forward for good.

Every Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific.

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October 23, 2020

Along with curated clean transportation news updates, this week’s CCTU featured the following segments: 
An update on California’s Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO) from CALSTART’s Barbara Jacobson and John Jackson. Then we engaged in a thoughtful conversation with Craig FlaxCommunity Transportation Needs Assessment Voucher Awardee for the CMO program of the Youth Transportation Organization’s (YOOTS), where we discussed transportation in underserved communities. 
Please join us next Friday, October 30, at 11am PT for more industry trends, tools, and updates. 

October 16, 2020

On this week’s episode of CCTU we featured segments from CALSTART’s Midwest Regional Director, Maureen Marshall who shared about the High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum’s (HTUF) successful 20-year history and the path forward for military and commercial industry zero-emission technology advancements. We had a great conversation with Keith Nattrass of General Motors Defense on their current and future collaboration with the military. Lastly, we experienced a live virtual tour of Navistar’s new Michigan NEXT eMobility Center with Gary Horvat and Jason Gies.

Please tune in next Friday, October 23rd, 2020, at 11am PT for industry trends, topics, and updates.

October 9, 2020

On this week’s CCTU, we received a detailed update from CALSTART’s Northeast Regional Director, Ben Mandel, on exciting zero-emission technology advancements in the Northeast. We also had an engaging roundtable discussion with Julie Tighe of New York League of Conservation Voters and Rishi Sondhi of National Grid on key strategies to advance zero-emission transportation goals in the Northeast.

Tune in next Friday, October 16th, 2020, at 11am PT for industry trends, topics, and updates.

October 2, 2020

On this week’s episode of CCTU we had a great discussion regarding hydrogen, and the complementary path and systems needed to achieve zero-emissions within the clean commercial transportation industry. We spoke with Kim Okafor, Zero Emission Solutions Manager at Love’s Travel Stops to discuss hydrogen refueling and plug-in charging infrastructure. Tim Sasseen, Market Development Manager for Ballard Power Systems, gave insights on leading edge advancements in modern fuel cell technology. Lastly, Mika Miyasato, Senior Transportation Planner at AC Transit, shared tips on deploying both fuel and battery-electric technologies in public transit.

Tune in next Friday, October 9th, 2020, at 11am PT for industry trends, topics, and updates.

September 25, 2020

On this week’s episode of CCTU we looked into Integrating Near- and Zero-Emissions Ecosystems, and successfully deploying clean vehicle fleets! First, Deputy Director of ZEV Market Development, Tyson Eckerle from the CA Governor’s Office of Business gave us more insights on the Governor’s new ban on gas-powered vehicles. Next, Fleet Sustainability Manager Emily Conway of PepsiCo shared how Frito-Lay transformed their Modesto plant into a near-zero emission freight facility. Finally, Director of Transportation Timothy Shannon from Twin Rivers Unified School District talked to us about implementing clean air school buses district-wide!

Tune in next Friday, October 2, 2020, at 11 AM PT for industry trends, topics, and updates.

September 18, 2020

On this week’s CCTU, Global Commercial Vehicle Drive To Zero‘s Global Director, Cristiano Façanha, highlighted the addition of eight new nations to the Drive to Zero pledge, a multinational effort to speed commercial near- and zero-emissions vehicles worldwide. Senior Manager, Sylvain Roussel, from Natural Resources Canada shared how Canada and other nations can benefit from Drive to Zero and the Lion Electric Co.’s Vice President of Sales, Nate Baguio, shared with us insights on accelerating the clean commercial vehicle market.

Tune in next week as we look at Integrated Near- and Zero-Emissions Ecosystems on September 25, 2020, at 11 AM PT.

September 11, 2020

We returned this week with special guest, Patty Monahan, the lead Commissioner on transportation for the California Energy Commission to discuss scaling Resilient Infrastructure to meet our goal of advancing zero-emission transportation in a rapidly changing environment. Complementing our discussion, we heard from both truck and bus perspectives with Julian P. Galonska, E-Mobility Infrastructure Consultant of Daimler Trucks North America, and Doran Barnes, Executive Director at Foothill Transit! . Tune in next week as we get important updates on new global partners joining CALSTART’s Global Drive to Zero Program. Join us next week on September 18, 2020 at 11AM PT.

August 28, 2020

This week on CCTU, we explored topics on Infrastructure and the Army’s Futures Command’s electrification goals. Fuels & Infrastructure Project Manager, Campbell Scott, highlighted CALSTART’s Infrastructure Planning Tools. Senior Project Manager, Jonathan Norris, discussed the Online Zero-Emission Infrastructure Planning and Cost Guidance Tool​. Program Manager, Steve Sokolsky, also joined us in interviewing Major Ryan Ressler of the Army’s Futures Command.
Next week, we’ll be taking a hiatus in honor of Labor Day, but make sure to watch the next Clean Commercial Transportation on Friday, September 9th!

August 21, 2020

This week on CCTU, we shined a light on Innovative Mobility, with updates from CALSTART’s very own Innovative Mobility team. Senior Projects Manager Barbara Jacobson shared information on getting involved with the Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program. Director of Innovative Mobility, Ryan Schuchard, discussed over Innovative Mobility’s Theory of Change and impacting the industry, while Senior Project Manager, Carina Fortuna, highlight mobility hubs.

Tune in next week as we interview the Army’s Futures Command and learn more about how the military is driving electrification forward!

August 14, 2020

This special segment focused on connections between advanced vehicles and the U.S. military with an update on the High Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) from CALSTART’s Midwest Regional Director, Maureen Marshall and Program Manager, Steve Sokolsky. We had a discussion with Black & Veatch’s Planning Services Lead, Jagmeet Khangura, on the role vehicles play in development of microgrids at commercial and military facilities and a conversation with IQM Research Institute’s President, Michael Dudzik, on the role of cybersecurity for industry and military advanced vehicles.

Tune in next week as we focus on clean mobility with a panel of CALSTART experts on the topic.

August 7, 2020

Along with curated clean transportation news updates, this week we focused on the landscape of advanced maritime technologies with an overview overview from Kristian Jokinen, CALSTART’s Program Manager. Kristian then hosted a quick roundtable discussion on maritime electrification featuring Daniel Yuska, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. Maritime Administration; Peter Brooks, OEM Account Manager, Marine & Port Solutions, BAE Systems; and David Lee, Senior Account Manager, Marine & Ports, ABB.

We rounded out our half hour with an update on CORE, the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project, from Program Manager, Niki Okuk.

Tune in next week as we talk about twenty years of HTUF (the High Efficiency Truck Users Forum) with our truck team and military leaders.

July 31, 2020

After a brief update from CALSTART Policy Director, Meredith Alexander, about the California $100 stimulus package and what is could mean for our industry, we turned our focus to innovations in the transit and autonomous vehicles space. Maureen Marshall, CALSTART’s Midwest Regional Office with Regional Director, gave an overview of the Connected and Autonomous Transit Forum cohort and then had a discussion with Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s Chief Innovation & Technology Officer, Gary Miskell, about autonomous transit advancements. Hosts Bill Van Amburg and Alycia Gilde had a discussion with New Flyer Industry’s Director of Sustainable Transportation, David Warren, on transformations in the transit industry and New Flyer’s Vehicle Innovation Center.

Be sure to tune in next week as we talk about clean transportation in the maritime and marine segment. Have questions for our speakers? Let us know!

July 24, 2020

Following last week’s discussion on the Advanced Clean Truck rule, we focused this week on global and local infrastructure policies that will go hand-on-hand with ACT. After this week’s clean transportation news updates, we heard from CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive To Zero‘s Global Director Cristiano Façanha on updates from around the world. Specifically we heard from Sweden from Magnus Berntsson, Vice President of the Regional Council Västra Götalandsregionen and President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER); Per Österström, Manager Automotive and Transport for Business Region Göteborg; and Gustaf Zettergren, Environmental Manager/Head of Department for Västra Götalandsregionen. (Watch the full interview here.)

We rounded out the half hour segment with a conversation with California Energy Commission‘s Advisor to Commissioner Patty Monahan, Ben De Alba, on investing in infrastructure and preparing for the Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) rule. Special guest Jacqueline Moore from the Port of Long Beach joined us to give perspective from the drayage trucks perspective.

Be sure to tune in next week as we talk about connected and autonomous transportation and will hear from our Midwest office about projects in that region.

July 17, 2020

“Monumental News and Electrifying Guests” was our headline for this week’s CCT Update where we featured the news of the landmark agreement of 15 states working together on aggressive zero emission truck and bus goals, building on California’s recently enacted Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rule. Paul J. Miller, Executive Director, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), joined us live for an interview and live Q&A with our audience about the MOU and what’s next for the 15 states that signed up. We heard from Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board in a recorded segment about the importance of the MOU and how it works with the ACT Rule. (Video of her full video is posted here.) Finally we heard from Sita Holtslag, Senior Advisor on Sustainable Mobility, Netherlands Enterprise Agency about Netherlands actions that mirror the ACT Rule and the 15-State MOU. (Link here for full Global Drive to Zero interview.)

July 10, 2020

We came back this week after the break with a refreshed look and ready to roll! This week’s Update started with top industry news followed by a transit-themed episode. We started with an overview of CALSTART’s Transit Bus Technology Roadmap from our own Byran Lee, Project Manager for CALSTART’s Bus Initiative, and then a quick discussion of the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures for Transit developed by our Clean Bus Working Groups presented by CALSTART Project Manager, Melissa Barthel. Closing out the Update this week, co-hosts Alycia Gilde and Bill Van Amburg talked with SunLine Transit Agency’s CEO and General Manager, Lauren Skiver, about their fuel cell electric bus project and their investment in the fueling infrastructure as a template for other agencies.

Be sure to tune in next week as we talk about California’s Advanced Clean Truck Rule, in California, and across the U.S. and the globe.

JUNE 26, 2020

Our Update this week was 32 minutes of fast-paced information including the top news story this week about California’s new Advanced Clean Trucks rule with other states following along. We had a status update about the Clean Off-Road Equipment program from Niki Okuk, CALSTART’s CORE Program Manager, and an overview of the Volvo LIGHTS project from Kelly Leathers, Associate Project Manager for CALSTART. Dawn Fenton, Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs for Volvo spoke with co-host Bill Van Amburg about the Volvo LIGHTS project. Closing out the Update this week, co-host Alycia Gilde had a discussion about the West Coast Clean Transit Coalition with Eric Seilo, Senior Manager for Southern California Edison, as well as a recorded interview with Katie Sloan, SCE Director of eMobility and Building Electrification and CALSTART Board Member, about the coalition.

JUNE 19, 2020

The CCT Update started with an overview of the top industry news and included a status update about HVIP from Tarah Campi, CALSTART’s HVIP Program Manager, and an overview of the international efforts being undertaken by our Global Drive to Zero program led by Cristiano Façanha, PhD, CALSTART’s Global Director. This edition of the Update also included a recorded interview with Matt Petersen, President & CEO of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) about their Santa Monica Zero Emissions Delivery Zone RFI. (You can watch the full version of the 13 minute interview here.)

After the Update we continued with the Update Extra to have a discussion about the work being done in DC by our members on three federal funding campaigns led by Kyle Winslow, CALSTART Federal Policy Director. Watch the video for more information about these working groups and to find out how to participate.

JUNE 12, 2020

This week’s fast-paced Update featured news about hydrogen vehicles and trucks followed by an update on the CALSTART Midwest programs from Maureen Marshall who covered key program in that region as well as the upcoming HTUF Webinar Series. This session also featured interviews with CALSTART’s new Trucks and Off-Road Initiative Senior Director, Kevin Walkowicz and a discussion about Nikola Corporation with Elizabeth Fretheim, Nikola’s Head of Business Development, National Accounts.

JUNE 5, 2020

Starting off with some of the most important clean commercial transportation news, CALSTART’s weekly live update also covered the newly opened Clean Mobility Options Program and then focused on Clean Corridors. After a discussion on the West Coast Collaborative Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Corridor Coalition and a brief review of current Federal policy initiatives, the CCT Update was followed by a half hour of lively discussion about Advancing Alternative Fuel Corridors with David Fialkov of NATSO, Gavin Gretter of Trillium CNG, and Kevin George Miller of ChargePoint.

MAY 29, 2020

In addition to curated clean commercial transportation news, this week’s special segments include a demonstration of CALSTART’s Funding Finder Tool, an overview of the new Clean Transit Innovation Network, and an interview with Diana Kotler of Anaheim Resort Transit.

MAY 22, 2020

The third edition of the Clean Commercial Transportation Update started with a curated list of commercial transportation news and this week’s special segments included a demonstration of CALSTART’s Total Cost of Ownership Estimator, an overview of the new Chicago Commercial Vehicle Readiness Guide, and an interview with Clean Energy Canada about Canada’s continuing commitment zero emissions vehicles and to Drive to Zero. You can see the full interview with Joanna Kyriazis, Senior Policy Advisor at Clean Energy Canada here.

MAY 15, 2020

Watch CALSTART’s new weekly series of live updates on the latest in clean transportation news – from fleet announcements to funding information. This half-hour interactive webcast, hosted by Bill Van Amburg and Alycia Gilde, covered the latest Industry News; our Coping with COVID Series featuring Keith Kerman, Chief Fleet Officer, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of City Administrative Services; and an update on the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program from Ben Mandel.

Tune in to the Update “EXTRA” – a discussion with session attendees on “How Will COVID Change Commercial Transportation?”

This week we had a couple supplemental videos and attachments:

  • Catch the full Coping with COVID Interview with Keith Kerman, New York City Department of City Administrative Services, link here
  • View the slides from Ben Mandel’s discussion of the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program

MAY 8, 2020

Take a look at the launch of CALSTART’s new series of live updates on the latest in clean transportation news. This half-hour interactive webcast covered the latest Industry News, Commercial Vehicle Program Updates and News (like an update on CORE – the Commercial Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Program, and a new vehicle availability tool called ZETI or Zero Emissions Technology Inventory), Federal and California Policy Updates, and a quick rundown of upcoming events and ways to stay connect with CALSTART.

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