2020 Program Outline

Monday, April 13, 2020 | Pre-Summit Events

9:00am-5:00pm
10:00am-3:00pm

10:00am-4:00pm
10:00am-5:00pm
3:00-5:30pm
ACM
5:30-7:30pm

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Main Stage
Ballrooms A&B
Breakout 1
Room 315
Breakout 2
Room 316
Breakout 3
Room 317
7:30am-6:30pm
7:30-9:00am
8:30-8:40am
8:40-9:40am Soy in your tires? Low-carbon diesel blends lowering your costs? The fourth industrial revolution? Big data driving your decarbonization push? We bring together some of the best technologies, policies, practices and trends helping shape the future of mobility with real world solutions today to help fleets improve sustainability, inform decision making, and lower their operating costs.
9:40-10:45am Updates from industry experts regarding ongoing technological innovations aimed at electrifying on-highway and nonroad heavy-duty equipment using both plug-in and fuel cell electric technologies. Fleet applications discussed include: regional trucking, refuse collection, urban bus, material handling, and construction.
10:45-11:15am
11:15am-12:30pm This session will examine pathways to implement zero-emission freight technologies, focusing on cargo handling equipment and on-road drayage fleets at seaports. The EV Blueprint describes the collaborative process and actions needed to implement an electric-vehicle-ready eco-system that encompasses seaport operations and nearby areas. The EV Blueprint evaluates five areas: (1) Infrastructure, (2) Technology, (3) Community, (4) Workforce, and (5) Finance. As a case study, presenters will highlight partnerships in the Port of Long Beach Zero-Emissions Terminal Equipment Transition Project, a California Energy Commission grant-funded demonstration. These presentations will provide an in-depth exploration of the Port's clean air initiatives and the importance of grant-funding programs to demonstrate and deploy zero-emission freight technologies. This session will discuss the process for developing an EV Blueprint, the proposed actions addressing the five areas above, how collaboration is needed between various partners and stakeholders to leverage resources and the lessons learned. Flooding in the heartland, wildfires in the west, and a warming climate are all variables fleets now must account for in their resilience planning. How will alternative fuels weather these variable compared to traditional liquid fuels, and which alternative fuels can best fill the gap in your region and fleet? Take part in a dynamic discussion around fleet resilience in the face of an uptick in both the frequency and intensity of disasters. Technology is evolving rapidly across today's increasingly complex and connected fleet. Many fleets now operate a wide range of vehicle types and classes powered by a variety of gaseous fuels, electricity, or hybrid systems. Those vehicles are coming equipped with more and more sophisticated onboard sensors and components, all producing and sharing data in real time. This is a watershed moment for commercial vehicle fleets and the suppliers who support them. Unless we take steps together now to ensure we have a skilled workforce to support these new vehicles, the lack of adequate maintenance and operations capability will become a serious obstacle to their successful adoption. This session will begin with an overview of the top alternative fuels and connected technology changes and the specific workforce needs that are accompanying them. A panel discussion including fleets, training professionals, and workforce development leaders on how to develop and keep a trained team to support these evolving needs will follow. The natural gas vehicle (NGV) and propane vehicle industries have reached a high level of maturity, characterized by vehicles that are reliable and capable. Yet the industries continue to innovate and expand to serve new fleet segments and use cases. This session will feature a broad overview of the industries, available vehicles by category and how fleets can specify and order what they need. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from several large and smaller manufacturers and vehicle upfitters to provide a solid lay of the land. We're including NGV and propane autogas providers on the same panel to make it easier for fleet administrators to compare where and how each fuel fits best, based on vehicle sizes, specific applications and infrastructure needs and availability.
12:30-1:45pm
1:45-3:00pm Panel discussion regarding activities related to the FHWA AFC program including: designation status, regional planning, technical assistance, strategic partnerships, signage guidance, education/outreach, and available funding assistance. This panel will discuss off road generators and marine engine technologies, opportunities and challenges. Oregon and California both have low carbon fuel standards nearly identical in function and just slightly different in name. Early adopters of alternative fuels, like CNG refuse haulers and transit districts, are now being rewarded for their forward-thinking decisions. Fleets large and small are seeing carbon credits revenues for using low carbon alternatives such as natural gas, propane, electricity, and hydrogen. Even the liquid renewable fuels - biodiesel and renewable diesel - are more competitive than ever with regular fossil diesel because of these incentives. Learn how your fleet can take advantage of the innovative policy programs and improve not only your carbon footprint but also your bottom line. Lightning fast and to the point, this session is meant to pack an informed punch all within 5 - 7 minute increments, followed by a brief question-and-answer period, reload, and on to the next topic. If you're interested in an action-packed and dynamic clean fleet agenda, then this rapid fire session is for you.
3:00-3:45pm
3:45-5:00pm Overview of the West Coast Collaborative Medium & Heavy-Duty Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Corridor Coalition (WCC AFICC) strategic deployment plan, followed by a panel discussion regarding opportunities for implementation of the plan recommendations. Session will highlight efforts by government and community groups to measure and monitor sources of pollution in their communities. Topics to include: sensor types and networks, lessons learned, and more. Participants are invited to visit our in-use display to view some of these technologies in operation. Municipal and vocational fleets have much in common. In both cases, vehicles are specified based on unique service requirements. Whether advanced or conventional, vehicles and the fuels they use must perform with 100% reliability in their required service function. Often, these applications are well-suited to advanced fuels and vehicle technologies, but in order to be successful, fleets must understand unique drive and duty cycles, maintenance requirements, and plan carefully for the refueling or recharging infrastructure needed. Like other types of fleets, costs must be contained, and management must respond to increasing demands for environmental sustainability. In this session, you will hear from fleet leaders about how they rose to these challenges in order to successfully implement a variety of advanced fuels and vehicle choices. Electric heavy-duty trucks are more than just "buzz." Major OEMs have electric products that will be on the market shortly. Tesla and other smaller companies have said they are joining the fray as well. The challenge is that these vehicles must make sense from a total cost of ownership perspective while offering similar or better uptime than their internal combustion engine predecessors under arduous working conditions. The need for high reliability and expedited repair when necessary means a new support system must be built with trained technicians capable of tackling repairs and maintenance. It will also require proactive interaction with truck operators and owners to help understand the new supporting infrastructure and operational implications of using heavy-duty electric trucks. This session will dive into the components of this new eco-system and the new players involved in creating it as experienced in the current demonstration projects in southern California.
5:00-6:00pm

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Main Stage
Ballrooms A&B
Breakout 1
Room 315
Breakout 2
Room 316
Breakout 3
Room 317
8:00am-1:00pm
8:00-9:00am
8:30-8:35am
8:35-9:00am
9:00-10:15am Updates from US EPA and CARB regarding the development of new emissions standards for heavy-duty on-highway vehicles. Topics include: US EPA Cleaner Trucks Initiative, CARB Heavy-Duty NOx Omnibus Standards, and CARB Advanced Clean Trucks Rule.
10:15-10:45am
10:45-12:00pm Overview and updates from federal grant and rebate funding assistance programs for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
12:00-1:00pm
1:00-2:15pm State and regional agencies along the West Coast are actively exploring concepts to reduce air pollutant emissions from railroad operations. This panel will outline current efforts to reduce rail emissions, and explore opportunities for interstate cooperation in this area. Whether it's owner-operators worried about deadheading, or policymakers aiming to curb congestion and emissions, freight planning is in everyone's best interests for improving environmental and economic sustainability. Join a discussion around the state- and federal-level planning aims for improving the efficiency of freight. In collaboration with the National Laboratories, the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) is developing a total cost of ownership (TCO) framework and data set to enable assessment of current and future vehicle affordability, using scenarios to 2050. The intent is to develop comprehensive cost metrics for acquisition and operation of personally- and commercially-owned light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles to allow consistent comparisons across powertrains. Results will be used to inform future work, including R&D planning and program benefits analysis. The purpose of this workshop is to obtain stakeholder input on the TCO framework, cost elements, data sources, and estimation methodologies for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, particularly where they differ from light-duty personal vehicles. US Biofuels for the medium and heavy-duty vehicle fleet are the lowest liquid carbon fuels available today. In fact, they are the backbone of Low Carbon Fuel Policies including in California, Oregon and what is being considered (and may be passed by the time of this conference) in Washington State and/or Puget Sound. Since the inception of California's LCFS, Bio-massed based diesels have accounted for over 20 million metric tons of carbon reductions and make up more than 40% of the credits. Almost all NG vehicles are now considered to be burning RNG. While other technologies such as EVs and Hydrogen have grown from their infancy, the next decade will need to consume low carbon alternatives to fossil fuel while also building the necessary infrastructures and vehicles of the cleaner future. We intend to explore how fleets can be "all-inclusive" reducing carbon with available solutions while planning for future ones. Representatives from Diesel equipment, Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel, NG vehicles and RNG producers will offer the latest insights to fleet managers.
2:15-2:30pm
2:30-3:45pm This round table session will explore approaches to air quality improvement plans and strategies at west coast ports. Regulators and researchers have developed noninvasive ways to measure or estimate emissions from diesel vehicles. This session will discuss some of these technologies as well as some of the causes and remedies for high emitting vehicles or emissions system tampering. Participants are invited to visit our in-use display to view some of these technologies in operation. GTSE attendees already know the challenges that electrification brings to their day-to-day roles and many are asking - "where do I begin?" After establishing context, Gary Dannar, Founder of CEO of DD DANNAR, LLC will then provide a "How to Guide". It has clear steps for beginning the electrification process for any size city. Joining Mr. Dannar will be Richard A. Simmons, PhD. and Steve Hung, PhD. Richard Simmons is Director, Energy Policy & Innovation Ctr, Georgia Institute of Technology. Steve Hung is Principal Consultant at KonseptWerks and Adjunct Faculty Taubman Center. The panel will step attendees through the Guide, focusing on technology, fleet and infrastructure needs. The Guide is created in a way that any attendee can engage with the process, as it relates to their work. It starts with data collection of a fleet's current status. It then moves to consider current expenditures, budgets, the culture of change, and available resources. The purpose is to see the gaps that can be filled as a place to start. The final step is to test, revise, repeat with an additional interactive "Fleet Assessment/ROI worksheet". Two Public Works Fleet Directors, each with multiple years of electrification experience, will add to the conversation and workshop environment. Presentation of current data, expert and real-world responses, along with support of the Guide and Fleet Assessment/ROI tools, the attendee will leave resolved-- "this is how I can begin".
4:00-4:30pm

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