2019 Program

Approved speaker presentations are posted below.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | Pre-Summit Events

You know your fleet needs to become more sustainable - but do you know how to do it? Through NAFA's Sustainable Fleet Management Certificate Workshop.

The Sustainable Fleet Management Workshop is a one-of-its-kind certificate program to advance your skills to lead your organization in implementing sustainable fleet practices.

It consists of six one-hour presentations designed to educate fleet professionals on how to create a sustainable fleet program. The series starts with an introduction on building the foundations and then covers topics such as driver training, sustainable fuels and delivery systems, acquiring sustainable vehicles, measuring sustainable performance and sustainable leadership, and change management.

Register for the program in advance and receive valuable reference materials and study guides for free.

After attending the seminar series, you will have the options of taking an exam and being awarded the coveted NAFA Sustainable Fleet Management Certificate. This program will provide insights guaranteed to help you on your journey to become a NAFA-accredited sustainable fleet.

10:00am-1:00pm | NAFA Training
1:00pm-2:00pm | Break for Lunch (offsite)
2:00-4:30pm | NAFA Training
4:30-5:30pm | Certification Test
In this session Lauren Reichelt and Matt Teske will share details of their work with automobile dealers in Hawaii and Oregon. Lauren Reichelt will discuss the development of Blue Planet Foundations Electrical Vehicle Expert Certification Program, while Matt Teske will provide an overview of Chargeway, a suite of software and communication tools that simplifies dealer and consumer engagement with "electric fuel". For more information, view the PDFs below.
Lauren Reichelt | Clean Transportation Lead, Blue Planet Foundation & Coordinator, Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii  
Matt Teske | Founder/CEO, Chargeway
Ever wonder what training is available locally? Not only Alternative fuels but general training as well. Here what's going on by the Advanced Vehicle Technology Group NW (Various Community Colleges in Oregon's and Washington), The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3- Nationwide), the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (Nationwide) and Linn Benton Community College (mainly Pacific NW).
Bryan Schiedler | Alt Fuels Technology Chair, Advanced Transportation Technology Center


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Main Stage Breakout 1 Breakout 2
Emcee: Paul Menig | CEO, Tech-I-M, LLC
Sponsored by:
Alberto Ayala
Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District  
9:30-10:30am Increasing focus by government entities to reduce criteria pollutants and CO2 emissions for public health and environmental stewardship have resulted in the setting of goals and the establishment of new policies and programs such as low carbon fuel standards, expanded renewable fuel standards, fuel quality standards and cap and trade programs. First generation biofuels, ethanol and biodiesel, have become commonplace however their fuel standards and unique qualities has made integrating these fuels in higher volumes into the current petroleum products and meeting all of the goals mentioned above challenging. The challenges of increasing volumes of first generation biofuels along with the goals and policies mentioned above have opened the door to a second generation of fuels. Some of these fuels are true drop in fuels that can meet and exceed in some situations the fuel quality standards of petroleum products such as renewable diesel and renewable gasoline. While other second generation fuels are renewable versions of alternative petroleum based products such as propane, natural gas, and hydrogen. While electricity can be produced from several sources of renewables that when coupled with an efficient electric motor can have the lowest emissions of all transportation fuels. Want to find out more? This panel of experts will get you started to understanding the possibilities of these new fuels and how they might be integrated into your fleet.
Moderator: Rick Wallace | Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Jeremy Baines | Vice President of Sales, Americas, Neste  
Todd Ellis | Executive Director of Sales, Western Region & Canada, Renewable Energy Group
Jim Jensen | Bioenergy & Alternative Fuels Specialist, Washington State University  
Keith Malone | Public Affairs, California Fuel Cell Partnership
Heather L. Manuel | Director of Corporate Communications, Gevo, Inc.  
11:00am-12:15pm Five women, five slides, 15 minutes each.

Similar to a TED-talk, this session is dedicated to a sense of purpose and driving passion for the future of transportation.

Join this personal narrative session to hear how women are driving strategic thinking, taking action and addressing the complex problems traditionally inherent to transportation. In this carbon-constrained world it is essential to innovate and integrate out-of-the-box thinking strategies.

These five women leaders will share stories of their work that involves integrating social, economic and environmental considerations in the real work world of science, technology, sustainability, public policy and community resiliency planning.
Elise Benoit | Vice President, Marketing, eMotorWerks  
Tammie Bostick | Vice President of Communications, Transportation Energy Partners
Wendy DaFoe | Sr Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. DOE Clean Cities
Penny McDaniel | Director, U.S.-China Green Ports and Vessels Initiative, Lead, West Coast Collaborative & DERA, US EPA Region 9   
Christina Suarez | AutoGas Fleet Specialist, BlueStar Gas
Heavy-duty near-zero emission natural gas engines are in commercial production and can have an immediate impact on air quality and climate change. Find out what's available today, fleet experience with the technology as well as continued efforts to improving engine efficiency.
Moderator: John E. Gonzales | Senior Engineer, Vehicle Technology Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Albert Venezio | Chairman, ICOM North America, Dynamic Systems  
Justin Loyear | Regional Sales Manager, Pacific Region, Cummins Westport  
Emergency Services organizations have a portable command center and a call list. Fleet operators are the ones who get the calls and have to respond with dump trucks, stake bed trucks, dozers, forklifts, vans, buses, etc. Fleet operators are the ones who need to keep police vehicles and fire engines and ambulances buses running, often even if those vehicles aren't with their specific agency (remember Santa Rosa having to create a manual inter-agency billing system for fuel and maintenance "on the fly" in 2017?)

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Moderator: Tim Taylor | Executive Director, Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition
Gary Dannar | Founder and CEO, DD DANNAR, LLC
Rita Hansen | CEO, OnBoard Dynamics, Inc.  
Chris Kroeker | NGV Product Manager, NW Natural  
William Needles | Sales & Public Safety Director, Stealth Power  
1:30-2:45pm There is broad agreement that a network of reliable, high-powered electric car charging infrastructure is necessary to enable widespread electrification of the transportation sector. However, the current deployment of these stations is heavily focused on major metropolitan areas and high-traffic interstate corridors, leaving rural areas and less-traveled highways behind. Building the network, and business case, in these areas requires innovative partnerships between organizations with shared goals and vision. Pacific Power provides electric service to about 600,000 Oregon customers, many of whom reside in areas with little or no access to public electric car charging infrastructure. In 2018, Pacific Power began investing in publicly available fast charging pods in these communities, providing new options for local drivers and long-range travelers. This session will focus on the innovative partnerships with local governments and businesses that made these charging pods possible.
Moderator: Ron Johnston-Rodriguez | President, Drive Electric Washington
Eva DeCesaro | Electric Transportation Program Manager, Pacific Power  
Zach Henkin | Deputy Director, Forth  
Jaime Lemus | Acting Division Manager - Transportation and Climate Change Division, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District  
Linda Lyshall | Climate Policy Specialist, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency  
Municipal vehicles are an essential part of the transport system. However, municipal fleet managers are under growing pressure from rising fuel costs, congestion and the need to reduce environmental impacts. National targets for reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions require further efficiency improvements, as poor air quality becomes an increasingly serious problem in many urban areas.This session will focus on the key strategies that will help managers reach their targets for reducing fleet fuel consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases and other airborne pollutants.
Moderator: Rick Wallace | Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Mike MacComiskey | Government Sales Managers, GPS Insight  
David Pope | Government Sales Managers, GPS Insight
Sarah Booth | Director of Operations, Sawatch Labs  
Dr. Pete Thimmaiah | Transportation Analyst, Plug In BC, Fleet Champions Program  
The continued demand growth for Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits has sparked record high values and continues to rise in California and the Pacific Northwest. More recently, Oregon Low Fuel Standard credits have increased in value and liquidity showing support for renewable fuels in the region. In this presentation, you can learn how to capture the value of Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits by utilizing renewable diesel and biodiesel blends. The latest innovation of blending renewable diesel and biodiesel together provides the lowest carbon intensity of any liquid fuel in the market while also increasing cetane and lubricity. The growing popularity for renewable diesel has quickly outpaced supply with no signs of slowing down so biodiesel must be utilized to extend that gallon. Whether you're a fleet, municipality, or distributor, you can no longer afford to miss out on the economic advantages of utilizing this winning combination of renewable fuels. In this session, you will also be introduced to other cleaner fuels, including renewable propane. Fleets, Municipalities, fuel distributors, sustainability stakeholders

Audiences will walk away from this presentation with a better understanding of the current market of Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits in California and Oregon and how to capture the value of those credits. They will also learn more about the advantages of renewable diesel and biodiesel blends to extend the supply of renewable fuels. REG will also introduce other produced cleaner fuels such as renewable propane.
Moderator: Peter Moulton | Senior Energy Policy Specialist, State Energy Office, Washington State Department of Commerce
Kevin Kuper | Manager, Finished Products, PNW Region, SeQuential  
Ryan Lamberg | Consultant, National Biodiesel Board  
Robert Leamy | CTO, Renu.Solutions  
Todd Ellis | Executive Director of Sales, Western Region & Canada, Renewable Energy Group
3:30-4:45pm Learn proven strategies from leading fleet managers to develop and launch your fleet sustainability goals. Gain the knowledge to introduce sustainable fleet management best practices to your team. Find out how to take advantage of the resources available from your Clean Cities Coalitions and fleet associations to support your fleet sustainability initiatives. Develop an understanding of various methods and tools used to establish a compelling business case to secure the commitments needed to "Green" your fleet!
Gary Lentsch, CAFM | Fleet Services, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Keith Leech | Chief, Fleet Division and Parking Enterprise, Sacramento County   
John Littler | Western US Business Development Manager, GovDeals Surplus Auctions  
Paul Chamberlain | Fleet Services Manager, Clark Public Utilities  
Philip Saunders, MCFE, DSL, LSSGB | Green Fleet Program Manager, Fleet Management Division, City of Seattle   
With near-zero emission engine technology now available and renewable propane autogas starting to hit the market, 2019 promises to be a breakout year for the propane autogas industry. Hear from propane industry experts about today's latest vehicle technology and propane autogas fuel options that now include new Duel Fuel options Local fleets in the region will discuss their aggressive investment in this sustainable and cost-effective fleet solution.
Moderator: Michael Coates | Editor, Clean Fleet Report
Christina Suarez | Autogas Fleet Specialist, Blue Star Gas Seattle Co.
Albert Venezio | Chairman, Icom North America LLC.
Travis Ridgeway | North Washington Region Manager, Weyerhaeuser  
Methane emissions are 25 times more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. Renewable natural gas, about 98% methane, fills a vital role in incentivizing capture of fugitive methane emissions from existing and persistent waste streams ranging from dairy manure to landfill biogas', municipal wastewaters and food wastes. It can provide soil and water quality benefits at its production points as well as family-wage jobs in many rural communities where its feedstocks are sourced. And most perhaps importantly, it provides price stability for fleets savvy enough to capitalize upon its value chain. RNG is quite lucrative when used as a transportation fuel, when it can generate carbon credits in state-level programs and RINs in the federal renewable fuel standard. But are we reaching a saturation point in the most attractive state-level transportation carbon market: California. Recent data from the Golden State's Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) shows RNG has now displaced over 70% of the State's existing CNG demand. And while some CNG demand may not be characterized in the LCFS data, the question remains: does this level of market saturation scare RNG proponents? Should and can we act to improve the demand for CNG, and thus RNG, here in the Pacific Northwest? How can this be accomplished given the barriers to adoption for fleet CNG conversion? What can we do to grow our local markets and incentive RNG production and consumption here in Oregon, Washington and the greater Pacific Northwest region? These are the questions we must ask ourselves, our policymakers and industry leaders if we intend to grow the RNG market over the next several years.
Moderator: Michael Graham | Director of Policy & Communications, Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition
Dan Avery | Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Gary Fanger | Chief Executive Officer, President, Cynergy Solutions
Mike Bains | Manager, Regulatory and Commercial Development, FortisBC Energy Utilities
Laura Leebrick | Community & Governmental Affairs Manager, Rogue Waste, Inc.
4:45-6:00pm John Davis
Creator/Host/Senior Executive Producer, MotorWeek

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Main Stage Breakout 1 Breakout 2
9:00-10:15am Electric vehicles are having a moment. Awareness of the technology is hitting its stride in the mainstream with more options coming to market than ever before. While a recent revelation to some, the EV industry has been developing at a rapid pace for over a decade. Women of Electric Vehicles (WEVs) is a group of industry leaders who have worked in the trenches and helped shape the market we see today. During this interactive session, EV industry experts from government, private, and non-profit sectors will share insights, rich experience, lessons learned and visions for the future. Panelists will engage the audience in dialogue to help form the future of WEVs and the direction of the EV industry. WEVs aims to empower women (and men) to lead the electric mobility movement, bringing valuable perspectives and varied expertise to the table, effectively creating a more diverse and prosperous industry for all. Come join us to help shape the future of EV leadership!

Sponsored by:

Moderator: Tonia Buell | Project Development Manager, WA Department of Transportation
Charlotte Argue | Senior Manager, Fleet Electrification, Geotab
Tammie Bostick | Executive Director, Utah Clean Cities Coalition
Shae Davies, CAFM | Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent, City of Portland - Office of Management and Finance
Jennifer Harper | Project Manager - Evita, Energy Northwest
Natalia Swalnick | Director of Electric Vehicle and Smart Mobility Programs, Electrification Coalition
Rapid growth in transportation, advancements in electric powertrains and changes in freight delivery systems have spurred significant interest in the potential for electric trucks to help increase efficiency, productivity and the environmental performance of the transportation network. This session will look at technology developments in electric heavy-duty trucks across the spectrum (long, medium and short haul) from the perspective of a major OEM. The perspective of a fleet that has tested the use of electric trucks in its operations will be presented as well. The panel will also feature a discussion on the factors, uncertainties and promise of electrification in the heavy-duty sector, addressing issues such as range, cost and infrastructure.

Truck fleet owners and operators

- practical considerations to take into account prior to making an investment in an electric truck
- barriers to electric truck adoption
- efficiency and environmental benefits of electric trucks
Moderator: Karl Pepple | US EPA Region 10
Denise Kearns | Project Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  
John Gerra | Director of Business Development, BYD
Joshua Goldman | VP Sales and Marketing, TransPower  
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles will be an important component of the zero emission fleet. We also expect Hydrogen to be a key enable of the high level of renewables we expect in the future low carbon economy. This session will discuss these topics and appeal for the need to start building out the first phases of hydrogen infrastructure as soon as possible.

Policy Influencers, planners, industry, government

The role of H2 in decarbonizing the electric grid, the benefits of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles for electrifying both the light and heavy duty fleet, the need to start H2 infrastructure build out now.

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Introduction: Chris Hostetter | Group Vice President, Advanced Technology Research, Toyota Motor North America
Moderator: Michael Grainey | Principal, Michael Grainey, Consulting LLC  
Michael Penev | Sr. Transportation Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dave Edwards, PhD | Director and Advocate for Hydrogen Energy, Air Liquide  
James Kast | Fuel Cell Business Analyst, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Toyota Motor North America
Suzanne Loosen | Zero Emission Vehicles Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment  
10:45am-12:00pm The Port of Long Beach is the nation's second largest seaport, handling nearly 8 million containers a year, generating $140 billion in revenue for the economy. But the Port is also a major source of air pollution and health risk for local communities, which is why, in 2017, the Port set ambitious goals for transforming to zero emissions. Specifically, the Clean Air Action Plan, a joint plan with Port of Los Angeles, set a goal of 100% zero-emissions terminal equipment by 2030 and 100% zero-emissions trucks by 2035. The question is: How do we get there? To plan for the massive infrastructure, operational, and workforce investments that will be needed for this leading-edge transformation, the Port of Long Beach, in partnership with the California Energy Commission, is developing a "Port Community Electric Vehicle Blueprint," expected for completion in June 2019. This blueprint - the first of its kind for a seaport - documents the path forward for achieving full electrification of a major industrial hub, from the infrastructure and equipment, to the workforce and financing. Even more, the blueprint is being developed with the input and engagement of a diverse stakeholder group - terminal operators, trucking companies, environmental justice organizations, financing groups, utilities, and engineers. This blueprint is designed to be a template that can be replicated by other seaports, many of whom struggle with the same environmental and community health issues.

For this session, the Port and The Grant Farm (lead developer of the blueprint) will present on the process for developing the EV blueprint, the challenges and opportunities discovered during the process, and reveal the action steps needed to make widespread electrification a reality. If chosen for a panel discussion, the Port could also invite Southern California Edison, our electric provider and major partner, to talk about its long-term planning efforts as well.

Fleet owners and operators, utilities, municipalities, environmental organizations 1. Understand the unique challenges of heavy-duty electrification
2. Provide a template for other industrial stakeholders to develop similar plans for their own operations
3. Understand the value of involving diverse stakeholders in planning
Moderator: Andrea Pratt | Climate & Transportation Policy Advisor, City of Seattle, Office of Sustainability & Environment  
Morgan Caswell | Environmental Specialist, Port of Long Beach   
Alex Adams | Senior Environmental Program Manager, Maritime Environment and Sustainability, Port of Seattle  
Matt Hart | COO, Grant Farm  
Fred Patricio | Project Manager, Port of Long Beach
Technology advancements, environmental policy and the payback economics of electric transportation are all pushing transit and fleet markets quickly. These trends have created high demand for newer, smarter yet practical and grid-ready charging infrastructure solutions that fit the needs of fleet and transit operations. This panel session will host experts from across the bus electrification industry to discuss best practices and the partnerships needed to implement flexible, reliable and interoperable electric transit and fleet operations.

Transit agencies, utilities, city government and stakeholders

- What challenges are transit and fleet operators facing when evolving from fuel-based to electrified solutions?

- What are best practices for Implementing electric bus and fleet operations?

- What grid integration considerations must be addressed when deploying large battery vehicles and high power charging?
Moderator: Michael Graham | Director of Policy & Communications, Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition
Daniel Simounet | VP, Transportation Sector, Americas Region, ABB Inc.   
Matt O'Leary | CEO, Motiv Power Systems   
Tony Cademarti | Fleet Program Manager, City of Everett, Motor Vehicle Division
David Warren | Director of Sustainable Transportation, New Flyer  
Many cities and bus and truck operators are struggling today with the currently conflicting objectives of shifting to zero emission vehicles while keeping operational flexibility and maintaining budgets under control. We will look at the current market drivers; regulations as well as incentives which are driving the electrification of heavy duty transportation. With the rapid progresses of battery technology and cost reduction of electric drive train; electric buses and trucks are starting to be deployed in our cities. However there are unique challenges with heavy duty transportation that battery alone might not be able to solve; range (over 200 miles), vehicle weight versus payload, refueling time versus vehicle utilization as well as charging infrastructure scalability and cost. The hybridization of fuel cell power modules and batteries may solve those problems and provide fleet operators with zero-emission vehicles which will meet their operational requirements. Hydrogen fuel cell technology has come a long way from the early days. This proven technology is now hitting the road and delivers new opportunities for mass transit, rail and freight applications. The combination of battery with on-board fuel cell power generator offer many advantages to bus and truck fleet operators including longer autonomy; route flexibility and much faster refueling while providing all the advantages of electric vehicles (reduce GHG, improve urban air quality, low noise and comfort of driving) Fuel cell electric bus technology is maturing rapidly while moving in-step along a descending cost curve. There will be over 1,000 fuel cell buses on the road in the next 18 months with a very strong demand from China. We will highlight the value proposition of fuel cell electric buses through the case studies of Transport for London(UK). The technology has accumulated significant operational, reliability, and durability data through, commercial operation in transit fleets. We will review recent operational performance data from fleet operation in Europe and USA and will provide reliability data and comparison against targets set-up by government agencies. We will finally look at the refueling challenges; deployment of large fleets of electric buses and trucks will create challenges for the electric grid infrastructure as well as for the operators. How to recharge many very large batteries in a short time in one location? Hydrogen as a gaseous fuel (like CNG) can be produced from excess renewable energy and provide scalable infrastructure for large scale fleet depot to refill a bus or a truck in less than 10 minutes. Battery-fuel cell hybrid powertrain and hydrogen fuel offer an alternative solution for truck and bus operators to move towards zero-emission fleets without operation compromise.

- Fuel cell technology enable the deployment of zero emission heavy duty vehicles like bus and truck without compromise in range and load with fast refueling
- Hydrogen provides an alternative to the electric grid to bring low emission fuel in our cities
- This is well proven technology with fuel cell electric buses in operation for more than 10 years and millions of miles of service across the world
Moderator: Michael Penev | Sr. Transportation Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Alan Mace | HD Market Manager, Ballard Power Systems  
Lauren Skiver | General Manager & CEO, Sunline Transit  
Keith Malone | Public Affairs, California Fuel Cell Partnership  
James Kast | Fuel Cell Business Analyst, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Toyota Motor North America
1:15-2:30pm Your organization has decided to electrify a percentage of your fleet vehicles. Now, it's important to understand the full picture of what's available, what your key goals are, and how you intend to deploy these vehicles, to ensure you're choosing the right technologies for the right applications.

Understand the considerations, opportunities and potential challenges associated with fleet electrification. Consider what applications are good candidates for today's electrified vehicles.

Learn the types of technologies available across the electrified fleet vehicle spectrum today (e.g. battery electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric) as well as the costs, implications and expectations of each.

Determine the best strategy for your own electrification goals, with an Electrification Checklist you can bring back to your company to help better understand your key criteria and what categories of solutions might best suit your needs.
Moderator: Dr. Pete Thimmaiah | Transportation Analyst, Plug In BC, Fleet Champions
Eric Foellmer | Director of Marketing, XL  
Ernesto Martinez | Equipment Maintenance Supervisor, Vehicle & Equipment Procurement & Specification, Sacramento County
The transition to electric propulsion and autonomous connected vehicles creates an unprecedented opportunity to reinvent our roads, trails and sidewalks. Infrastructure designed yesterday for private cars, bicycles and pedestrians never anticipated today's--let alone tomorrow's broadening mobility spectrum. How can "Complete Streets" be optimized to accommodate small battery-powered "micromobility" vehicles like e-bikes, electric scooters, powered skateboards and motorized unicycles as well as larger vehicles, especially considering shared mobility's increasing need for curb space access? This interactive session will explore how to reinvent the right-of-way to accommodate multi-modal mobility, addressing issues such as virtual and adaptive vehicle lanes, replacement of on-street parking with pick-up and drop-off for ride hailing, compatibility of increasing volumes of human and battery-powered vehicle modes that operate at different speeds.

1. Consider how to predict the unpredictable for uses/modes that have unique needs
2. Determine how to best accommodate new modes/uses within the right-of-way
3. Evaluate the best policy and design levers to implement changes
Mike Usen | Senior Transportation & Environmental Planner, DKS Associates  
Adrian Pearmine | National Director, Smart Cities & Connected Vehicles, DKS Associates  
Gabriel Scheer | Senior Director of Strategic Development & Special Projects, Lime
Joel Miller | Bike Share Program Manager, Seattle Department of Transportation  
Barb Chamberlain | Director - Active Transportation Division, Washington State Department of Transportation  
2:45-4:00pm The City of Tacoma and Tacoma Power partnered to launch Washington State's first ever Electric Vehicle Discount Program in fall 2018. The program was a pre-negotiated pricing program with local Tacoma dealerships and bike shops to offer a no hassle deal to interested buyers. The program was a 3-month long period, beginning September 15th in conjunction with Tacoma Power's EV Ride & Drive Event, and ran until November 30th. Participants were able to save thousands of dollars on full battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and electric bicycles. Vehicle models in the program include the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid models, MINI Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid, Toyota Prius Prime, Ford Fusion Energi, and Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid. The program also offered discounts on home charging equipment from Wabasto and EMotorWerks. The goal of this program was to accelerate EV adoption within Tacoma's community and develop stronger relationships with local EV dealerships.

- Utilities, government organization, EV advocacy groups, dealerships, EV enthusiasts
- EV engagement with dealerships is key to transforming the market
- Reducing the upfront cost of purchasing an EV can help increase EV adoption
- Accelerating EV adoption cannot be done alone - partnerships are important
Moderator: James Mast | Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Chargeway
Don Ashmore | Fleet Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities
Jennifer Collins Ramos | Account Executive, Tacoma Public Utilities
Sarah Sweet | Conservation Program Coordinator, Tacoma Power  
Cam LeHouillier | Power Manager, Tacoma Power
Leah Michaelsen | Events, Communication, and Outreach Specialist, City of Tacoma's Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability
An unheralded new renewable energy model with storage for charging EV's at scale could be a big part of the massive new infrastructure required to replace gas stations with EV chargers. This session will shed light on the California EV charging mandate for the next decade, the hidden challenges of current grid-only charging models, and new innovation toward scalable, cost-effective, distributed, and 100% renewable charging for workplaces, fleets, and public parking use cases and lessons learned that can be applied towards transportation, energy markets that contributes overall to the carbon free economy. First, we'll explore the scale of EV charging required to meet California's renewable energy goal due to climate urgency, and address the following questions concerning the California ZEV and Clean Energy mandate for additional charging paradigms given how massive growth will tax current grid infrastructures:
1. How is overall electricity demand and grid infrastructure likely to change? When?
2. What are the challenges to scale the electrical grid with widespread EV deployment in CA and other US states?

We will survey the various elements of solutions at the macro-level (utilities, public, and private sector). We'll then transition to Community Choice Energy models and how this innovative model could shift CA energy paradigm to more local community choice renewable energy production. This introduction will focus on the environmental and financial drivers for the moving target of demand charges, duck/dragon curves, and dependence on stressed infrastructure and how CCE models can alleviate these energy pressures.
Moderator: Michael Coates | Editor, Clean Fleet Report
Don Bray | Director of Account Services & Community Relations, Silicon Valley Clean Energy  
Gregor Hintler | Head of USA, The Mobility House  
Kenji Tabery | Product Marketing Specialist, Paired Power  

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