2019 Program Outline

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | Pre-Conference 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.
With growing global population, purchasing power, and the increased means of production made possible with automation, the demand for transportation is expected to grow. Transportation is principally reliant on the combustion of fossil fuels which emits CO2 and harmful emissions which has now been brought to the spotlight by deteriorating global ecosystems, species extinctions, and the recognition of the gap between the current trend and sustainability. Changing the energy source of transportation to electric energy is necessary to reduce global fossil fuel consumption as the energy sector moves to non-fossil fuel-based means of producing electricity. The Electric Vehicle industry has been growing, and with it, the exploration into the various applications of the technology. We have made several case-studies to investigate the return on investment, or total cost of ownership of electrifying truck-trailers using electrified wheel-hubs in order to drive a reduction in fossil-fuel consumption in an industry predominantly driven by cost as a result of market competition. In these case-studies real-world data from various truck use-cases have been studied to accurately quantify truck fuel consumption reduction with an electrified trailer and its comparison with the system's cost. During these studies, various other opportunities made possible with electrified wheel hubs on truck trailers were identified which are also explored in these discussions. The electrified wheel hubs can be controlled such that they shift the truck tractor internal combustion engine (ICE) into an operating condition which is more fuel-efficient. They can also be controlled such that they shift the operating condition of the ICE to emit lower quantities of harmful emissions such as hydrocarbons, particulate matter (PM), CO, and NOx, improving air quality and reducing the complexity and cost of ICE emission control systems required for complying with legislation. Also made possible with the use of electrified wheel hubs on trailers is improved vehicle dynamics as the available control on trailer wheels enhances truck stability, and safety, e.g. reduced stopping distances with a faster ABS feedback loop. . Furthermore, with electrified wheel hubs, an intelligent device in trailer hubs, opportunities for collecting data are made possible which can improve route-mapping, optimize transportation routes, identify necessary road repairs, and anticipate truck trailer repairs, reducing breakdowns, repair costs, and downtime.

Retailers, Fleet Managers, Trailer Manufacturers, Truck Manufacturers, Truck Drivers, Environmentalists, Electric Vehicle Engineers, Electric Vehicle Enthusiasts, Truck Internal Combustion Engineers

1. The order of magnitude of CO2 emission reductions made possible with electrified trailers and the consequent reduction in transportation costs
2. Available solutions for electrifying truck trailers and their return on investment for retailers, fleet managers, and trailer manufacturers in various use-cases
3. Further benefits of electrifying trailers such as optimizing the electrified wheel hubs for pushing the truck tractor internal combustion engine into an operating condition which is more fuel-efficient, and/or an operating condition with less harmful emissions, and/or improved vehicle dynamics made possible with enhanced wheel control for improved truck stability and safety, and/or data collection using intelligent wheel hubs and its benefits on route-mapping, optimization of transportation routes, understanding road conditions, and trailer conditions for proactive maintenance


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Main Stage Breakout 1 Breakout 2
Emcee: Paul Menig | CEO, Tech-I-M, LLC
Alberto Ayala | Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
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.
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. 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?)
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.

Government, transportation planners, businesses, clean transportation advocates, automakers.

Even in leading states, there are many areas with little to no public electric car charging solutions.

Just because providers of these services have not invested in these areas to date, does not mean there isn't interest in these communities. In these areas, utilities can play a key role in creating partnerships and deploying infrastructure.
Purchasing new and more fuel-efficient vehicles is not always an option, there are a myriad of ways that existing vehicles can be modified to use alternative fuels and other advanced technologies. Vehicle conversions and retrofit packages, along with engine repower options, can help fleet managers achieve emissions and environmental goals, often at substantially lower capital costs. This session is designed to greater understand these different types of technologies. 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.
3:30-4:45pm 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.

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! 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?
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.
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
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
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.

Government stakeholders; cities; fleet operators, vehicle OEM's

- 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
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.
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.

Planners, facility managers, fleet managers, public officials

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
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
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.

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