Ford Alt Fuels Strategist is Houston Keynoter Thursday
Jon Coleman, Ford’s chief strategist for alterative fuels, is the keynote speaker at the 2012 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference hosted by the Houston-Galveston Area Council this Thursday.
The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 4:30 at the at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
Coleman’s message? “Make sure that people get the right vehicle to do the right job,” he told F&F. “There is no one winning solution.” Ford has a line of factory electric vehicles ranging from start-stop hybrids all the way to a pure battery electric, and has approved a half a dozen companies as Qualified Vehicle Modifiers for gaseous fuels.
It all depends on what the customer needs, Coleman says, and sometimes an alt fuel vehicle simply isn’t the answer: “There are some areas where the grunt of a diesel can not be matched.”
In addition to Coleman, Shane Guidry, president of New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf, which is building the first-ever U.S. flag LNG vessels, is a scheduled speaker at the November 15 Houston conference, as is Colin Donovan of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, who will discuss funding.
The speaker roster also includes Roush CleanTech sales VP Todd Mouw, Curtis Donaldson of Clean Fuel USA, Jesse Shroyer of Smith Electric Vehicles, Kenneth Hoglund of the Houston fleet management department, Dane Blume of the Port of Houston, and Houston city council member Oliver Pennington.
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Source: Houston-Galveston Area Council