Organizers Add CEVS/Commercial Electric Vehicle Summit
To Spring’s 2018 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo
Organizers of the 2018 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo announced this morning that the gathering will include CEVS, the new Commercial Electric Vehicle Summit, to showcase the latest advances in battery-electric and fuel cell vehicle technologies for the medium- and heavy-duty market.
The ACT Expo series is organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Santa Monica, Calif.-based Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
ACT Expo 2018 is slated for April 30-May 3 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
“This new event will further expand the annual ACT Expo, which is now in its eighth year and is the industry’s largest gathering of commercial fleets, clean fuel and charging infrastructure providers, and advanced transportation vehicle and technology suppliers for all weight classes,” GNA says.
“The market momentum for medium- and heavy-duty electric-drive technologies has been incredible this year as evidenced by the recent onslaught of headlines from OEMs that are developing and commercializing products in response to increasing market demand in California and beyond,” said GNA CEO Erik Neandross, CEO of GNA.
More Than 3,000 Clean Transportation Stakeholders
“We’ve decided to co-locate the Commercial Electric Vehicle Summit with ACT Expo,” he said “as it provides a built-in audience of more than 3,000 clean transportation stakeholders and has been the venue of choice for companies debuting electric drive fleet products, including BYD, Kenworth, Adomani, Lightning Systems, TransPower, US Hybrids/US Fuel Cell, ClipperCreek, among others.”
GNA notes that its announcement comes on the heels of several headlines from truck manufacturers who are developing battery-electric and fuel cell drive technologies:
- Cummins, one of the biggest diesel engine manufacturers in the nation, unveiled an electric powertrain for a Class 7 tractor just last week (F&F, August 29);
- Peterbilt unveiled a prototype Class 8 battery-electric truck earlier this year;
- BYD and Motiv offer electric powertrains for numerous medium- and heavy-duty commercial applications;
- Tesla has announced that it will unveil its long-anticipated battery-electric Class 8 long-haul truck later this month.
- Start-up Nikola Motor is developing a hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain for long haul trucks; and
- Toyota recently unveiled a working prototype fuel cell drayage truck.
As the transportation industry continues to see an increased focus on environmental performance and fuel cost savings, says GNA, “electric drive technologies will continue to see growing momentum.”
The key themes for the inaugural CVES include:
- Product availability – showcasing the growing participation from global engine manufacturers in the medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle market;
- Fleet success stories – highlighting early electric vehicle market deployments from top fleets across weight classes and transportation sectors;
- Charging infrastructure – developing scalable solutions and industry-wide standards;
- Financing and incentives – discussions on incentives and grants, dedicated utility rates, special lane access, and other creative financing models;
- Battery advances – evolving battery technologies and performance, production capabilities, and a look at real versus perceived weight limitations; and
- Reliable payback estimates – understanding how to assess (and reduce) upfront versus lifetime vehicle and infrastructure costs.
CEVS registration will open in January.
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Source: Gladstein, Neandross & Associates with Fleets & Fuels follow-up