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Kevin Beaty Takes HTUF Helm

September 19, 2012 in Conference/Meeting, Hybrids, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Integrated Approach to Technology Development and Deployment’

“The clean transportation technology field has never been more important or complex than it is today,” says Kevin Beaty. “I believe Calstart is uniquely positioned to partner with industry and government to help drive this market forward by focusing on an integrated approach to technology development and deployment, commercialization, policy and education.

“I am excited to have an opportunity to contribute to the mission of increased penetration of cost-effective clean technologies into real world fleets.”

Kevin Beaty, a man of long experience with both heavy duty hybrids and natural gas vehicles, is the new Calstart VP with responsibility for HTUF, the High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum.

Beaty is attending his first HTUF in his new job as Calstart VP and HTUF director. He’s well known for hybrid vehicles at Eaton – and perhaps less well known for more than ten years with the Southwest Research Institute and with Woodward Governor, specializing in natural gas vehicles.

His priority? Help shake up an industry he says deserves better times.

Clean Tech Vehicles, All of Them

Beaty talks not about hybrids versus natural gas, nor EVs versus propane, but about clean tech vehicles as a whole.

“The clean tech industry for commercial vehicle transportation really has not been as effective as those of us who have been active for awhile would have expected or desired,” he says. “The industry is at a point where some reflection and original thinking is needed, to unlock a better recipe.”

“We need some fresh thinking and we need to keep a sense of urgency.”

“I don’t think we’re on a sinking ship,” Beaty says. “I think the wind has just died down. The wind will return and when it does we need to be able to catch it.”

One way to do that, he says, is to help fleet professionals better understand the choices they have throughout the whole range of clean tech vehicles.

HTUF 2011 ride-and-drive in Baltimore – Mary Kathryn Campbell photo

Indianapolis in March

“Calstart can help the industry get through this.”

Beaty will moderate the plenary Industry Thought Leaders session at HTUF 2012 on Wednesday morning.

Post HTUF in Charlotte, he’ll remain located in Michigan – where Calstart plans to open an office. Michigan is also the likeliest place for HTUF 2013.

Calstart will again host the Green Truck Summit, preceding the National Truck Equipment Association’s Work Truck Show, in Indianapolis, March 5-6, 2013. The NTEA Work Truck Show runs March 6-8.

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Source: CTN Publishing’s ShowTimes Daily in cooperation with Fleets & Fuels

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