Clear Evidence that Money Not Mandates is Driving Clean Vehicles,
Conference & Show ‘Exceeded Expectations in Every Way Imaginable’
It was a great week for clean vehicle professionals who came to Long Beach, Calif. for the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo and Conference, and it was a great week for the organizer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
GNA pulled off a sold-out event that drew not only vendors but customers, who are fast realizing that cleaner can be cheaper.
Natural gas vehicles were most prevalent at ACT Expo 2012, but propane made a strong showing too, as did electric drive technology – despite the fact that EVS-26, the world electric vehicles meeting, took place in Los Angeles the previous week.
‘Clean and Domestic Is Cheaper’
ACT Expo saw display of the market-making 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from Cummins Westport by multiple OEMs. Westport Innovations trumpeted a new high-pressure direct injection diesel cycle natural gas engine for Volvo, and improvements to its well known 15-liter version.
Natural gas truck leasing pioneer Ryder said it was buying lighter-class straight trucks from Navistar International and the much smaller Greenkraft, which upfits China-chassis trucks with U.S. engines.
Quantum established itself as a player in CNG fuel cylinders with a $4.8 million order from Agility, and disclosed a deal with Remy for motors for its plug-in hybrids.
National Auto Fleet/Wondries detailed plans to place hundreds of Toyota’s new all-battery electric RAV4 EVs with utility and other customers. Electric cars from BYD, Coda and GM were on show. Shell Oil sent executives to discuss LNG for trucks.
“There’s a growing realization that clean and domestic is cheaper,” GNA CEO Erik Neandross said in welcoming ACT Expo 2012 attendees in the event’s Fleets & Fuels ShowTimes daily. “The rubber meets the road, and the result is not smog but reduced emissions in our communities, healthier children, greater national security – and a better bottom line.”
Neandross took pains at ACT Expo to highlight not GNA, but the assembled executives and clean vehicle product and vendors at the show, which is the successor to more than a decade’s worth of Clean Cities- and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute-orchestrated events.
After the show? “ACT Expo 2012 closed on Thursday, May 17th amid record attendance and high praise from sponsors, exhibitors, speaker and attendees alike.” Neandross said on the GNA website. “The sold out conference and show floor exceeded expectations in every way imaginable and was widely touted by those in attendance as the best alt fuel vehicle show they had ever seen.
“Having set a new high bar, ACT Expo begins planning for its trip to Washington D.C. in June 2013 where it will help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program” (June 24-27, 2013).
“Huge compliments all around,” Neandross told F&F. “A great event; total success.”
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