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ACT Expo 2012: More than 2,500

June 4, 2012 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mid-May’s Alternative Clean Transportation Expo and conference drew more than 2,500 people to the convention center in Long Beach, Calif. Fleet delegations included Coca-Cola, C.R. England, Dillon Transport, FedEx, Frito-Lay, Pacific Gas & Electric, Ryder System, Saddle Creek, UPS and Verizon, as well as the cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Seattle, and the New York City Department of Sanitation.

Carl Baust of the Orange County Fire Department said at an ACT Expo pre-conference training session that fire officials have come to understand the non-threatening nature of alternative fuel installations, but that efforts to educate the public should continue.

ACT Expo 2012 was organized by Santa Monica-based Gladstein, Neandross & Associates. GNA enlisted the help of more than 170 sponsors, exhibitors and supporters, presented 125 industry speakers, and attracted 92 clean vehicles to the 100,000-square-foot exhibit space and ACT Expo ride-and-drive.

“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,” GNA CEO Erik Neandross said after the show.

ACT Expo 2012, he said, was “the largest, most successful and most well received alternative fuel vehicle show” — ever.

All alternative fuel types and applications were represented, including transit buses, Class-8 tractors, utility and refuse trucks, light-duty passenger vehicles, a propane mower, and even a biodiesel motorcycle. The event also provided networking receptions, training sessions, and off-site technical tours.

General Wesley Clark at ACT Expo on May 15, 2012. Todd Wawrychuk photo

Wesley Clark, retired U.S. Army four-star general and former supreme allied commander of Europe, delivered the opening keynote address on May 15.

Clark urged the alternative fuel industry to put aside its squabbles and work cooperatively to reduce the U.S.’ s dependence on foreign oil and the subsequent benefits that will emerge for the national economy.

Conference sessions closed May 17 with a roundtable featuring CEOs and top executives from Shell, Chesapeake, Daimler Trucks North America-Freightliner, Westport and Chart Industries discussing the burgeoning North American natural gas vehicle sector. The keynote address was by Ryder System chairman and CEO Greg Swienton, a natural gas truck leasing pioneer.

ACT Expo 2012 presentations are now available.

ACT Expo 2013 has been slated for June 24-27, 2013 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Embassy Suites in Washington D.C.

GNA, events VP Anne Hellwig, 310-573-8558; [email protected]

GNA (sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities), Tony Quist, 310-573-8564 or toll-free 800-993-0302; mobile 310-756-9173; [email protected]; www.gladstein.org; www.actexpo.com (2013 website coming soon)

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