ACT Expo sets 2017 program
The largest clean fleet event returns to Southern California

ACT Expo Sets 2017 Program
Source: FleetOwner Magazine | March 7, 2017

By Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer for Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

This year is shaping up to be a momentous year for clean transportation across the country—with OEMs, trucking fleets, and regulators all making new announcements and doubling down on cleaner fuels and more efficient technologies. With all of this activity over the last year, the stage is set for the 2017 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America’s largest clean fleet event. Taking place May 1-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California, the conference will feature the increasing array of commercially available and rapidly developing technologies for sustainable fleet operations.

In the heavy-duty vehicle sector, we have reached a new era, one characterized by an array of zero emission technologies. They range from full battery electric trucks, buses and other equipment to hydrogen fuel cell trucks that can travel 1,200 mi., ultra-low emission heavy-duty natural gas and propane autogas engines that are commercially available today. And many believe we will see clean diesel engines fight back in the coming years. Local, state, and federal regulators have noticed these advancements and are charging ahead with low-NOx rulemaking efforts at the national level. Other regulatory topics that will be covered include the following:

  • EPA/DOT NHTSA’s Phase 1 and 2 greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards,
  • Euro VI emissions regulations for heavy-duty vehicles,
  • EPA 2018 trailer standards,
  • EPA 2021 truck and engine standards, and
  • Developing regulations for platooning, automation and driverless trucks.

Meanwhile, leading progressive fleets are making big investments in zero and near-zero emission technologies that when combined with renewable fuels can provide a heavy-duty vehicle platform that has virtually no emissions. Find out first-hand how the heavy-duty sector is poised to do a 180 and go from the largest source of regional criteria emissions and greenhouse gas emissions to a sector that contributes almost no harmful air emissions.

With up to $4.7 billion that will be distributed from the Volkswagen Consent Decree settlement to fund advanced clean transportation technology purchases, fueling infrastructure, and market acceleration activities, up to $2.7 billion will be spent on emission-cutting and a variety of low-emission and alternative fuel vehicle deployment projects. Money from the Volkswagen settlement will be distributed at the state level by designated “beneficiaries.” Details on who these beneficiaries will be and how the money will be spent at the state level will be covered in depth during a workshop at ACT Expo.

ACT Expo joins forces with leading industry associations to craft the program, among them the North American Council on Trucking Efficiency, Securing America’s Future Energy, Fuel Cell Hydrogen Energy Assn., Electric Drive Transportation Assn., Carbon War Room, Natural Gas Vehicles for America, and others.

To help ensure relevant content for ACT Expo’s hundreds of fleet attendees, the 2017 program is crafted in partnership with a mix of high-volume fleets, including Dillon Transportation, FedEx, Penske, UPS, and Walmart, along with several other leading fleet operators as well as U.S. Dept. of Energy Clean Cities committees.

ACT Expo also has the industry’s largest exhibit hall showcasing the latest fuels and technologies across all applications; EVs, HEVs and PHEVs; LNG, CNG, and propane autogas; biofuels; vehicle charging and refueling technology, equipment and station providers; a trucking efficiency showcase; an electric drive zone; and more. Daimler, ACT Expo’s presenting sponsor, is providing attendees with hands-on access to the most freight-efficient concept truck on the planet, designed to maximize fuel savings. In addition, several announcements and first-time product debuts are planned throughout the four-day show.

For hands-on access to fleet case studies, a full clean vehicle and efficiency showcase, and networking with all of the major industry players, plan to join us at ACT Expo this May in Southern California. To learn more, visit www.actexpo.com

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