Created February 2015

Produced for Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo

Webinar Description:

With much of the US being blanketed this winter by heavy snow, this one-hour webinar highlights the pros and cons of operating alternative fuel vehicles in regions with extreme temperature lows and highs—including fuel economy fluctuations, onboard tank storage, and fueling reliability. Learn from two experienced AFV fleet operators:

  • Kwik Trip – This chain of 400+ convenience stores operates a network of natural gas fueling stations and a fleet of heavy-duty CNG and LNG trucks in the snowy Midwestern states of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.
  • ThyssenKrupp Elevator – The US’s largest elevator manufacturer operates nearly 100 propane autogas vans in both extremely hot and cold climates, including Detroit, Phoenix, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Houston.

Speakers:

Patrick Couch
Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

Patrick Couch has spent more than 11 years working with various aspects of research, development, and demonstration of new technologies. In his role as a project director at Gladstein, Neandross, and Associates, Mr. Couch works with a range of stakeholders in the alternative transportation and clean energy markets, including fleets, regulators, technology developers, and alternative fuel suppliers. He has led demonstration projects for several advanced vehicle platforms, including hybrid and natural gas switcher locomotives, plug-in hybrid terminal tractors, and battery electric terminal tractors. Mr. Couch also provides technical, economic, and policy analysis on a range of advanced on-road and off-road technologies for commercial and government clients. Mr. Couch holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Tom Armstrong
ThyssenKrupp Elevator

Tom has been working in corporate fleet management for the past 22 years, the last 13 of which were spent as Director of Fleet for ThyssenKrupp Elevator. He has served on a number of advisory boards for vehicle manufacturers and fleet management companies, and has been involved with alternative fuels since 2009.

Carl Suhr
Kwik Trip

Carl Suhr is Superintendent of Fleet Operations for Convenience Transportation at Kwik Trip, Inc. During his tenure at Kwik Trip, Carl has managed the deployment of both compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas vehicles in the company’s fleet, as well as overseen the upgrade of Kwik Trip’s maintenance facilities. Carl is regularly asked to share his AFV deployment expertise at industry conferences.