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April 18, 2017: Autonomous Mini-Shuttles: Here Today and Driving into the Future
Autonomous mini-shuttles are on the road today. Projects have been funded in the U.S. and demonstrations are underway across the country. The webinar includes an overview of these self-driving, all-electric vehicles and presentations from three manufacturers about their mini-shuttles.
Moderator: Fred Silver, Vice President, CALSTART
Speakers and Presentations:
Mike Ippoliti, CTSG Director, CALSTART
Lauren Isaac, Director of Business Initiatives, EasyMile
Hugh Palmer, Vice President of Product Development, LocalMotors
Matt Lesh, Chief Commercial Officer, Coast Autonomous
To view the webinar, click here.
February 13, 2017: California Legislative Briefing - Major New California Utility Investment Plans for Commercial EV Infrastructure
On January 20, California’s three largest investor-owned utilities submitted applications to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to collectively invest more than $1 Billion in EV infrastructure, focusing on medium and heavy-duty vehicles. The CPUC directed utilities to file these applications following passage of the 2015 law, SB 350, which made widespread transportation electrification a principal goal of California utilities. CALSTART’s Commercial Electric Vehicle Working Group (CEVWG) members assisted with development of the applications over the past year.
Speakers included Ryan Schuchard, Policy Director, CALSTART; Linda Brown, Electric Operations and Maintenance, San Diego Gas and Electric; Jana Corey, Director, Electrification and Alternative Fuels, Pacific Gas & Electric; and Laura Renger, Principal Manager for Air & Climate, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison. Missed this webinar? Click here to listen to the recording of the webinar.
September 9, 2016: HD Phase 2 Fuel Economy Rules - What They Mean, How They'll Work
The U.S. just released world-leading standards for reducing fuel use and carbon emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, known as HD “Phase 2”. These new rules go into effect as soon as 2018 for trailers and 2021 for trucks and buses.
The final rules are more stringent than what was proposed in draft just a year ago and will lead to significantly more efficient heavy vehicles. To understand how these rules are structured and how they will work, CALSTART hosted a webinar that tackled several questions, including:
• What are the details of these new rules?
• How will they work?
• What are the implications for long haul trucks and vocational vehicles?
• What technologies will we see over the next decade?
• Will California adopt the rules, modify them, or chose a different path?
These and other issues were discussed directly by the agencies involved, together with addressing key industry and fleet questions. Speakers include Bill Van Amburg, Senior V.P., CALSTART; Matt Spears, Center Director, Heavy-Duty Diesel Program, US EPA; and Kim Heroy-Rogalski, Chief, Mobile Source Regulatory Development Branch, ARB. Missed this event? Listen to the recording and download the presentations here.
August 4, 2016: CALSTART California Legislative Briefing
On August 1, California’s State Legislature reconvened from summer recess and started the final month in its two-year legislative session. During this time, legislators decide on passage of bills that are critically important to the clean transportation technology industry, including SB 32 (which could extend Cap and Trade and make the state’s 2030 reduction target a legal statute), continuation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard beyond 2020, and appropriation of the Governor’s proposed $500 million budget for Low Carbon Transportation.
This webinar provides an update on the state of legislative affairs and describes what CALSTART members can do to support these important measures. Speakers included Ryan Schuchard, Policy Director at CALSTART and Reed Addis, Principal at Environmental & Energy Consulting. Missed this event? Listen to the recording here.
June 7, 2016: What You Need to Know about Renewable Diesel
Renewable Diesel (RD) is increasingly capturing the attention of fleet managers around the country. RD is a fuel option that does not require conversion of vehicles or special fuel distribution or fueling infrastructure. It is chemically similar to petroleum diesel, but is 100% renewable and sustainable. RD also meets the diesel ASTM D975 specification so it will not void vehicle warranties. Renewable diesel is a high cetane product with low greenhouse gas and nitrogen oxides emissions and does not contain sulfur.
Speakers included Kimberly Taylor, Director of Member Services at CALSTART; PatO'Keefe, Vice President of Golden Gate Petroleum; and Oakland’s fleet manager, Richard Battersby, who has been using it in all of hisdiesel-powered equipment since last Fall. Missed this event? Listen to the recording and download the presentations here.
May 24, 2016: MD/HD Demonstration Program: Caterpillar Inc.'s Hybrid Excavator
The California Energy Commission (CEC)’s Advanced Medium-and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Demonstration Program supports the development of advanced vehicle technologies to accelerate fuel savings, job creation, and reduction of carbon emissions while identifying commercialization pathways with a focus on moving goods and people around California’s air basins. CALSTART is administering this program with and has worked with several technology developers to demonstrate pre-production vehicles in real-world settings. In particular, Caterpillar Inc. demonstrated and validated its new hydraulic hybrid excavator in construction and landfill environments. The CEC-funded demonstration helped Caterpillar bring this hybrid machine to market earlier than planned and it is now available commercially worldwide.
CALSTART’s “Demonstration and Assessment Project Briefings” webinars review recently completed or near completed projects that we and our partner companies have been working on to advance sustainable transportation options for the bus, trucking, and off-road industries. Missed this event? Listen to the recording and download the presentations here. (NOTE: This is member-only content.)