In the year 2000 the world was abuzz with concerns over Y2K and modern computer systems. It was also an election year that introduced all of us to the term “hanging chads.” And, ten whole years ago a judge ruled that Microsoft is a monopoly. In that same year CALSTART gave birth to what has become a successful model for the commercialization of hybrid medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
Advanced trucks take center stage September 28-30 in Dearborn, Michigan as medium-and heavy-duty vehicles, from military to mass transit to parcel services, dot the landscape at the tenth annual Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF) presented by CALSTART in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s National Automotive Center.
Here are 10 things not to miss as you make your plans to attend.
1. Superb programming including market opportunities, OEM products, plug-ins, updates on incentives, future funding, latest field results, and military hybrid and advanced vehicle needs.
2. On Tuesday evening attendees will be treated to an opening reception at the 13-acre Ford Museum. Food, drink, networking and a celebration of American innovators are all part of the fun.
3. Expert speakers include Mike Britt, UPS; Patrick Davis, United States Department of Energy; Ken McKenney, Verizon; Sam Snyder, FedEx; Steve Saltzgiver, Coca-Cola; Walter Kulyk , United States Department of Transportation.
4. The world’s largest medium- and heavy-duty Ride and Drive is Thursday, September 30. A sampling of the vehicles include the Ford Transit Connect Electric Van, Ford Econoline E250 full electric, Allianz 4000 Sweeper, Kenworth 33,000 GVWR beverage delivery, Electric Hybrid Bus, Dodge 5500 Hypower Plug-in, and the American LaFrance Condor 880S.
5. We salute our long-standing partnership with the National Automotive Center as well as our 2010 Co-Hosts Azure Dynamics, Johnson Controls, and Eaton Hybrid Power. And, thanks to all of our other sponsors.
6. ShowTimes, a tradeshow magazine featuring live news from clean transportation industry events, debuts at HTUF. Pick up the daily on September 29 and 30 or read about the event online.
7. The North American Council for Freight Efficiency will hold its second "Driving Innovation" meeting in conjunction with HTUF.
8. More booth spaces have just been added to HTUF 2010! Due to the huge demand, a few additional spaces are available in the foyer area outside the General Session ballroom. Contact Susan Romeo at 626/744-5600 for details.
9. Discounted hotel rooms are available but selling quickly. Register online by Sept 21st and register onsite at the Hyatt on 9/28
10. Visit CALSTART staff at our booth, which is #10, in the Regency Ballroom.