EV Part #4 – Electrification of heavy-duty trucks

Date:  Tuesday August 25, 2020

Webinar time:  11:00 – Noon MT

Cost:  Free of charge but everyone must register using this link

Host:  Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (energy research partnership between University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and National Renewable Energy Lab) and Colorado State University Systems Engineering

Webinar host and for more info:  Maury.Dobbie@ColoradoCollaboratory.org  970-682-5707

Moderator: Tom Bradley, Woodward Professor & Dept. Head of Systems Engineering, Colorado State University


  • Natalia Swalnick, Sr. Director of EV Programs, Electrification Coalition
  • Bonnie Trowbridge, Executive Director, Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition
  • Jessie Lund, Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Diego Lopez, Executive Director, Northern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition


Additional information relative to this webinar:

  • Learn more about the Electrification Coalition at www.ElectrificationCoalition.org or download the Freight Goods Delivery Electrification overview.docx.  Contact:  Natalia Swalnick, Sr. Director of EV Programs, Electrification Coalition   /   The Electrification Coalition has launched a Freight and Goods Delivery Electrification pilot program, which is focused on understanding the barriers and potential policy solutions to accelerate fleet electrification. The freight electrification pilot will help create a fleet deployment of medium-duty and/or heavy-duty electric vehicles with the support of public sector stakeholders, utilities, EV-industry OEMs, and then assess strategies and tactics employed to develop a guidebook for effective, replicable, and scalable freight electrification deployment.


Tom Bradley
Department Head, Woodward Endowed Professor
Systems Engineering
Colorado State University

Dr. Bradley is Department Head and Woodward Endowed Professor of Systems Engineering in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering at Colorado State University, where he conducts research and teaches a variety of courses in system engineering, multidisciplinary optimization, and design.  Dr. Bradley’s research interests are focused on applications in Automotive and Aerospace System Design, Energy System Management, and Lifecycle Assessment. He earned BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California – Davis, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with an emphasis in systems engineering and decision support. Prior to his academic career, Bradley was sole proprietor of an independent consulting company, performing hybrid electric vehicle design and control modeling for the Electric Power Research Institute in support of vehicle development programs at Ford, Daimler Chrysler and BAE Systems. Dr. Bradley’s research is focused on using advanced system design tools with experimental validation to advance the state of the art in practical, demonstrable systems.

Natalia Swalnick
Senior Director of EV Programs
Electrification Coalition

Ms. Swalnick has a decade of experience and knowledge in public policy issues related to transportation and energy. She manages the planning and execution of projects that support the accelerated adoption of plug in electric vehicles (EVs) and smart mobility for the Electrification Coalition. This work includes freight electrification, government fleets, and consumer adoption of EVs.  Natalia spent 6 years as a DOE Clean Cities Coordinator, and under her leadership, the coalition displaced more than 22 million gallons of petroleum. She served on the policy team in the office of former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. Natalia has been appointed to several State of Colorado steering committees, such as the Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Technical Advisory Committee for DC Fast Charging.

Bonnie Trowbridge
Executive Director, Board of Directors
Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition

Bonnie brings a deep knowledge of the market – from consumer EVs to alternative fuels to heavy-duty manufacturers and fleets, and a comprehensive understanding of the vehicle incentives arena across the U.S. – to her role as Executive Director for the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition. With over 25 years of experience in business development for nonprofits and corporations, Bonnie is focused on achieving breathable air for everyone by advancing the clean transportation industry. Her past experience includes marketing and communications for Lightning Systems, manufacturer of electric powertrains for medium- and heavy-duty buses and trucks, where she was instrumental in growing that company from a start-up to a thriving manufacturer. Her other experience includes program management for CALSTART, a non-profit organization working to commercialize clean and efficient transportation solutions, where she led events such as a California policy summit, industry leader workshops, and utility engagement programs.

Jessie Lund
Senior Associate
Rocky Mountain Institute

Jessie Lund focuses on decarbonizing the heavy transport sector. In partnership with the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), Jessie brings together stakeholders from across the North American trucking industry to advance zero-emission freight movement by accelerating the adoption of battery-electric technologies in urban and regional markets, and battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cells technologies for long-haul markets. Jessie was a key contributor to the organizations’ four-part Electric Truck Guidance Report series, providing technical support, analysis, and stakeholder engagement on topics ranging from total cost of ownership to charging infrastructure. She also helped organize the inaugural Run On Less roadshow in 2017, for which she received SAE International’s Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award, and the subsequent Run On Less Regional in 2019.  Before joining RMI in December 2016, Jessie worked as the Sustainability Program Coordinator for the City and County of Denver. There, she organized the first two Sustainable Denver Summits and collaborated with external stakeholders and over a dozen city agencies to help the Mile High City progress toward achieving its 2020 Sustainability Goals. Jessie was recognized by Mayor Michael B. Hancock as a “Denver Delivers” award recipient for “delivering a world class city with a Mile High smile.” Prior to her role as a public servant, Jessie worked with the Alliance for Climate Education to educate U.S. youth on the science of climate change and empower them to take action.  

Diego Lopez
Executive Director
Northern Colorado Clean Cities

Diego Lopez joined Northern Colorado Clean Cities in August, 2018. Diego has 5 years of experience in the energy efficiency industry. Starting as a Clean Cities intern for the Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance (Central Texas), Diego grew his passion for electric vehicles and was most proud of organizing the Earth Day Event and the National Drive Electric Week, Earth Day event, and other community events in the local Austin area. Diego moved to Colorado in 2015 to finish a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in physics at the University of Colorado Denver. While at school, Diego also worked as an Energy Advisor and Energy Auditor, responsible for working with residential customers and utility representatives, providing technical support regarding the identification, quantification and implementation of energy efficiency opportunities and the processing of associated financial incentives. Now as Northern Colorado Clean Cities new Executive Director, Diego is responsible for strategic planning, stakeholder services, education and outreach, public relations, and infrastructure development programs. He is available to assist coalition stakeholders with project development, technical workshop as well as locating funding opportunities and supporting funding proposals.


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