EV Part #4 – Electrification of heavy-duty trucks

Original air date:  August 25, 2020

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Co-Hosts:  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

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Moderator: Tom Bradley, Woodward Professor & Dept. Head of Systems Engineering, Colorado State University (contact info:  Thomas.Bradley@colostate.edu )



Additional information relative to this webinar:

Get America Moving Again report- https://secureenergy.org/gama/

Volvo Lights Project as mentioned by Aravind Kailas from Volvo Group North America — lightsproject.com

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.

Rocky Mountain Institute has published four guidance reports to date: Electric Trucks: Where They Make SenseMedium-Duty Electric Trucks: Cost of OwnershipCharging Infrastructure For Electric Trucks, and Viable Class 7 & 8 Electric, Hybrid & Alternative Fuel Tractors. Building on these learnings and their extensive work on regional haul, they have discovered that regional trucking operations are well suited to be early adopters of electric trucks, and the two organizations have begun work to identify opportunities and address challenges for electrifying this segment.  Contact:  Jessie Lund, Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute  /    Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) have teamed up to provide guidance to the trucking industry around electric trucks.


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.

Aravind Kailas
Advanced Technology Policy Director
Volvo Group North America

Dr. Aravind Kailas is the Advanced Technology Policy Director at Volvo Group, where he oversees policy development, technology outreach, and public engagement strategies to further Volvo’s interests in automated driving, electromobility, and connectivity. By promoting key corporate positions and creative assets in various fora, Dr. Kailas has been instrumental in enhancing Volvo’s thought leadership in transport innovations. Dr. Kailas built and managed an extensive personal network of private and public entities to strengthen organic innovation and public affairs initiatives across Volvo Group. He created a public-private partnership for assessing air quality improvements using smart traffic lights along freight corridors in Southern California. Dr. Kailas also spearheaded local stakeholder development for introducing Volvo’s electromobility solutions in North America.  Dr. Kailas is also a part-time Instructor at California State University Long Beach, and has previously held positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, QUALCOMM, DOCOMO Innovations, and General Electric. Author of over 100 publications and quoted in many media outlets, Dr. Kailas has served on several R&D and technology panels, and advisory boards of non-profit organizations and academic institutions. His work has been recognized with numerous accolades, including awards from the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has earned degrees in Applied Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology.

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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