EV Part #3: Electrifying heavy-duty transportation
Original air date: July 14, 2020
Cost: Free of charge but everyone must register using this link.
Host: Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (An energy research partnership since 2007 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, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory
Introduction & wrap up by: Thomas Bradley, Department Head & Woodward Endowed Professor of Systems Engineering, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, Colorado State University
Moderator (bio below): Cory Kreutzer, Acting Group Manager, Hydrogen Production, Power & Storage Group, Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences, National Renewable Energy Lab
Panelists (bios below):
- Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President, CALSTART Click here to view Bill Van Amburg PPT slide deck
- Bill Kelley, COO & CTO, Lightning Systems Click here to view Bill Kelley PPT slide deck
- Ann Rajewski, Executive Director, Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA) Click here to view Ann Rajewski PPT slide deck
- Will Toor, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office
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.
Cory Kreutzer is a research engineer and manager of the hydrogen production, power, and storage group in NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences. The group conducts hydrogen infrastructure research aimed at increasing the penetration of hydrogen technologies in the energy market and is closely aligned with the U.S. Department of Energy’s H2@Scale initiative. With a background in thermal science and chemistry, Kreutzer has spent most of his career solving problems in the transportation and power generation arenas. Previously, he worked on a range of topics including electric vehicle climate control technologies, biomass cookstove development and manufacturing, and natural gas internal combustion engine performance. Kreutzer is an alumni of both Colorado School of Mines and Colorado State University.
Bill Van Amburg has over 40 years of experience, including technology development, commercialization and marketing. He is considered an industry expert in advanced technologies for transportation. Bill is the Initiative leader for the medium- and heavy-duty truck and off-road equipment sector, the largest practice area at CALSTART. His responsibilities include heading up strategy and overseeing the Initiative’s portfolio of activities as well as leading business development and other executive management activities for CALSTART. He and his team recently developed with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) a “beachhead” strategy for market transformation of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles for zero emission, low NOx and efficiency technology pathways that formed the basis for a multi-year investment plan. His teams also operate, among other projects, California HVIP, Drive Clean Chicago, New York Truck Voucher Incentive Project, High-efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) and multiple technology development, demonstration and validation projects, from high-efficiency, ultra-low emission opposed piston engines for Class 8 trucks to all-electric and range extended drayage and delivery trucks and cargo handling equipment. Bill is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology, is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, has a certificate in brand management from Stanford and served on the founding Board of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. Prior to joining CALSTART in 1992 he was an award-winning broadcast journalist focused on science, technology and the environment, which included reporting on the 1980 eruption of the Mount St. Helens volcano.
Mr. Kelley (Bill) is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Lightning Systems, Inc. of Loveland Colorado. Bill joined Lightning Systems (LS) in 2017. LS is a leading designer and manufacturer of electrification systems for commercial trucks. In 2019, LS delivered a large number of electrified commercial vehicles to the marketplace ranging from Class 3 up to Class 7. In 2020, Lightning Systems is slated to deliver more electrified commercial vehicles than any other enterprise in the United States. Prior to his engagement in LS, Bill worked in the automotive drivetrain space as corporate vice president of research and technology for Borg Warner (BW). Bill spent his entire career at BW in advanced engineering and development functions of the enterprise. He and his organization developed key growth platforms for BW including “On-Demand” technology for 4WD and AWD vehicles and various advanced transmission systems for internal combustion engines and electric vehicles, most notably the first generation Tesla Roadster. During his time at BW, Bill was responsible for advanced engineering, M&A technical analysis and support, investor relations technical communication, and innovation for the enterprise. Prior to joining BW in 1987, Bill was involved in nuclear engineering related activities in both the commercial and military space. BSNE – University of Massachusetts – Lowell; MSNE – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ann Rajewski, Executive Director of the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies, has been a part of the CASTA Team for the last 14 years. Ann’s background in Nonprofit Management was a great asset as she took on the Marketing and Communications Manager position in 2005. In 2008, Ann became the Co-Executive Director with Elena Wilken. During that time Ann and Elena led CASTA through the end of earmarks, participated in passing the bill that provided the first consistent state funding to transit, and throughout the years, endeavored to provide excellent training and technical resources to transit professionals in Colorado. In September of 2018, Ann transitioned to be CASTA’s full-time Executive Director. Ann has made the growth of transit professionals and highlighting the importance of transit in the rural, resort, and urban areas of Colorado a priority, advocating on behalf of transit throughout her time at CASTA.
In January 2019, Will Toor joined the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) as its Executive Director appointed by Governor Jared Polis. Will’s background spans transportation electrification, sustainable transportation, smart growth, electric vehicle policy, clean energy finance, green building policy, local government policy and regional planning. Prior to CEO, Will was Transportation Program Director at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). Before SWEEP, Will served as Boulder County Commissioner for eight years where he led the effort to create and adopt a countywide Sustainable Energy Plan, the BuildSmart green building code, the EnergySmart program, and the ClimateSmart Loan Program. Prior to being elected Boulder County Commissioner, Will served as Mayor of Boulder for six years where he developed Boulder’s community transit network, EcoPass unlimited access transit pass programs, and policies for denser, mixed-use urban infill development as an alternative to sprawl. Will previously served on and chaired the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). He was appointed by Governor Ritter to the state Transportation Funding and Implementation blue ribbon panel, the Governor’s Climate Action Panel, and the Regional Air Quality Council. He was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Air Quality Control Commission and the state oil and gas taskforce. Will spent 12 years as Director of the University of Colorado Environmental Center, where he developed campus sustainability programs in the areas of solid waste, building energy use, and transportation planning. Will holds a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago.