Energy Secretary Chu to Speak at 2012 Green Truck Summit

United States Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu will give the opening Keynote Address at the 2012 Green Truck Summit on Monday, March 5. The event is considered the leading educational forum on “green” technology and initiatives for the commercial truck industry in North America. Jointly produced by the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) and CALSTART, an advanced technologies consortium based in California, the Summit program has 29 educational sessions including the following sessions specifically addressing natural gas vehicles:

Gaseous Fuels: A Successful Alternative: Natural gas and propane, commonly known as gaseous fuels, have a long history of successful use as transportation fuels. In fact, both have been successfully used for more than 70 years. As a result, the technologies associated with their use are both robust and mature. This session will review recent developments that have made them even more attractive as vehicular fuels. (Moderator: Tim Carmichael, President, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (Sacramento, CA). Presented by: Michael Abrams, Director, Fleet Services, Ferrellgas (Overland Park, KS); Mel Kurtz, President, quasar energy group (Cleveland, OH); and Bill Zobel, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Trillium USA (Salt Lake City, UT))

Understanding and Working with Natural Gas Engine Technology: While natural gas is a well established alternative fuel, the technologies associated with engines specifically designed to utilize natural gas (and their associated fuel storage and induction systems) may be unfamiliar to many fleet managers and technicians. This session will cover some of the significant issues associated with using natural gas engine technology and offer an overview of any maintenance and repair issues you may encounter. (Presented by: Al Ebron, Executive Director, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) (Morgantown, WV); and Gordon Exel, Vice President & General Manager Americas, Cummins Westport, Inc. (Vancouver, BC, Canada))

Freightliner Trucks Advanced Drive and Fuel Technology: With thousands of green vehicles in daily revenue service on the roads of North America, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) brands Freightliner Trucks and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) are recognized leaders in green technologies for the commercial vehicle industry. Learn about the real-world results experienced by Freightliner & FCCC hybrid and natural gas vehicle customers. Find out about the lessons learned and how these vehicles can be a productive, profitable part of your business and not just a PR statement. (Presented by: David Bryant, Vocational Sales Manager–Hybrids, Freightliner Trucks (Fort Mill, SC); and Michael Stark, Senior Technical Sales Manager, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (Gaffney, SC))

Fulfilling Fleet Needs with Gaseous Fuels Conversions: OEMs and upfitters are providing users with a wide variety of gaseous fuel (natural gas and propane) options. Learn about these systems and how they are helping fleets move to this alternative fuel. (Presented by: Hettie Fitzgerald, CNG Coordinator, Semi Service, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT); and Bill Gaines, Chairman, Senior Engineer, Transfer Flow, Inc. (Chico, CA))

Bi-fuel CNG Power – Choose Your Fuel: During this session, IMPCO Automotive will present information on its natural gas fuel systems, both bi-fuel CNG and dedicated CNG. Participants will hear system descriptions and functions as well as the features and benefits to fleet users, including the economic payback analysis and reduction of fleet operating costs. (Presented by: Rob Lykins, Director of Sales and Marketing, IMPCO Automotive (Union City, IN))

The full schedule of events is available here.

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