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MWGT 2020 Day 10 Recap

On day ten, the final day, of Midwest Green Transportation Forum and Expo, we kicked off with another virtual expo. This one featured more of our partners in the EV space: Envision Solar, Intertrust, EV United and Sawatch Labs. At 10:30 am, Ralonda Hampton with Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission moderated Clean Transportation Solutions for All. Panelists included Dr. Shelley Francis from EV Hybrid Noire (EVHN), Sarah Conley-Ballew with Rural Action (RA), and Aslyne Rodriguez from Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). The panel discussed issues with disproportionate impacts and access to transportation among disadvantaged Black, Brown, Indigenous, and rural people. Takeaways included find

MWGT 2020 Day 9 Recap

Our 9 am expo this morning was a Conversation with Our Propane Partners. The session featured Brightstar, AmeriGas, ROUSH CleanTech, and ICOM. Propane has received considerable attention over the two weeks as a solution that’s easy to implement that bring significant cost savings. The renewable options now available add to the environmental benefits already available. At 10:30 am, we held Advances in Autogas Technologies, moderated by Gary Bozigar from Bergquist and the Ohio Propane Gas Association, John Barnett from U-Hall, Adam Wilkum with ROUSH CleanTech, and Sam Geckler from Cummins. All panelists discussed the advantages of autogas and we have seen continued positive developments in veh

MWGT 2020 Day 8 Recap

Day eight kicked off once again with our 9 am Expo. This one focused on industry resource for fleet specing and procurement. Mike from Sourcewell outlined their platform that allows fleet to acquire what they need with full assurance they have gone through a competitive bidding process to assure the lowest possible price. Nate from Mike Albert Fleet Solutions provided a full range of fleet management services targeting small to medium-size fleets and have developed a strong specialization on procurement of many types of electric vehicles for fleets of all types and sizes. Janet from AutoFlex Fleet discussed their procurement and leasing solutions and over twenty years of experience and suppo

MWGT 2020 Day 7 Recap

Day seven of #MWGT2020 began with our NGV Industry Expo panel. We heard from five great industry solution providers: Brian Houston from Clean Energy Fuels, Joe Reisz with Agility, Peter Barber with Ingevity, Dev Patel with ANGI, and Kyle Eddington at Worthington Industries. Connect directly with each of them through the Whova app for full details. All panelists emphasized that each fuel has an important role to play. NGV technologies – tanks, station systems, vehicles – are developing quickly. It’s a great fit for heavy duty, and Ingevity solutions are bringing lighter duty vehicles back into play for CNG. RNG creates tremendous potential for environmental benefits. The 10:30 am session was

MWGT 2020 Day 6 Recap

Week 2 of the Midwest Green Transportation Forum and Expo included three more sessions – at 10:30 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm, on a diverse set of topics. At 10:30 am, the conference presented a 90-minute panel on EV Charging Planning Strategies and Tools. Luke Stedke from DriveOhio at ODOT moderated the session. He remarked on DriveOhio’s four pillars of focus that include EV charging, exemplified by their report released in June. Panelists included Tonia Buell from State of Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Grace Van Horn from MJ Bradley, Florian Kolb with InterTrust, and Eric Wood at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Tonia recounted WSDOT’s ten years of experience

MWGT 2020 Day 5 Recap

I wanted to share a few thoughts from our first week before I give the day five summary: First, it’s impossible for any summary of these sessions to do justice to the quality of the speakers, information and dialogue. If you missed something that looks interesting, go back and access the recording through Whova. Second, kudos to our amazing staff at Clean Fuels Ohio, especially Rachel Ellenberger and Malerie Holte. Our staff has mounted an all-hands-on-deck, do whatever it takes effort. It’s paid off in an experience that we hope has met or exceeded attendee and sponsor expectations. Next, thanks to our great conference partners, especially our partnering Clean Cities coalitions. Our peer co

MWGT 2020 Day 4 Recap

At the weekly senior staff meeting, we received some interesting statistics on the conference and expo so far. We crossed the 600 registered attendee threshold, which was our goal. Attendees, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and staff have sent over 300 messages through Whova. We’ve had an average of over 50 attendees in educational sessions over the first nine days, including expo sessions. We’ve heard some great anecdotes from sponsors on success in connecting with potential customers. The greatest factor for success has been a real focus on leveraging the power of Whova to initiate dialogue. We began again with an industry expo at 9:30 am. W.W. Williams shared information on what they offer

Smart Transportation Sessions Highlight Autonomous Vehicle and System Innovations

Fully autonomous passenger and freight vehicles are still years away. However, researchers and manufacturers are continuing to make progress. Ohio is a national leader on projects to develop infrastructure to enable increasingly sophisticated levels of connection and autonomy. The Midwest Green Transportation Forum and Expo virtual conference features three educational sessions on this topic. One is focused on levels of autonomy in freight transportation. The second concerns technologies in passenger vehicles. The third will address system-level and infrastructure upgrades for connectivity and efficiency. You can find the descriptions for our Smart Mobility sessions on our website here.

Fleets & Advanced Fuels Focus at Virtual Conference

The Midwest Green Transportation Conference is especially oriented toward fleets, with tracks and sessions designed to showcase best practices, solutions, and peer fleet experiences aiming to guide fleet decision making and improve fleet performance. This includes various sessions on fleet management best practices, as well as a series of sessions designed to provide a deep dive into the latest Advanced Fuels options and solutions for fleets and the transportation sector. “Fleet attendees will have access to peer fleet leaders in private logistics, vocational, people transportation, government and other fleet sectors who have implemented solutions” said Sam Spofforth, Clean Fuels Ohio Ex

Clean Fuels Ohio Highlights Electric Vehicles at MWGT Conference

Clean Fuels Ohio kicked off the annual Midwest Green Transportation Forum and Expo on Monday. The virtual conference covers a broad range of alternative fuel topics, and there are several sessions examining trends and best practices in electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure deployment. This is a critical time for electric vehicle charging deployment and electric vehicle adoption in Ohio and across the country. Programs to invest tens of millions of dollars in charging are being administered, planned, or considered by public agencies. State, regional, and local authorities are engaging in collaborative planning to optimize charging infrastructure deployment. Medium- and heav

Alternative Fuels Policy Plays a Key Role at MWGT

This year’s MWGT Conference is in full swing and is packed with valuable information for all who participate. One particular set of sessions that I’m excited about are the Policy sessions. From start to finish, all of our sessions focusing on the policy surrounding clean transportation solutions and alternative fuels – as well as infrastructure and manufacturing – are focused on providing attendees with the best possible information, up-to-date trends and practices, and in-depth analyses of the current political and policy climate as they relate to moving the needle on progress in the alternative fuels world. You can find the session descriptions for all our Policy Sessions on our website he

MWGT Big Picture Panel Sessions Frame Key Issues Facing Transportation

The 6th annual Midwest Green Transportation Forum and Expo is designed to be the most accessible event Clean Fuels Ohio has ever hosted. With 30 panels over the course of 10 days, MWGT 2020 is fully customizable for the attendee. No sessions overlap. The Whova application will help attendees leverage the maximum educational and connectivity value of the event. The agenda has already started, but you can still join! Register here and download the Whova App to access the event. Three of the sessions are “big picture” panels that provide high-level perspectives from industry leaders on the status of the transportation sector and advanced technologies currently, then looking toward a post-COV

Midwest Green Transportation Virtual Conference Off to Fast Start

The first three days of the Midwest Green Transportation Forum and Expo included nine educational sessions, three industry expo sessions, a keynote from presenting sponsor, Lordstown Motors, and two late afternoon virtual meetings led by partner organizations. Registered attendees, even those registering late, will be able to access recordings of any sessions through Whova, the app and platform for the virtual conference. Here’s a summary of what we’ve seen over the first three days: On Monday, the conference kicked off with three strong and distinct educational sessions. As hoped, Utility Roles in EV Charging identified areas of consensus among critical EVSE and utility stakeholders, framin

MWGT 2020 Day 2 Recap

It was a busy day 2 at the virtual Midwest Green Transportation Forum and Expo. We kicked off our virtual expo with a session from 9-10 am featuring Freewire, Greenlots, Chargepoint, and Power Charge. Each provider brought a unique value proposition to the EVSE market and you can learn more and connect with them through Whova. Next, the 10:30 am session, “Energy Markets: A New Normal and Beyond,” featured a strong panel of top thought leaders - Jason Miles from Volvo Financial Services, Nick Nigro, Founder, Atlas Public Policy, Tucker Perkins, Propane Education and Research Council, Dan Gage, NGVAmerica, and Kaleb Little, National Biodiesel Board. Panelists expressed strong agreement that co

MWGT 2020 Day 1 Recap

On Monday, September 14, the conference kicked off with three strong and distinct educational sessions. First, Utility Roles in EV Charging: Defining and Building Consensus featured a 90-minute conversation between Joe Halso from the Sierra Club, Maria Haberman with AEP Ohio, Kevin Miller at ChargePoint, Josh Cohen from Greenlots, and Jeff Myrom from Consumers Energy. Under Joe’s leadership, the session accomplished exactly what we had hoped it would – identifying areas of strong consensus among critical EV stakeholders who don’t always agree. All agreed that utilities have critical roles to play in funding for EV charging infrastructure in a variety of locations. They also agreed that many

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