COVID-19 has shifted the way business is done throughout the transportation, trucking, logistics, and alternative fuels industries. Given Ohio and the Midwest’s strategic location, leadership in vehicle manufacturing and advanced vehicle technologies, the region is poised to be a national leader for products and tactics that lead us into this new, post-COVID future and help the nation’s economy recover.
For 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 events overlap. The Whova application will help attendees leverage the maximum educational and connectivity value of 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-COVID-19 world. The first is focused on the new status quo developing across the market. The second examines the future of freight and work vehicle movement. The last session will address the state and future of people movement and transportation systems.
Kicking off the conference is “Energy Markets: A New Normal and Beyond,” a session moderated by Clean Fuels Ohio Executive Director Sam Spofforth. He and Jason Miles of Volvo Financial services will chat about the impact of COVID-19 and the volatile and uncertain transportation energy, especially petroleum, markets in the U.S. and globally. Nick Nigro of Atlas Public Policy, Tucker Perkins from the Propane Education and Research Council, Dan Gage of NGVAmerica, and Kaleb Little from the National Biodiesel Board will join the conversation discussing EVs, propane, natural gas, and biofuels. They’ll explore the benefits of each type and strategies that are needed to maintain progress and growth in each in changing markets.
Attendees focused on goods movement and work trucks have much to gain from tuning into the “Future of Freight Movement and Work Vehicles,” session. Steve DeNunzio, Director of Master of Business Logistics Engineering (MBLE) Program at the Ohio University Fisher College of Business, will moderate. Dave Schaller, Industry Engagement Director at North American Council for Freight Efficiency, will share insights on gains in efficiency and prospects for electrification of goods movement. Debbie Ryan, Senior Manager of Transportation for Abbott Labs, and Taki Darakos of Pitt Ohio will discuss how carriers of components and finished products will move forward. Panelists will discuss pandemic impacts on goods and supply chain movements, and prospects for embracing sustainable technologies. Doyle Sumrall will share these insights related to work and delivery fleets.
Aslyne Rodriguez, Director of Government Affairs for Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will moderate the “Future of People Movement and the Transportation System,” the last big picture session. She will discuss her position with COTA, as well as her former role as CEO of Empower Bus, a shared mobility services provider that enabled low-income employees to get to and from jobs. Empower Bus was just beginning to deploy electric shuttles, then the pandemic devastated operations, driving them out of business. Director of Sustainability for Lyft, Sam Arons, will talk about Lyft’s commitment to go fully electric by 2030. Chris Atkinson, Director of Smart Mobility and Professor of Engineering at The Ohio State University, will discuss how smart mobility solutions can make the sector more responsive to needs and more sustainable. Dominic Mathew, head of the Paradox Prize at Fund for Our Economic Future, will share insights from real-world innovative mobility projects they have funded. Pete Metz, from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, will offer employer perspectives to the challenge of mobility access and sustainability.
Taken as a whole, this trio of sessions will provide a framework for where transportation sectors are today and where we will be as the pandemic lifts. Attendees will gain insights into how advanced and sustainable technologies will evolve and gain traction, based on economic, market and social factors, along with progress in technologies themselves.