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, framing a basis for policymakers to take action. In Ohio Green Fleet Experiences, leaders of certified fleets shared successes that led to certification, savings and sustainability. In Light Duty EV Peer Fleet Experiences, EV fleets shared best practices and motivations to electrify.
Tuesday started with our virtual expo with EVSE industry. At 10:30 am, thought leaders from NGV, EV, propane, biofuels and a truck OEM shared insights on near and long-term market prospects and policy needs. At noon, we were treated to a keynote address by Lordstown Motors on their groundbreaking Endurance pickup that will be delivered to fleets by mid-2020. In the afternoon we heard firsthand experiences from fleets that have deployed CNG vehicles, then insights and guidance for retailers on successful deployments of EV charging stations. Recordings of all sessions will be available within 24 hours on the Whova app.
Then on Wednesday, the virtual expo continued with a one-hour session on Medium and Heavy Duty EVs that featured BYD, Orange EV, Lonestar Specialty Equipment and ADOMANI. Next up was the Future of People Movement and the Transportation System. As with many things this year, COVID has illustrated the critical importance of enhancing mobility access and making it more sustainable. Levels of Autonomy in Passenger Movement and Personal Vehicles clarified levels of autonomy and framed the enormous challenges, opportunities and R&D efforts to advance technologies. Finally, Fleet Experiences and Choices in Medium to Heavy-Duty EVs painted a bright future while emphasizing the importance of close collaboration involving utilities, fleets, OEMs and other stakeholders.
Attending the sessions live is beneficial. However, even if you missed any of these, you still can register for free at MidwestGreenTransportation.com to gain access to session recordings, upcoming sessions and to connect with sponsors, speakers, other attendees and Clean Fuels Ohio staff. It’s all accessible through the Whova app.
Twenty-one more educational sessions will take place Thursday, September 17 through Friday, September 25. The rest of this week will include insights into the future of freight movement, local government policy models in sustainable transportation, biodiesel standards, and EV charging best practices for workplaces plus residents without garage parking, among others. The week of September 21 will include sessions on strategies and tools for EV charging planning, separate sessions on renewable natural gas and propane Autogas, several more fleet best practices sessions, outlooks for federal and Midwest policy to advance sustainable transportation, policy strategies to create more jobs and growth in Ohio’s auto manufacturing sector, and much more.
Visit MidwestGreenTransportation.com for full details on all educational sessions, daily industry expos, and networking opportunities. Message our staff through Whova or by email with any questions and help you gain the most benefit from the conference to advance your organization’s sustainable transportation plans. You also can follow us at #MWGT2020.