Leaping to Cleaner Trucks & Cleaner Air
The Valley Air District, in collaboration with the United States EPA, California Air Resources Board (ARB), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the South Coast Air Quality Management District hosted the “Leaping to Cleaner Trucks & Cleaner Air” forum in Bakersfield on February 29, 2012. The meeting brought together key low-emission truck and bus developers; local, state, and federal policy and funding personnel; non-profit organizations; and private-equity funders.
Representatives from ARB, the air districts, and the CEC gave presentations on the role of clean truck technologies to address air quality and fuel challenges. Early adopters of clean fleets, including Coca-Cola, United Parcel Service, FedEx, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Kings Canyon Unified School District, presented on their experiences and lessons learned. Technology developers had an opportunity to display their products in a vehicle showcase event, which included the opportunity to ride in a zero-emission electric school bus.
The meeting concluded with group discussions and small group meetings to identify key issues and possible next steps. The concepts identified informed a large group discussion on the breadth of truck topics. The meeting concluded with representatives from each of the hosting agencies discussing next steps.
CalHEAT Forum 2012
The California Hybrid and Efficient Advanced Truck (CalHEAT) Research center unveiled its Technology Roadmap at the CalHEAT Forum on February 22, 2012 in Stockton. The Valley Air District was proud to take part in the forum and participate in the dialogue.
The forum opened with a presentation of the Technology Roadmap, which included findings and recommendations for achieving air quality and greenhouse gas goals in California. Additionally, representatives from the United States EPA, and California Air Resources Board presented information on policy initiatives that are driving the development and deployment of clean-truck technologies.
The afternoon session included presentations and discussion from experts at the Valley Air District and their counterparts at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The discussion included information on investments, incentives, and additional programs needed to achieve petroleum and emission reduction goals. The forum concluded with sessions that highlighted stakeholder and fleet perspectives on clean-truck technologies, including perspectives from PepsiCo-Frito-Lay, UPS, and the American Trucking Association.