Episode 33

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Seth Clevenger is Managing Editor/Features at Transport Topics and editor of iTECH, which focuses on the application of information technology in trucking. Previously he covered local government, business, schools and sports in Smyrna, Del., for the Dover Post Co. Clevenger is a 2005 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Joe Howard is executive editor of Transport Topics. He returned to TT in January 2017 after spending the prior 16 months in a communications role for two councils within American Trucking Associations. He had served in a variety of editorial roles at TT from 2008 to 2015. He describes himself as the “proud son of a diesel mechanic.”

Seth Clevenger

Mike O’Connell is senior director of supply chain for Frito-Lay North America, overseeing development and execution of the organization’s environmental sustainability strategy and programming for its fleet and manufacturing facilities. In his 25 years at FLNA, he has held a number of positions in service and distribution, finance and supply chain.

Tim Proctor is the executive director of product management and market innovation for the engine business at Cummins Inc. Proctor spent most of his career in the motorsport industry, working at Cosworth Racing and Toyota Racing Development. He has a bachelor’s degree from London’s Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine.

Mike O'Connell

Senior Director of Supply Chain, Frito-Lay North America

Tim Proctor

Executive Director, Cummins Inc. 

Powering the Trucks of Tomorrow

In two years, it will be possible to produce an electric vehicle at the price of a diesel vehicle,” Jorge Rosa, head of Daimler’s Tramagal plant in Portugal, which produces the eCanter, said in an interview. “The main driver is the cost of batteries, which is dropping sharply.”

News like this forces the question: How will you power your fleet in the future? Until now, your choices seemed fairly simple: diesel or, for some, natural gas. Now there's a new kid on the block getting more powerful by the week. Electric is making a push to challenge diesel and natural gas as a viable power option. And the push is happening so quickly, you might be asking yourself: When is this happening? What do I need to be prepared?

We answered those questions and more in our November 17 LiveOnWeb program, that came to you live from both Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Our hosts with the most from two coasts are Executive Editor Joe Howard and Managing Editors/Features Seth Clevenger. Clevenger reported live from Los Angeles, where Tesla unveiled its new Class 8 electric truck just hours before. He gives a full recap of the event and update viewers on who’s who in the electric space and how close they are to bringing Class 8 vehicles to market. Howard broadens the conversation to advance that diesel and natural gas have made that result in fuel efficiencies and cost savings. 

Join us at noon EDT on Aug. 23. 

Mike Roeth is the executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and leads the trucking efficiency operations for the Carbon War Room. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Ohio State University and a master’s in organizational leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology.

Dan Gage is president of NGVAmerica, a national organization dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane. The Central New York native has 25 twenty-five years of political, government, corporate, and trade association issue advocacy, communications and public affairs experience.

Mike Roeth

Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency 

Dan Gage

President, NGVAmerica

Watch this show, because if you’re not keeping an eye on how trucks are being powered in the near future, your competitor probably is!

Show time: 12 PM ET, Friday, November 17
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