FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (Dec. 3, 2012) ‘ The 2013 Green Truck Summit features two high-level keynote speakers: a leader in the vocational truck industry and a renewable energy innovator. The Green Truck Summit, presented by International Truck, is produced jointly by NTEA and CALSTART. It runs March 5’6 in conjunction with the NTEA’s Work Truck Show 2013 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. Exhibits at The Work Truck Show® are open March 6’8, 2013.
On March 5, the Summit kicks off with a talk from Lee J. Styslinger, III, chairman and chief executive officer of Altec, Inc. The March 6 keynote is provided by Dr. Michael Pacheco, associate laboratory director for deployment and market transformation at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Altec is a leading equipment and service provider for the electric utility, telecommunications and contractor markets. Styslinger is a member of The Business Roundtable and the board of the National Association of Manufacturers. He also served three years on the President’s Export Council under George W. Bush.
Working with OEMs, Altec is developing the next generation of hybrid-electric, all-electric and range-extended electric work trucks. The company also deploys vehicles that operate on compressed natural gas. In April, Altec opened a new green-focused assembly plant in California. The facility was built using state-of-the-art sustainable construction and is currently used to produce the company’s Green Fleet line of equipment.
‘Under Mr. Styslinger’s leadership, Altec is at the forefront of commercially viable clean work trucks,” says John Boesel, CALSTART president and CEO. ‘Their equipment provides fuel savings, reduced emissions and other competitive advantages to fleets nationwide.”
On day two, Pacheco will share his insights into clean energy deployment with Green Truck Summit attendees. NREL provides expertise that spans basic research, analysis, and a deep understanding of the barriers to broad use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technology. Pacheco is in charge of NREL’s clean energy deployment programs, including those that affect commercial vehicles and efficient fleet operation. The focus of his organization is on transforming the market to achieve widespread adoption of more efficient and renewable technology; this includes alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.
‘With innovations driven by forward-thinking companies like Altec and support from national assets like NREL, the outlook for new and improved green truck technologies is very bright. We are fortunate to have these gentlemen keynoting the Green Truck Summit,” says Doyle Sumrall, senior director of business development for NTEA. ‘Styslinger is someone whose success pushes the entire industry forward, and Pacheco’s knowledge of current green technology is unmatched.”
The Green Truck Summit offers real-world information on the deployment and application of sustainable technologies for commercial trucks. Over its day-and-a-half run, the event features 24 breakout educational sessions and five general sessions. The complete Green Truck Summit schedule is available at www.ntea.com/greentrucksummit/schedule. A full list of sponsors is available at www.ntea.com/greentrucksummit/sponsors.
To register for the Green Truck Summit, visit www.ntea.com or call 1-800-441-6832. Green Truck Summit registration includes admission to The Work Truck Show, which features the newest Class 1 ̶ 8 chassis, bodies and equipment components from some 500 exhibitors. Produced annually by the NTEA, the event brings together thousands of work truck professionals, including fleet managers, equipment buyers, maintenance personnel, manufacturers, distributors and dealers. Connect with the NTEA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NTEA.TheAssociationForTheWorkTruckIndustry, and join the Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit conversation on Twitter with the official hashtags: #wts2013 and #gts2013.
Established in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents more than 1,550 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. The NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and a government relations office in Washington, DC.
CALSTART is a non-profit organization that works nationally to foster the rapid growth of the clean transportation technology industry. The organization supports industry growth by providing valuable information and analysis, fostering strategic partnerships, supporting smart public policies and managing high-impact technology commercialization programs. CALSTART has more than 150 member companies and offices in California, Colorado, and Michigan. For more information, visit www.calstart.org.