Freight Efficiency with NACFE's Mike Roeth & Friends

Freight Efficiency with NACFE's Mike Roeth & Friends

Freight Efficiency With NACFE’s Mike Roeth & Friends is a regular podcast series that focuses on current technologies and practices that help fleets achieve the best possible freight efficiency for their given application. It also will provide insight into emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles and their potential impact on freight efficiency. NACFE’s Executive Director, Mike Roeth, will interview executives from the trucking industry and other parties that are interested in improving the overall efficiency and sustainability of goods movement in North America this includes currently available technologies as well as emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles. If you would like to suggest a topic for this podcast, please contact Denise Rondini, NACFE’s communications director at denise.rondini@nacfe.org

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May 11, 2021 25 min

Matt McLelland, innovation strategist at Covenant Transport Services, explains what an innovation strategist does and why it is important for fleets and others in the supply chain to spend time looking at the future. He also talks about how customers are pushing fleets to decarbonize as well as the growing influence of corporate social responsibility and environmental social governance and why it matters in trucking.

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Greg Hintler, managing director of The Mobility House, shares his thoughts on the pace of change in the electric truck space, The Mobility House’s role in bringing charging infrastructure solutions to market, the importance of early and thorough planning for electric vehicles now and for the future, and why interoperability matters. He also explains vehicle-grid integration and why we should care about it.

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March 23, 2021 25 min

Muffi Ghadiali, Co-founder and CEO of Electriphi, talks about the difference between the charging needs of automobiles and commercial vehicles, the need for fleets and utilities to work together on charging solutions, fleets’ need for an electric charging playbook, the factors that have to be considered for charging electric vehicles, the role of managed charging and the importance of planning for charging before investing in elect...

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March 9, 2021 25 min

Jules Kortenhorst, CEO, RMI, talks about the realities of climate changes, explains the meaning of 1.5 degrees, RMI’s shift in its strategic focus on the next 10 years, and the importance of the balance between policy decisions and the realities of the marketplace. He also encourages the trucking industry to lean in and place early bets on some of the emerging technologies that will lead to a cleaner future.

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Michael Berube, acting deputy assistant secretary for sustainable transportation at the US Department of Energy, talks about his role at DOE, the primary work of the agency, the agency’s goal for decarbonizing transportation, the SuperTruck programs, annual Merit Reviews of DOE funded projects, the importance of teams in getting new technology to market and the key elements needed to scale battery electric trucks.

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February 4, 2021 25 min

Ep. 23: Paul Stith, director of global transportation initiatives at Black & Veatch, explains the company’s role in vehicle electrification, his experience with EVs, where we are with EV infrastructure development, the need for cooperation among a variety of parties, lessons learned from transit charging, and why fleets need to get involved with EVs now.

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Denise Rondini, NACFE’s Communications Director and President of Rondini Communications, talks with Mike about the importance of clear, direct communication, the best way to tell your company’s story, why businesses need to control their own narratives, and offers comments on how the trucking industry is doing in its diversity efforts and the handling of disruptive technologies in the industry.

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Patrick Molloy, Technical Lead, Electrification at Rocky Mountain Institute, shares his thoughts on the need to educate people on hydrogen as an energy source, why hydrogen is a good carbon-free solution for many industries, the opportunities for hydrogen as a fuel for the trucking industry and the need to learn from others in order to know when it is time to make a decision about hydrogen use in your operation.

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Rick Mihelic, president of Mihelic Vehicle Consulting, and NACFE’s director of emerging technologies, shares his thoughts on the value of networking, the rapid pace of technology change, the importance of research and understanding bias, explains the technology diffusion S curve, offers quick thoughts on a host of emerging technologies and gives advice on being successful with new technology.

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Steve Ernest, vice president of engineering for Jacobs Vehicle Systems, talks about the evolution of Jacobs over the past 60 years, variable valve actuation, cylinder deactivation, electric trucks, working with universities and other groups to advance technology, and reminds listeners that diesels will be a viable option for years to come.

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December 1, 2020 18 min

Ellen Voie, founder, president and CEO of Women in Trucking, talks about her career, what sparked the idea for Women in Trucking, her passion for bringing more women into the industry, and how the industry has changed in terms of the value it places on diversity and inclusion. She also shares thoughts on the difference between being for women and being about women. 

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Rustam Kocher, charging infrastructure lead for the e-mobility group at Daimler Trucks North America, talks about the speed of the transition to electric trucks, DTNA’s e-mobility projects, why fleets are looking at EVs, the importance of charging infrastructure and charging management, and his passion for electric vehicles. He also offers advice to fleets about making the move to EVs.

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Jack Roberts, senior trucking editor and freight futurist, talks about the technological changes he has seen in trucking over the years but focuses on the development of autonomous trucking and how it can address some of the core inefficiencies in the trucking industry. He also gives advice to fleets on how to handle innovation.

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Kyle Treadway, Kenworth Sales Company’s dealer principal, shares his thoughts on dealers’ role in technology integration and product development, the challenge of new technology, the technician shortage, his own dealership’s growth and he also comments on natural gas, electric and autonomous trucks.

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Clark Reed, professional driver with Nussbaum Transportation, talks about his career in trucking, hours of service, his experience in Run on Less, what he does prior to starting each day’s route, what he has achieved in his existing truck and how he plans to move into his new truck, and his involvement with Team Run Smart. He also offers advice to other truckers and drivers about making the roads safer for everyone.

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Jessie Lund, senior associate at Rocky Mountain Institute, shares information on her decade-long involvement in the fight against climate change, how trucking can help in the decarbonization fight, the opportunities moving to clean energy presents trucking, the power of co-creating clean transportation solutions and explains the findings of the regions report she led. She also gives advice to people who want to help develop a more ...

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September 22, 2020 25 min

Jeff Baer, founder and CEO of LinkeDrive, talks about drivers’ impact on fuel efficiency, the importance of data in modifying drivers’ behavior, tools that can help drivers be more efficient, the importance of fairness and positivity in driver coaching and the company’s role in Run on Less Regional.

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Steve Slesinski, director of global product planning at Dana Commercial Vehicle, talks about his 40 years in the commercial vehicle industry, the e-transition, why electric vehicles make sense in medium-duty markets, how fleets are taking a holistic approach to electric vehicle acquisition, hybrid vehicles, electric yard tractors and when he thinks EVs will see widespread adoption.

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September 9, 2020 15 min

James Brown, producer and director at James Brown Media, talks about his involvement with NACFE and his work on Fresh Tracks, a web series on clean transportation. He also shares advice on the elements that are needed to make a compelling video and talks about why content is king when it comes to making a video.

 

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September 2, 2020 24 min

Quin Garcia, managing director of Autotech Ventures, shares his insights on why the trucking industry is ready for transformation, the role his company plays in providing funding  for ground transportation innovators, and gives advice to both entrepreneurs trying to break into the ground transportation space and to incumbents already in the field.

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