Sustainable Fleet Technology Virtual Conference 2021 Upcoming Sessions:

The Sustainable Fleet Technology Virtual Conference 2021 will take place virtually September 9 to October 19, 2021. Join us on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2 – 3:30 pm.

View the full conference agenda online or click the session titles below to register for individual virtual sessions.

WORKING WITH YOUR UTILITY AND UNDERSTANDING FLEET CHARGING COSTS—MEETING YOUR POWER NEEDS, RATE STRUCTURE, TARIFFS, DEMAND CHARGES AND MORE

September 21, 2021 2 – 3:30 pm

Involving your utility upfront as a partner in developing your charging strategy can help resolve obstacles to success and have you prepared for future needs. The cost for charging a fleet of electric vehicles varies based on several factors including the utility tariff, time of day when vehicles are charged, and the peak power used for charging. Learn how to work with your utility, as well as take advantage of factors that will yield significant time and cost savings.

IDLE REDUCTION SIMPLE & IMPACTFUL

September 23, 2021 2 – 3:30 pm

Idle reduction is an easy and impactful program that can be started without expenditure on equipment. The first step is training and policy to provide understanding and motivation for your drivers to make idle reduction a habit and part of a sustainability culture. This session will feature a panel of experts that will dispel idling myths, explain why idling is not good for a number of reasons, and present strategies and technologies to reduce idling. No matter what the vocation statistics show that nearly 50% of all idling is unnecessary. Idling wastes fuel, puts excess wear and tear on engines and systems, and produces harmful emissions.

INNOVATIVE CHARGING SOLUTIONS

September 30, 2021 2 – 3:30 pm

With transportation electrification nearing a tipping point, charging availability remains one of the key challenges to success. Power requirements, associated costs and time hurdles, to meet the charging needs of the diverse potential use cases makes creative and innovative solutions necessary. Learn about options and case studies that include solar, battery storage, hydrogen, battery swapping, charging as a service and inductive charging.

TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIPCOMPARISONS OF ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES & CONVENTIONAL VEHICLES

October 5, 2021 2 – 3:30 pm

Typically, alternative fuel vehicles have greater acquisition costs than conventional fuel vehicles. However, there can be cost benefits with regard to maintenance and operating costs, as well as vehicle useful life. Total cost of ownership analysis or life cycle cost analysis is a method to make a valid comparison and prudent business decision. Top fleets from across the country deploying different classes of alternative fuel vehicles in different applications will present results for their duty cycles. Learn what the numbers show for a cross section of vehicles and fuel options deployed in the field.

PROPANE APPLICATIONS AND SUCCESS STORIES

October7, 2021 2 – 3:30 pm

Propane autogas is a proven and reliable transportation fuel with both cost and environmental benefits. Learn about propane autogas applications and how it can fit into your fleet, helping meet your economic and sustainability goals. Real world deployment results for different use cases will be presented.

FUNDING SOURCES AND CREATIVE FINANCING FOR SUSTAINABLE FLEET DEPLOYMENT

October 12, 2021 2 – 3:30 pm

There are a number of funding opportunities and incentives available at the state and federal levels. Learn what is out there and how to take advantage of funding opportunities and creative financing to achieve your sustainability goals. You cannot afford to miss out.

HYDROGEN AS A TRANSPORTATION SOLUTION

October 14, 2021 2 – 3:30 pm

With focus on MD/HD decarbonization growing, hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks may be the key to achieving the performance, affordability and range required to meet demanding duty cycles of some applications. Learn about the technology, its capabilities and potential applications, and real world deployment cases.

FUTURE PROOFING ELECTRICAL CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE (REGISTRATION OPENING SOON)

October 19, 2021 2 – 3:30 pm

Sustainable Fleet Technology Webinar Series 2021:

The Sustainable Fleet Technology Webinar Series is offered through a collaborative partnership between the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, The 100 Best Fleets and NAFA Fleet Management Association.

Upcoming SFT Webinars:

Best Practices of the Top Green Fleets 2021 – October 21, 2021 2 – 3 p.m.

This session will feature the top Green Fleet Award winners for 2021 out of a possible 38,000 public fleets in North America. Get the straight story on the methodologies and technologies that work for the top Green Fleets! You will learn how the fleets were able to get funding for alternative fuel vehicles, as well as the infrastructure to support them. The will also present the ROIs for their projects. These are the tools, tips and strategies that you can use in your operation the next day.

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EPA Smartway Technologies and Success Stories – Thursday, December 2, 2021 2 – 3:30 p.m.

The Smartway program is a voluntary public-private partnership between US EPA and the freight industry. The objective is to reduce freight’s environmental impacts and provide the industry with tools that would also help mitigate the risks of rising energy costs. Learn about benefits and impacts of the EPA Smartway program, as well as hear best practices from some of their high performing fleet members.

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Past Webinars:

Natural Gas Transportation Applications and Success Stories (September 2021)

Natural gas remains a proven and reliable transportation fuel with both cost and environmental benefits. Learn about natural gas applications and how it can fit into your fleet, helping meet your economic and sustainability goals. Real world deployment results for different use cases will be presented.

Alternative and Renewable Fuels for MD/HD Fleet Decarbonization (September 2021)

With many organizations putting forth aggressive climate agendas, clean transportation and energy resilience are key components. Many municipalities, states, utilities, public services, businesses, and industries have set goals to be carbon neutral by 2040 and 2050 or sooner. MD/HD vehicles make up only 5% of on road vehicles. Yet, they account for more than 20% of transportation emissions. Learn how alternative and renewable fuels can help decarbonize your MD/HD fleet. Some of these options are straight drop-in fuels that can be deployed in your current fleet.

SFT Virtual Conference 2021: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Planning Best Practices and Considerations for Today and the Future (September 2021)

There are a number of funding opportunities and incentives available at the state and federal levels. Learn what is out there and how to take advantage of funding opportunities and creative financing to achieve your sustainability goals. You cannot afford to miss out.

The Green Fleet Award Winners 2021 Announcement (August 2021)

Help us to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of the top green fleets and their teams. Learn about best practices and new technologies that the top award winning fleet managers utilize and can help make your operations more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Telematics and Telematics Provider Section (August 2021)

Telematics is a powerful tool for fleets and evolves each year with use and application extensions. It is not just about GPS with vehicle location and speed. It provides real time information of any type that is of importance to understanding a vehicle’s use, operation, environment and other factors. With numerous options in the market place, selection of the best solution for your needs can be overwhelming and confusing. Learn the questions to ask, the tools and information that is important to meeting your mission, and how others have navigated the process, as well as how they are using telematics to improve operations and make decisions.

NC Local Government Electrification Learning Roundtable Series (August 2021)

This webinar continues the conversation with NC focused topics and opportunities. Learn about transportation electrification strategies, best practices and deployment lessons learned. Hear from the City of Raleigh on their GIS EV infrastructure site selection tool and how they have used it in their planning, the NCDOA on the EV procurement lessons learned and efforts tied to the Governor’s Executive Order 80, and NCDEQ on EV and EV infrastructure funding opportunities with the $67M final phase of the VW Mitigation Settlement.

Real World EV Durability, Long Term Maintenance and Operating Classes (July 2021)

Several real world EV deployment cases across vehicles classes with performance, durability and maintenance data compared to their conventional fueled counter parts with be presented. In addition, aggregate results from EV deployments of 80 transit organizations from across the country will be presented. As with deployment of any alternative fuel, we have controlled test data, modeling estimated and OEM performance specifications. From experience, these numbers do not match real world performance. Learn how EVs are performing in real world applications and duty cycles.

The Sustainable Fleet Technology (SFT) Webinar Series is offered through a collaborative partnership between the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, The 100 Best Fleets and NAFA Fleet Management Association.

Fleet Electrification Planning (July 2021)

There is a lot of attention and pressure for both public and private organizations to electrify their fleets. Many have started and others are trying to figure out how to do so. To be efficient and effective, the process cannot be ad hoc basis or an extension of a small pilot deployment. Long term planning and inclusion in life cycle planning is required. This requires comprehensive involvement throughout an organization to plan, coordinate, budget and execute a multifaceted and complex endeavor. Learn from a panel of experts with significant experience in fleet electrification about issues and considerations that will allow for successful and efficient integration of electric vehicles into your fleet.

The Sustainable Fleet Technology (SFT) Webinar Series is offered through a collaborative partnership between the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, The 100 Best Fleets and NAFA Fleet Management Association.

Video Telematics for Improved Safety, Coaching and More (June 2021)

When first introduced, telematics was associated with GPS– vehicle location and speed information. However, it is much more than that. It provides real time information of any type that is of importance to understanding a vehicle’s use, operation, environment and other factors. Among the fastest and most promising developments in fleet management is video telematics. The simple addition of a fleet camera to monitor inside and outside the vehicle has opened the field to a vast number of new uses. Video telematics combines video data, computer vision technology, and vehicle data to deliver insights that telematics alone cannot. Video provides a platform to understand why something occurred to prevent it from happening again or to provide the predictive warnings to avoid an event. Cameras form the basis of an Advanced Driver Assistance System. Coupled with other sensors and technologies, fleets can achieve improved safety, driver performance and efficiency. Learn the features, capabilities and benefits of video telematics.

The Sustainable Fleet Technology (SFT) Webinar Series is offered through a collaborative partnership between the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, The 100 Best Fleets and NAFA Fleet Management Association.

Key Fleet Metrics to Meet Your Goals (June 2021)

Performance metrics and comparing current data against past performance is common practice in business operations, including fleet management. To drive performance and efficiency, many fleet managers actively track performance metrics for their vehicles and operations. It is important to closely monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as part of a financial management plan. As the saying goes, “How do you know how you’re doing, if you aren’t keeping score?” or “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” An industry expert consultant and top fleet managers will show you: Why should you track fleet management key performance indicators? What are some of the key fleet management metrics you should monitor ? And, how can to track these metrics?

The Sustainable Fleet Technology (SFT) Webinar Series is offered through a collaborative partnership between the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, The 100 Best Fleets and NAFA Fleet Management Association.

Right Sizing Your Fleet & Right Typing Your Vehicles/Equipment (May 2021)

With constant pressure to do more with less, it is important to understand utilization and performance criteria of your fleet. The objective of right sizing and right typing is to assure that you have the correct assets to efficiently perform your mission. Learn the difference between right sizing and right typing, as well as methodologies and guidelines needed to perform these analyses. Fleets that have successfully gone through the exercise will tell you what they learned, what they accomplished and what they will do going forward. No matter what your fleet size, this is an important area of focus to control costs and meet your mission.

The Sustainable Fleet Technology Webinar Series is offered through a collaborative partnership between the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, The 100 Best Fleets and NAFA Fleet Management Association.

Best Practices of the Top  100 Fleets of the 100 Best Fleets 2021 (May 2021)

The winners of the 2021 edition of the 100 Best Fleets were announced on April 14th! See the winners at: https://www.nafa.org/Awards/Awards/100Best/2021-Best-Fleets.aspx.

Hear what the top fleets did to distinguish themselves among 38,000 public fleets in North America. Learn their approach and best practices that you can use immediately in your own operation. We only learn from the best. Also, learn about the emerging technologies they use to “do-more-with-less”.

This information is intended for the entire team to listen in. Use this rare opportunity to benchmark your entire operation with world-class fleets. Remember, the most dangerous place in life is “not-knowing-what-you-don’t-know”.

As always, thank you. You are the unsung heroes of our society.

The Sustainable Fleet Technology (SFT) Webinar Series is offered through a collaborative partnership between the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, The 100 Best Fleets and NAFA Fleet Management Association.

The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas 2021 Announcement (April 2021)

Please join us to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of the top fleets and their teams. Also, hear and learn best practices from the top award winning fleet managers that can help improve your in you operations.

The Sustainable Fleet Technology Webinar Series is offered through a collaborative partnership between the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, The 100 Best Fleets and NAFA Fleet Management Association.

Free Webinar: Ask a Consultant, Solutions to Your Biggest Challenges in 2021 (March 2021)

We have assembled a panel of four of the top fleet consultants in the country, all former award-winning fleet managers, to provide solutions to your challenges. There is nothing they haven’t seen or heard in the industry. No fluff, just real world solutions. One panelist/consultant has managed national and international fleets. Another ran two separate state fleets in addition to a 50,000 vehicle operation. Two others were in the top 100 Best Fleets 20-years straight and brought three separate fleets into the 100 Best. All have achieved significant and unprecedented accomplishments. Find out what they look for in an audit to prevent privatization, and help increase efficiencies and productivity with emerging technologies.

The Sustainable Fleet Technology Webinar Series is offered through a collaborative partnership between the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, The 100 Best Fleets and NAFA Fleet Management Association.

Autonomy in Mass Transit (March 2021)

Automated transportation offers increased mobility and accessibility, increased safety and improved efficiency. Applications in vehicles that carry many passengers such as the mass transit sector can further amplify potential benefits. Learn more from those involved in the integration and management of automated technologies into mass transit starting to hit our roads today. This solution represents the anticipated future of safety and efficiency in public transit. Speakers include CTDOT (government deployment project), Robotic Research (technology provider), and Beep (AV fleet management). The session will be moderated by Jeff Barghout, Founder and CEO of Robocist, a leader in mobility and automated roadway assessments.

The Sustainable Fleet Technology Webinar Series is offered through a collaborative partnership between the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, The 100 Best Fleets and NAFA Fleet Management Association.

100 Best Fleets in the Americas 2020 Announcement (April 2020)

With NAFA Fleet Management Association‘s Institute & Expo 2020 postponed due to COVID-19, The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas 2020 announcement will take place as originally planned on April 7, 2020. Please join us to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of the top fleets and their teams. Also, hear and learn best practices from the top award-winning fleet managers that can help improve your operations.

Sustainable Fleet Webinars: Electric Vehicle Charging Best Practices and Lessons Learned (March 2020)

In partnership with the NCDOT, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center is pleased to present a Sustainable Fleet Webinar on Electric Vehicle Charging Best Practices and Lessons learned.

This webinar is in support of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 80 and the NCDOT ZEV Plan. Information will be presented from experts working across the US regarding lessons learned and best practices regarding public, workplace, multi-unit dwelling and fleet charging equipment deployment. Confirmed presenters include Electrify America and the Columbus Partnership, as well as leading US electrification cites.

Charging infrastructure is considered one of the key components in the growth and adoption of electric vehicles. Successfully achieving such is not going to be trivial. Please join us to learn and discuss best practices in planning and strategic deployment.

With concern about the impact of COVID-19 spreading across the United States and the world, a number of precautions are being undertaken. These are affecting just about every aspect of our day-to-day life. Fleets are not immune to this issue and are facing the challenge of maintaining a level of service despite concerns and restrictions, as well as maintaining the safety of their employees and customers. Please join us for a round table discussion on issues, strategies and protocol on how fleets are planning and responding to this crisis, while safely and responsibly maintaining operations and their expected level of service under challenging circumstances.

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) plans to announce a new round of grant funds through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project in January. The 2020 initiative will offer $1.4 million, focused on reducing transportation-related emissions, and supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT). Project proposals will be limited, none higher than $400,000 and none lower than $5,000. The RFP will be announced in January, and applications will be due in mid-March. This will likely be the only solicitation for 2020.

Hear how a leading fleet manager has built solar canopies for EV charging. The concept recently received an $800,000 grant to scale the project. Learn how you can build your own solar charging station, saving at least $40,000 in the process.

In addition, join the discussion to learn about advancements in AI (artificial intelligence) for fleet operations. Fleet operations are undergoing change, and AI is a powerful tool playing a part in the evolution. Our featured AI expert has been involved with the first drone package delivery deployment.

Lastly, hear from another leading fleet manager from the city designated “America’s Smart City”, which has turned a $50 million grant into a $500 million public private partnership effort. He will discuss a simple and powerful tool that has saved his operation $1 million dollars in 5 years. This idea can be implemented in your operation tomorrow.

Learn from the top 3 Green Fleet Award winners for 2019 out of a possible 38,000 public fleets in North America. Join us to get the straight story on the methods and technologies that work for the top Green Fleets. You will learn how the fleets were able to get funding for alternative fuel vehicles as well as the infrastructure to support them. They will also present the ROIs for their projects. These are tools, tips and strategies that you can use in your operation the next day.

Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference Preview (June 2019)
Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference Preview (July 2019)

These webinars preview some of the technologies and speakers that will be featured at the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference in Durham, NC, August 7-8, 2019, with pre-conference events August 6. Conference session topics include Electric Vehicles; Natural Gas; Propane; Biofuel Solutions; Electrification and the Grid; Telematics; Procurement Solutions; Infrastructure and Intelligent Solutions; Heavy Duty Vehicle Efficiency; Rural Fleet Operations; Idle Reduction; and Recruiting, Retention & Career Development.

Join the NC Clean Energy Technology Center and The 100 Best Fleets of the Americas to learn about school bus electrification options of a re-power solution or a new OEM offering. There are many benefits to electrification, including reduced operating and maintenance costs, cleaner air and more. In addition, with VW Settlement money becoming available across the country, learn how to obtain funds to electrify your school bus fleet. This information will allow you to impact the environment, the health of your school children and your budget.

The winners of the 2019 edition of The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas were announced. See the winners here. Hear what the top three fleets did to distinguish themselves among 38,000 public fleets in North America. Learn their best practices you can use immediately in your own operation. Also, learn about the emerging technologies they use to do more with less. This information is intended for the entire team to listen in.

Did you miss the North Carolina Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Information & Input sessions? The NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) and NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) hosted a free webinar to cover the same information and answer your questions. Governor Roy Cooper has instructed state agencies to make plans to promote clean energy in Executive Order 80. As part of this effort, the NCDOT is creating a statewide plan to promote the use of clean transportation technologies and is looking for your input. You’re invited to join our webinar to learn more and provide feedback.

Telematics is a powerful tool that allows fleets real-time monitoring and information regarding any activity or metric that is important to their business and operations. Applications and benefits include driver safety and behavior, asset management, maintenance, route optimization, security, liability protection, lower costs, and increased efficiency. Hear from industry experts and fleets that have successfully employed this technology regarding its capabilities, applications and benefits! Telematics continues to bring new solutions to help improve fleet operations – learn how it can help yours.

Sustainable Fleet Webinars: Ethanol as Part of Your Fleet’s Fuel Strategy (February 2019)
Hear from industry subject matter experts and fleets that have successfully integrated ethanol into their fleet fueling options, and learn about deployment considerations and best practices. Understand how ethanol can play a role in fuel supply diversification, resiliency and emergency preparedness.

Industry subject matter experts will provide a general overview of ethanol fuel basics, properties and benefits. Several fleets from different vocations will tell their stories regarding their decision to integrate ethanol, their experiences, and lessons learned. There will also be a round table opportunity to have myths dispelled, and questions and concerns answered.

Sustainable Fleet Webinar: How Two Fleets Changed Their Entire Operation with Two Powerful Tools (January 2019)

Hear from one fleet that went from the 99th Best Fleet in North America to number 4 using one, powerful transformative tool. This tool is not for sale – it is free to use in your own operation. Hear from another fleet manager who is saving $1.2 million dollars annually with another tool that you can use, and from two emerging technology providers that are changing the industry.

Sustainable Fleet Webinar: Propane as a Transportation Fuel – Deployment Considerations, Best Practices & Best Applications (January 2019)

Hear from the Propane Education Research Council (PERC), leading propane vehicle suppliers, and fleets that have successfully deployed propane as a transportation fuel. Learn about deployment considerations, best practices and best applications. PERC will provide a general overview of propane as a transportation fuel; and several fleets from different vocations including law enforcement, school bus, paratransit and tow truck/wrecker industry will tell their stories regarding their decision to switch to propane, their experiences, and lesson learned. There will be a round table opportunity to have myths dispelled, and questions and concerns answered with PERC, the fleets and suppliers (ICOM Alternative Fuel Systems, Alliance AutoGas and Roush CleanTech) participating.

CFAT Project: Funding Opportunity Informational Webinar (November 2018)

This Clean Fuel Advanced Transportation (CFAT) grant program informational webinar will present an overview of eligible projects and have Q&A to assist with application submission. For more information about the CFAT project, including the RFP, CFAT FAQs and application, go here.

Sustainable Fleet Webinars: Top Three Green Fleet Award Winners 2018 (October 2018)

Learn from the top three Green Fleets for 2018 out of a possible 38,000 public fleets in North America. You will learn how they were able to get funding for alternative fuel vehicles and the infrastructure to support them, and they will also present the ROIs for their projects. These are tools, tips and strategies that you can use in your operation the next day. Join us to get the straight story on the methods and technologies that work for the top three Green Fleets.

Selling to the Government Roundtable (June 2018)

Hear from experts who have been on both sides of the selling table.

Sustainable Fleet Webinars: Best Practices of the 100 Best Fleets (May 2018)

The winners of the 2018 edition of the 100 Best Fleets will be announced at NAFA I&E on April 27 in Anaheim, CA. Hear from three of these innovative fleets in one powerful presentation. These 100 Best Fleet Managers are experts who can provide valuable insights to use immediately in your own operation.

Sustainable Fleet Webinars: Fleet Trends and Technologies (February 2018)

This Fleet Trends and Technologies webinar will highlight some of the trends and technologies helping fleets be better today.

  • Learn about protecting your equipment, increasing service life, reducing downtime and saving money with oil life analysis. See results achieved by one of most recognized and progressive fleets in the country.
  • Learn about comprehensive recycling programs to achieve Return on Investment, Return on Sustainability and Zero-Waste. Learn how a major national company incorporated a comprehensive recycling program for its fleets in achieving their sustainability goals.
  • Learn about vehicle acquisition and funding solutions and strategies to economically keep your fleet performing at the highest level of service. Learn about the opportunities and how fleets are thinking outside the box.

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