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Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Conference to Focus on Reduced Emissions and Increased Fuel Efficiency

December 14, 2004

PASADENA, CA — West Start CALSTART announces Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle 2005: Making the Connection: Emissions, Efficiency and Energy Security, the 2005 Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle conference. The heavy-duty vehicle industry and fuel providers around the world, have struggled with oil price volatility brought on by higher demand, global insecurity, and dwindling supplies of “cheap” oil. At the same time, government and environmental pressure has further increased to produce cleaner products that both reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency, further stressing demands placed on the industry. But what are the multiple pathways to achieving this twin goal. What are the potential solutions to move us away from the existing “transportation as usual” attitude and into a cleaner, more efficient and secure energy paradigm? This is what this conference seeks to address in two days of insightful sessions. The conference is to be held at the La Quinta Resort, La Quinta, California, on February 22 through 24, 2005. The preliminary agenda includes the following events: Note: Between events, time has been allowed for exhibit viewing and a ride ‘n-drive. Tuesday Evening, February 22: 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Registration 6:00 – 8:00 Reception and Exhibit Viewing; Congresswomen Mary Bono (Invited) Wednesday, February 23 7:00 - 8:45 a.m: Breakfast and Keynote Address by Paul Roberts, Author of The End of Oil. 8:45 - 10:15 a.m.: Panel discussion, Key Drivers: Challenges Reaching Beyond 2010. Panel to include Moderator: John Boesel, President and CEO, WestStart; Brigadier General Roger Nadeau, Commanding General of RDECOM, SOSI, US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (invited); Dr. Chung Liu, Deputy Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District; Jorgen Henningsen, Principal Advisor Directorate General of Transport & Energy, European Commission; and Dr. Maria Costantini, Principal Scientist, Health Effects Institute 10:45 - 12:30 p.m.: Panel discussion, Non-Road Vehicles: Technologies Addressing the Ongoing Challenges Panel to include Moderator: Karl Simon, Deputy Director, Assessment and Standards, US EPA; Dr. Takao Mizoguchi, Advisor of KOBLCO Construction Machinery Company; David Crow, Air Pollution Control Officer, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District; Dorian Bailey, Supervisor, Chemical/ Environmental Testing Laboratory, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Gus Block, Director, Commercial Hydrogen Systems, Nuvera Fuel Cells; and Frank Donnelly, Chief Technology Officer, Railpower Technologies. 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., Luncheon and Keynote Speaker: Terry Tamminen, Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency 2:30 - 4:15 p.m.: Panel Discussion, On-Road Vehicles: Progress in Clean On-Road Vehicle Technologies Panel to include Moderator: Nigel Gale, Vice President, Engine and Vehicle Research, Southwest Research Institute; Don Verhoff, Vice President, Corp Engineering & Technology, Oshkosh Truck Corp., Willem De Vylder, President and CEO, Permo-Drive, Michael Simon, Chairman, ISE Corp, Kevin Campbell, General Manager, Vehicle Systems, Power Systems Associates; and Mike Frailey, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Panel Discussion, Buses: Advanced Technologies and Fuels Panel to include Moderator: Fred Silver, Vice President, New Business Initiatives, WestStart; Barbara Sisson, Associate Administrator, Research, Demonstration, and Innovation, Federal Transit Administration (invited); Arno Kerkhof, Manager, Bus Division, International Union of Public Transport (UITP); Todd Gibbs, Hybrid Bus Program Manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle; Richard Hunt, Deputy Executive Officer, Vehicle Technology, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; and Mike Tosca, Product Manager, UTC Fuel Cells 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Evening Reception Thursday, February 24 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion, Solving NOx Emissions for 2010: A Discussion with Heavy Duty Vehicle Engine Manufacturers Panel to include Moderator: Chet France, Director, Assessment and Standards Division, US EPA, Randall Blanton, Director, Electric Systems, Caterpillar (invited); Patrick Charbonneau, Vice President, Regulatory and Technology Affairs, International Truck and Engine; Dr. Patric Ouellette, Vice President and Chief Scientist, Westport Innovations; Anthony Greszler, Vice President, Engineering, Volvo Powertrain; and Tim Tindall, Director, Emissions Program, Detroit Diesel. 10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion, Heavy-Duty Vehicle Users Perspectives on New Technologies: Differences and Similarities in Experience Panel to include Moderator: George Survant, Director of Fleet Services, Florida Power and Light; Sid Gooch, Managing Director, Worldwide Trucks, Federal Express; Jeannie Wilson, Fleet Manager, Missouri Department of Transportation; Cameron Beach, Chief Operating Officer, Sacramento Regional Transit; and Joel Levin, Vice President, California Climate Action Registry 1:45 - 3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion, Transitioning to Cleaner Fuels - Integrating Energy Security Panel to include Moderator: John Alvarez, Vice President Americas, Sasol Chevron; Graham Williams, Director, Global Heavy-Duty Program, Westport Innovations; Kirk Collier, Chief Technology Officer, Collier Technologies; Graham Noyes, Director, US Western Operations, World Energy Alternatives; and Ken Kimura, Principal Engineer, British Petroleum 3:30 p.m., Adjourn
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