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The North American Council for Freight Efficiency will give a presentation about charging electric trucks at the 2019 Green Truck Summit.

A Fort Wayne nonprofit group will make an important contribution in a couple of months to the 2019 Green Truck Summit held in conjunction with the Fleet Technical Congress and the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency will offer a presentation at the event related to a report it will be releasing that week on electric truck charging.

The locally based council curates the latest and best information available on trucking efficiency technologies and makes it available at the truckingefficiency.org website it operates.

It also has an online trucking efficiency technology guide where the technologies it has evaluated on the basis of factors such as value and effectiveness range from idle reduction to aerodynamics to tires.

The annual summit, produced by the National Truck Equipment Association, features presentations from commercial vehicle manufacturers, fleet managers, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders. The Work Truck Show is scheduled for March 5-8 at the JW Marriott hotel in Indianapolis and the summit will start there its first day.

NTEA is an association for the work truck industry — which includes vehicles such as dump trucks and garbage trucks — and exhibits at the show will reflect that focus. But, all types of trucks are represented at the Green Truck Summit, including the semis that haul a majority of the nation’s goods.

The summit and Fleet Technical Congress are important because they help everyone connected with the industry understand the current state of technology available to help meet the fuel economy standards the government has put in place for greenhouse gas reduction, said Michael Roeth, the council’s executive director.

Before he helped found the council, Roeth was director of global advanced engineering for Navistar International at its engineering center when it was in Fort Wayne. Many of the contributors to truckingefficiency.org also are former employees of the center.

Electric truck technologies are among several types of trucking efficiency technologies the council has evaluated, he said. Last year it issued two reports looking at the cost of ownership for medium-duty electric trucks.

In reports following the one on the charging infrastructure, it will examine ownership costs for heavy-duty regional-haul electric-based tractors and for heavy-duty long-haul electric-based tractors.

When it comes to the infrastructure evaluation, “we’re finding the batteries have improved tremendously that could be powering these electric trucks,” Roeth said. “The real barrier that’s emerging is how do we charge them.

“It requires a lot of load from the grid. Do they want to use slow chargers or fast chargers, and how many trucks does it take before you need substation updates,” he said.

“We don’t have charging stations,” Roeth said. And in addition to utility access, there are “a lot of things to deal with when you decide you want to put a charging station somewhere,” he said.

Roeth will serve as a panelist for a 1:30 p.m. March 5 panel discussion on electric truck charging, and the next morning he and his team will discuss their latest findings during concurrent educational sessions at the event.

“Our goal there is to continue to share what we’re learning about electric trucks and … learn from the rest of the industry at the same time,” he said.

Some of the other topics covered at the event will include fuel advances, alternative fuel developments and funding sources for the adoption of trucking efficiency technologies, according to a statement on this year’s Work Truck Show.

“Green Truck Summit provides the best and most comprehensive opportunity for fleet managers, truck equipment distributors, upfitters and truck dealers to discuss clean energy technologies and fuels directly with industry thought leaders and decision-makers,” Doyle Sumrall, NTEA managing director, said in the statement.

“The work truck industry is constantly striving to keep up with ever-changing technology. Attendees can use the knowledge and resources gained at this event to help them minimize negative environmental effects while maximizing vehicle performance, sustainability and efficiency.”

Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering at United Parcel Service, will offer the summit’s keynote address. For more information on the event, visit worktruckshow.com/greentrucksummit.

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