Two of the leading organizations driving the development and deployment of “green” technology for fleet vehicles are joining forces to produce an in-depth educational conference. The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) and CALSTART have agreed to jointly produce The Green Truck Summit, held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2010 and 46th Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention.
The Green Truck Summit will take place Tuesday, March 9, and Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at America’s Center in St. Louis, MO. The Work Truck Show 2010 runs March 10-12.
The NTEA launched The Green Truck Summit as a one-day Special Session at The Work Truck Show 2007 and has held it in this format for the last three years. CALSTART has offered its annual Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Conference since 2000. As part of the agreement between the two organizations, the Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Conference will be incorporated into the Green Truck Summit starting in 2010. The Green Truck Summit will be expanded to a day-and-a-half program to accommodate the increased content and networking opportunities that will be available to the industry. CALSTART and the NTEA will jointly develop and manage the event. The expanded Green Truck Summit will continue to be held in conjunction with the NTEA’s annual Work Truck Show. Registration for the Green Truck Summit includes admission to the Show floor.
“For many years, CALSTART and the NTEA have worked together and collaborated as part of various working groups and have participated in each other’s annual events,” says Jim Carney, NTEA executive director. “Through recent discussions, we have determined that jointly developing a single educational conference will provide greater benefits for the industry and will be more effective in increasing the understanding of the latest technologies available.”
CALSTART and its members are deeply involved in technology development for a high-tech clean transportation industry, while the NTEA and its members are more active in determining how to integrate this new technology into today’s vocational fleets.
“We believe partnering to create a premier truck industry educational conference takes both our organizations to the next level,” says John Boesel, CALSTART president and CEO. “Combining the Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Conference with the Green Truck Summit fits our mutual goals of successfully bringing clean and efficient technology into the truck market, and brings together CALSTART’s knowledge of leading-edge transportation technology, fuels, policy and trends with the mainstream industry reach and knowledge of the NTEA.”
To maximize the benefits of co-locating the Green Truck Summit with The Work Truck Show, CALSTART will also host a Clean Technology and Fuels Pavilion as part of the show floor. This pavilion will showcase new exhibitors that are focused on advanced clean technologies and fuels, including small and medium-sized bus manufacturers. The pavilion will be open to all Work Truck Show attendees.
Produced annually by the NTEA, The Work Truck Show showcases more than 500,000 square feet of Class 1-8 vocational trucks and equipment. It brings together thousands of work truck professionals, including fleet managers, equipment buyers, maintenance personnel, manufacturers, distributors and dealers.
Registration for The Work Truck Show and the Green Truck Summit opens Thursday, Oct. 1. For additional event information, visit www.ntea.com, or call 1-800-441-NTEA (6832). A detailed conference program and schedule for the Green Truck Summit will be available online in October. For more information about CALSTART, visit www.calstart.org. To inquire about booth space in the Clean Technology and Fuels Pavilion, contact Susan Romeo, director of marketing and communications for CALSTART, at (626) 744-5686 or via e-mail [email protected].