Green Truck Summit 2019 Highlights Drive Toward Zero-Emission Work Trucks

UPS' President of Global Fleet Maintenance will present the keynote address.


New technology and the work truck industry’s continued emphasis on achieving zero emissions are the focus of the 2019 Green Truck Summit, held with Fleet Technical Congress and The Work Truck Show 2019, which run March 5-8 in Indianapolis, IN.

Green Truck Summit is an annual alternative fuels and advanced technology conference produced by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry. It features presentations from regulatory agencies, fleet managers, commercial vehicle manufacturers, and stakeholders from industry trade associations and professional societies.

Green Truck Summit and Fleet Technical Congress kick off March 5 at JW Marriott in Indianapolis. Other Work Truck Show activities, including educational sessions, Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference and the exhibit hall are all located at Indiana Convention Center. The Work Truck Show exhibit hall is open March 6–8. 

“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,” says Doyle Sumrall, NTEA Managing Director. “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.”

Green Truck Summit begins March 5 at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks, followed by a keynote address at 8:45 a.m. by Carlton Rose, President, Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering for United Parcel Service (UPS). Rose began his professional career with UPS in 2002 as Vice President of Automotive Engineering in the Southeast Region. In 2009, he served in the same role for the Central Region, before taking the same position over all U.S. operations in 2012. For the past 3 years, he’s served as President, Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering. Earlier in his career, Rose saw another side of the business. He worked as a UPS truck loader while obtaining his associate’s degree in automotive/diesel technology at Lincoln Technical Institute from 1980 to 1982.

Following the keynote address, attendees can participate in a variety of general sessions covering technology and fuel advancements, funding sources, and alternative fuel developments and benefits. 

Michael Berube, Director, Vehicle Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy, and Tod Hynes, President & CEO, XL Hybrids, will present "Industry and Government in Flux: Evolving Supply, Technology and Government Positions." In this session, attendees will learn about changes in advanced fuel and alternative powertrain development, impacts of the changes and how current government positioning will affect the future.

Jim Castelaz, founder & CEO, Motiv Power Systems, will outline a strategy for successful electric truck deployment during Truck Electrification: No Longer a Science Project. Attendees will learn the importance of infrastructure drive and duty cycle matching and operations planning.

Jonathan Ells, director, fleet sustainability, NYC Fleet; Don Francis, executive director, Clean Cities Georgia; Mike Roeth, executive director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency; and Paul Stith, director, strategy & innovation, transformative technology, Black & Veatch, will lead Electric Infrastructure Development. This session will address how electrification of trucks and systems requiring electric distribution and charging infrastructure is becoming an important limitation to the widespread adoption of battery electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and grid-dependent HEVs. Attendees will learn the where, what and how of charging power.

Tim Campbell, managing director, Vahana Automotive; Darren Gosbee, vice president, engineering, Navistar Inc.; and Tim Reeser, CEO, Lightning Systems, will present The Evolution of Work Trucks into Work Systems — sharing how truck intelligence, powertrain options and safety systems are evolving and being integrated into total vehicle design. The session will cover new product developments, field deployment and how end-users are looking to maximize truck productivity through vehicle connectivity, driver assistance and monitoring, multi-fuel options and electrification.

Stacy Noblet, principal, ICF; and Peter Ward, principal, Alternative Fuels Advocates LLC, will outline the changing face of incentives and how government shifts are impacting new technology deployment in people and goods movement in the session Private and Public Funding, Including Incentive Opportunities. Attendees will learn key drivers and how government, fleet objectives and incentives are weaved together.

For a full schedule of Green Truck Summit sessions, visit