The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) and one of its National Training Center members, University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), attended the 2013 Green Truck Summit/Work Truck Show held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Green Truck Summit, held in conjunction with the Work Truck Show, has gained national and international recognition as the leading industry conference on clean heavy-duty technology. The event featured intensive general presentations and breakout sessions led by industry experts who shared their insights, lessons learned and solutions for implementing green technologies. This year’s Green Truck Summit offered more educational opportunities than ever before with five general sessions and 24 breakout sessions. Featuring educational sessions that provide work truck industry professionals with a wealth of information, top industry experts and “early adopter” fleet managers shared their insights, lessons learned, and solutions for implementing green technologies through a series of intensive seminars.

NAFTC assistant director – communications and outreach Judy Moore attended the event March 5 and 6 in Indianapolis. “This year’s Green Truck Summit was overflowing with excitement. The nationwide interest in natural gas and propane has skyrocketed over the past few months and these fuels are fantastic for the heavy-duty market represented at the Green Truck Summit,” Moore said.

“The interest in alternative fuel powered heavy-duty trucks was really exciting to see!”

Ron Schoon, Executive Manager — Partnership Development, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colorado) and Lee J. Styslinger III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Altec, Inc. provided keynote speeches for the event.

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This year’s Green Truck Summit was once again a big success with nearly every seat filled during the Welcome and Keynote Address. Credit: NAFTC.

In addition, UNOH Automotive Division Head Steven Klausing accompanied nine College of Applied Technologies students to the conference, providing them with an opportunity that allowed them to explore beyond the classroom and to gain real-world experience with others in the alternative fuel vehicle industry. They coordinated and supervised the ride-and-drive area of the show, thanks to a strong partnership between the university and the Green Truck Summit/Work Truck Show. Students were selected to attend the conference after being nominated by their UNOH Instructors and going through an interview process.


Students from the University of Northwestern Ohio coordinate the ride-and-drive area of the Work Truck Show. Credit: NAFTC.

“The students look forward to the Work Truck Show every year.” Klausing explained. “Students, who attend the show, benefit from the new technologies and are able to make contacts for future employment opportunities. The students also have the opportunity to attend the Green Truck Summit, where work trucks are being run on natural gas, propane, hybrid electric/hydraulic and straight electric power.”

Featuring new products, training programs and technical engineering support from exhibitors, the Green Truck Summit/Work Truck Show offers attendees the opportunity to interact with industry peers, meet with current suppliers, get answers to technical questions, experience special events and visit with exhibiting companies.

According to the Work Truck Show website, the 2013 event drew more than 10,350 attendees and 520 exhibitors, included more than 60 educational sessions, 120 produce debuts, and 27 green products, and attracted more than 700 Green Truck Summit attendees. Produced in partnership with CALSTART, the day-and-a-half Green Truck Summit covered the application of green technologies and how they impact commercial trucks.

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