Tuesday, November 17th
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m PST

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Overview

John Boesel, President & CEO, CALSTART

9:05 a.m.

CALSTART’s Strategic Plan 2020-2021

John Boesel, President & CEO, CALSTART

9:20 a.m.

Election 2020: The Policy Road Ahead

Moderator: Kyle Winslow, Federal Policy Director, CALSTART
Trevor Higgins, Director, Domestic Climate and Energy, Center for American Progress

9:50 a.m.

CALSTART’s Strategic Plan – The Policy Connection

Note: This session is closed to the media
Moderator: Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President, CALSTART
Aaron Suntag, Senior Policy Advisor, Senator Stabenow’s Office
Jackie Schmitz, Senior Professional Staff – Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives
Dawn Fenton, Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Volvo Group North America
Gerald Roussel, Director, Government Affairs, Washington DC, Ford Motor Company

10:30 a.m.

Blue Sky Award Winner

10:40 a.m.

Keynote: Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board

US Agenda for Reducing Transportation Emissions in the 2020s

11:05 a.m.

Blue Sky Award Winner

11:15 a.m.

Keynote: U.S. Representative Mike Levin, CA 49th District

11:30 a.m.

How Lithium Valley Can Supercharge US Battery Manufacturing presented by Momentum

Sponsor Introduction: Shawn Garvey, CEO, Momentum
Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Julie Blunden, Board Member / Ventures and Catalyst, New Energy Nexus

12:00 p.m.


12:25 p.m.

US Competition for Global EV Battery Leadership

Note: This session is closed to the media
With the growth of the electric vehicle market globally, battery demand is poised to grow significantly. Canada, Japan, China, Europe and the U.S. are all driving battery growth. This session looks at what the United States can do to be the leader in EV battery technology and production.

Moderator: John Boesel, President & CEO, CALSTART
Dipender Saluja, Managing Director, Capricorn Investment Group
Joseph Mendelson, Senior Counsel, Business and Policy Development, Tesla
Ajay Kochhar, President and CEO, Co-Founder, Li-Cycle

1:00 p.m.

Keynote: U.S. Representative Jared Huffman, CA 2nd District

1:15 p.m.

Blue Sky Award Winner and Spotlight

2:00 p.m.

Federal Innovation in Clean Transportation

Moderator: Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President, CALSTART
Michael Berube, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy

2:25 p.m.

Day One Closing

Whitley Porter, Project Manager, Marketing and Communications

Wednesday, November 18th
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m PST

9:00 a.m.


9:02 a.m.

Community, Equity, and the Growth of the Clean Transportation Industry

Moderator: Niki Okuk, Program Manager, CALSTART
Eleanor Fort, Deputy Director, Green For All
Angelo Logan, Policy Director, Moving Forward Network

9:30 a.m.

Blue Sky Award Winner

9:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Medium and Heavy-Duty Commercial Trucks – Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities for Deployment

Moderator: Kevin Walkowicz, Senior Director, Trucks and Off-Road, CALSTART
Sydney Vergis, Assistant Division Chief, California Air Resources Board
James Kast, Fuel Cell Business Analyst, Toyota
Chris Sheehan, Director – Logistics Sourcing, Implementation, and Sustainability, Anheuser-Busch
Chelsea Uphaus, Director of Marketing, ROUSH CleanTech

What Will Be Needed to Get to 100% ZEV Sales in the US by 2035?

Governor Newsom of California has set the bold target of 100 percent of the light-duty vehicles being sold in California by 2035 being zero emissions. To achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, a similar goal will probably be needed for the United States as a whole. During this panel, we’ll engage with experts to talk about what would be needed to achieve such a goal nationally.

Moderator: John Boesel, President & CEO, CALSTART
Amanda Walker, Legal Counsel, Canoo
Daniel Witt, Public Policy Lead, Lucid Motors
Sara Rafalson, Senior Director, Market Development, EVgo
Tom Ashely, Vice President of Policy & Market Development, Greenlots

Building a Climate Resilient Zero-Emission Ecosystem

A powerful all-women leadership panel discusses the partnerships, policies, and programs to promote a climate-resilient zero-emission ecosystem. 2020 has challenged the human race with a pandemic and the fierce impacts of climate change. The effects have devastated communities and economies. So, how do we build back and promote a smarter, more resilient ecosystem? During this roundtable, discussion leaders share their vision and perspectives on the infrastructure solutions needed to meet zero-emission transportation goals, while promoting technologies that can withstand the threat of climate change. The conversation seeks to develop an infrastructure roadmap for a safe, sustainable, and reliable transportation ecosystem.

Moderator: Alycia Gilde, Senior Director, Fuels and Infrastructure, CALSTART
Janea Scott, Commissioner and Vice Chair, California Energy Commission
Katie Sloan, Director of Electrification, & Customer Service Governance, Southern California Edison
Coralie Cooper, Deputy Director, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management
Kimberly Okafor, Zero-Emissions Solutions Manager, Trillium – A Love’s Company

10:25 a.m.

Sponsor Spotlight: Navistar

Jason Gies, Director of Business Development NEXT eMobility Solutions, Navistar

10:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Drive to Zero: Advancing the Global Zero-emission Commercial Vehicle Market

The global zero-emission commercial vehicle (ZECV) market is on the cusp of a major transformation. Technology is developing rapidly, ecommerce is increasing (together with the potential for urban delivery electrification), countries need stronger climate commitments ahead of COP-26 next year, and some regions are adopting strong policies (e.g., ACT regulation in California, zero-emission areas in Netherlands, etc). Despite these positive trends, we need better alignment across nations towards common ZECV policies and targets to send stronger market signals. Drive to Zero is convening countries to align around ambitious targets for ZECVs ahead of COP-26, and will also help government and industry to meet those targets.

Moderator: Cristiano Facanha, Global Director, Drive to Zero, CALSTART
Sita Holtslag, Project Manager Sustainable Mobility, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Angela Hultberg, Head of Sustainable Mobility, IKEA
Richard Colley, Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, ARRIVAL
Maryline Daviaud Lewett, Director Of Business Development, Transformative Technologies, Black & Veatch

Reinventing Transit

Join industry experts as they talk about the future of transit and what key transformations need to occur as we move into 2021. CALSTART will unfold its action plan to reduce barriers and provide assistance to the industry by growing to 12,000 Zero-Emission Transit Buses by 2030 while reinventing transit by using micro-transit, shared bikes, and scooters.

Moderator: Fred Silver, Vice President, CALSTART
Kirt Conrad, CEO/Executive Director, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority
Brittany Caplin, Director, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Proterra
Krista Glotzbach, Partnership Lead, Via
Edward Fu, Senior Regulatory Counsel, Bird

Low Carbon Fuels: Near-term Outlook

What is the potential and game plan for increased renewable fuel usage in internal combustion engines this decade?

Moderator: Meredith Alexander, California Policy Director, CALSTART
Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, WA 34th District
Julie Tighe, President, New York League of Conservation Voters
Jeremy Martin, Director of Fuels Policy & Senior Scientist, Clean Transportation Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

11:20 a.m.

Blue Sky Award Winner

11:30 a.m.

Tech Talks

11:45 p.m.


12:15 p.m.

Keynote: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI)

12:30 p.m.

Northeast Update: Mainstreaming Low-Carbon Vehicles

Moderator: Ben Mandel, Northeast Regional Director, CALSTART
Christine Weydig, Director, Office of Environmental and Energy Programs
Raghusimha Sudhakara, Director – Demonstration Projects, Electric Vehicles, Energy Efficiency Strategic Channel Engagement, Con Edison
Randy Premo, Regional Sales Manager – Northeast, BYD

1:10 p.m.

Regional Update: Mid-West – Future of Transportation Electrification 

Join change-makers from the Midwest as they address transportation electrification barriers and the policy actions that are needed to remove their barriers. They will also discuss what programs are on the horizon in this region and what partnership opportunities they can work on together to create the greatest impact.

Moderator: Maureen Marshall, Midwest Regional Director, CALSTART
Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer, State of Michigan
Debra Swartz, Fuel Transformation Program Coordinator, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Sean Gouda, Manager, Electrification, DTE Energy
Luke Stedke, Managing Director, Communications and Policy, DriveOhio

1:50 p.m.

Keynote: Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, State of Michigan

2:00 p.m.

Day Two Closing

John Boesel, President & CEO, CALSTART

Thank you to our Sponsors!