Alexandria, Va. — New this year for NATSO Connect, the NATSO Foundation is offering a day of education dedicated to emerging alternative fuels. The expo hall also will feature a dedicated section for vendors specializing in alternative fuels.
“The NATSO Foundation offers the education and analysis that truckstops and travel centers need to process and navigate trends that are changing the industry,” said Amy Toner, Executive Director of the NATSO Foundation. "Alternative fuels will shape operators’ future and long-term strategic plans."
Education at NATSO Connect is provided by the NATSO Foundation, the research, education, and public outreach subsidiary of NATSO, Inc.
Thursday, March 9, 2023, NATSO’s government affairs team will kick off the breakfast keynote address, “What’s Next in Washington.” NATSO’s Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, David Fialkov, along with Jessica Frend, Senior Policy Advisor, and LeeAnn Goheen, Senior Director, Government Affairs, will provide their take on the political landscape in 2023, including how alternative fuels will alter the fuel retailing industry in the years ahead. Thursday morning’s keynote is generously sponsored by Parts and Service Solutions.
At noon, a panel of alternative-fuel leaders will examine the future of hydrogen-powered vehicles and the infrastructure needed to fuel them in the session, “Is Hydrogen the Fuel of the Future?” Panelists discuss the potential timeline for hydrogen-vehicle demand, what travel centers can expect, and how they can prepare for their arrival and expectations. Panelists include Bill Zobel, Director Alternative Fuels at Pilot Flying J, and Randy Gard, COO at Bosselman Enterprises.
At 2 p.m., a panel of industry leaders will discuss the current electric vehicle charging landscape and the availability of federal funding in the session, “Travel Centers’ Roadmap to Navigating Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and NEVI Grants.” Panelists will look at successful grant applications, the complex nature of utility rate structures, states that have a favorable regulatory landscape for investment, barriers to deploying EV charging infrastructure, and more.
Panelists include Paul Hardin, President and CEO of the Texas Food and Fuel Association, Jay Smith, Executive Director of the Charge Ahead Partnership, and Kim Okafor, General Manager, Zero Emissions Solutions, Trillium Energy of the Love’s Family of Companies. NATSO Vice President of Public Affairs Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman will moderate the session, which is designed to ensure that travel centers and fuel retailers can profitably invest in EV charging stations.
Following the keynote addresses are two case studies, focused on renewable fuel and electric vehicle.
New this year, the expo hall includes vendors specializing in alternative fuels. “There are many vendors poised to help the industry grow in the alternative fuels space and several excellent companies have signed on to support NATSO and the industry in March,” said Pamela Hayes, Vice President of Business Development for NATSO.
The following alternative fuels vendors have booths reserved for NATSO Connect: Alternative Fuels Council, ChargePoint, Exxon Mobil, Illinois Oil Marketing Equipment, Impower Connection, Lynkwell, Plugin Stations Online, and Scale Microgrid Solutions.
Learn more about NATSO Connect or register at www.natsoconnect.com.
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