ACT Virtual Launches the Advanced Transportation Investor Summit

September 9, 2020

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Next week ACT Virtual will host a first-of-its-kind online forum focused on one of the hottest topics in clean tech—investment trends in the rapidly growing advanced transportation market. ACT Virtual is a four-month online event series covering innovations in advanced vehicle technology and clean fueling infrastructure.

Kicking off the investment trends programming on September 15 and 17, ACT Virtual will launch the Advanced Transportation Investor Summit. Investors, entrepreneurs, top OEMs and suppliers, fleet customers, and policymakers will share insights on the state of investment in the clean fleet market and what it means for scaling innovative solutions and technologies.

The Advanced Transportation Investor Summit will feature an opening keynote address on September 15 by Jay Craig, CEO and president of Meritor.

The Advanced Transportation Investor Summit will feature an opening keynote address on September 15 by Jay Craig, CEO and president of Meritor, an ACT Virtual sponsor and a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicles. With a more than 110-year legacy of bringing innovative products to the market, Craig will give an overview of how an established industry leader structures a strategic investment portfolio to support future growth based on the rapidly changing technology.

“I look forward to sharing Meritor’s experience and insight in the creation of an entirely new electrical architecture that maximizes power, technology and efficiency,” said Jay Craig, CEO and President of Meritor, on launching the Advanced Transportation Investor Summit. “As adoption accelerates faster than expectations, we are ready.”

Michael Linse, the founder and managing director of Linse Capital, will provide the closing keynote address.

Michael Linse will provide the virtual event’s closing keynote address on September 17. Linse is the founder and managing director of Linse Capital, a growth equity investment firm focused on innovative transportation and energy technology companies including ChargePoint, Valens, and Proterra. Linse will provide valuable insight on investment strategies for innovative startups, the investment community, and the all-important end-user. He will focus on some of the key characteristics needed for picking industry leaders and how companies can survive to achieve scale.

The two-day summit consists of two speaker-led panel sessions which provide attendees with an overview of the private and public investments fueling the clean transportation market, the hard-won lessons from early stage investors, and how transformative technologies have reached commercial scale through strategic investments. The speaker lineup for the ACT Virtual Investor Summit includes leaders in public and private investment, venture capital, and fleets at the forefront of innovation. Panels include:

The speaker lineup includes leaders in public and private investment, venture capital, and innovative fleets.

September 15: Jumpstarting the Market: VCs, Government, and Entrepreneurs Building the Advanced, Clean Fleet Market Panel:

  • Sam Gabbita, Ventures Director, Climate Investments
  • Commissioner Patty Monahan, California Energy Commission
  • Brook Porter, Partner, G2VP
  • Alden Woodrow, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ike

September 17: Scaling to Success: The Financial Leap to Mass Deployments in the Advanced, Clean Fleet Market Panel:

  • Morgan Andreae, Executive Director of the Growth Office, Cummins Inc.
  • Chris Haffenreffer, Assistant Vice President of Innovation, Enterprise Holdings
  • Matt McLelland, Innovation Strategist, Covenant Transport
  • Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
  • Pasquale Romano, Chief Executive Officer, ChargePoint

With end-user fleets, global OEMs, governments, and utilities going “all in” on advanced technology development, investments in the industry have reached tens of billions of dollars annually. Join successful investors, entrepreneurs, and government agencies as they come together to launch this year’s Advanced Transportation Investor Summit to hear their perspective on how industry growth occurs, how long it can take to ramp investments, and what other key factors are critical for technology to reach true commercial scale.

ACT Virtual will continue with fleet-focused content through November 19th. For more information and to register, visit