ACT Virtual Welcomes Volvo Trucks North America’s President Peter Voorhoeve as Keynote Speaker for Event Launch

August 4, 2020

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As shifting global demands continue to shape the future of transportation to accommodate a growing population, increased urbanization, and a worldwide focus on emission reduction, the transportation industry must evolve to factor in the critical importance of sustainability.

To learn about the trends, policies, and technologies driving this shift towards a cleaner future, join the organizers of North America’s largest advanced transportation event—ACT Expo—for the launch of ACT Virtual on Tuesday, August 18, and hear from keynote speaker Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. Voorhoeve will provide insight into how one of the world’s largest truck manufacturers is driving global transportation electrification and increasing uptime and safety through connected technologies.

“Volvo Trucks is making major investments around the globe to support cities and our customers in developing a safer and more sustainable transportation sector,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “ACT Virtual provides a great opportunity for our team to digitally connect with these stakeholders to help them navigate the evolving transportation ecosystem and source the latest advanced vehicle technologies.”

Voorhoeve will provide insight into how one of the world’s largest truck manufacturers is driving global transportation electrification.

Voorhoeve has led Volvo Trucks North America since 2018, working as part of the overall Volvo Group global effort to provide a full range of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses to customers. Prior to that, he led Volvo Group Australia, and over the last 20 years has held several senior management positions in the areas of aftermarket support, supply chain management and parts logistics with the Volvo Group.

Voorhoeve is joined by a large roster of industry leaders slated to present throughout August to November during the four-month virtual event series.

Impressive Lineup of Industry Speakers

A dynamic lineup of more than 130 of transportation’s innovators will speak throughout the 19 days of ACT Virtual programming, delivering groundbreaking keynotes, executive panels, and breakout sessions. Featured speakers include:

  • Jay Craig, CEO and President, Meritor Inc.
  • Craig Harper, EVP, Operations & Chief Operations Officer, JB Hunt
  • Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
  • Boris Kort-Packard, Chief Engineer, Global Vehicles, FedEx Express
  • Patty Monahan, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Darryl Spencer, Sr. AVP, Engineering, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
  • Marc Bedard, President and Founder, The Lion Electric
  • Natalia Swalnick, Senior Director, Electrification Coalition
  • Michael Linse, Founder and Managing Director, Linse Capital
  • Banny Allison, Director, Fleet Operations Support, Aramark
  • Dustin Grace, Chief Technology Officer, Proterra Inc.
  • Patti Earley, Fleet Fuel Operations Specialist, Florida Power & Light
  • Rustam Kocher, E-Mobility Ecosystem Lead, Daimler Trucks North America
  • Lena Luna, Facility & Energy Manager, El Monte Union High School District
  • Dan Gilbert, General Manager, Engineering & Maintenance, Canada Post
  • Lisa Arellanes, Senior Manager, Business Development & Partnerships eMobility, Southern California Edison
  • Thomas Lawson, President, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition

ACT Virtual speakers will provide insight that can help fleet operators reduce operating costs and emissions, meet tightening regulations, improve employee working conditions, and achieve economic and environmental sustainability goals. Attendees can design their own agenda by selecting from five advanced transportation modules:

  • Module 1: The Main Stage
  • Module 2: Deep Dives on Battery Technology, Connected Tech & Natural Gas
  • Module 3: Advanced Transportation Investor Summit
  • Module 4: Staying Plugged In: ACT’s Annual EV Charging Workshop
  • Module 5: Ultra Clean HD Vehicle Summit

Network Virtually with Peers and Industry Stakeholders

Mirroring the in-person ACT Expo, attendees can network with speakers and peers virtually to build relationships that will propel their clean fleet strategy. With no travel or accommodation costs, the virtual event series reaches a larger audience and provides access to a much larger number of commercial fleets and industry participants.

“We are thrilled to bring together the most innovative organizations in clean transportation in this virtual environment.”

Beyond the event sessions, ACT Virtual provides a collaborative space for attendees, speakers, and sponsors to interact through chat rooms, video networking discussions, a virtual exhibit hall, technology demonstrations, press conferences, and more.

“We are thrilled to bring together the boldest and most innovative organizations in the clean transportation in this virtual environment,” said Erik Neandross, CEO of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates—the clean transportation and energy consulting firm producing the online event series. GNA launched the ACT Virtual event following the postponement of its Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America’s largest advanced transportation and clean fleet event, which was celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

“While we missed coming together with the clean transportation industry at the Long Beach Convention Center earlier this year, our team has been hard at work, collaborating with the industry’s top suppliers and most progressive fleets to design a robust and information-packed ACT Virtual program. We are so excited for the kick-off of ACT Virtual on August 18, and for Peter Voorhoeve to deliver what is sure to be a dynamic keynote presentation.”

Attendees Can Connect with the Industry’s Leading Suppliers

In the virtual exhibit hall, attendees can interact with advanced technology and clean fuel suppliers to source new solutions that support their future vehicle and technology investments. Shell New Energies is the presenting sponsor of ACT Virtual, joined by Agility Fuel Solutions, Allison Transmission, Bosch, BYD, Charge Point, Daimler Trucks North America, Dana Inc., Lion Electric, Meritor, Navistar, Peterbilt, Propane Education & Research Council, Quantum Fuel Systems, Siemens, Southern California Edison, U.S. Gain, and Volvo Trucks North America as series sponsors. Individual episode sponsors include Bauer Compressors, Black & Veatch, CalAmp, Geotab, Heliox, IntelliShift, Proterra, Romeo Power Technology, Toyota, Thermo King, Tritium, WSP, and Xebec.

Interact with technology and clean fuel suppliers to source solutions that support future vehicle and technology investments.

The event is also supported by the California Energy Commission (CEC), California Fuel Cell Partnership, the California Hydrogen Business Council, the Electrification Coalition, North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), NGVAmerica, and the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA).

ACT Virtual will kick off Tuesday, August 18th at 10 a.m. PST, followed by 19 days of programming through November 19th. For more information and to register, visit