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Coalition For Clean Air Recognizes TTSI for Sustainable Initiatives

Coalition For Clean Air Recognizes TTSI for Sustainable Initiatives

The Coalition For Clean Air awarded what is known as the highest award focusing on air quality initiatives to Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI) during the 28th annual Clean Air Awards program. TTSI is a Southern California-based logistics leader specializing in distributing imports throughout North America. TTSI President Victor La Rosa was part of the recognition for spearheading efforts in creating a sustainable company culture and operations, specifically related diesel truck fleets.

“When we committed to the zero-emission transportation pathway, all the technology companies who are manufacturing in the alternative fuels sector sought us out, said Vic La Rosa. “At TTSI, we’ve all learned about alternative fuel technologies, sustainability, and why reducing emissions from diesel matters. We are committed to the environment. We have a Director of Compliance and Sustainability, which has been very fruitful for TTSI, as they’ve been able to focus on what new technologies are emerging that we should incorporate.”

The annual Coalition for Clean Air evaluates and identifies leaders promoting environmental awareness and sustainable initiatives throughout California. TTSI’s focus on clean technology in trucking and supply chain industries is attributed for this year’s recognition, adding to previous recognition from the EPA, the California Air Resources Board and many  Congressional members.

“This year’s California Air Quality Awards Honoree, Vic La Rosa, founded TTSI in 1986, to create a customer-focused business that makes a difference in the trucking industry. TTSI distinguished itself early on by its commitment to sustainable practices and by fostering a company-wide awareness of the urgency to reduce diesel emissions. Vic has tested and put in operation every single type of heavy-duty truck available and has set himself the ambitious goal of converting his entire fleet to zero or near-zero-emission vehicles by 2020,” said the Coalition for Clean Air.

“Vic La Rosa understands clearly that the market is dominated by outdated diesel vehicles and feels there is room for all available clean technologies like renewable natural gas, hydrogen, battery or fuel cell technology,” said Joe Lyou, President & CEO, Coalition for Clean Air and a board member at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “Like us, Vic hopes that the technology providers will come together to remove diesel trucks from California roads so that we can start making progress toward a clean air future! We’re going to clean up the trucks that use the ports, rail yards and warehouses and Vic is the guy who’s making that happen.”

Source: EIN News

Dachser Adds eActros to Test Operations

Dachser Intelligent Logistics announced it will begin test operations with the all-electric, 18-ton Mercedes-Benz eActros for its Emission-Free Delivery program concept in Stuttgart, Germany. Currently boasting a 4-5 metric ton payload, the eActros test operations will ultimately support Dachser’s current emissions-free delivery efforts with other electric vehicles in the Stuttgart region. In addition to the eActros capabilities, Dachser employs maneuverable, electrically assisted cargo bikes as well as an all-electric 7.5-ton FUSO eCanter truck.

Features of the eActros include 240 kWh lithium-ion batteries capable of charging within two hours, 18 pallet space capacity, and a range of 125 miles. The eActros prototype was projected to begin large-scale production in 2021 by Mercedes-Benz Trucks. 

“We’ll be using the eActros for transporting deliveries both directly to customers and to the microhub in the Heslach district of Stuttgart. And for the last mile, we’ll use pedelecs, electrically assisted cargo bikes that are also part of our emission-free vehicle portfolio,” Markus Maurer, General Manager of Dachser’s Kornwestheim branch.

Dachser continues to implement emissions-free options to determine the best options for sustainable transportation in delivering groupage shipments. In addition to the Stuttgart, Dachser confirmed test operations are underway in other regions including Berlin, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Málaga, Mannheim, Paris, Tübingen, and Ulm.

“We’re not looking to take a one-size-fits-all approach; instead, we want to come up with a range of solutions, each of them focused on optimizing deliveries, routes, and times,” says Stefan Hohm, Corporate Director, Corporate Solutions, Research & Development at Dachser.

Source: Dachser

Movin’On Summit 2019: Best of Recap

The third annual Movin’On Summit in Montreal ended on Thursday, wrapping up another successful event focused on sustainable mobility, industry trends, environmental awareness, and the latest and greatest to impact global players in e-commerce, automotive manufacturing, and more.

The Michelin-inspired event concluded with a message from United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019 Special Envoy, Luis Alfonso De Alba and Michelin Group’s CEO, Florent Menegaux, stressing the importance of working towards creating sustainable action for mobility in the UN.


Approximately 5,000 visionaries from 44 countries and more than 150 partners participated.

The closing ceremony reiterated the purpose of the annual Movin’On Summit as an inspiration and driver behind the development of mobility solutions for the environment while changing the pace of transportation as we now know it.

Major takeaways from the 2019 Movin’On Summit focused on solutions for eliminating waste, addressing challenges in dimensional mobility, maximizing automation, and utilizing technology to create streamlined collaboration and efficiencies. Game-changers revealed include the Michelin Uptis – an airless and puncture-proof tire projected to enter the market as early as 2024.

Over 95 leading speakers from academia, politics, cities, and businesses addressed challenges and presented the latest in automated strategies, further promoting movement in sustainable action. Keynote speeches were presented by Michelin Group, General Motors, BMW Group, Harvard Business School, California State Transportation Agency, Accenture, Google Cloud, and more.


EMEAR’S Executive Vice President, Olivier Ribet explained transforming electric, connected, autonomous vehicle innovation.

Beyond education and innovation exploration, companies left the summit with action plans and next steps to overcome challenges and improve initiatives. Among those pursuing next steps include Lyon, Angkor and Niamey developing an action plan to address mobility challenges following participation at the startup LaVilleE+ working session.

The 2020 Movin’On Summit planning is already underway, as confirmed by Michelin’s CEO Florent Menegaux during the closing ceremony. Montreal will again host the C2 International-organized event from June 3-5, 2020.

Movin’On Summit Spotlights GM’s “Zero, Zero, Zero” Vision

General Motors continues efforts in fulfilling its vision of a world where crashes, congestion, and emissions are no longer a part of the daily commute, from passengers to businesses. As a proud Michelin partner, General Motors pushes the limits when addressing transportation concerns that other companies have accepted as a norm.

Following the highly anticipated reveal of the Michelin Uptis Prototype at this year’s Movin’On Summit, GM’s Senior Vice President of Global Purchasing & Supply Chain, Steve Kiefer, shared a glimpse of what’s to come for transportation and how automation is transforming the way consumers approach the daily commute.

“At General Motors we have a vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion,” Kiefer said. “It’s really a vision not just of GM, but a vision for our industry and our world and sustainable planet. I’m extremely proud of the position that General Motors has taken with the “Zero, Zero, Zero” vision. I’d like to comment on just a few of the elements of it.”



GM’s Senior Vice President of Global Purchasing & Supply Chain, Steve Kiefer, shared a glimpse of what’s to come for transportation.

Through GM’s “Zero, Zero, Zero” vision, transportation is transformed from every aspect including safety and reliability, to sustainable innovation and affordability. By tackling the biggest issues in transportation, GM creates solutions for major issues impacting the economy and overall safety for all drivers.

Zero Crashes

“First of all: zero crashes. We have been working with our partner – Cruise Automation, and have developed four different generations of autonomous vehicles that are committed to autonomous, person-free driving. As most of you may know, 94 percent of the crashes in the world are due to driver error. We believe autonomous vehicles will eliminate crashes in the future.”

And it doesn’t stop there. Keifer announced General Motors will soon boast an entire fleet of electric vehicles ranging from passenger cars, SUVs, and full-size pickup trucks. This vision has already taken shape in the form of the battery-only Bolt EV offering competitive pricing and outlasting ranges of other EVs.

Zero Emissions

“The second thing is zero emissions, and first let me talk about the beautiful Bolt EV. This is really the first of General Motors’ vehicles that really achieve an affordable, long-range vehicle. This vehicle has a range of 238 miles, an incredible amount of cargo space, and a 0-60 time in six and a half seconds. We often say it’s not just the “great electric vehicle” because it’s a great vehicle. This is part of our commitment to an all-electric future.”

Time is of the essence and GM tackles the issue head-on by adding it to their vision for the future. Time is something that simply cannot be bought back, so GM wants to provide a way to re-purpose the hours wasted due to congestion.

Zero Congestion

“Last thing I will comment on is zero congestion. Our goal is really to give our customers their time back. An interesting survey that revealed U.S. drivers sit idly in traffic an average of one full week per year during their commute. That’s 168 hours of precious time and a cost of over $3 billion a year when you break it down. Part of our solution will be to provide hassle-free access to transportation through mobility choices such as Lyft and Uber,” he concluded.

To read more about what General Motors and Michelin are doing to support sustainable transportation, please visit: GM.com

Michelin Unveils Mobility Breakthrough at Movin’On Summit

Day one of this year’s Movin’On Summit kicked-off bright and early Tuesday in beautiful Montréal offering a vast array of networking brain dates, working sessions, and press conferences revealing upcoming innovations and transportation game-changers. Among the most exciting press conferences would be the early afternoon session hosted by Michelin’s very own Executive Vice President of Research & Development, Eric Vinesse, Chief Executive Officer for Michelin Group, Florent Menegaux, and Steve Kiefer, Senior Vice President, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain General Motors.

The Michelin UPTIS – an airless wheel assembly, was introduced during the highly anticipated press conference revealing a new kind of innovation to impact passenger models sector as early as 2024, following a joint research agreement between Michelin and General Motors validating the prototype.

“Today, I’m especially pleased to introduce our latest breakthrough in mobility, supporting the first of the four pillars, a prototype – Michelin Uptis,” Vinesse said as he unveiled the airless, puncture-proof tire. “Together with our partner General Motors we have the ambition to make this prototype available for users and owners of passenger vehicles as early as 2024.”

“It brings less stress and more peace of mind knowing there’s no longer the risk of finding yourself stranded on the side of the road because of a flat tire. It brings greater efficiency and productivity for fleet and commercial vehicles that will no longer have to plan for maintenance operations to check and adjust… or to fix a flat tire,” he added.

The Uptis Prototype directly supports Michelin’s goal of holding true to its four-pillar vision in creating airless, connected, 3D printable, and completely sustainable innovative solutions. Currently, more than 200 million tires are discarded or replaced due to air pressure issues, road hazards, and damages. Uptis not only changes the way transportation is approached, but directly impacts the environment by eliminating wasted materials.

“General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology,” said Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, global purchasing & supply chain, General Motors. “Uptis is an ideal fit for propelling the automotive industry into the future and a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supplier partners.”

“The Uptis Prototype demonstrates Michelin’s capacity for innovation — in both the mastery of these high-tech materials, and also the development approach in close collaboration with GM, which validates our Vision concept as a roadmap for innovation,” added Vinesse. “Uptis represents progress toward Michelin’s vision for tomorrow’s mobility, and also embodies our commitment to a better, sustainable mobility for all.”

Source: Michelin

BYD to Fulfill Order for 40 Zero-Emissions Buses

Build Your Dreams (BYD) continues supporting sustainable public transportation options as it prepares to fulfill an order of 40 of its emissions-free buses for the Anaheim Transportation Network. Half of the order consists of BYD’s 40-foot BYD K9M in addition to 30-foot BYD K7M and the 60-foot K11M for service at the Anaheim Resort™.

“We’ve been operating four of BYD’s 40-foot K9Ms on our routes over the past two years, and based on their performance, we are confident in BYD’s quality product and their support of our efforts to electrify our fleet,” ATN Executive Director Diana Kotler said in response to the news. “These new buses will provide ATN a 57 percent zero-emission fleet by 2020.”

The Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) is a nonprofit
transportation management association with a focus on zero-emissions and sustainable transportation options in the Anaheim Resort regions. The innovative and environmentally-friendly BYD fleet additions bring a quieter, cleaner option for the 9.5 million+ residents, visitors, and employees who rely on the Anaheim Resort Transit each year.

“Residents and visitors to the Anaheim area will enjoy the benefits of a quieter ride, a cleaner environment and the reliability of zero emission buses manufactured by BYD,” Hill said in the release. “We’re proud to help ATN reduce the region’s carbon footprint.”

Source: BYD