Earlier this month, together with Sara Millies-Lucke, Key Account Manager for E-Mobility, I attended the 2023 Advanced Clean Transportation Expo (ACT EXPO) in Anaheim. It was a great experience – both Sara and I came away from it very impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of all participants. Here are my key takeaways from the experience:
The event drew an impressive number of participants – a big jump from last year – and that speaks to the interest in this market and the speed of growth we’re seeing. Even in a larger venue, there was apparently a massive waiting list for companies wanting to exhibit. That makes the future for this market very promising – the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and we’ll continue to see an impressive and growing array of solutions.
Things are moving fast
Projects that were presented as beta or pilots just last year have already been fully realized – an amazingly short time for this level of development. Part of the reason this happened is the presence of ambitious and enterprising companies, but it also happened because the technology has become widely accepted very quickly. It’s not just an electric car here and there anymore – school districts are ordering fleets of electric busses; companies are ordering medium and heavy-duty equipment en masse; major transporters are planning out electric fleets. It’s really impressive that this evolution happened so fast.
There are challenges
Infrastructure buildout is the main hurdle – and virtually everyone agrees on that. Utilities need to expand and invest in their transmission and distribution to support the growing demand for electric vehicles. People’s ears perked up when we talked about Dynapower’s solutions and how we can support quicker implementation of e-mobility technology.
Montgomery County Government was awarded the 2023 Transit & Mobility Fleet Award at the Expo for the Brookville Smart Energy bus depot microgrid! Dynapower was proud to partner with Alphastruxure and Montgomery County to provide the energy storage technology tasked with ensuring uninterrupted power to their fleet of electric buses. Learn more about the project here or email me for a project profile/overview.