Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) awarded Canadian company Havelaar with a $5,000 prize at the inaugural Commercial Vehicle Cleantech Challenge (CVCC) on July 10, 2019, in Denver. Colorado Governor Jared Polis was on hand to congratulate the teams and meet the sponsors for the event, which matches innovative clean technologies with executives in the commercial vehicle and trucking industry.
“CCIA has been hosting Cleantech Challenges with other industry sectors for six years,” said CCIA’s executive director, Shelly Curtiss. “Working with partners like NACFE and Rocky Mountain Institute to develop the CVCC allowed us to expand a popular format into the commercial vehicle space. We were able to engage with major players in the industry and connect them to innovative technologies they might not have otherwise seen.”
An international team of judges spent the day listening to pitches by nine companies, after which they reviewed and voted on the winners. Business solutions presented included electric fleet platooning technology, a novel way to produce NH3 from renewable sources, and others.
Havelaar CEO Tony Han described his company’s award-winning electric vehicle (EV) technology: “We have the opportunity to reimagine what the powertrain can do. In our system, the power train can both provide efficient electrical driving as well as in-vehicle fast charging.”
Han’s technology makes EVs “capable of fast charging without relying on the fast charging stations,” which “greatly reduces the cost for implementing charging infrastructure.”
While a diverse variety of technology solutions were offered at the competition, EV technology won the day with all three top companies working in this space.
Microgrid Labs was the runner up, nabbing second place at the CVCC. They deliver software for planning, optimal sizing and operation of EV charging infrastructure for buses and commercial fleets.
The third place prize went to Electriphi, which also provides a software solution, in their case for energy and fleet management of commercial electric vehicle fleets.
Mike Roeth, executive director of NACFE, said “We’ve been wanting to hurry along the developments or accelerate the development of the great ideas [in the commercial vehicle industry] and so this cleantech challenge is a way to do that.
“We were able to bring in nine companies today that have some really innovative and great ideas,” Roeth continued, “an event like this helps the innovators better prepare their products as they go through the product development cycles.”
Han highlighted one of the most important reasons behind the CVCC, “The key challenge for us to make sure to get this technology on the road as fast as we can, so everybody in the industry can be informed what’s out there, and collectively we can accelerate the pace of EV adoption.”
Roeth stated simply “We’re in the business of bringing together all of these folks, and once you’re together the magic happens of learning and improving and moving along.”
Additional presenting companies included:
American Intermodal Equipment Co. (dynaCERT)
Delivery Technologies LLC
Pareto Point Industries, Inc.
Together with NACFE, CCIA developed the CVCC following the successful Oil & Gas and Mining Cleantech Challenge models (now in their sixth and third years, respectively) in partnership with an internationally recognized team of industry leaders, including Great Dane, UPS, Schneider Trucks, Kenworth, Xcel, Woodward, Toyota, Clean Cities, Rocky Mountain Institute, CALSTART and NREL.
About Colorado Cleantech Industries Association
Founded in 2008, CCIA is a statewide, industry-led, industry-focused organization dedicated to promoting Colorado’s cleantech industry. CCIA impacts Colorado’s policies, people, products and programs that drive expansion of a cleaner, cheaper, more efficient and secure energy economy. Through advocacy, public policy leadership, development and education, CCIA works to ensure that Colorado is a global cleantech leader. For more information, visit http://www.coloradocleantech.com.
NACFE, The North American Council for Freight Efficiency, works to drive the development and adoption of efficiency enhancing, environmentally beneficial, and cost-effective technologies, services and methodologies in the North American freight industry. Find NACFE at https://nacfe.org/.