VERGE 20: Clean fleet & finance leaders IKEA, FedEx, NextEra, CORE, NY Green Bank talk speeding ZE commercial vehicle market growth during e-commerce boom

Oct 28, 2020 11:30 am

In the midst of an ecommerce boom, the Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program and campaign will convene innovation leaders to explore strategies to accelerate the growth of zero-emission commercial vehicles. Drive to Zero will host IKEA’s Ingka Group, FedEx, the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), the NY Green Bank and NextEra Energy for two expert panels at VERGE 20 on Oct. 28th at 11:30am PT and Noon PT. Experts will discuss collaboration and partnership opportunities, innovative financing tools to accelerate adoption, as well as mechanisms to speed manufacturing and zero-emission commercial vehicle model proliferation.

CALSTART’s Drive to Zero program and campaign is aimed at accelerating market viability for zero-emission commercial vehicles in key vehicle segments in urban communities by 2025 and achieving full market penetration of zero-emission trucks and buses by 2040.

To attend VERGE 20, journalists may request free press passes here. Preference is given to journalists who register early – so register today!

PANEL 1:      The Tipping Point for Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles 

Oct. 28 at 11:30am-noon PT

The electric truck and bus market is growing rapidly, but partnerships and collaboration are needed to accelerate the transition of trucks and buses to zero-emissions. This session will use CALSTART’s Global Drive to Zero program as a framework for examining how to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission commercial vehicles.

  • Angela Hultberg, Head of Sustainable Mobility, Ingka Group (formerly IKEA)
  • Russ Musgrove, Managing Director, Express FedEx
  • Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President, CALSTART

PANEL 2:      How Innovative Financing Can Scale Zero-Emission Trucks and Buses – Oct. 28 at Noon-12:30pm PT

New financing tools are key to accelerating the adoption of commercial zero-emission vehicles. Find out about the new financing tools that can help unlock rapid scaling of zero emission trucks and buses.

  • Chelle Izzi, Executive Director – Distributed Generation, NextEra
  • Andrew Kessler, Managing Director, Investment & Portfolio Management, NY Green Bank
  • Niki Okuk, Alternative Fuels Program Manager, CALSTART, administrator of the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE)

REGISTER: Journalists may request free press passes here. Preference is given on a first-come first-serve basis.

CALSTART | Changing transportation for good

A national nonprofit consortium with offices in New York, Michigan, Colorado and California and partners world-wide, CALSTART works with 250+ member company and agency innovators to build a prosperous, efficient and clean high-tech transportation industry. We knock out barriers to modernization and the adoption of clean vehicles. CALSTART is changing transportation for good.


VERGE 20 will convene more than 10,000 — from the private and public sectors, utilities, solution providers, investors and startups — advancing systemic solutions to address the climate crisis through five key markets: clean energy, electrified transportation, the circular economy, carbon removal and sustainable food systems.

Contact: Roxanna Smith, +1 510.326.0390