ACT Expo 2022: Hitting the Gas on Electric

By Jeremy Ertl

As public perception and acceptance of electric vehicles continues to accelerate, events like the 2022 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo become important marketing tools for showcasing the brands – both leading vehicle manufacturers and solution providers – continuing to innovate in the space. 

The HMH team showed up to a packed house as the annual show kicked off its 11th year at the Long Beach Convention Center on May 9-12. This year’s show focused on improving performance, decreasing cost, and reducing emissions through a variety of advancements in gaseous fuels, electrification, connected and automated fleets, urban mobility, trucking efficiency, and goods movement operations.

With just under 8,000 attendees (3,000 more than 2021, a very “pre-pandemic” type of feeling being in attendance), the annual clean tech expo had at least 80 alternative fuel and clean tech vehicles on display throughout the conference, giving attendees a look into the future of mobility and sustainable transportation.

Alien vehicles (looking at you, Einride!) lined the show floor – from the newest electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas and renewable fuel vehicles – many before even being made widely available to the public. Banners lauding “zero emissions, zero compromise,” energy drink bars advertising “Recharge” and entire gas stations of the future were erected to celebrate the many developments in electric vehicle (EV) and other emissions-reducing solutions on display.

We attended keynotes from leaders in the space like Cummins, Navistar and HMH client Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), exhibits with electric tractors, buses and chassis and even showed up to media events launching new products and technologies, from DTNA’s launch of the Freightliner eCascadia to Penske Transportation Solutions and Shell Recharge Solutions’ light-duty EV charging solution.

Other companies in the space continued to innovate and expand their electric vehicle product offerings, including:

Topics covered at this year’s event:

  • Maximizing upcoming federal EV infrastructure credits and funding, following the passing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
  • Successful deployments of EV charging technology across large commercial fleets
  • Innovations in not just BEV, but natural gas and hydrogen – discussing opportunities and long-time benefits for fleets in the transition to a cleaner future
  • Ride & drives were back and bigger than ever, giving consumers the ability to test out everything from a Brightdrop all-electric delivery van to a Hyzon Motors fuel cell-powered truck to our personal favorite, the Freightliner eM2 Box Truck

We look forward to coming back again next year (this time to Anaheim Convention Center). As the sector continues to evolve, I have no doubt the show will continue to gain popularity (as we’ve already seen), representing a space for thought leaders to show up and showcase new and emerging trends in cleantech. Until then, keeping our enthusiasm high and our emissions low!