Freight Efficiency With NACFE’s Mike Roeth & Friends

Freight Efficiency With NACFE’s Mike Roeth & Friends is a regular podcast series that focuses on current technologies and practices that help fleets achieve the best possible freight efficiency for their given application. It also will provide insight into emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles and their potential impact on freight efficiency.

NACFE’s Executive Director, Mike Roeth, will interview executives from the trucking industry and other parties that are interested in improving the overall efficiency and sustainability of goods movement in North America this includes currently available technologies as well as emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles.

If you would like to suggest a topic for this podcast, please contact Denise Rondini, NACFE’s communications director, at

Ep. 14 – Clark Reed, professional driver with Nussbaum Transportation, talks about his career in trucking, hours of service, his experience in Run on Less, what he does prior to starting each day’s route, what he has achieved in his existing truck and how he plans to move into his new truck, and his involvement with Team Run Smart. He also offers advice to other truckers and drivers about making the roads safer for everyone.

Ep. 13 – Jessie Lund, senior associate at Rocky Mountain Institute, shares information on her decade-long involvement in the fight against climate change, how trucking can help in the decarbonization fight, the opportunities moving to clean energy presents trucking, the power of co-creating clean transportation solutions and explains the findings of the regions report she led. She also gives advice to people who want to help develop a more sustainable way to move goods.

Ep. 12 – Jeff Baer, founder and CEO of LinkeDrive, talks about drivers’ impact on fuel efficiency, the importance of data in modifying drivers’ behavior, tools that can help drivers be more efficient, the importance of fairness and positivity in driver coaching and the company’s role in Run on Less Regional.

Ep. 11 – Steve Slesinski, director of global product planning at Dana Commercial Vehicle, talks about his 40 years in the commercial vehicle industry, the e-transition, why electric vehicles make sense in medium-duty markets, how fleets are taking a holistic approach to electric vehicle acquisition, hybrid vehicles, electric yard tractors and when he thinks EVs will see widespread adoption.

Ep. 10 – James Brown, producer and director at James Brown Media, talks about his involvement with NACFE and his work on Fresh Tracks, a web series on clean transportation. He also shares advice on the elements that are needed to make a compelling video and talks about why content is king when it comes to making a video.

Ep. 9 – Quin Garcia, managing director of Autotech Ventures, shares his insights on why the trucking industry is ready for transformation, the role his company plays in providing funding  for ground transportation innovators, and gives advice to both entrepreneurs trying to break into the ground transportation space and to incumbents already in the field.

Ep. 8 – Jay Lau, director of transportation at TuSimple, explains the company’s path to providing the trucking industry with Level 4 autonomous vehicles and the technology those need, shares what he believes people think when they hear the words “self-driving trucks” and  addresses concerns about drivers’ role in an autonomous future.

Ep. 7 – Dr. Andrew Brown, Jr., former vice president and chief technologist at Delphi Automotive Systems, explains the role of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and shared what he hopes are the biggest takeaways from Phase 2 report on reducing fuel consumption in medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Ep. 6 – NACFE team members Kevin Otto and Dave Schaller talk about their long careers in the trucking industry, their involvement with NACFE, the organization’s role as an unbiased source of information for existing and emerging technologies, and offer advice to young people who are thinking of coming into the trucking industry.

Ep. 5 – Ned Harvey, managing director at Rocky Mountain Institute, talks about the work of RMI in securing a cleaner future, the trucking industry’s role in that cleaner future, what’s meant by a  climate constrained world, the future of goods movements in a climate constrained world as well as the “coolness” of trucking.

Ep. 4 – Elizabeth Fretheim, head of business development at Nikola Motor Co., talks about her move from Walmart to Nikola, the Nikola culture and sense of urgency around zero emissions, progress on Tre production, cabovers vs. conventionals, and the importance of collaboration in the trucking industry.

Ep. 3 – Jennifer Rumsey, president of components at Cummins, talks about her career, Cummins’ role in powertrain electrification, STEM, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge, sustainability and the engineering skills needed in the trucking industry today and in the future.

Ep. 2 – Rob Reich, executive vice president, chief administrative officer at Schneider, talks about  his role at Schneider and as NACFE’s board chair; NACFE initiatives including the Fleet Fuel Study, Confidence Reports, Run on Less, and guiding emerging change; about making decisions to test new technologies; and the challenges for trucking companies in the future.

Ep. 1 – Joel Morrow, senior driver/head of research and development at Ploger Transportation, talks about Ploger’s operations, driving during the COVID-19 pandemic, spec’ing challenges, downspeeding, AMTs, his journey to becoming a freight efficiency evangelist and the benefits of speed management behind the wheel to improve efficiency, safety and driver health.

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Freight Efficiency with NACFE’s Mike Roeth & Friends