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. 21 – Patrick Molloy, Technical Lead, Electrification at Rocky Mountain Institute, shares his thoughts on the need to educate people on hydrogen as an energy source, why hydrogen is a good carbon-free solution for many industries, the opportunities for hydrogen as a fuel for the trucking industry and the need to learn from others in order to know when it is time to make a decision about hydrogen use in your operation.

Ep. 20 – Rick Mihelic, president of Mihelic Vehicle Consulting, and NACFE’s director of emerging technologies, shares his thoughts on the value of networking, the rapid pace of technology change, the importance of research and understanding bias, explains the technology diffusion S curve, offers quick thoughts on a host of emerging technologies and gives advice on being successful with new technology.

Ep. 19 – Steve Ernest, vice president of engineering for Jacobs Vehicle Systems, talks about the evolution of Jacobs over the past 60 years, variable valve actuation, cylinder deactivation, electric trucks, working with universities and other groups to advance technology, and reminds listeners that diesels will be a viable option for years to come.

Ep. 18 – Ellen Voie, founder, president and CEO of Women in Trucking, talks about her career, what sparked the idea for Women in Trucking, her passion for bringing more women into the industry, and how the industry has changed in terms of the value it places on diversity and inclusion. She also shares thoughts on the difference between being for women and being about women. 

Ep. 17 – Rustam Kocher, charging infrastructure lead for the e-mobility group at Daimler Trucks North America, talks about the speed of the transition to electric trucks, DTNA’s e-mobility projects, why fleets are looking at EVs, the importance of charging infrastructure and charging management, and his passion for electric vehicles. He also offers advice to fleets about making the move to EVs.

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