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. 24 – Michael Berube, acting deputy assistant secretary for sustainable transportation at the US Department of Energy, talks about his role at DOE, the primary work of the agency, the agency’s goal for decarbonizing transportation, the SuperTruck programs, annual Merit Reviews of DOE funded projects, the importance of teams in getting new technology to market and the key elements needed to scale battery electric trucks.

Ep. 23 – Paul Stith, director of global transportation initiatives at Black & Veatch, explains the company’s role in vehicle electrification, his experience with EVs, where we are with EV infrastructure development, the need for cooperation among a variety of parties, lessons learned from transit charging, and why fleets need to get involved with EVs now.

Ep. 22 – Denise Rondini, NACFE’s Communications Director and President of Rondini Communications, talks with Mike about the importance of clear, direct communication, the best way to tell your company’s story, why businesses need to control their own narratives, and offers comments on how the trucking industry is doing in its diversity efforts and the handling of disruptive technologies in the industry.

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.

To read descriptions of previous episodes, click here.