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. 61 – Jigar Shah, director of the loan program office at the United States Department of Energy, explains what’s happened over the last 10 years with decarbonization, the need to crack the code to deploy technologies faster, getting people past the valley of inertia, the history and goals of the DOE’s loan program and measuring the program’s success. He also encourages the industry to be more vocal about what it needs from the DOE .

Ep. 60 – Chet Ciesielski, vice president, on-highway truck business, Navistar, talks about how Navistar works with customers when it comes to fuel economy, his thoughts on the vocational business, how hydrogen fuel cells will play a part in long-haul, and why the industry needs to work together to harness the momentum of electrification.

Ep. 59 – Anthony Eggert, senior director of transportation, Climate Works Foundation, talks about his first zero-emission vehicle — a go-kart. He also talks about the audacious goals of the Drive Electric Campaign, the importance of working together across businesses to achieve goals to speed the scaling of EVs and how failing fast can lead to success. He shares the success of EV adoption in Norway and Shenzhen, China and reminds us that it will take both the supply side and the demand side to enable the rapid transition to EVs.

Ep. 58 – Alison Conway, associate professor at The City College of New York, talks about the challenges of goods movement in dense urban environments, the impact of e-commerce on freight delivery, the shift in vehicles engaged in goods movement, using data to better understand what is happening in e-commerce. She also talks about the fact we are going to see new methods of modeling that bring together things that used to be separate and how freight efficiency can be improved by addressing what’s happening off the vehicle.

Ep. 57 – Jose “Pepe” Gutierrez, who is leading NACFE’s efforts in Mexico, talks about the similarities and differences between the US and Mexican truck markets, last mile delivery, electric vehicle deployments in Mexico and what is preventing more widespread adoption of EV. He also talks about the work NACFE LATAM is doing to help Mexican fleets operate in a more fuel-efficient manner.

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