Green Truck Association’s Board of Governors election will open in January 2018. This year, there are two positions available (see candidate profiles below). The election process will be held electronically, with links to the online ballot emailed to eligible members. The election is scheduled to open Friday, Jan. 19 and close Friday, Feb. 9. View current Board of Governors.
Vertical Market Manager
Green Truck Association member since 2010
Ted Barron spent more than 30 years at Alabama Power Co. Serving as installation engineer, application engineer, fleet maintenance manager, and manager of engineering and technical support, he accrued 25 years of fleet experience. He was on the American National Standards Institute A92.2 Committee for Alabama Power and was just reelected to represent Terex Utilities.
Ted earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at Auburn University. He has been actively involved in supporting green initiatives, participating in the High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum.
He seeks a position on the Board to bring his knowledge, experience and industry relationships to help support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, pollutants and fuel usage. He envisions Green Truck Association as the catalyst that provides a forum to capitalize on the future and further develop and promote green technologies shaping the journey toward zero-emission transportation.
The industry issue of greatest importance to Ted is considering green alternatives across different categories, identifying projects that make the most environmental and/or economic sense and get immediate results. He feels there are plenty of low-risk, market-proven technologies that reduce emissions and pollutants that should be given consideration. In addition, he believes higher-risk technologies should be validated before widespread adoption.
Motiv Power Systems
Foster City, California
Green Truck Association member since 2010
Jim Castelaz has more than a decade of experience in the truck equipment industry. Starting in 2007, he spent two years as chief technology officer at Adura Systems — an electric bus technology startup. Then, he became founder and president of Motiv Power Systems, leading the company to build an electric technology solution offering advanced power electronics and software.
Jim earned a bachelor’s in engineering and economics at Harvey Mudd College and a master’s in electrical engineering at Stanford University, where he volunteered as an entrepreneurship mentor. He was part of the CALSTART Electric Truck Task Force from 2011–2017; accepted the Clean Air Champion 2016 award from East Bay Clean Cities Coalition on behalf of his company; and regularly speaks at industry forums.
He would like to join the Board of Governors to share his experience and help Green Truck Association build upon its unique role of working with fleets, vehicle builders and technology providers to bring sustainability solutions to the industry. He foresees Green Truck Association functioning as a critical information clearinghouse for fleets seeking more efficient and sustainable operations, truck and bus builders and technology providers. In addition, he believes the Association can help offer guidance on best practices for developing and adopting new products and technologies.
Testing and validation of new powertrain technology in commercial vehicles is the most pressing issue to Jim. He’s noticed many fleets and vehicle builders struggling with how to approach robust and thorough testing of new technologies (such as all-electric drive), while still being able to meet their rollout plans for zero-emission or advanced fuel vehicles.
Green Truck Association member since 2014
Ed Lovelace has worked in the advanced transportation and clean technology industries for 29 years, including roles at General Electric Aircraft Engines (1988–1994); Satcon Technology Corp. (2000–2009, ending as director of engineering development); Free Flow Power (2009–2012, chief technology officer and EVP engineer); and XL Hybrids (2010 to present, first as advisor and then chief technology officer/VP of engineering).
Ed studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), earning a bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering; a master’s and doctorate in electrical engineering; and minors in technology and policy. He’s a USDOT/FHWA Eisenhower Doctoral Fellow for transportation leaders who supported his research in hybrid vehicle powertrains for the MIT/Industry Advanced Automotive Consortium on Electrical/Electronic Components and Systems. He has been involved in R&D and product development for electric propulsion and power systems since 1988 and has participated in several Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and SAE International committees related to development and standards for electric machinery and xEV propulsion systems.
Ed would like to join the Green Truck Association Board to help the industry progress toward mass adoption of sustainable solutions that maintain focus on business objectives. He envisions Green Truck Association continuing to offer education and advocacy and promoting best practices to encourage greater use of clean vehicles.
Industry issues of greatest concern to Ed include:
- Unintended consequences of government grants, incentives and mandates. There’s a need to support more level playing fields based on cost, supportability, performance and green attributes (where practical) and a portfolio approach to government investments.
- Sustainable companies for a sustainable future. Programs need to be structured in a way that advances mass adoption by fleets, moving emerging technologies that can get to a sustainable value proposition.
- Quality, actionable data. Data needs to be easily accessible for managers to take action and have the proper overall context to ensure resources are properly balanced.