Commercial Vehicle Cleantech Challenge Announces Call for Applications

Market-driven showcase connects innovative technology solutions to the trucking industry
GOLDEN, Colo. - May 2, 2019 - PRLog -- The Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) are now accepting applications for a new initiative, the Commercial Vehicle Cleantech Challenge (CVCC), a market-driven showcase to be held in Denver, Colorado, on July 10, 2019.

Following on the successful models of CCIA's Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge and Mining Cleantech Challenge, the CVCC provides an opportunity for direct, high-value connections between leaders in the trucking industry, and innovative new and renewable technology solutions. Companies selected for participation in the program have the opportunity to present directly to industry representatives and the winning company receives a cash prize.

"This successful matchmaking model between innovative technology companies and the trucking industry is a natural extension to our robust Cleantech Challenge series," says Shelly Curtiss, CCIA's executive director. "The transportation industry is eager and enthusiastic for new approaches and opportunities to incorporate cleaner, more efficient practices into their vehicles and systems.

Mike Roeth, NACFE's executive director, added, "The commercial vehicle industry is on the verge of some potentially disruptive, revolutionary changes. Advances in automation, electrification, refrigeration and other sectors can directly and positively impact companies with a heavy focus on commercial vehicles."

CCIA partnered with NACFE to develop the inaugural CVCC, along with industry partners and sponsors Great Dane, UPS, Schneider, Kenworth, Woodward, Toyota, Xcel Energy, the Canadian Consulate in Denver, Denver Metro Clean Cities, Rocky Mountain Institute, the National Renewable Energy Lab and CALSTART.

The application process is now open for cleantech companies to showcase their innovative products and technologies. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Infrastructure for BEV and FCV vehicles
Cost reduction for electrification of the powertrain
Vehicle automation & connectivity
Driver attraction, retention, & health
On-vehicle hydrogen performance and cost
Truck and trailer refrigeration
Last mile truck productivity

Interested cleantech companies will enter a competitive vetting process, after which 10-12 companies will be invited to present their technologies to the mining partners. More information can be found here:

About CCIA

Founded in 2008, Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) impacts Colorado's policies, people, products and programs that drive expansion of a cleaner, cheaper, more efficient and secure energy economy. Through advocacy, public policy leadership, development and education, CCIA works to ensure that Colorado is a global cleantech leader. For more information about CCIA, visit

About NACFE:

NACFE, The North American Council for Freight Efficiency, works to drive the development and adoption of efficiency enhancing, environmentally beneficial, and cost-effective technologies, services and methodologies in the North American freight industry. Find NACFE at

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