Pennsylvania Medium- & Heavy-Duty EV Bootcamp and Showcase

On June 20, the Electrification Coalition hosted the Pennsylvania Medium- and Heavy-Duty (MHD) EV Bootcamp and Showcase. We heard from many enthusiastic and dedicated individuals from across the MHD electric vehicle supply chain, including key business partners, state and federal agencies, utilities, local school districts, and advocate organizations. The day was filled with possibilities for future collaboration to successfully drive forward the MHD EV sector in the commonwealth. 

We heard from leaders across Pennsylvania who are leading the charge from the state legislature, city and county governments, state agencies, and utilities. Manufacturers brought their latest models onsite for an EV showcase, giving participants the opportunity to explore this new technology in person.

Thank you to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology for hosting this event! We created a page with additional related resources for participants of the event, which you can view here.

Here are some key takeaways from the event:

  1. Electrification Potential: Many areas of the MHD sector are prime candidates for electrification now. Fixed route-oriented fleets in private businesses, city, and regional transit systems, and school districts have all shown the maintenance and fuel-saving possibilities electrification can provide. 
  2. Infrastructure Planning: Working with utilities to form concrete plans on how to build out infrastructure, increase capacity, and ensure that the grid can handle a future of widespread electrification must be at the center of future conversations, regulation, and legislation. 
  3. Collaborative Efforts: Regional and multi-state governmental cooperation is needed in tandem with utilities, manufacturers, EV owners, and advocates to build out charging networks and grid and transmission infrastructure effectively and efficiently. 
  4. Workforce Transition: Building out workforce development and educational opportunities for technicians, maintenance workers, and drivers to be able to transition easily, equitably, and safely to working on high-voltage systems in electric trucks, buses, and vans is critical to supporting future MHD electrification efforts.
  5. Equity Focus: Equity must be at the center of the MHD electrification transition. We must consider questions ranging from which school districts should receive government support and where charging stations can be placed in rural areas, all the way up the supply chain to where materials are sourced and manufactured to make the vehicles.


Time Topic

Speaker – Click here for speaker bios

9:00-10:00 a.m. Coffee, Networking, and Electric Vehicle Display 

Thomas Built Electric School Bus – Rohrer Bus 

Ford eTransit Van – Rohrer Bus 

Cenntro LS400 Delivery Truck – T.P. Trailers, Inc. 

Blink Charging Series 8 Level 2 Charging Station

10:00 – 10:10 a.m. Welcoming Remarks   Katherine Stainken, Electrification Coalition  
10:10 – 10:20 a.m. Remarks from the City of Harrisburg  Karl Singleton, City of Harrisburg  
10:20 – 10:40 a.m.

Market Update: Medium and HeavyDuty Electrification 

Spencer Burget, Atlas Public Policy  

10:40 – 10:50 a.m.



10:50-11:30 a.m.

Business Perspectives on Medium- & Heavy-Duty Policy 

Moderator: Katherine Stainken, Electrification Coalition 

Dawn Fenton, Volvo Group North America

Jane Culkin, Highland Electric

11:30 – 12:05 a.m.

Laws, Regs and Big Rigs: Policy and Funding Opportunities for Electrifying the MHD Sector  

Moderator: Nick Miller, Electrification Coalition 

Colton Brown, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 

Dave Althoff, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection 

12:05 – 12:35 p.m. 

Lunch Break


12:35 – 1:20 p.m. 

Adapting the Grid for Our Electric Transportation Future 

Moderator: Nicholas Bibby, Advanced Energy United 

Thomas Bonner, PECO 

Francis Frank, PPL 

Alan Michel, First Energy

1:20 2:00 p.m. 

Getting Buses on the Streets: Electrifying School Buses 

Moderator: Max Turner, Electrification Coalition 

Kelsey Mattola, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

Sue Gander, World Resources Institute  

Mark Carnes, Steelton-Highspire School District  

Mike David, Rohrer Buses 

2:00-2:15 p.m.

Remarks from the PA Department of Environmental Protection 

Acting Secretary Rich Negrin 

2:15-2:55 p.m.

Making Electrification Work: Lessons in Barriers, Challenges, and Deployment 

Moderator: Tony Bandiero, Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation 

Matthew Reis, PA GreenGov Council 

Darwin Craul, Capital Area Transit 

Thomas (Tommy) Perkins Sr., T.P. Trailers, Inc. 

Omar Sandlin, Cenntro Electric Group 

2:55-3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Electrification Coalition 

3:00-3:40 p.m.

Networking and Electric Vehicle Display 

Thomas Built Electric School Bus – Rohrer Bus 

Ford eTransit Van – Rohrer Bus 

Cenntro LS400 Delivery Truck – T.P. Trailers, Inc. 

Blink Charging – Series 8 Level 2 Charging Station 

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the head of policy and sustainability at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the associate director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.