The Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy and Health (CARTEEH) hosted a webinar on March 9, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST on Reducing Air Pollution and Health Impacts of Freight Movement in Environmental Justice Communities through Truck Electrification. Communities near freight hubs such as ports, railyards, and warehouses are disproportionately affected by air pollution and health burdens associated with diesel emissions from freight trucks. Transitioning these trucks to electric is one way to mitigate the impacts of freight movement on these environmental justice communities. This webinar discussed efforts to research, plan, and demonstrate the electrification of freight trucks in California.
Dr. Kanok Boriboonsomsin
Research Engineer, College of Engineering
Center for Environmental Research and Technology, University of California at Riverside
Dr. Boriboonsomsin is an Associate Research Professor in the College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) at the University of California, Riverside. His research focus is on sustainable transportation systems and technologies. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of traffic simulation, vehicle activity analysis, vehicle energy and emissions modeling, intelligent transportation systems, as well as connected and automated vehicle technologies. Dr. Boriboonsomsin is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He also serves on the TRB’s Transportation and Air Quality Standing Committee and as the Associate Editor for IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine.
Dr. Aravind Kailas
Advanced Technology Policy Director
Volvo Group North America
Dr. Aravind Kailas manages the Volvo Group CTO Office operations in California to strengthen organic innovation and competence in digitized trucking topics. Dr. Kailas has spearheaded Volvo’s technology policy and outreach efforts in the connected and autonomous vehicles spaces, and also initiated all truck platooning R&D activities in North America to shape the legislative and market landscapes. Dr. Kailas is also an Instructor in the Global Logistics Program at California State University, Long Beach. He has previously held positions at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, QUALCOMM, Inc., DOCOMO Innovations, Inc., and General Electric. He is an award-winning and internationally-published subject-matter expert, and has earned degrees in Applied Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology