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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Jeff Brown

Fleet & Supply Operations Manager
Idaho National Laboratory

Jeff Brown serves as Manager of Fleet Operations for the Idaho National Laboratory, which manages approximately 700 light duty, medium duty and heavy-duty vehicles. Brown has 33 years of experience in the transportation industry and has participated in a number of research and development projects, including the eClimacoach No-Idle system for buses and Best Driver to optimize fuel mileage and driver ergonomics. These projects have been recognized with the INL Directors award, DOE Sustainability award and the Metro Magazine Innovative Solutions award. Brown also serves as a committee chair for the American Bus Association Bus Industry Safety Council. Brown’s work has and continues to reduce INL fleet emissions, thereby helping the lab to move closer to its net-zero goals.


Net Zero Transportation Systems »

2023 Fall Conference, September 29, 2023 2:40 pm

The number of EVs on the road is projected to increase to 26.4 million by 2030. There is also a 45 percent growth rate anticipated for the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Market between 2022 and 2029. This has significant infrastructure and economic impacts to both urban and rural communities, especially those communities situated along major travel corridors such as I-15 and US 20, which will need to prepare for increased EV traffic to national parks such as Zion, Arches, and Yellowstone. As a committed leader to demonstrating to communities of all sizes how to transition to clean, renewable energy sources, Idaho National Laboratory has committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2031—which includes transitioning a 600+ vehicle fleet with over 80 motor coaches that transport 2,500 employees each day—to low- and no-carbon options. INL’s multi-faceted strategy includes replacing fossil fuel-powered vehicles with electric and hydrogen vehicles, utilizing renewable fuels, and implementing necessary systems to make these shifts possible. This presentation will explore INL’s approach to installing the infrastructure to support this diverse set of solutions that links the urban Idaho Falls campus to the rural desert site over 50 miles away. The lessons learned from this effort are significant to both urban and rural planners seeking to meet the growing demand for a net-zero transportation infrastructure. Session attendees will learn what the future of EV infrastructure looks like and how to begin to plan now for both urban and rural applications.

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