In February 2002, transportation technology consortium WestStart and the U.S. Army’s National Automotive Center will host a meeting in Tempe, AZ, to examine trends in clean fuel technology for heavy-duty vehicles.

The Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles for the 21st Century: Exploring Trends in Advanced Technologies and Fuels meeting will be held Feb. 20-22, 2002, at the Mission Palms Hotel. The two-day conference will detail the latest international trends influencing advanced drivetrains and fuel choices for the heavy-duty vehicle industry.

Several American, Asian and European truck and engine manufacturing companies will attend. They include Hino Trucks, Cummins Westport, Mack Trucks and British Petroleum. Representative from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will also attend.

The central theme of the conference is that heavy-duty vehicles are under more scrutiny than ever from regulatory agencies, which are requiring truck and engine manufacturers to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency. As a result, advanced transportation technologies are making their way into the commercial marketplace to address these concerns. What does all this mean for the future of the heavy-duty vehicle industry? That’s what conference organizers hope to find out, WestStart said.