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Extending ICE Life for Commercial Vehicles


The tide toward zero-emission propulsion solutions is inevitable, yet many industry experts temper aggressive electric-commercial-vehicle predictions with the reality that internal combustion engines will likely remain a staple of powertrain portfolios for decades to come. This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Truck & Off-Highway Engineering examines how engineers are continuing to improve the performance of ICEs while also making them more climate-friendly and accounting for constraints such as legislation and viability.

Topics include:

  • Alternative and net-zero carbon fuels
  • Hybridization
  • Modifications to allow renewable fuel use in diesel engines
  • Combustion
  • Legislation
  • Commercial viability
  • Decarbonization solutions
  • Aftertreatment

An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations.


Julie Blumreiter, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, ClearFlame Engine Technologies

Dr. Julie Blumreiter is passionate about developing and maintaining a clean, sustainable, and equitable future for all people through her role as Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a startup dedicated to the development of net-zero engine technology for heavy-duty applications. She is responsible for leading engineering development, testing, and commercialization of the company’s engine technology. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She previously served as a member of the Department of Energy’s ACCESS project. Julie was named an Echoing Green fellow in 2020 and is a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

Tom Howell, Segment Leader, Conventional Powertrain, AVL

Tom Howell serves as the Segment Leader for Conventional Powertrain at AVL, where he is responsible for strategy and project delivery for AVL’s North American business related to internal combustion engines, transmissions, and hybrids in all market sectors. During Tom’s six years at AVL, he has led projects ranging from technology proof of concept to production engine development. He previously worked for Jacobs Vehicle Systems for five years as Director of New Technology and for Ricardo for 15 years in positions of increasing responsibility. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, London.


Amanda Hosey, Editor, SAE Media Group

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