California Leadership: 100% Zero-Emissions for New Cars and Trucks by 2035
Thursday, January 21
10 a.m. PST

As we launch into 2021, we must continue to focus on the goal to support the Governor’s Executive Order N-79-20 requiring all new cars and trucks sold in California be zero emissions by 2035. Veloz has assembled top leaders from key sectors in transportation electrification to talk candidly about the challenges and opportunities of meeting this goal.

Please join Veloz’s Executive Director, Josh Boone for a lively conversation with Ford Motor Company, Enel X, General Motors, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Lyft and California Air Resources board as Josh discusses how automakers, utilities, new technologies and policy makers can work together to lead California’s zero emission vehicle efforts.

Speakers Included:
  • California Air Resources Board
    Analisa Bevan, Assistant Division Chief, Sustainable Transportation and Communities Division
  • Ford Motor Company
    Cynthia Williams, Global Director, Sustainability, Homologation & Compliance
  • General Motors
    Michael Maten, Manager, Energy, Environment, and Electrification Policy
  • Enel X
    David Schlosberg, VP, Energy Market Operations
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
    Nancy Sutley, Senior Assistant General Manager of External and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Lyft
    Sam Arons, Director of Sustainability


Thursday, April 29
Permit Approved: Cities Leading the Electric Car Revolution

Thursday, May 27
Medium- and Heavy-Duty:  Fleets Paving the Way to Electrification

Thursday, June 29
The Road to Recovery: The Role of Electrification in the Post-Pandemic Green Economy

Thursday, August 26
Autonomous and Electric:  Twins or Sisters?

Thursday, October 28
Haul Yes! Electric Pickup Trucks are Hitting the Road

Thursday, December 16


Tuesday, December 15

From Zero Emissions to Zero Regrets – A Conversation with Mary Nichols

Join all Velozers in an up-close and personal chat with the one and only “Queen of Green” – Mary Nichols.

Join us for a one-hour conversation with Mary as she reflects on her life, career, transportation electrification and what’s coming next as she leaves her current role at the California Air Resources Board. Mary’s career has untold stories and tons of insights that our co-moderators Josh Boone, Executive Director of Veloz and Morry Cater, Founding Principal of Cater Communications will uncover and share with attendees.

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October 29, 2020

Batteries:  Creating Sustainable Practices from Mine to Wheel and Beyond

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Electric car batteries are dependent on critical mineral commodities such as cobalt, graphite, lithium, and manganese that are located in underdeveloped countries where labor and environmental regulations are weak. This webinar will explore how mining and supply chain practices can be more sustainable (less environmentally damaging and more respectful of communities) along with what happens after the battery is used in an electric car.

Our panelists included:

Webinar Resources:

August 25, 2020: Plug In & Pay: Making Electric Car Charging More Convenient

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Our panelists included:

July 9, 2020: ELECTRIC CARS: The Critical Role of Regional Partnerships co-hosted with Forth

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Jointly hosted by Forth to discuss the critical role regional partnerships play in transportation electrification. Our co-host and panelists included:

  • Forth (co-host)
    Zach Henkin, Deputy Director
  • UC Davis, Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, Institute of Transportation Studies
    Gil Tal, Research Director
  • eSource
    Ryan Odell, Lead Analyst
  • Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
    Sarah McKearnan, Senior Policy Advisor
  • United Kingdom Department for Transport, Office of Low Emissions
    Susie Seldon, Government head of the Go Ultra Low campaign
  • Coast to Coast Smart eMobility
    Ellen Hiep, CEO HiePRactief, official partner

May 26, 2020: COVID-19 and Changing Business Models

This webinar featured a conversation to discuss how the COVID-19 health and economic crisis is impacting business models with an emphasis on challenges and opportunities around transportation electrification. Our panelists are Veloz members from different electrification sectors, including:

  • Adam Gromis, Global Lead on Sustainability and Environmental Impact, Uber
  • Natasha Contreras, EV Customer Engagement Program Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Travis Allan, Vice-president of Public Affairs and General Counsel, Flo
  • Amy Lilly, State Regulatory Principal Specialist, Mercedes-Benz
  • Cynthia Williams, Global Director, Sustainability, Homologation & Compliance, Ford Motor Company
  • Jamie Hall, Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy, General Motors

October 3, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (PDT)
Power Players: Women Leading Transportation Electrification


  • Ashley Horvat, Vice President, Public & Private Partnerships, Greenlots (co-moderator)
  • Analisa Bevan, Assistant Division Chief, Sustainable Transportation and Communities Division, California Air Resources Board
  • Kelly Helfrich, Manager, Electric Vehicle Charging and Infrastructure, GM
  • Lisa Arellanes, Senior Manager, Business Development & Partnerships, Transportation Electrification, Southern California Edison
  • Fabiola Lao, Senior Equity Policy Manager, Center for Sustainable Energy

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July 30, 2019
Electric For All: Bringing Electric Mobility to Communities Across California


  • Orson Aguilar, President, The Greenlining Institute (co-moderator)
  • Zach Franklin, Chief Strategy Officer, Transportation Equity Programs, Grid Alternatives (view presentation)
  • Lourdes Cordova Martinez, Senior Public Affairs Manager, South Coast Air Quality Management District (view presentation)
  • Derek Steele, Health Equity Program Director, Social Justice Learning Institute (view presentation)
  • Mayor Rey León, Executive Director, The LEAP Institute (view video)

April 18, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (PST)
Fuel Cell Electric Cars: Hear the Latest on Cars, Fueling Stations and More

Please join us on Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m. (PDT) for a 75-minute webinar about fuel cell electric cars and fueling.


  • Bill Elrick, Executive Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership (co-moderator) (View Presentation)
  • Dr. Andrew Martinez, Staff Air Resources Engineer, California Air Resources Board (View Presentation)
  • Dr. Shane Stephens, Founder and Chief Development Officer, First Element Fuel (View Presentation)
  • Dr. Wayne Leighty, Hydrogen Business Development Manager, North America, Shell New Energies (No Presentation)
  • Stephen Ellis, Manager, Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (View Presentation)

February 7, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (PST)
California Leadership: Hear from State Representatives on What’s Next for Electric Cars


  • Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director, ZEV Infrastructure, GO-Biz (co-moderator) (View Presentation)
  • Carrie Sisto, Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission (View Presentation)
  • Ryan McCarthy, Science and Technology Policy Advisor, California Air Resources Board (View Presentation)
  • Kevin Barker, Deputy Director Fuels and Transportation Division, California Energy Commission (View Presentation)

December 6, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (PST)
‘Tis the season to go electric. Hear how San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Central Valley encourage electric cars.


  • Jacques Chirazi, Business Development Manager, City of San Diego (View Presentation)
  • Michael Samulon, Senior Policy Analyst, Sustainability, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (View Presentation)
  • Colette Kincaid, Senior Air Quality Specialist and Dante Sanson, Air Quality Specialist II, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (View Presentation)

October 23, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (PDT)
Don’t be Haunted by the Lack of Electric Cars. Hear What San Francisco and Sacramento are doing to meet their electric car goals


  • Jennifer Venema, Sustainability Manager, City of Sacramento (View Presentation)
  • Jessie Denver, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources Program, San Francisco Department of the Environment (View Presentation)

October 11, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (PDT)
Hear from Electrify America on their Cycle 2 Investment Plan

  • Rich Steinberg, Senior Director of Marketing, Communications and Green Cities
  • Matthew Nelson, Director of Government Affairs

August 30, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (PDT)
Topic:  What Drivers Need in a DCFC Network


June 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (PDT)
Topic: CPUC Approved Infrastructure Project Plan


  • David Sawaya, Director of Clean Transportation, Pacific Gas and Electric (View Presentation)
  • Michael Backstrom, Managing Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, Southern California Edison (View Presentation)