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Press Release: Heavy Duty Dialogue Technology Panel to Focus on the Electric Vehicle and Advanced Technology

Date: August 27, 2020

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the commercial vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), will present a technology panel discussion moderated by MEMA Chief Technology Officer Brian Daugherty at Heavy Duty Dialogue (HDD), a completely virtual event on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT.

The panel, titled “The Electric Vehicle & Advanced Technology Roadmap,” will feature Robert Brown, head of government & public affairs, TuSimple; Kevin Grove, research associate, Center for Truck and Bus Safety, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute; and Richard Beyer, vice president, engineering and R&D, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC. The panelists will discuss the diverse viewpoints on the pace and progress of advanced vehicle technologies and their adoption in the industry.

The panelists will share feedback on topics including:

  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and the roadmap to L1, L2, L2+, and L4 automated systems

  • Commercial Vehicle Electrification

  • Connectivity

  • Cybersecurity

  • eMobility

HDD is an exceptional business conference developed specifically for executives in the global and domestic commercial vehicle industry. HDD conference attendees will hear experts discuss strategies, learn about trends and new developments in the market, and enhanced industry knowledge to sustain business in worldwide changing economic conditions.

Other session topics will include:

  • New Energy Vehicles & The Future of Power

  • Government Affairs in Relation to CV Technology as the Election Approaches

  • A Global Economic Outlook

  • The Electric Vehicle Market

Other speakers currently scheduled will include:

  • Robert Bryce – Energy Analyst and Author

  • Jeffrey Rosensweig – Director, John Robson Program in Business, Public Policy, and Government, Goizueta Business School of Emory University

  • Ann Wilson – Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, MEMA

  • Jason Roycht – Vice President, Technology Development and Strategy, Nikola Corporation

  • Ken Davis – Founder, Greentree Advisors LLC

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Based in North Carolina, HDMA is the Commercial Vehicle Division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), a major industry association with a forward looking strategy and a 115-year legacy of advocacy for the motor vehicle supplier industry.
A member driven organization, HDMA provides industry leadership for NAFTA based original equipment and aftermarket suppliers in the on and off-highway commercial vehicle equipment industry. This is accomplished through a range of services to its more than 200 member companies, which represent direct employment of nearly 200,000 in their US facilities.
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The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise the leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA serves as a critical bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles –such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity—and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing. MEMA works at state, Federal, and international levels to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. By directly employing more than 734,000 Americans and generating a total employment impact of 3.6 million jobs, MEMA’s member companies are the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit