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The Low and Zero Emission Readiness (LAZER) Initiative will support organizations in evaluating the real-world economic and environmental benefits of advanced transportation technologies in commercial fleet applications.

Santa Monica, April 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gladstein, Neandross and Associates (GNA) and the University of California at Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) today announced the launch of the Low and Zero Emission Readiness (LAZER) Initiative. This new collaboration will support organizations—including transit agencies, refuse operations, trucking carriers, delivery fleets, school districts, municipalities, and more—in evaluating the real-world economic and environmental benefits of advanced transportation technologies.

Across the nation, commercial fleets are increasingly turning to new advanced vehicle technologies and alternative fuels in order to reduce costs and emissions.  The development and use of battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, natural gas, propane, renewable fuels, autonomous and connected technologies continues to expand at an accelerated pace. 

With an ever-increasing number of technology and fuel choices in the market, the LAZER Initiative will help these commercial fleet operators and their suppliers to validate the economic, environmental and operational impacts of these advanced technology platforms and alternative fuel powertrains on a full life-cycle basis.  Confirming an equivalent or lower total cost of ownership, combined with proven environmental benefits, will assist not only end-users and suppliers, but policymakers and other industry stakeholders alike.

The initiative brings together two global leaders with unique and complimentary skill sets. Working with North America’s largest commercial fleets, vehicle manufacturers, industry suppliers and other industry stakeholders, GNA has helped to spearhead the development of some of the largest clean transportation projects to date, bringing significant real-world experience working with commercial fleets to help them achieve their economic and environmental sustainability goals. CE-CERT is recognized around the world for their engine and vehicle emissions measurement and research, and is the premier testing laboratory for in-use vehicle performance and activity data collection on the West Coast.

“We are excited to expand upon our capabilities and work side-by-side with the CE-CERT team to offer laboratory and in-use emissions testing to further validate the performance and durability of vehicles as their use in commercial fleet operations is increased,” said Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer of GNA.

 “When introducing a new product to the market, very significant capital investments are required for research, development, testing, optimization, and certification,” said Kent Johnson, research faculty for CE-CERT. “The LAZER initiative will provide OEMs with unique access to CE-CERT’s world class laboratories and a team of technical experts that can help design and implement durability and emissions test protocols, identify compliance and reporting requirements, and navigate the approval process required to commercialize engines, fuels, hybrid-drive systems and after-treatment technologies.”

GNA and CE-CERT have a long history of working together on projects for a range of leading public and private organizations, including several active projects on behalf of the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Port of Long Beach.

GNA and CE-CERT announced the LAZER Initiative at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, the nation’s largest advanced transportation technology and clean fleet event, taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. To learn more, visit the newly launched website at www.lazerinitiative.org.


About Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)

GNA is a leading North American consulting firm specializing in market development for low-emission and alternative fuel vehicle technologies, infrastructure and fuels for both on and off-road applications. The company’s core practice areas are technical support, government relations, grant writing and administration, communications strategy, and market outreach and education. For more than 25 years, GNA has pioneered the nation’s largest and most innovative alternative fuel vehicle projects, including the development of several successful clean fuel corridor projects. In addition, the company produces a series of advanced transportation and clean energy conferences—including the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo—and manages the ACT News media publication. www.gladstein.org

About the University of California at Riverside’s College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT)

CE-CERT is recognized throughout the world for its emissions test lab and impressive breadth of technical research conducted over the past 50 years. From working to understand how emissions impact air quality to developing the technologies needed to improve solar and other renewable power sources, the projects that CE-CERT’s research teams are currently engaged in support clean air, sustainable transportation, renewable fuels, renewable energy and smart grids, and climate change mitigation. www.cert.ucr.edu

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