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Insights and tips from remarkable women leaders and innovators - from business, policy, science, the arts - who are transforming our world - Energy and sustainability - Career advice too.

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Aug 17, 2022

“I think what's really interesting and intriguing to me is the collaboration from the DOT and the DOE. there certainly is an overlap when you think about electrification, it's a transportation question, but it's also an energy question and both of those things have to be really coordinated to have success here…. They have to be developed in tandem and coordinated is something that really hasn't been, on their radar before.” Neha Palmer on Electric Ladies Podcast

With the new Inflation Reduction Act signed into law – on top of the Infrastructure Bill a few months ago – the  government’s investments in electric vehicles and the charging to support them has been supercharged.  That includes those medium and heavy duty trucks that transport the goods we buy to stores near us, and the delivery trucks that bring our stuff to our doorsteps, and even buses.  These vehicles have unique needs because they run nearly or literally 24/7. How will this work?

Listen to Neha Palmer, CEO and cofounder of TeraWatt Infrastructure explain it to host Joan Michelson on Electric Ladies podcast. This is a rebroadcast from last year, so we do not mention the IRA specifically.  

You’ll hear:

  • What kind of infrastructure we need to keep electric fleet vehicles moving stuff to us.
  • How the DOE & DOT can and should coordinate every step of the way.
  • Where the power comes from to power these trucks and the tricky process to get it to them wherever they are when they need it.
  • How they feed energy back to the grid, as well as take power from it.
  • Plus, insightful career advice ….

“I think that people should feel comfortable being scared….You’ve got to leave before you're ready to leave. Embrace challenge and go before you’re a hundred percent feel confident about that next step. It will allow I think, an acceleration of your career, but also your ability to make impact.” Neha Palmer on Electric Ladies podcast

Read Joan’s related Forbes articles here too.

You’ll also want to listen to:

  • Anne Kelly, Ceres Government Relations VP, on the business community’s support for climate-related legislation
  • Telva McGruder, Chief Diversity Officer of General Motors – on pivoting that 100+ year old company from gas-powered cars to electric cars
  • Sandra Bargman & Chantal Bilodeau, of the Climate Cabaret, on using storytelling to inspire action on climate change
  • Maureen Kline, Pirelli Tires, Sustainability head
  • Jackie Birdsall, Toyota, Senior Engineer, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

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