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Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center for the next episode of EnergySource: Innovation Stream. The series highlights new energy technologies with the potential to reshape the global energy system through discussions with companies and individuals working diligently to bring those innovations to market at scale. On Friday, August 7, from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. EDT, the Global Energy Center will host Elizabeth Fretheim, the head of business development at Nikola Motor Company, who will discuss how the company plans to commercialize hydrogen fuel cell technology and infrastructure in the transportation industry.

Nikola Corporation is an emerging player in the zero-emission transportation space. The company aims to manufacture zero-emission vehicles—mainly focusing on long-haul fuel cell trucks—and to develop the hydrogen infrastructure to fuel the vehicles. In her presentation, Ms. Fretheim will discuss how fuel cell electric vehicles can meet a critical need for long-haul routes and can transport heavy payloads. She will explain Nikola’s plans to generate clean energy at its hydrogen fueling facilities using electrolysis with electricity generated by solar panels or wind.

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Elizabeth Fretheim is the head of business development for Nikola Motor Company where she works with fleets to help them transition to a zero-emission future with hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles.  Prior to Nikola, Elizabeth was the senior director of sustainability for Walmart, where she led sustainability for the supply chain division with over two hundred distribution centers and the third-largest private trucking fleet in the United States. Before joining Walmart, Elizabeth lived in Calgary, Canada, where she worked in business development for technology, facility management, and power generation companies.  Her experience spans the spectrum of operational sustainability including alternative energy, efficiency, autonomous vehicles, building design and technologies, packaging, water, waste and recycling, and supplier engagement.

Elizabeth lead Walmart’s achievement of doubling their fleet efficiency from 2005 to 2015 which saved the company $1 billion annually and for which they won Green Fleet of the Year in 2017. In 2016, she was one of Fleet Owner Magazine’s Dozen Outstanding Women in Trucking and in one of three finalists for the 2nd Annual Distinguished Women in Logistics award. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and gained an interest and appreciation for sustainability through her work with Indigenous peoples in the remote Northern regions of Canada.

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