The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held its annual vehicle and equipment showcase in Culver City, Calif., on July 18. Numerous vendors brought products and vehicles to the event, allowing attendees to view the latest solutions and vehicles available to the industry. Approximately 90 attendees were present for the event. For a photo gallery of vehicles and products at the event, click here.
In addition to the showcase, Joe Healey, CEO of Faster Asset Solutions, talked to attendees about leadership, prompting audience participation in determining the attributes of a functional team and the characteristics of a good leader.
Tom Brotherton, regional director of Calstart, spoke about the California Air Resources Board Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). HVIP provides funding to fleets purchasing medium- and heavy-duty hybrid vehicles by partially paying for the incremental cost of these vehicles. While funding for this fiscal year has been exhausted, Brotherton expects the program will receive an additional $5 million in funding, available by October. The program has given out 1,700 vouchers in the past 40 months.