Session No. 4E

Electric Vehicles

With the goal of 50 percent electric vehicle sales by 2030 in the US, and over $100 billion in EV incentives and infrastructure investment by the US government, electric vehicles and other alternative fuel vehicles continued to dominate the vehicle market. Come to this session to hear local, regional and national experts discuss States and the private industry are planning for future adaptation.

Moderator(s): Dan Corey, AECOM       

PennDOT EV Mobility Plan

  • Gunnar Rhone, PE, Engineering Specialist, Office of Transformational Technology, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Katie Zehnder, Project Director, HNTB

Maryland Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Infrastructure

  • R. Earl Lewis, Jr., Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation

Vehicle Electrification

  • Andrew Bui, Vice President Transportation, Business Line Electrification Team, AECOM


Gunnar Rhone is the Engineering Specialist in the PennDOT Office of Transformational Technology. He has six years of engineering experience, which includes CAV pilot planning, deployments, and emerging mobility solutions across the country. Notable projects include PennSTART, PA’s Vehicle Platooning Policy and PDD Policy, and Smart Columbus. Rhone holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and MBA, both from Penn State.

In her time at HNTB, Katie Zehnder has managed statewide P3, alternative delivery, and new mobility task order contracts, ITS strategic plans, large traffic modeling programs, interchange justification studies, the Brent Spence Bridge Value for Money study, regional communications infrastructure programs, smart streetlighting programs and a variety of other work for cities, counties, MPOs, tollways, state DOTs and private mobility provider clients. Zehnder lives in Ohio with her husband and daughter.

As Deputy Secretary, R. Earl Lewis oversees the administration of twelve offices: Diversity and Equity; Environment; Fleet, Facilities, and Administrative Services; Human Resources; Minority Business Enterprise; Small and Minority Business Policy; Planning and Capital Programming; Policy and Regulations; Real Estate and Economic Development; Transportation Technology Services; and Freight and Multimodalism. He also chairs MDOT’s Public Private Partnerships Steering Committee, reporting directly to the Secretary on the oversight of P3 initiatives by MDOT’s transportation business units. Lewis is a Baltimore native, as is his wife Charlene. They have four adult children, Vaughn, Wesley, Christopher and Kimberly, and they reside in Bel Air, where Lewis attends Mountain Christian Church. His interests include gardening, travel, jazz music and NFL football.

Andrew Bui is focused on supporting how our cities, utilities, and infrastructure owners will convert shift to zero emissions technologies and develops strategies to optimize and accelerate these efforts.          

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Dec. 9, 2021

12:15 to 1:30 p.m.




The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891