ORLANDO – Britta K. Gross, a highly respected and recognized leader in the field of alternative fuel technology programs, has joined the governing board of the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC). Gross currently serves as director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors (GM), where she oversees biofuel, battery-electric (EV) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. She will complement OUC’s ongoing efforts to pave the way for mainstream EV readiness in Central Florida.
“We’re very excited to have Britta join our board. Her enthusiasm, commitment and extensive knowledge in the electric vehicle industry will serve OUC well as we both share a passion for the highest measure of environmental performance,” said Ken Ksionek, OUC General Manager & CEO. “We look forward to her helping take us to the next level.”
“I’m thrilled to join the Commission. OUC is a bedrock of this community and has built a stellar reputation as a leading utility in the electric vehicle space,” Gross said. “I’m equally excited to work with the extremely talented team at OUC that’s at the forefront of the future of energy delivery that benefits our entire Orlando community.”
Gross has an extensive background in the automotive and aerospace industries. She began her career at Hughes Space & Communications in California, leading teams developing communication and weather satellite programs. In the late 1990s, she brought aerospace program management practices to the automotive industry leading a joint project in Germany that involved Hughes, GM, and Opel vehicle design engineers. Since 2002, Gross has directed energy, infrastructure and commercialization efforts for GM’s electric vehicle programs.
She sits on the Board of Directors of the Electric Drive Transportation Association and serves as a gubernatorial appointee for the Massachusetts Zero Emission Vehicle Commission and the Maryland Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Commission. She has received numerous industry awards and speaks regularly to national audiences on topics related to alternative fuels in transportation. She holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Louisiana State University and studied language arts at the University of Wurzburg in Germany.
The OUC Board approved the nomination at the January commission meeting and the decision was confirmed by the Orlando City Council in February. The OUC Board is comprised of five Commissioners including the Mayor of Orlando and one representative from unincorporated Orange County, which Gross now represents.
About the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest municipal in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to 246,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.