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Driving Smarter: Fleet Telematics Solutions

June 22, 2016 in Calendar of Events, Events, Fleets


Driving Smarter: Fleet Telematics Solutions

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016

Time: 10:45 am — Registration; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm — Discussion & Networking Lunch

Location: Center for Sustainable Energy – 9325 Sky Park Court, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123

Increasingly sophisticated information technologies such as telematics and advanced diagnostic tools are revolutionizing the fleet industry and providing exciting new opportunities to reduce petroleum consumption.The San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition invites you to come learn how local fleets have implemented these technologies to reduce costs as well as the environmental impacts of their vehicles. This event will provide local businesses and public agencies an opportunity to share their experiences as well as network with vendors to learn more about the available products.

The program and provided lunch are FREE.

If you have experience with a project, strategy, or product you’d like to share, please contact Randy Wilde. Also let us know if there are specific vendors and products you’d like to learn more about. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions to make this a successful event.

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Register online now, or for more information, contact: 858-634-4733

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Clean Cities Question of the Month: What Tire Strategies are Available to Save Fuel?

June 21, 2016 in Question of the Month

Question of the Month: What vehicle tire strategies and technologies are available to save fuel?

Answer: It’s easy to understand why tires are essential to a vehicle, but tires also play an important role in your vehicle’s fuel economy. Tires affect resistance on the road and, therefore, how hard the engine needs to work to move the vehicle. By maintaining proper tire inflation or investing in low rolling resistance or super-single tires, you can improve your vehicle’s fuel economy. Whether you drive a light-duty vehicle (LDV) or heavy-duty vehicle (HDV), there is a tire strategy or technology to help you increase your miles per gallon (mpg).

Proper Tire Inflation

Properly inflated tires increase fuel economy, last longer, and are safer. Oak Ridge National Laboratory estimates that you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. In fact, under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by up to 0.3% for every one pound per square inch drop in pressure in all four tires. It is especially important to keep an eye on tire pressure in cold weather because when the air becomes cold, the tire pressure decreases.

You can find the proper tire pressure for your vehicle on a sticker located on the driver’s side doorjamb or in the owner’s manual. Also, check to see if your vehicle is equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), which will illuminate a dashboard light when the tire inflation, in one, multiple, or all tires reaches a certain pressure threshold. Fleet managers, in particular, may consider using telematics with a TPMS to assist their drivers with maintenance. Even if a vehicle has a TPMS, however, it is still good practice to manually check your vehicle’s tire pressure in order to ensure all of your tires are properly inflated.

Low Rolling Resistance Tires

Rolling resistance is the energy lost from drag and friction of a tire as it rolls over a surface. This phenomenon is complex, and nearly all operating conditions can affect how much energy is lost. For conventional and hybrid electric passenger vehicles, it is estimated that about 3%-11% of their fuel is used just to overcome tire rolling resistance, whereas all-electric passenger vehicles can use around 22%-25% of their fuel for this purpose. For heavy trucks, this fuel consumption can be around 15%-30%.

Installing low rolling resistance tires can improve vehicle fuel economy by about 3% for LDVs and more than 10% for HDVs. In LDVs, a 10% decrease in rolling resistance can increase fuel efficiency by 1%-2%. Investing in low rolling resistance tires makes economic sense, as the fuel savings from the use of these tires over the life of the vehicle can pay for the additional cost of the fuel-efficient tires. Most new passenger vehicles are equipped with low rolling resistance tires, but make sure you keep rolling resistance in mind when shopping for replacement tires.

Super-Single Tires

Reducing vehicle drag can provide significant fuel economy improvements. One way HDVs can reduce drag is by replacing traditional dual tires with one super-single tire—also called a wide-base or single-wide. In Class-8 heavy-duty vehicles (see the April Question of the Month,, for a definition), this can save fuel by reducing vehicle weight and rolling resistance. A super-single tire is not as wide as two tires, so there is a slight aerodynamic benefit as well, further improving vehicle efficiency.

More Information

For more information, see the following pages:

  • Alternative Fuels Data Center:

o   Low Rolling Resistance Tires (

o   Vehicle Maintenance to Conserve Fuel (

o   Vehicle Parts and Equipment to Conserve Fuel (

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EPA Clean Diesel Grants

March 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

The EPA is offering $26 million in grant funding to reduce emissions from existing diesel fleet vehicles. Eligible projects will reduce diesel emissions and exposure, such as retrofits, idle reduction, and vehicle replacements. Prioritized projects include those that are located in areas designated as having poor air quality, projects that benefit local communities and projects that promote the continuation of emission reduction efforts after the end of the project period.  

Regional, State, local or tribal agencies and port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality are permitted to apply. Nonprofit organizations that provide educational services to diesel fleet owners or focus on the promotion of transportation or air quality are also eligible. The EPA is currently requesting proposals and the deadline to apply is April 26, 2016. For more information visit the EPA’s website.

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Discounted E85 at Station Grand Opening, Thursday 3/24

March 22, 2016 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Ethanol, Events, Feature, Uncategorized

Pearson Fuels invites you to join them in celebrating the Grand Opening of San Diego’s newest E85 station this Thursday, March 24.

“With E85 at just 85 cents per gallon, you’ll be able to fill your tank with cleaner, safer fuel for less than half the cost on Thursday. Following the promotion, the price for E85 at this station will be just $1.95. So even if you can’t make it to the station on Thursday, you can still save a lot.”

Details are below. Visit for more information.


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San Diego Joins Energy Secure Cities Coalition

March 15, 2016 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Fleets





San Diego and seven other cities have joined together to form the Energy Secure Cities Coalition (ESCC). Each city has committed  to transition its municipal fleets to alternative fuel vehicles and the ESCC will provide a forum to share goals and best practices.

Other cities in the ESCC include Sacramento; Atlanta; Orlando; Charlotte, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; Rochester, New York; and West Palm Beach, Florida. The coalition hopes to expand to 25 cities by 2025 in order to reach an ultimate goal of taking 50,000 petroleum-fueled vehicles off the road and saving 500,000 barrels of oil each year.

The City of San Diego plans to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles to 90% of its municipal fleet by 2035, as specified by its ambitious climate action plan. In the ESCC news release, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said “the City of San Diego isn’t just a city dedicated to clean technology and renewable energy, we’re a city dedicated to being a global leader in environmental sustainability.”

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In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation

March 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Air Resources Board is hosting a workshop in San Diego this Friday on its In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation. This regulation requires fleets to reduce emissions from older equipment beginning in 2014. This course will cover the applicability of the regulation, current requirements, future compliance deadlines, and an overview of the Diesel Off-Road Online Reporting System (DOORS). For more information click here.

March 11, 2016

8:30am – 12:00pm

Hawthorne CAT

16945 Camino San Bernardo

San Diego, CA 92127

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Upcoming CARB Diesel Regulation Training

February 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

Heavy-duty diesel truck owners, operators, and dispatchers may be interested in CARB’s Diesel Truck Rules-Compliance Options and Reporting Requirements for 2016 webinar on February 23rd and 24th. This webinar will feature information on how to comply with CARB diesel regulations with specific attention to 2016 compliance schedules. Course topics will include who must comply, how to report, regulatory flexibilities, and brief summaries of other diesel regulations and resources. Webinar information and registration are posted below.

Tuesday, February 23rd – 2:00-4:00pm

Wednesday February 24th – 7:30-9:30am

Pre-registration link

GoToWebinar link


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SoCalGas Truck Loan Program

February 16, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Funding

For those interested in switching their diesel truck fleets to CNG, SoCalGas is continuing its no-cost Natural Gas Vehicle Truck Loan Program. Through a short-term loan of up to 14-days, customers can test drive the vehicles while experiencing CNG fueling at no cost. SoCalGas hopes to show the similarity between diesel and natural gas vehicles in terms of drivability, power, range, and fueling. Some benefits of switching to natural gas include fuel savings and air pollution reductions. Typically, CNG is 30% to 50% cheaper than diesel and is produced in the U.S.

There are four truck models available through this loan program, including a 16-foot Greenkraft Box Truck, 26-foot CNG Class B Box Truck, Single Axle CNG Tractor, and Tandem Axle CNG Tractor. The loan program is available for those located within SoCalGas or SDG&E service territories. For more details and program rules read the summary below.

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The Navy’s Great Green Fleet

February 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

On January 20th, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack officially launched the Navy’s “Great Green Fleet.” The ceremony was held at the North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado and featured the deployment of a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) of ships that can run on a blend containing up to 50% biofuel. For the time being, the majority of these ships will run on a blend of 10% biofuel and 90% petroleum. The biofuel is produced from waste beef fat as part of a partnership with the Navy and U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at making alternative fuel blends a regular part of the military’s bulk operational fuel supply.

The Defense Logistics Agency awarded a contract to AltAir Fuels for 77.6 million gallons of the alternative fuel blend powering the Great Green Fleet at a cost-competitive rate of $2.05 per gallon. This fuel meets Navy requirements as a “drop-in” fuel, meaning no changes to ship engines, transport or delivery equipment, or operational procedures will need to be made. In the official press release, Secretary Mabus stated “the Great Green Fleet shows us how we are transforming our energy use to make us better warfighters, to go farther, stay longer, and deliver more firepower.”

The Great Green Fleet is an initiative to improve fuel efficiency and reduce the Navy’s dependence on foreign oil. It currently consumes  nearly 1.3 billion gallons per year. In 2009, Secretary Mabus issued five goals to support the Navy’s energy strategy, which include increasing alternative energy use Navy-wide and ashore, sailing the Great Green Fleet, reducing non-tactical petroleum use, and mandatory energy evaluations when awarding contracts. The specific target years for these goals vary, with an aim of reducing 50% of petroleum use in the commercial fleet by 2015 and officially deploying the Great Green Fleet’s CSG ships by 2016. By 2020, 50% of total energy consumption Navy-wide will come from alternative sources, 50% of Navy and Marine Corps installations will be net-zero energy facilities, and the Department of Navy will fulfill at least 50% of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources.

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San Diego Climate Action Plan

February 2, 2016 in Uncategorized


Last month, San Diego’s City Council unanimously approved a Climate Action Plan (CAP) with the ambitious goal of switching to 100% renewable energy and cutting greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in half by 2035. The CAP has been under development for five years, with its final version released in September 2014 by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. The CAP includes five main strategies for reducing GHG to achieve 2020 and 2035 targets:


A breakdown of GHG emissions in San Diego shows that transportation contributes 55% of community-wide emissions, mostly due to the high frequency of single-occupancy vehicle trips. Accordingly, the CAP calls for cutting the proportion of San Diegans who commute by car from 87% to 50% by 2035, with a specific focus on residents who live within a half mile of existing or planned transit stops. The population of those living in these “Transit Priority Areas” is expected to be about 60% of San Diego residents by 2035. To achieve this goal, the plan calls for shifting commute choices away from the personal car and toward transit, bicycling, and walking. The plan calls for an increase in transit usage from 10% to 25%, bicycling from 1% to 18%, and pedestrian travel from 1% to 7% by 2035.

The Bicycling, Walking, Transit & Land Use strategy of the CAP includes actions to improve mobility, enhance vehicle fuel efficiency, and reduce overall vehicle miles travelled (VMT) of personal cars. The CAP states that by changing land uses and adopting a new community design perspective, San Diego residents will be able to decrease their travel distance and rely more on alternative forms of transportation. Other implementation methods include revising and managing parking standards, retiming traffic signals, and installing roundabouts in congested intersections. Additionally, one of the Clean and Renewable Energy goals includes increasing the number of municipal zero emissions vehicles. The target is to increase the number of municipal fleet ZEVs to 50% by 2020 and 90% by 2035.

A full list of the Bicycling, Walking, Transit & Land Use strategy’s goals, actions, and targets are outlined below.

Bicycling, Walking, Transit & Land Use Strategy 

Goals, Actions and Targets




Increase the use of mass transit Implement the General Plan’s Mobility Element and the City of Villages Strategy in Transit Priority Areas to increase the use of transit. Achieve mass transit mode share of 12% by 2020 and 25% by 2035 in Transit Priority Areas.
Increase commuter walking opportunities Implement pedestrian improvements in Transit Priority Areas to increase commuter walking opportunities. Achieve walking commuter mode share of 4% by 2020 and 7% by 2035 in Transit Priority Areas.
Increase commuter bicycling opportunities Implement the City’s Bicycle Master Plan to increase commuter bicycling opportunities. Achieve 6% bicycle commuter mode share by 2020 and 10% mode share by 2035 in Transit Priority Areas.
Reduce vehicle fuel consumption Implement a Traffic Signal Master Plan to retime traffic signals to reduce vehicle fuel consumption. Implement a Roundabouts Master Plan to install roundabouts to reduce vehicle fuel consumption. Retime 200 traffic signals by 2020. Install roundabouts at 15 intersections by 2020 and an additional 20 intersections by 2035.
Promote effective land use to reduce vehicle miles traveled. Implement transit-oriented development within Transit Priority Areas. Reduce average vehicle commute distance by two miles through implementation of the General Plan City of Villages Strategy by 2035.


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