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High-Efficiency Vehicles and Ownership Models Survey

January 20, 2015 in Fleets, Fuel Economy, Hybrid Vehicles, Uncategorized


NAFA and CALSTART have invited fleet and commercial vehicle end-users to provide feedback on the benefits and operational requirements of implementing additional national standards to improve vehicle fuel economy by 2025. The results of the short survey below will inform the development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration draft rules on medium to heavy-duty vehicle standards that will be issued later this spring.

Please click here for the survey, which will take 8 to 10 minutes to complete. We would like all responses by January 30th.

If you have any questions, concerns or would like to follow-up with CALSTART, please contact me at 626-744-5655 or

Clean Car Expo – Free Admission Extended!

January 19, 2015 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Calendar of Events, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Diesel/Biodiesel, Electric Vehicles, Ethanol, Events, Feature, Fleets, Hybrid Vehicles, Hydrogen, Propane, Uncategorized


Fleet professionals can access free passes to the Clean Car Expo exhibit hall or upgrade to discounted full conference registration through January 31.

Limited free booth spaces are still available for organizations interested in showing alternative fuel vehicles in the exhibition hall.

For more information on Clean Car Expo vendors and speakers view the CCE-Exhibitor-Prospectus or contact

California Energy Commission Funding Opportunties

December 19, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Charging Stations, Funding

Two California Energy Commission (CEC) solicitations have upcoming deadlines.

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The Energy Commission is seeking applications from eligible entities for medium- and heavy-duty advanced vehicle technology demonstration projects. Demonstrations funded under this program opportunity notice (PON) must enhance market acceptance of advanced vehicle technologies that will lead to vehicle production and commercialization, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and reduce petroleum use.

Application deadline: January 29, 2015 

The Energy Commission is seeking to fund projects that will advance technologies and strategies for smart and efficient charging and vehicle-to-grid communication interfaces that will provide benefits to both the electricity grid and the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market.

Application deadline: February 6, 2015

For additional information view the CEC Request for Proposals, Contracts, and Solicitation website.

One-Stop Diesel Truck Event Coming to San Diego

December 11, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Calendar of Events, Diesel/Biodiesel, Education, Events, Fleets

truck event

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Scottish Rite Event Center
Golden Eagle Room
1895 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego CA 92108

Join ARB, local Agencies, and vendors to discuss diesel equipment requirements and ways to comply.

10:00 a.m. Regulatory Updates
10:30 a.m. Funding Updates
11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. Enforcement Inspection Demo
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Vendor Displays

One-on-one compliance assistance following regulatory and funding updates.

Sign up to attend! Call (916) 322-3937 (press 1 at the prompt) or email

December 15: Clean Cities Natural Gas Vehicle Webinar

December 4, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program is hosting a natural gas vehicle webinar on December 15, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Webinar Series on Natural Gas Vehicles: Role of Government – Policymaking and Strategy Process

This webinar looks at the policy choices that have led to success (or lack thereof) of natural gas vehicle (NGV) market development in various nations. Examples of infrastructure concepts and strategies to expand the natural gas fueling network (fossil and biogas) are provided. The webinar concludes with strategies that have potential applicability to the future of NGVs in the United States using lessons learned elsewhere.

To join the webinar:

For more information, contact Sandra Loi.

California Cities Cease Washing Cars During Drought

December 1, 2014 in Fleets

The State of California is facing one of the most severe droughts on record. In January 2014 Governor Brown issued a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions.

Source: Building Industry Association of San Diego 

December 1, 2014 – Government Fleet recognized the cities of Malibu, Santa Monica, and  Burbank for agreeing to stop washing their fleet vehicles to help save water.  These cities have all joined the “Go Dirty for the Drought” campaign by conservation group Los Angeles Waterkeeper to raise awareness and conserve water.

Fleet manager and vehicle owners please be mindful of your water usage.

Click here to read more about the California drought and learn water saving tips!

Natural Gas Vehicle Webinar: Technology, Best Strategies, and Lessons Learned

November 3, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Education, Events

Attend the Upcoming Clean Cities Natural Gas Vehicle Webinar

November 20, 2014 at 10: a.m. PST

This Clean Cities program webinar elaborates first on successful past technology choices and then suggests future technological pathways that can be taken for the United States to expand its use of NGVs, focusing on lessons learned from experiences in Europe and elsewhere. Highlights include gas composition harmonization opportunities and challenges; advances in engine technology; CNG cylinder incidents, safety, and lessons learned; and what NGV fueling station suppliers and their customers do to reduce costs and increase reliability.

To join the webinar:

For more information, contact Sandra Loi.

Diagram of a natural gas vehicle fuel storage cylinder. Image courtesy of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Clean Energy Natural Gas Station. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.

Clean Cities Saves 1 Billion Gallons of Petroleum in 2013

October 30, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Electric Vehicles, Feature


Clean Cities Fact Sheet: petroleum reduction achievements in 2013

Students invited to learn beyond the classroom with a scholarship to the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

October 23, 2014 in Diesel/Biodiesel, Education, Funding

National Biodiesel Board (PRNewsFoto/National Biodiesel Board)


The Nov. 24 deadline is fast approaching for science students interested in applying to attend the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 19 – 22 in Fort Worth, Texas. Hosted by the National Biodiesel Board, students are invited to apply for a travel scholarship as well as to present their research. This opportunity comes through the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel, an NBB program that aims to educate and collaborate with young scientists.

At this premier biodiesel event, students can attend conference sessions and network with top scientists in the field. They may also apply to present a poster on their biodiesel-related research or outreach during a poster session. Some will be invited to present during a breakout session.

“This opportunity allowed me to make contacts with NGSB members and biodiesel professionals that I would never have made otherwise,” said Colin Stewart, a student at the University of Colorado – Boulder who attended the event in 2014. “The conference opened my eyes to the biodiesel industry, its future, and how I can play a role in it.”

Last year, 16 students from nine universities received scholarships to attend the conference. The scholarships are funded by state soybean organizations and the United Soybean Board through the soybean checkoff.

For more information on the NGSB scholarship program and to apply, visit

Local Government Workshop on ZNE Buildings

October 17, 2014 in Clean Air, Education, Events, Infrastructure

Zero net energy (ZNE) buildings use only as much energy as is produced onsite through renewable resources.  The number of ZNE building projects in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2012, with a total of 160 buildings in North America.  In California ZNE buildings are gaining momentum and local governments are positioned to drive this transformation.

Monday November 3, 2014, the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) is sponsoring a workshop for local governments and interested parties to learn how to help meet California’s goals for ZNE buildings.


ZNE for Local Governments Workshop 

Developing your ZNE Plans & Policies

Who should attend? Local government planning, facilities and building staff, architects, utilities and consultants to local government.

Program Details. This highly interactive workshop is designed to help attendees develop strategies that will lead to successful ZNE projects and policies. Workshop participants will:

  • Gain knowledge about research on zero energy buildings, market trends and California’s goals for these extremely energy-efficient structures.
  • Hear about a new ZNE Roadmap tool with best practice actions for local governments from the Center for Sustainable Energy.
  • Learn about innovative case studies of projects achieving zero net energy performance.
  • Discuss creative financing and planning strategies.
  • Gain tools and support to help advance your zero net energy policies, programs or projects.
  • Connect and share information with peers.
  • Tour the ZNE-designed Venter Building, targeting to be the first ZNE lab in the world.

View the workshop agenda here.  

The Workshop is followed by an optional building tour of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) at 3 p.m. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided (parking at JCVI is limited). We will return to the Energy Innovation Center by 5 p.m.

WHEN:          Monday, November 3  |   Workshop from 10 am – 2:30 p.m.

JCVI Tour begins at 3 p.m.

WHERE:       Energy Innovation Center, San Diego

COST:          $40 per person, includes lunch

Register Here

Questions? Please contact Connie Umphress,; 360-567-0950 ext. 114

JCVI, La Jolla | Credit: Stephen Whalen Photography

JCVI, La Jolla | Credit: Stephen Whalen Photography