March 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
The era of the Driving Boom seems to have come to a close; Americans are no longer purchasing vehicles and driving at the same rate they once did. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the annual per-capita Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) peaked in 2004, and has declined steadily since then. This is a phenomenon known as “peak car”, a point at which new-car sales stop increasing, and experts predict this will occur within the next decade.
Researchers in part, attribute peak car to the increase availability of transportation alternatives to the car. In fact, a study by Alix Partners found that car-sharing services such as ZipCar and Car2Go have eliminated a total of 500,000 new car sales. Moreover, those who live in urban areas tend to have better access to public transit today, and are also biking and walking more than in years past.
In addition, the advent of telecommuting and the advances in communication technology all over the world have made it possible for people to work from home and stay in touch with the rest of the world. Environmental awareness, moreover, and the high cost of ownership is another often cited issue that points toward the decline in car sales.
Whatever the reason, the national trend points toward a continuing decline in car ownership and VMT in the coming years, increasing clean modes of transportation, ultimately contributing to a decrease in petroleum use and create a better quality of life for all. To read the full article from Green Car Reports, click here.
Honda has released an exciting series of Environmental Short Films, designed to increase consumer awareness of harmful environmental impacts, and portrays Honda’s innovative technology to mitigate their adverse environmental impacts. The Environmental Short Film series depicts environmental initiatives put forth by Honda employees and associates that challenge norms and aim to reduce their environmental impact and contribute to creating a sustainable future for all.
In the most recent short, titled Never Ending Race, a group of Honda automobile engineers secretly worked to develop an engine technology that would significantly reduce pollution from automobiles. Their success in reducing vehicle emissions led the state of California to implement more stringent exhaust emissions standards as a result. Subsequently, this revolutionary technology transformed the automobile industry’s approach on emission controls and today, the levels of smog-forming emissions are one-thousandth of 1970 levels.
To view previous Honda shorts in this series, click here. More Honda shorts will be released throughout the year, check back for updates.
The California Energy Commission’s NGV Buydown Program is available to buyers of CNG Vehicles who purchase CNG vehicles from authorized dealerships. Funding will be allocated to eligible dealerships shortly and customers can have their dealer submit an application for grant funding between the February 28, 2014 and May 1, 2014. Buyers are advised to submit early, since funding may be distributed on first-come-first-serve basis.
Vehicle Specs for the CEC NGV Buydown program are as follows:
Max Vehicles per “single end-user”: 10 NGVs
Incentive Amounts per NGV by Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW):
- Vehicles must be new, on-road natural gas light-, medium-, or heavy-duty vehicles or school buses (Transit buses NOT eligible).
- Purchasers must register the eligible vehicle(s) in California with CA DMV for 3 years
- The purchaser must operate the eligible vehicle(s) in California 90% of time for 3 years.
- Dealer must complete application and have authorization from OEM
- Vehicle cannot be sold until AFTER the CEC approves a dealers’ reservation.
- Grants must directly reduce the purchase price of eligible vehicles, after all applicable taxes and fees are applied.
- The value of the incentive must accrue entirely to the purchaser at time of vehicle sale.
More details are available at:
Clean Energy can assist with grant funding applications for interested parties.
Any interested parties can contact Jack Hogan (Clean Energy) at (949) 437-3806
The Clean Cites Collation held an event highlighting biofuels on Tuesday February 11 at the Chula Vista Police Department Community Room. Over 30 fleet managers, fuel providers, drivers, and students were present to learn and discuss the benefits of biofuels, in particular ethanol and biodiesel.
Guest speakers Jorge Parra (Propel Fuels), Andy Christman (New Leaf Biofuel) and Michael Lengyel (City of Chula Vista) spoke about fuel production, infrastructure, vehicle compatibility and fleet implementation.
Many public and private fleets are currently using either ethanol or biodiesel in their vehicles such as many towing fleets, USPS and Caltrans. The regional infrastructure needs were discussed and speakers gave suggestions for implementing onsite fueling stations. In addition, public infrastructure has increased in 2013 with Propel’s establishment of new biofuel pumps in Oceanside, San Marcos and Kearny Mesa.
The event presentations are linked below:
Clean Cities Introduction- Kevin Wood
Biodiesel Today: New Leaf Biofuel- Andy Christman
Infrastructure & Fleet Implementation: Propel Fuels - Jorge Parra
Fleet Perspective: City of Chula Vista- Michael Lengyel
In summary, some main benefits of biofuels:
- Renewable fuel made from agriculture products. Ethanol is produced from corn and sugar crops while biodiesel is made from recycled oils & fats
- Can be used in existing vehicles
- Domestically produced
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) & tailpipe emissions
Biofuels in the San Diego Region
Learn more about this growing transportation alternative!
Biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are cleaner burning fuels processed from plant material or waste grease.
Come join the San Diego Clean Cities Coalition to learn about how biofuels have lower emissions, can run your existing vehicles and easily be integrated into your fleet.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
Registration: 11:30 a.m.
Networking Lunch: 11:45 a.m.
Presentations: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Chula Vista Police Department
315 4th Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Michael Lengyel, City of Chula Vista – Michael Lengyel is Senior Management Analyst for the City of Chula Vista Public Works Department. Michael will report on the success Chula Vista has using biofuels in their fleet.
Jorge Parra, Propel Fuels- Jorge Parra is the Southern California Regional Manager at Propel Fuels. Propel is a renewable fuels retailer of ethanol and biodiesel with stations throughout California.
Andy Christman, New Leaf Biofuel- Andy Christman is Biodiesel Sales Specialist at New Leaf. New Leaf Biofuels is a San Diego-based biodiesel production company. Andy’s work focuses on bringing biodiesel to commercial and industrial sectors as well as fleet implementation.
The program and networking lunch are FREE.
Don’t miss your chance to try $10 of American-made fuel FREE
Propel representatives will be traveling throughout Southern California offering Free Fuel Cards to those who try ethanol and biodiesel.
Below is the Roadshow schedule for the San Diego Region. For more information view the Homegrown Roadshow webpage.
Thursday 1/23- 8am-12pm
1495 East H St at the 76 Station
- FREE FUEL CARD with Customer Survey
Thursday 1/23- 2-6pm
3860 Kearny Mesa Rd at the 76 Station
- FREE FUEL CARD with Customer Survey
Friday 1/24 & Saturday 1/25- 9am-6pm
800 Rancho Santa Fe Rd at the Shell Station
- FREE trial of Flex Fuel E85
Thursday 1/30 & Friday 1/31 – 9am-6pm
1501 North Melrose Drive at the Arco Station
- FREE trial of Flex Fuel E85
The City of Temecula is hosting a Business Welcome event on Natural Gas Vehicles on February 4, 2014. The event will allow opportunities for new and existing business owners to meet and network with some key staff members from the Economic Development, Planning, Building, and Fire Department, hear a city development update, and listen to a local business spotlight speaker.
The business spotlight speaker is Justin Beerer, Vice President and Research and Development Officer at Greenline Fuel Corp. Greenline is a leading manufacturer and packager of compressed natural gas (CNG) compressors, refueling equipment and systems for the natural gas vehicle (NGV) market. Mr. Beerer will share on Greenline’s successes and obstacles when starting a new business.
A report on the readiness of firefighters and commercial fleet technicians to deal with the increasing numbers of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) on California’s roadways shows a need for increased training.
Under a grant from the Department of Energy, the California Center for Sustainable Energy and the California Clean Cities Coalitions recently published an assessment of current training on new vehicle technologies and fueling systems among firefighters and fleet service mechanics.
They found that nearly half of the 79 California fire chiefs reported a lack of such training among their staff. The 85 statewide fleet managers surveyed said they face growing training needs driven by state and federal mandates to adopt AFVs.
For more information, the full report is available below and the California Center for Sustainable Energy has published an article on the report: https://energycenter.org/article/firefighters-technicians-need-more-training-alternative-fuel-vehicles
The San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition needs your input for our Annual Fleet Questionnaire.
The questionnaire helps us assess the state of alternative fuel in the region and lets us learn more about fleets in the San Diego region so we can serve you better.
All respondents will be entered into a drawing to win a Starbucks gift card!