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CALSTART Webinar- hosted by XL Hybrid

April 15, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Education, Fleets, Fuel Economy, Hybrid Vehicles, Infrastructure

Calstart is hosting a webinar on the benefits of electric hybrid technology on Thursday, April 17th.

Ever wonder how to tell the difference between electric hybrid vehicles? Want to know how to best select the vehicle that is right for your needs? Contrary to popular belief, not all electric hybrid vehicles are the same. This webinar is designed to help fleet managers gain a better understanding of hybrid technology before making the leap to hybrid. It is important to understand the impact on drivers, operations, maintenance, and payback before committing to hybrid technology. The webinar will present a simple, low cost way to “green” your fleet.

For years XL Hybrid has successfully deployed XL3 hybrid electric powertrain technology in many large fleets in order to help meet environmental goals by reducing emissions and increasing miles driven per gallon with zero impact on fleet operations.

Jay Sandler, Vice Present of Sales for XL Hybrids will be presenting. He has more than three decades of experience in commercial vehicle sales and business development, including a decade of success selling alternative fuel and powertrain technology to commercial fleet buyers.

Register today to attend this webinar.

Contact Susan Romeo at CALSTART for any questions about registering at

System Requirements
PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:  

Hot off the press! Fuel Fix Ezine Spring 2014 edition released!

April 14, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Diesel/Biodiesel, Electric Vehicles, Ethanol, Hybrid Vehicles, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, Propane

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Read all about the work of Clean Cities Coalitions across the country in this Spring 2014 edition of Fuel Fix ezine. Featured in this edition are Coalitions working in Centralina, Empire, Genesee, Lone Star, Twin Cities, Middle TN, and West VA.

Moreover, read about the collaboration between NASCAR, Sprint and the Department of Energy (DOE) and their involvement in the DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge, an effort to increase the numbers of employers offering workplace charging. NASCAR made a public announcement of its participation in the challenge at NASCAR Plaza in Uptown Charlotte, and a productive discussion on overcoming infrastructure barriers and the adoption of advanced technology vehicles followed.

In addition to individual success stories on the various coalitions, Fuel Fix answers the question of the month: What driver behaviors can help reduce petroleum consumption? To find out the answer, turn to page 23 of the ezine! Check out everything summarized here and more in the Fuel Fix Spring 2014 edition!

Clean Mobility Event Recap

April 9, 2014 in Calendar of Events, Charging Stations, Clean Air, Clean Mobility, Electric Vehicles, Events, Feature

April 8, 2014- The San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition (SDRCCC) hosted the event “Steering San Diego Forward with Clean Mobility” at the San Diego Automotive Museum.

The event highlighted the multi-modal clean transportation options and programs throughout the region, such as carsharing, vanpooling, biking, walking and public transit.  The event was well received with over 25 attendees ranging from local government and non-profit employees to interested residents. Car2Go gift bags were handed out to attendees who traveled to the event using a clean transportation mode. Attendees learned how to get themselves and their employees involved in clean transportation programs. Overall, the event was a success!

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Information on the event speakers is below along with their presentations.
Event speakers included:

Kevin Wood, Coordinator of the San Diego Clean Cities Coalition

Antoinette Meier, Senior Transportation Planner at SANDAG iCommute

Rob Schupp, Director of Marketing and Communications at MTS

Will Berry, Location Manager at Car2Go

Andy Hanshaw, President of the San Diego County Bike Coalition

Elyse Lowe, Deputy Executive Director of Circulate San Diego


Learn the Role of Patents in Green Tech Innovation

April 7, 2014 in Education, Events, Uncategorized

Clean Tech and Green Patents 

Event Co-hosts: Cleantech Open, World Resources SimCenter
Thursday April 10 | 2014 | 6:00p – 8:00p

Join us for networking and an engaging conversation at the World Resources SimCenter to learn about the role of patents in green tech innovation.

Learn how to accelerate your cleantech startup and keynote speaker Eric Lane,  the founder and principal of Green Patent Law,  will provide insights on the critical role of patents in green tech.

Register Here

Special Promo code for San Diego Regional Clean Cities Members: CTOpartner


Hydrogen Derived from Sewage

April 4, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Hydrogen

Scientists from University of California Irvine’s National Fuel Cell Research Center have successfully derived hydrogen from human waste!

The sewage to hydrogen process involves several treatment steps: (1) Sewage is separated into water and biosolids. (2) The solid waste is digested by microbes. (3) A byproduct of the microbes digestion is a gas composed of approximately 60% methane and 40% carbon dioxide. (4) The methane is piped into a “tri-generation” fuel-cell device producing electricity, heat and hydrogen.

The Southern California waste facility produces and dispenses hydrogen on-site from a public pump.  For more information on this article click here.

Hyundai has capitalized on this new source of hydrogen and released a new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, the Tucson Fuel Cell.   Fuel-cell electric vehicles powered by pure hydrogen emit only water vapor, no pollutants. These vehicles have the capability to fully refuel in around three minutes and travel 300 miles on one tank of hydrogen.

For more information on how fuel cell vehicles work visit the DOE Alternative Fuels Data Center.

Look out for more hydrogen stations and fuel-cell vehicles as this technology develops.

Hyudai Tucson Fuel Cell

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

The Best of the Clean Cities Tools and Resources – Webinar tomorrow!

March 27, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Clean Air, Education


Have questions on alternative fuels, advanced vehicles and other petroleum-reduction strategies? If so, this webinar is right for you!

Friday, March 28, 2014, the National Clean Cities will hold a webinar titled, “The Best of the Clean Cities Tools and Resources.” The webinar will highlight the top 10 resources the Clean Cities Technical Response Service uses to answer common questions related to alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and other petroleum-reduction strategies. The presentation will give a brief overview of the Alternative Fuels Data Center tools and other resources available from the national laboratories, other federal agencies, and industry.

Alexis Schayowitz and Sara Forni, from ICF International and the Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team will be presenting. The webinar begins at 10:00am Pacific Time.

No pre-registration is required and all are welcome to participate.

To join the webinar:



Don’t miss our April event: Steering San Diego Forward with Clean Mobility!

March 20, 2014 in Calendar of Events, Clean Air, Education, Events, Feature, Uncategorized

Steering San Diego Forward with Clean Mobility – April 2014

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Interested in how your business can promote commuting by clean transportation? Want to reduce your petroleum use and carbon footprint?

Join the San Diego Clean Cities Coalition as we learn more about the options for clean mobility available in the region.

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Registration: 11:30am
Networking Lunch: 11:45am
Presentations: 12:00pm-1:30pm
San Diego Automotive Museum
2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101            
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The event will highlight the successes and accomplishments of clean mobility programs throughout the region, including carsharing, vanpooling, biking, walking and public transit. Learn how to integrate these clean transportation options into an action plan for businesses, commuters and public policy.

Featured Speakers:
Car2Go: The first fully electric, on-demand car-sharing program in San Diego reduces the amount of vehicles on the road while pushing toward a sustianable future.

SANDAG iCommute: A program designed to assist commuters with free carpool and ride-matching services, vanpool programs, transit solutions and a variety of other programs and tools supporting clean transportation options.

DecoBike: Expected to launch this summer, this will be the region’s first bike-sharing system, providing short-term rentals and a fast and fun way to get to destinations without using a car.

Circulate San Diego: A non-profit organization that promotes the planning and development of sustainable transportation, such as biking, walking and public transit, ultimately to create a better quality of life in the region.

The program and networking lunch are FREE.

For more information, contact Erika Lam at or Kevin Wood at

Get REVved Up!

March 18, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Events




Please note REVved Up! Electric Vehicle Charging Workshop has been Canceled.

For more information on the EVgo project and elective vehicle charging please contact

Andy Hoshkinson at

For information and resources on electric vehicles please view the San Diego Clean Cities Coalition Plug-in Electric Vehicle webpage
REVved Up!

Learn the basics of electric vehicle (EV) charging, the strength of the EV market in San Diego and receive tools and support to enable you to easily provide EV charging to your community residents and workplace tenants and employees.  


March 21, 2014

8:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m.


City of Carlsbad Faraday Center
1635 Faraday Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008

The workshop will include a breakdown of one San Diego community’s efforts and solution to provide EV charging to community residents, as well as an overview of the Ready for EV program that provides capital investment in multi-family communities and workplaces for EV charging.  Workshop speakers are from California Center for Sustainable Energy, NRG eVgo, San Diego Association of Governments and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Continental breakfast will be provided.

For more Information and to Register: Click Here

Fleet Open House

March 11, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Diesel/Biodiesel, Ethanol, Events


Clean Transportation: What is peak car?

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.