All-Electric Canter E-CELL Truck Available for Viewing in San Diego

Mitsubishi FUSO’s all-electric Canter E-CELL truck made its U.S. debut at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis this March after successfully completing 1-year pilot deployments in Portugal. The truck is a 13,230 lb. GVWR, 100% electric, zero emission vehicle. Now a prototype of the all-electric truck is available for viewing in San Diego. The Canter E-CELL will[…]

Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program Accepting Applications

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District is now accepting applications for the Proposition 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program (GMERP) through November 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM. GMERP will offer approximately $12 million in funding to owners of eligible heavy-duty diesel trucks and transportation refrigeration units (TRUs) who upgrade to cleaner technologies. Formed[…]

San Diego Regional ZEV Incentives

California state and regional incentives have proven effective to help increase alternative fuel vehicle adoption and decrease GHG emissions. Since transportation accounts for about 45% of GHG emissions in both San Diego County and California, and 30% nationwide, transportation policies are central to meeting state and federal emission reduction goals. Present zero emission vehicle (ZEV)[…]

State and Regional Incentives for Emissions Reductions in Transportation

The last post examined San Diego’s regional plans for reducing GHGs. Transportation demand and system management strategies, reduced conventional vehicle miles traveled, and a substantial increase in zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), along with state and federal transportation policy changes, are all necessary at an ambitious level to achieve California GHG reduction goals of 80% by[…]

San Diego Regional Planning for Greenhouse Gas Reduction and the Role of Electric Vehicles

In addition to considering the air quality benefits of zero emission vehicle (ZEV) adoption, as discussed in a recent post, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has extensively considered means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation countywide. The state-administered Advanced Clean Car Program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), and the San Diego[…]

ZEV Readiness Part II: Best Practices for Regional Electric Vehicle Programs

New regional electric vehicle charging plans contain many of the same key recommendations, along with unique components reflecting regional characteristics. Two distinct regions that offer insightful plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) plans include the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD). While San Francisco[…]

ZEV Readiness Part I: San Diego Action Plan for Electric Vehicles

Because 1.5 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) need to be on California roads by 2025– in keeping with Governor Brown’s 2012 executive order– and ZEVs will need to account for 15% of new cars sold, city and county agencies are starting to incorporate electric vehicle readiness programs in their long-term planning. The 2015 San Diego[…]

Air Quality Part II: Crunching the Numbers for San Diego County

The last segment looked at air quality in the U.S. and how zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) might contribute to reducing pollution and health risks. San Diego County is an early adopter of electric vehicles (EVs) and home to the country’s first large scale all-electric car sharing program. It has substantial electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The[…]

Air Quality Part I: Beyond Greenhouse Gases: The Other Benefits of Electric Vehicle Adoption

Electric  vehicles and other alternative fuels get lots of hype for their ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), which run on gasoline and electricity, and zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) which run only on electricity and have no tailpipe emissions, have grown rapidly over the past five years. Considering[…]

CARB Approves $373 Million in Clean Vehicle Grants

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved $373 million in grants to support alternative fuel vehicles.  The Funding Plan for fiscal year 2015-2016 represents a $150 million increase over the previous fiscal year’s budget.  Some of the key highlights from the funding plan include: $200 million for light-duty vehicle projects, including $163 million for[…]