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TPO and JEA debut public access electric car charging stations

February 24, 2015 by Clean Cities

Jacksonville is about to get a charge, with the public debut of Chargewell, a partnership between the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization and JEA that will distribute electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city.

The program was announced at the Florida Alternative Fuel Vehicles Expo, where the TPO, JEA, Champion Brands and ThyssenKrupp Elevator discussed with the public their alternative fuel efforts.

The big announcement was the reveal of about 30 EV charging stations that would be established at businesses throughout the area to provide electric car owners a place to charge when they are away from home or visiting Jacksonville. The hope is a “build it and users will come” model.

“More charging stations will get people more comfortable about buying electric vehicles,” said Marci Larson, spokeswoman for the TPO. JEA is the first utility to partner in the Chargewell regional partnership, Larson said, and the TPO will continue to partner with other regional utilities through the program.

“Research shows,” said Peter King, customer solutions program manager for JEA, “that public charging infrastructure is a key piece of getting people to switch to electric cars.” (Click through the gallery to see some of the vehicles on display.)

The TPO is investing $300,000 — which comes from federal funding — into the project and JEA will install the stations at the selected businesses.

Businesses can now apply to host one of the stations. Applicants must be in a high-traveled area with public access and a JEA customer. A team will evaluate the applications, which are due on March 31.

“These are going to be dispersed as evenly as possible so they can reduce range anxiety for drivers,” Larson said.

The businesses can decide to charge up to 18 cents per kilowatt-hour, said King, or they can give the service to customers as a promotion.

He said the initial deployment of stations will get Jacksonville close to the ideal spacing for charging stations: about seven miles between each station.

King said the new stations will be hooked up to a network where key data can be determined from the stations and usage trends can be evaluated.

So far, about 266 EV owners plug in throughout Duval County. There are about 500 users in the five-county area and 15,000 users in Florida. King said the number of users increased 45 percent from 2013 to 2014.

EV users at the expo said they pay about 4 cents per mile and a gas equivalent of $1 per gallon.

The expo was also a chance for other alternative fuels to be highlighted. Earl Benton, CEO of Champion Brands, discussed his public-access compressed natural gas station. So far, he said, he and other fleets are using the station as a fuel-up for CNG-capable tractor-trailers. Tom Armstrong, director of fleet for ThyssenKrupp Elevator, said the propane-powered vehicles his company uses are ideal when the vehicles won’t be returning to a home base every night.

The diversity of alternative fuels is what will be key to getting the community to embrace cleaner energy, said Jeff Sheffield, executive director of the TPO.

“The options need to be diverse,” he said, adding that stations like Gate were adding EV charging and CNG fueling options on top of offering gas and diesel. “What we’re trending toward are energy stations. In the end, there won’t be one clear winner, it will be a blend of all of them.”

 

by Reporter- Jacksonville Business Journal

2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide Available

February 20, 2015 by Clean Cities
Annual guide helps you compare and evaluate alternative fuel vehicles to make sound purchasing decisions

The Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is now available online and for order at no charge through the EERE Publication and Product Library. Consumers and fleet managers have relied on the annual guide for years as a comprehensive and unbiased source of information for evaluating alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) options. The 2015 version promises to meet, if not exceed, that tradition.

Today, hundreds of light-duty AFV and advanced technology vehicle models can be purchased. For example, the 2015 model year features nearly 200 AFV and hybrid electric vehicle models, including more than 80 flex-fuel vehicles. This guide provides model-specific information such as vehicle specifications, manufacturer suggested retail price, fuel economy, energy impact, and emissions. Drivers can use the information to identify options, compare vehicles, and make more informed purchase decisions.

2015buyingguideOf particular importance to fleet managers, AFVs not only reduce petroleum use and save on fuel costs but help meet federal, state, and municipal requirements for reducing carbon. In fact, there are now approximately 20 million light-duty AFVs on American roads.

For those who prefer to make vehicle evaluations and comparisons online, the Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Search tool on the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) is convenient and interactive. The database includes medium- and heavy-duty vehicles as well. For a guide specific to medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, download the Clean Cities Guide to Alternative Fuel and Advanced Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles or order a copy through the EERE Publication and Product Library.

New AFV offerings roll out continuously, and neither the documents nor the database are absolutely inclusive. If you are aware of a new offering or model change, please alert the Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team so we can update the information.

blog post written by Kathryn Ruckman, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
For more information:
Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team
technicalresponse@icfi.com800-254-6735

 

 

 

ACF CNG Announces First Compressed Natural Gas Station in Leesburg, FL.

February 4, 2015 by Clean Cities

Leesburg, FL – ACF Compressed Natural Gas™, a business unit of Air Centers of Florida announces the opening of the first public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station located at 940 Thomas Avenue Leesburg, Florida. The CNG station is solely owned and operated by CNG Energy LLC.

The public access CNG station set to open in late February 2015 has easy access for light to medium-duty fleets and will serve as the primary CNG fueling station for Ross Plumbing’s service fleet. Terry Ross owner/operator said; he’s confident even with today’s $2.00 gasoline prices that he will still save about $0.50 per gallon by converting his fleet to CNG, and also ads that he feels the cost of gasoline will bounce back up soon providing a greater cost savings.

The new CNG Energy, LLC., station will be open during regular business hours Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will accept major credit cards. A single hose fast fill dispenser and two storage vessels will allow for multiple vehicles to fuel back to back, and will feature Simpkins Energy CNG compression. An official ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening is being planned for a later date.

About ACF CNG

ACF Compressed Natural Gas is the Master Distributor for GE Gemini, Ingersoll Rand and Simpkins Energy’s complete CNG product line in the State of Florida. ACF represents these three equipment manufacturer for sales, service, and parts in the State of Florida. www.acfcng.com

For over 25 years Air Centers of Florida has served thousands of customers across the state, with 70+ employees including a team of over 30 certified service technicians providing over 400 years’ experience specializing in Air and CNG Service & Maintenance. Their technicians also service several other compressor brands such as Angi Ariel, Norwalk, Knox Western, Corken and Sauer just to mention a few. ACF currently provides service from four locations, Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando and their headquarters in Tampa.

For More Information, Contact:

Jim Hayhurst
Director of Business Development
800-423-8562
321-228-8908 (cell)
j.hayhurst@acfpower.com

 

Port Canaveral Adding EV Charging Stations

December 31, 2014 by Clean Cities
Quick Charge

Electric vehicles on display in Melbourne part of week-long international campaign.

(Photo: CRAIG BAILEY/FILE PHOTO)

Port commissioners voted 4-1 to install a fast-charging station for electric vehicles in the parking lot near the Exploration Tower in the port’s Cove area. Nissan will pay the $31,000 cost of the equipment, and Port Canaveral will pay the $18,376 for engineering, design and installation work.

Fast-charge stations can provide an electric vehicle with a full charge in less that 30 minutes, according to Carol Noble, the port’s director of environmental plans and programs.

Separately, the port plans to install slow-charging stations for electric vehicles in the Disney Cruise Line long-term parking garage, which port Chief Executive Officer John Walsh said was a suggestion of Disney officials, stemming from requests of Disney customers.

That project will cost less than $10,000 for engineering, design and equipment, Noble said.

 

Dave Berman, FLORIDA TODAY 10:15 a.m. EST December 29, 2014

 

 

 

 

Coca-Cola to install NRG eVgo Charging Stations for Employees

December 23, 2014 by Clean Cities

Sacramento, CALIF., December 02, 2014 – The Coca-Cola Company has partnered with NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., to join Governor Jerry Brown’s call to have 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025. Coca-Cola will provide electric vehicle (EV) charging at seven of its facilities across California. eVgo will install and manage the charging stations to provide workplace charging for Coca-Cola employees with EVs.

Coca-Cola is participating in the eVgo Ready for Electric Vehicle (REV) program to support their employees’ sustainable choices. The REV program provides qualified workplaces with turn-key EV charging solutions, including charger operation, maintenance and driver support 24 hours a day. The Level 2 chargers, dedicated for the use of individuals working at the location, are compatible with all EVs. With over 100 fast charge stations currently installed across California, drivers who sign-up for eVgo workplace charging can also select to have access to the extensive and growing eVgo fast charge network which is able to charge most EVs with a fast charge port in 30 minutes or less.

U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

December 9, 2014 by Clean Cities

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to approve H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

These tax credits were made available to individuals, businesses, and other entities that use transportation fuel products such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and propane autogas.

The alternative fuels excise tax credits are part of many business, individual, and energy tax incentives covered in H.R. 5771, which will next be reviewed by the Senate.

From Green Fleet Magazine

Should you charge customers for EV charging stations?

November 20, 2014 by Clean Cities

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Courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation

Is it a prohibited gift of public funds if the agency allows public employees and members of the public to charge their personal vehicle at an agency charging station without imposing a fee?

Can employees be provided with free charging as an employee benefit?
Should an agency require that employees enter into an employee agreement for use of the EV charging stations?

The gift of public funds consideration seems to be the biggest legal concern among government agencies, and there are two ways to analyze the issue. As a reminder, the gift of public funds prohibition in the Washington State Constitution (article 8, section 7) is mandatory and must be strictly observed. It prohibits a local government from giving “any money, or property, or loan[ing] its money, or credit to or in aid of any individual, association, company or corporation, except for the necessary support of the poor and infirm.”

The threshold question under the gift of public funds analysis is whether providing EV charging for personal vehicles is a “fundamental governmental purpose?” If yes, no gift of public funds occurs. If no, then the question turns to whether there is consideration and donative intent.

Georgia Power Incentivises Consumers and Fleets with $12M EV Pilot

November 14, 2014 by Clean Cities
Tesla and Charger

Photo: Byron Small

The utility will invest $12 million in a pilot program that will boost the number of electric vehicle chargers in Georgia. One of out about every 60 new cars registered in the Peach State, in the first six months, was an all-electric vehicle, according to IHS Automotive.

About 1,000 new plug-in vehicles (which include all-electric vehicles, such as the Nissan LEAF) are registered in Georgia every month, according to Don Francis, executive director of Clean Cities-Georgia. Eighty percent of those cars are registered in metro Atlanta.

Atlanta is the No. 2 market nationwide for electric and plug-in hybrids and the No. 1 market for the Nissan LEAF, Georgia Power spokeswoman Amy Fink said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Expands Natural Gas Fueling-Station Network

October 7, 2014 by Clean Cities

IMG_3591.JPGRich Clement/Bloomberg News

Since Florida passed a natural gas-vehicle rebate program, the amount of fueling stations have increased by more than 200%, according to the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition.

Since 2012, when the state passed the Natural Fuel Gas Vehicle Rebate program, Florida has added 43 compressed natural gas fueling stations with an additional 29 planned, according to the coalition. Currently, there are 61 active CNG stations.

“The fleets in my legislative district, Jacksonville, and its surrounding area have begun the transition to the clean burning American natural gas,” state Rep. Lake Ray said in a statement

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