MotorWeek has produced an expanded segment on AFVs and emergency preparedness, titled Emergency Alternatives, that will start airing on PBS stations nationwide on October 14, 2017.
MotorWeek has produced an expanded segment on AFVs and emergency preparedness, titled Emergency Alternatives, that will start airing on PBS stations nationwide on October 14, 2017.
The Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition has been keeping busy, working to maintain its status as Central Florida’s leading alternative fuel technologies and vehicle advocates. In February, Central Florida Clean Cities met virtually before a board at DOE headquarters comprised of Clean Cities Regional Managers, DOE labs personnel, and other program participants. During this meeting, the coalition presented on its various alternative fuel and emissions reductions programs and partners, reaffirming its commitment to the Central Florida region with its many sustainability projects. The Department of Energy has once again accepted our pledge, officially redesignating the coalition as a Clean Cities Coalition for the next three years.
The 2015 Clean Cities Annual Report was submitted in March and reflected the cumulative efforts of our Central Florida region, calculating the emissions reductions of Central Florida Clean Cities’ partner fleets. In 2015, regional fleet managers report a cumulative 4,641,614 gallons of gasoline equivalent reductions, which means a GHG emissions reduction of almost 26,000 tons (a record high for Central Florida). The majority of these reductions were achieved by local fleets adopting alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. Congratulations, Clean Cities partners, and thank you for doing your part in enhancing transportation in our region.
Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition also did its part in attending various energy and alternative fuel vehicle conferences since the start of the year. For instance, coalition representatives participated in the 2016 Energy Solutions Conference. Held March 23-24, it was a sequel to the highly successful Virtual Conferences held in 2013 and 2012. It was a Simulcast—a virtual event accessed by any computer or mobile device as well as in person at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, FL. The event featured presentations on energy options and choices, both now and in the future, with recognized experts from across the country speaking on topics such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation planning, and more. On Thursday, March 24, Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator Colleen Kettles moderated a panel on Clean Cities and Alternative Fuel Vehicles, attended by representatives from various vehicle manufacturers, utilities, and clean cities stakeholders. To learn more about this event, please visit the Energy Solutions Conference website at http://conference.energysmartplanning.org/home.html.
Next, Drive Electric Florida (DEF) hosted its first 2016 meeting in Jacksonville on Monday, April 4 at the newly constructed North Florida Regional Transportation Management Center. This state-of-the-art center opened last November, culminating a 12 year partnership between the North Florida TPO, the Florida Dept. of Transportation, and the Florida Highway Patrol to work towards safe and efficient travel in the Northeast Florida area. The meeting featured speakers on industry updates, utility PEV updates, EV outreach events, and DEF committee reports. This included a report on the newly formed Drive Electric Florida Workplace Charging (WPC) Committee, which first started meeting in early 2016. Chaired by Peter King of Jacksonville Electric Authority and staffed by the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition, the committee is in the process of pledging to be a Workplace Charging Challenge Ambassador, working on behalf of DOE to assist local businesses with WPC adoption. To learn more about Drive Electric Florida or the Workplace Charging Challenge, please visit the DEF website: http://driveelectricflorida.org/.
Central Florida Clean Cities then kicked off its First Responders Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Safety Training program in Melbourne on April 19. This was the first of many “train the trainers” sessions, during which local first responder trainers are taught how to conduct workshops with their teams on approaching AFV collisions, particularly for propane, CNG/LNG, and electric vehicles. This program will continue throughout the year with scheduled trainings pending in Tampa, Ocala, Broward County, and Jacksonville.
On April 20, intern Shauna Basques spoke on her year’s work with the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition in the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program’s end of semester presentation. Busy staffing the Drive Electric Florida Workplace Charging Committee and assisting Coordinator Colleen Kettles with program projects and events, Shauna continued her work throughout the summer, advancing alternative fuel vehicle adoption.
Central Florida Clean Cities also partnered with the Florida Solar Energy Center to present on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fuel vehicle solutions at the Kennedy Space Center/NASA’s Earth Day celebration, April 21 – 22. On the event’s first day, presenters met with KSC/NASA personnel, displaying a Chevy Volt, a Nissan LEAF, and two solar ovens. On the second day, these displays were moved into the Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex, near the Rocket Garden, where presenters were able to meet with KSC visitors and staff alike, speaking on the benefits of AFVs and alternative energy sources.
EnergyWhiz took over the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, FL on Saturday, May 14. Hundreds of students participated in renewable energy events, including a solar car sprint, an energy transfer machine competition, a solar energy cook-off, a display of EVs and the Electrathon. For more information on the event, please visit http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/education/k-12/energywhiz_olympics/index.htm.
Finally, we attended the US DOE Clean Cities Southeast Regional Meeting in Jacksonville, May 18-20, 2016, where CFCCC Coordinator Colleen Kettles made a presentation on the FAST Act and its EV Corridor implications. On May 24, she traveled to NREL in Golden Colorado for a Clean Cities meeting on advanced technology vehicles and their impact on Clean Cities activities.
Although we’re done with spring, we’ll be reporting back on our summer events soon. In the meantime, check out the upcoming 2016 EV Transportation and Technology Summit at http://www.EVsummit.org. Hosted at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, FL over October 17-20, the summit will feature presentations and industry panels on electric vehicle transportation planning, policy building, and future technologies designed to promote electric vehicle advancement. Register now!
On Thursday, Nov. 5, Central Florida Clean Cities welcomed its newest sponsor and member, Protec Fuels, as they sponsored a luncheon and workshop on Green Fleet Solutions. Speakers included Orlando City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Jim Gray, Robert White of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bruce Chesson of NASA/KSC Transportation and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Programs, 100 Best Fleets’ Tom Johnson, David L. Dunn from City of Orlando Fleet and Facilities Management, and Protec Fuel’s Andrew Greenberg to discuss the benefits of adding E85 Flex Fuel to your fleet.
The Third Annual Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium took place over Nov. 12-13 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, FL. Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator Colleen Kettles spoke at the symposium in a panel event on renewable and alternative fuels. Learn more about the event at http://www.wfrpc.org/events/transportation-symposium.
Finally, we capped off the month at the Central Florida International Auto Show, which took place over Nov. 26-29 at the Orange County Convention Center. We were able to check out many new, exciting, and game-changing alternative fuel vehicles. Go to http://autoshoworlando.com/ to check out pictures and more information on the event.
We hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season. We look forward to reporting back in the new year!
We promised you a full recap of the 2015 EV Transportation and Technology Summit, and here it is! Held at our Florida Solar Energy Center campus in Cocoa, FL from Oct. 20-22, the event was organized by the Electric Vehicle Transportation Center of the University of Central Florida. The Summit engaged attendees from across the country on the future of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) and how their expanding adoption effects city, road, and development planning as well as assists in advancing technology, economics, and the environment.
The Summit kicked off with a pre-event PEV Market and Technology Workshop to discuss current trends and opportunities in PEV adoption. After, Summit attendees were invited on a Kennedy Space Center Tour followed by the opening reception at the Cocoa Beach Courtyard Marriott.
To take a look at the Pre-Summit Workshop Materials, go to http://evtc.fsec.ucf.edu/education/short_course/EV-Workshop.html.
Day 2 began with a focus on PEV Technology, Infrastructure, Product Development, and Resources, featuring presentations on PEV technology and standards, PEV charging technology and the grid, product and market offerings, and vehicle adoption programs and resources. Trev Hall, Clean Cities Southeast Regional Manager, provided an overview of US Department of Energy Vehicle Technology Office Resources made available through the Alternative Fuels Data Center website. The day concluded with a PEV Vehicle Display in the Florida Solar Energy Center parking lot nearest the public PEV charging stations.
Finally, Day 3 of the EV Summit featured presentations pertaining to Planning, Policy, and the Future of PEVs. Linda Bluestein, Co-Director for National Clean Cities, delivered a talk on PEV Public and Policy Awareness as it influences electric vehicle adoption. Other presentations that followed included an assessment of the current state of the EV, a few discussions of future infrastructure and transportation planning goals, and a concluding panel of Florida electric utilities’ perspectives on PEV advancement.
Please visit the 2015 EV Summit website to take a look at this year’s presentations, presenters, and a full agenda at http://www.evsummit.org/schedule.php.
We thank the Electric Vehicle Transportation Center for organizing the Summit and for allowing Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition to participate in this new and educational event. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing another wonderful EV Summit in 2016!
Other recent and upcoming events include:
On Thursday, Nov. 5, Central Florida Clean Cities welcomed its newest sponsor and member, Protec Fuels, as they sponsored a luncheon and workshop on Green Fleet Solutions. Speakers included Orlando City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Jim Gray, Robert White of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bruce Chesson of NASA/KSC Transportation and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Programs, 100 Best Fleets’ Tom Johnson, David L. Dunn from City of Orlando Fleet and Facilities Management, and Protec Fuel’s Andrew Greenberg to discuss the benefits of adding E85 Flex Fuel to your fleet..
Finally, the Third Annual Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium will take place Nov. 12-13 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, FL. Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator Colleen Kettles will be speaking at the symposium in a panel event on renewable and alternative fuels. Learn more and register for the event at http://www.wfrpc.org/events/transportation-symposium.
We look forward to reporting back again soon!
October has flown by for us at Central Florida Clean Cities, and it’s time again to recap all of our alternative fuel activities we had fun with throughout the month.
On Friday, Oct. 2, we provided a display vehicle at the 2015 Fireball Run stop in Sanford, FL. We helped cheer on Team Sanford, co-partnered by Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplet and entrepreneur Don Schreiner, to the day’s finish line on downtown 1st street. A lineup of electric vehicles awaited the victorious drivers.
On Friday, Oct. 9, Central Florida Clean Cities representatives assisted in organizing the electric vehicle display at the 2015 Florida TechXpo in Melbourne, FL. We were able to reach out to many innovators, students, and event attendees about the alternative fuel vehicle choices available to them for reducing their carbon footprint and lowering vehicle air emissions all around. Thank you to Florida Solar Energy Center, Space Coast Electric Vehicle Drivers, NRG eVgo, and Melbourne BMW for allowing us to work with you at this successful and exciting event!
The 2015 Florida Energy Summit took place over Oct. 14-16 in Jacksonville, FL. The event dedicated itself to educating its attendees about the future of Florida energy options, particularly with upcoming natural gas vehicle and infrastructure solutions and alternative fuels overall.
Finally, we were able to host the 2015 EV Transportation and Technology Summit at our Florida Solar Energy Campus in Cocoa, FL from Oct. 20-22. Attendees from across the region came to learn about the future of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) and how their expanding adoption effects city, road, and development planning as well as assists in advancing technology, economics, and the environment. An event highlight? How about Linda Bluestein, Co-Director for National Clean Cities, coming down south to give a talk on PEV Public and Policy Awareness! Trev Hall, Clean Cities Southeast Regional Manager, was also able to deliver a presentation. He elaborated on the US Department of Energy Vehicle Technology Office Resources, made available through the Alternative Fuels Data Center website. Overall, the event was a blast, and we learned so much! A full recap of the EV Summit will be made available shortly, so be on the lookout.
Although we’re done with October, we’ll also be participating in some upcoming events—check them out!
On Thursday, Nov. 5, Central Florida Clean Cities welcomes its newest sponsor and member, Protec Fuels, with a complimentary luncheon attended by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Robert White of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bruce Chesson of NASA Transportation and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Programs, 100 Best Fleets’ Tom Johnson, David L. Dunn from City of Orlando Fleet and Facilities Management, and Protect Fuel’s Andrew Greenberg to discuss and celebrate the benefits of adding E85 Flex Fuel to your fleet. RSVP by October 30, 2015 with Amber Pearson at email@example.com or 512-686-8532.
Finally, the Third Annual Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium will take place over Nov. 12-13 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, FL. Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator Colleen Kettles will be speaking at the symposium in a panel event on renewable and alternative fuels. Learn more and register for the event at http://www.wfrpc.org/events/transportation-symposium.
Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone. We look forward to reporting back again soon!
September may be over soon, but we’d like to re-cap all of the exciting events Central Florida Clean Cities was able to be a part of this month.
Starting on Wed. Sept. 9, Central Florida Clean Cities representatives were invited to attend the Ford Smart Mobility Experience at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. A traveling presentation, Ford’s Smart Mobility Experience provides a sneak peak at Ford’s transportation designs that revolutionize the way we move ourselves in the future. Our favorite was a look at the electric bike concept which combined some of our best-loved features: alternative fuels, multi-modal transport, and a new way for us to travel sustainably.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, we kicked off National Drive Electric Week at Valencia College in downtown Orlando. Attendees at this event were able to check out a variety of electric vehicles and speak with the car owners to learn more about electric driving. The event also featured a presentation period during which speakers elaborated on the distinctions of the PEV, how this alternative fuel contributes to a healthier community and environment, and what attendees can do to embrace this fun, green, and exciting vehicle market.
On Friday, Sept. 18, Central Florida Clean Cities representatives were able to attend a Drive Electric Orlando event at the Dr. P. Phillips Performing Arts Center in downtown Orlando. The event kicked off Enterprise’s commitment to providing electric rental cars for the nation’s number one tourist destination here in Central Florida. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared the day to be the first ever Drive Electric Orlando Day—before he was able to cruise off in a rented Chevy Volt!
The Space Coast Electric Vehicle Drivers Club capped off Drive Electric Week by hosting an EV event at Satellite Beach on Saturday, Sept. 19. 35 EVs attended the event, and upwards of 120 total test rides we given to prospective EV buyers. Of the registered attendees, EV owners collaboratively reported more than 650,000 miles between them on pure electric drive.
Finally this month, we were able to welcome a new hire, Shauna Basques, to the Central Florida Clean Cities fold. Having worked previously on workplace charging (WPC) for the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition, she is excited to begin working with the Central Florida EV community to help advance adoption of alternative fuels and spread the word on workplace charging. If you have any questions for her (or just want to say hi), contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And don’t forget—Central Florida Clean Cities will be participating in more upcoming events!
On October 2, 2015, we will be celebrating the tail end of Team Sanford’s Fireball Run stint from 3-6 PM on 1st St. in Sanford, FL. We will provide a small electric vehicle display and cheer on the team to the finish line the following day on the Florida Space Coast.
From October 14-16, the 2015 Florida Energy Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida. Presentations at the summit will focus on alternative fuels, CNG and LNG in particular. For information and registration, please visit FloridaEnergySummit.com.
We will also assist in hosting the 2015 EV Transportation and Technology Summit at our Florida Solar Energy Center campus from Oct. 20-22 in Cocoa, FL. For information and registration, please visit EVSummit.org.
Thank you for all of your interest and support. We look forward to reporting back soon!
National Drive Electric Week, September 12-20, 2015, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have successfully done so.
The Florida dates are as follows:
|Destin||Florida||USA||Sep 15, 2015|
|Fort Lauderdale||Florida||USA||Sep 19, 2015|
|Fort Lauderdale||Florida||USA||Sep 12, 2015|
|Fort Myers||Florida||USA||Sep 19, 2015|
|Jacksonville||Florida||USA||Sep 17, 2015|
|Oldsmar||Florida||USA||Sep 12, 2015|
|Orlando||Florida||USA||Sep 12, 2015|
|Orlando||Florida||USA||Sep 18, 2015|
|Pensacola||Florida||USA||Sep 19, 2015|
|Pinecrest||Florida||USA||Sep 19, 2015|
|Sarasota||Florida||USA||Sep 12, 2015|
|Satellite Beach||Florida||USA||Sep 19, 2015|
|St. Petersburg||Florida||USA||Sep 12, 2015|
|Tallahassee||Florida||USA||Sep 17, 2015|
For more information about National Drive Electric Week, please visit the event website.
Nearly all of us regularly use and access public roads, infrastructure, or transit services. As you may have read in the July blog post, Feeling Pain at the Pump? Factors That Affect Fuel Prices, it’s common practice for federal, state, and local governments to tax motor fuels on a per gallon basis to fund transportation infrastructure and increase revenue. Returns from gasoline and diesel taxes are on the decline due to a number of factors, including rising construction costs, general inflation, and greater vehicle efficiency, which reduces fuel use per mile. To make up for this deficit, a number of states are evaluating and implementing alternatives to traditional motor fuel tax models through the use of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fees, annual fees for vehicles that use certain fuels, such as electricity, or adjusting or establishing fuel taxes for certain alternative fuels.
VMT fees are designed to charge drivers based on the number of miles they drive, rather than the fuel they consume. The concept seeks to base taxes on use rather than fuel consumption, which provides a fuel neutral approach and offsets decreasing revenue from increased vehicle efficiency. Concerns have, however, been raised over program administration and individual privacy. Several states, including Vermont and Oregon, have studied or implemented VMT fee pilot programs. In July of 2015, Oregon began a road usage charge program for 5,000 volunteers and is encouraging participation by plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) collects $0.015 per mile and issues gas tax refunds to participants. Vehicle miles will be monitored through a vehicle transponder.
As alternative fuel use has grown, a number of states have established annual fees or decals to recover revenue that would have normally come from motor fuel taxes. These programs also provide a mechanism to collect revenue from those that charge or fuel at home and, in some cases, are used to incentivize alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). Fees have traditionally been imposed on fuels such as natural gas and propane, but are now being considered and implemented for PEVs. Establishing the appropriate level for such fees can be tricky, as different vehicle classes use very different amounts of fuel. In addition, some AFVs, such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and bi-fuel natural gas vehicles, may already pay motor fuel taxes for their gasoline or diesel use. Examples of fees in place include:
Many states have passed regulations to either tax certain alternative fuels for the first time or to structure motor fuel taxes to account for energy content variations between alternative fuels and gasoline or diesel. For example, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah are among the states that have enacted legislation or regulations in 2015 to define the energy content of CNG and liquefied natural gas on a gasoline gallon equivalent or diesel gallon equivalent basis. Wyoming updated regulations related to alternative fuel excise taxes and dealer license fees for natural gas, propane, electricity, and renewable diesel. Kentucky and Utah enacted excise tax requirements for hydrogen and South Dakota increased excise taxes for certain fuels, including ethanol. Look out for the September Question of the Month blog for further information on efforts to equalize federal fuel taxes across fuels.
Until motor fuel tax revenue shortfalls can be adequately addressed, states risk underfunding our roads and infrastructure. While no single approach has emerged as the preferred choice, creative solutions, such as those discussed above, may help states adequately adjust for continued sales of AFVs and other fuel-efficient vehicles. With the exception of VMT fees, these approaches, however, only address a small portion of the nation’s fleet and are not likely to resolve broader funding issues in the near-term.
Refer to the following Alternative Fuels Data Center websites for more information on alternatives to traditional state motor fuel taxes:
Also watch for an upcoming paper from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on motor fuel excise taxes.
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Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team
Drive Electric Orlando is America’s first large-scale initiative for electric car rentals.
The idea behind the program is simple: The more opportunities people have to try out electric cars, the more likely they are to buy them. Through a groundbreaking partnership between Orlando’s rental car agencies, hotels, and tourist attractions, along with the leadership of the City of Orlando and Orange County, we have been able to leverage our world-leading tourism industry (and largest rental car market in the world) as a mechanism to encourage guests from across the country to rent electric cars while in Orlando on business or leisure travel.
As the program continues to evolve, it’s time to expand our focus to include Orlando’s business community and the many companies that welcome clients, guests and staff to our city on a daily or weekly basis.
If your company welcomes visitors who arrive at Orlando International Airport and typically use a rental car during their time in our city, we want to make sure you’re aware of the many money saving and corporate/social responsibility benefits associated with going electric. By renting an electric vehicle, guests (or their employers) can save time and money on their trip, and also contribute to a reduction in emissions while helping our country take a step toward greater energy security.
Answer: In 2014, state legislatures and agencies developed a variety of incentives, laws, and regulations that support the use of alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and other strategies that align with Clean Cities’ mission to cut the amount of petroleum used in transportation. As compared to 2013, however, the number of newly adopted state laws and incentives decreased, possibly indicating the effectiveness of existing state programs and a maturing alternative fuels market. In addition, several states worked to fine-tune existing programs this past year, in an effort to find the best market penetration strategy.
The majority of state actions across all alternative fuel types in 2014 involved new tax-related incentives and fuel tax regulations. Specific alternative fuels displayed their own trends as well. Laws and incentives related to the following vehicle categories showed particularly notable trends:
Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), including both all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and the associated charging infrastructure were the most popular alternative fuel technologies that received attention in the form of new state laws and incentives in 2014. States worked to streamline many aspects of PEV ownership, including allowing direct purchase of PEVs from a manufacturer, modifying rebates and incentives for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), and allowing EVSE at previously restricted locations, such as state facilities and leased properties. A few states initiated studies to determine how to assess PEV owners a supplemental fee in lieu of the gasoline tax they would no longer be paying. Utilities continued to provide new incentives in 2014, including electricity rate discounts for customers using EVSE.
Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) continued to draw significant consideration in 2014, particularly in those states following the national trend of basing a compressed natural gas (CNG) motor fuel tax on the favorable gasoline gallon equivalent conversion. The NGV market and consumers will also benefit from grants, weight exemptions, fuel-training programs, and fleet requirements enacted in the last year.
The Alternative Fuels Data Center’s (AFDC) State Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Laws and Incentives: 2014 Year in Review provides a further synopsis of incentives and laws enacted in 2014 and is available at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/
In addition, the AFDC Laws & Incentives website provides a searchable database to identify and view relevant state laws and incentives by fuel type, as well as by variety of incentive or regulation. As legislative and gubernatorial actions occur, follow the AFDC website for updates at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/
As new trends and issues emerge from legislation, policy bulletins are posted to the AFDC Technology and Policy Bulletins page at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/
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