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Biodiesel

A domestically produced, renewable fuel that can be made from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease for use in diesel vehicles.



Electricity

Using electricity to power vehicles can have significant energy security and emissions benefits.

Ethanol

Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from corn and other plant materials. Almost all gasoline in the U.S. contains ethanol in a low-level blend.



Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a potentially emissions-free alternative fuel that can be produced from diverse domestic energy sources.



Natural Gas

This clean-burning alternative fuel can be used in vehicles as either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Propane

Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or autogas, has been used worldwide as a vehicle fuel for decades.

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Which Electric-Car Makers in the U.S. Are Serious? Sales Show Top Three

November 10, 2014 by Clean Cities

 

BMW i3 vs. Chevy Volt

photo: David Noland, Tom Moloughney

Green Car Reports grouped the cars by maker so that, for instance, General Motors includes both Chevrolet and Cadillac plug-in sales.

And they included compliance cars; even if they’re limited in volume, they do have plugs.

Here are the percentages of a carmaker’s total U.S. sales this year that are made up of battery-electric, range-extended electric, and plug-in hybrid sales:

  • Tesla: 100 percent
  • BMW: 2.3 percent (4,534 of 201,000)
  • Nissan: 2.1 percent (24,411 of 1.17 million)
  • Ford: 0.9 percent (18,859 of 2.07 million)
  • GM: 0.7 percent (17,969 of 2.43 million)
  • Toyota: 0.6 percent (12,321 of 1.98 million)

Surprised?

A couple of things stand out.

 

 

 

Hybrid Vehicles Losing Their Competitive Edge

November 3, 2014 by Clean Cities
Toyota Camry Hybrid

2014.5 Toyota Camry Hybrid, Courtesy of Toyota

Gasoline-electric hybrids are losing their competitive edge over ther gasoline counterparts due to falling fuel prices and more efficient internal combustion engines, according to a five-year owner cost analysis by Vincentric.

The research firm studied the total cost of owning a hybrid, and found that 10 of the 31 hybrids included in the research were more cost-effective to own that their gasoline counterpart. The percentage of cost-effective hybrids has fallen to 32 percent from 39 percent in the 2013 study and 44 percent in the 2012 study.

The Lexus CT200h and the Toyota Avalon Hybrid returned impressive lower ownership costs with savings of over $7,600 and $3,200 respectively. Additional hybrids from Acura, Audi, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Lincoln, and Toyota also showed cost advantages, according to Vincentric.

However, when the costs to own and operate all 31 hybrid vehicles were taken into account, the average five-year cost-of-ownership for hybrids was $1,339 more than their gasoline-powered counterparts.

 

Charlotte Startup Debuts 100mi, Half-Ton EV Pickup Truck

November 2, 2014 by Clean Cities

IMG_4278.JPGJeff Willhelm/Charlotte Observer

Agnew, 60, recently debuted the Condor 2015, an all-electric pickup designed for fleet service and deliveries, that conserves energy and saves buyers thousands in fuel costs. Capable of hauling 1,000 pounds and reaching up to 80 mph, the truck was produced in Charlotte, N.C., by EV Fleet Inc., a manufacturing startup Agnew formed this year to assemble and sell electric pickups.

The Condor is a strategic response to what Agnew said he didn’t see on the market — pickups built with motors that ran on energy stored in batteries and no gas components. Yet the Condor’s creation comes just as analysts question the long-term viability of the nascent electric vehicle industry.

Odyssey Day: Nov 7th at Embry-Riddle, Daytona Beach, FL

October 31, 2014 by Clean Cities

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Hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Eco Eagles LEco Eagles

&

Sponsored by the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition

Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Presentations

Lunch (on your own, on site)

Ride and Drive

Vehicle Expo, of which includes:

302 ECOPOWER CAR

Ecopower Technologies Inc.’s World Record Society’s 2013

Propane /Natural gas powered  car of the year.

The car holds seven world records,

three of which are on propane three on natural gas

and one on liquified natural gas.

 

 Located at:

Henderson Welcome Center

600 South Clyde Morris Blvd.

Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900

 

 

Fuels Fix Fall 2014 Edition

October 30, 2014 by Clean Cities

 

Fuels Fix Fall 2014 Edition

Fuels Fix Fall 2014 Edition

Inside the Fall 2014 edition of the Fix:

  • Carolina Blue Skies Initiative expands Asheville’s Alt Fuel Use

  • Alabama Says, “It Starts with Us!”

  • Oregon Celebrates First DC Fast Charger at Mt. Hood

  • Plus much more!

Federal PEV Credit Phase-Out Summary

October 30, 2014 by Clean Cities

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How does the federal plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) tax credit phase-out work, and has it begun for any vehicle manufacturers? What is the status of other federal alternative fuel tax credits?

Albany firefighters train on hybrid cars

October 27, 2014 by Clean Cities

IMG_4138.JPGBrent Belcher, Toyota of Albany , left, instructs Jason Ribolla (white shirt) and other firefighters on Toyota hybrid cars. (Staff Photo: Jim West)

ALBANY — In the event of a vehicle emergency, firefighters are trained on how to safely enter a disabled vehicle and free its occupants. But times are changing and not all vehicles operate with standard internal combustion engines. Responders could face unfamiliar dangers in the form of extremely high voltage.

That’s why a dozen or so members of the Albany Fire Department were at Toyota of Albany on Ledo Road this past week, poking around the innards of some high-tech hybrid cars. “It a whole different thing with a hybrid,” said Jason Ribolla, training officer at the AFD. “These cars are silent when they’re running on electricity and if you don’t know what you’re doing, power goes to the wheels and the vehicle starts to move.”

Casselberry hosts Drive Electric event featuring electric vehicle enthusiasts and dealers

October 14, 2014 by Clean Cities

Despite the terrible weather in the morning and the cancellation of the band and Farmer’s Market the electric car movement is very strong in Central Florida.  We had about 300 participants with 52 EV’s showcased and at least 5 Ride and Drive vehicles taking people around the property and along Lake Concord. We had two food vendors and the event was covered by at least three news agencies. Fox 35, News 13 and the Orlando Sentinel.  Here is a link to the Sentinel story:

Casselberry hosts Drive Electric event featuring electric vehicle enthusiasts and dealers
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ACT Expo Aligns with Electric Vehicle Association to Widen Scope in 2015

October 3, 2014 by Clean Cities

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Set for May 4-7 in Dallas, the 2015 ACT Expo will bring together conference attendees, exhibitors and experts to examine the latest alternative-fuel and clean vehicle technologies for all weight classes, from electric drive to hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, renewables and efficiency technologies.

Emphasizing ACT Expo’s fuel-neutral stance, organizers said this alliance will focus on delivering an expanded electric-drive agenda component to show how the industry is meeting the growing demand for charging infrastructure while showcasing various hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicle technologies on the exhibit hall floor.

Nissan LEAF US Sales Continue To Surge In September

October 3, 2014 by Clean Cities

IMG_3457.JPGimage via Nissan LEAF Facebook

For September, Nissan sold 2,881 LEAFs, an 48% improvement over the 1,953 sold last year.

And for those who are thinking, “It seems like the LEAF is setting new monthly records a lot”, you would be right – as this is the 19th consecutive record month the company has raised the bar.

This strong result is also on the heels of August, when Nissan set a new all-time record for fully electric sales in the US (and the world) by selling 3,186 copies, while bringing its share of the plug-in space in America up to almost 25%.

Overall for the year to date, Nissan has sold 21,822 LEAFs, an improvement of 36% over 2013 when 15,896 were moved.

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