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They’re Here! Station Locator Android App and Mobile Trip Calculator

June 21, 2017 by Clean Cities

What’s new for Clean Cities mobile tools and resources?  Two new mobile tools have recently become available:

  • Station Locator app for Android: Android users can now access the Station Locator app through the Google Play store. As with the original iPhone app version, users can access the Station Locator from their mobile device and find the 20 closest stations within a 30-mile radius. Results display either on a map or in a list with station addresses, phone numbers, and hours of operation. Also available for iPhone from the iTunes store.
  • Trip Calculator mobile page: FuelEconomy.gov recently launched a mobile web page version of their popular Trip Calculator tool. This page allows users to easily calculate fuel economy for a trip while on the go.

Other Mobile Resources

  • AFDC Station Locator mobile page: If you’d rather not use an app, the Station Locator mobile page provides an easy way to view alternative fueling station information on your smartphone screen, regardless of the type of mobile device used. Users can access the Station Locator by navigating to this link in an internet browser.
  • Find-a-Car app (Android and iPhone): The Find-a-Car app allows users to view the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy ratings, fuel cost estimates, and safety ratings for new and used cars and trucks. The app also allows users to input driving habits to personalize results, and to scan QR codes on window stickers while car shopping to assist in comparing vehicles. The app is available to download on the Google Play store and download on the iTunes store.
  • Find and Compare Cars mobile page: The Find and Compare Cars mobile page allows users to search for vehicles by year, make, and model. Searches can also filter by vehicle class and combined miles per gallon (MPG).
  • EPA Fuel Economy Label mobile page: The EPA Fuel Economy Label mobile page explains what each piece of information detailed on fuel economy labels for gasoline, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric vehicles means.
  • Calculate My MPG mobile page: On this page, users receive assistance calculating and tracking fuel economy and comparing it with the EPA ratings. To get started, users must first create an account by accessing the tool online. Look for an update to the mobile page later this year.
  • Gas Mileage Tips mobile page: This page provides drivers with quick tips to obtaining better gas mileage and shows how much money per gallon they can save as a result.

You can rate and provide feedback on the Google Play and iTunes stores for the Station Locator and Find-a-Car apps. You may also contact the TRS at any time with feedback about these mobile resources, as well as suggestions for new tools.

Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team
technicalresponse@icf.com
800-254-6735

Question of the Month: I heard the Clean Cities website was recently revamped. What changed?

December 21, 2015 by Clean Cities

Redesigned Clean Cities Website Offers Bold New Look, Enhanced User Experience

What You Should Know About Navigating The Revamped Clean Cities Website

As the work of Clean Cities continues to grow, the Clean Cities team is committed to ongoing communication about the program’s resources and accomplishments. Last month, Clean Cities launched a new and improved version of its website, which aims to highlight the program and assist the public and stakeholders.

The redesigned Clean Cities website has a fresh new look, is easy to navigate, and includes many new features to help users learn about and connect with the program.

newccwebsiteBelow are the top five changes you should know about the site:

  1. Reorganized Resources: Some resources have moved with the new design. Most notably, funding information and publications are now located in the About section, which can be accessed from the top website banner. As before, funding opportunities are separated into current and related categories, and the easily searchable publications are listed by popularity and publish date. Information about Clean Cities partnerships, such as the National Clean Fleets Partnership and the National Parks Initiative, is now conveniently accessed from the Partnerships & Projects section, which can also be accessed from the top website banner.
  2. Selective Communication Options: It’s easier than ever to stay up to date on Clean Cities. You can now subscribe to the newsletters and updates that you want —and choose to skip those you don’t! You can sign up to receive the Clean Cities Monthly Update, the Clean Cities Now Newsletter, or Webinar Alerts. The “What’s Happening?” bar on the bottom of the homepage is another easy to way to catch up on the latest events, news, blog posts, and videos.
  3. Searchable Clean Cities Projects: Under the Partnership & Projects section, which is accessed from the top website banner, users may now view and search Clean Cities funded transportation projects. You can search by keyword or filter by the initiative or award, such as projects under the National Parks Initiative, Electric Vehicle Community Readiness, or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards. Project descriptions include basic information, states impacted, partners involved, the Clean Cities award amount, and the amount of local matching funds.
  4. Audience-Tailored Content: The new website design clearly separates information for different audiences. While the old website combined resources for the public and resources for Clean Cities coordinators, the new design restricts public access to the Coordinator Toolbox.
  5. Clean Cities On-the-Go: Lastly, the new design has an updated, clean aesthetic. From the newly organized coalition pages to the streamlined Technical Assistance page, the website is intuitive and easy to read. As an added bonus, the new website is mobile-friendly and responsive, so you can access Clean Cities information wherever you go.

Visit the updated Clean Cities website to see all of these features and more!

 

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Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team
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Central Florida Clean Cities October Re-Cap

October 29, 2015 by Clean Cities

Fireball-Run-2015_2October 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.

 

2015-Florida-TechXpo_1On 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!

 

2015-Florida-Energy-Summit_1The 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.

 

 

 

 

 

2015-EV-Summit_1Finally, 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 amber@protecfuel.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!

Co-Director of the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program Visits CFCCC

April 15, 2015 by Clean Cities

The Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition was pleased to host a visit from Linda Bluestein, Co-Director of the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Linda was in Orlando for a speaking engagement at the National Association of Fleet Administrators Annual Institute and Expo. She made the trip from Orlando to the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, the Coalition’s host agency, in a plug in electric vehicle. FSEC recently added to its electric vehicle charging capabilities by installing an electric vehicle fast charging station along with a Level 2 charger. The charging stations are open to the public 24 hours a day.

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Linda is pictured here plugging in her Chevy Volt, allowing it to charge for the return to Orlando while she toured FSEC.

Linda, as we hope many more visitors to the area will do, rented the PEV through Drive Electric Orlando (DEO). DEO is a partnership of area hotels and theme parks and Enterprise Rent a Car that makes electric vehicles available to the region’s visitors to provide them with an extended “test drive” with the hope that they will consider an EV for their next vehicle purchase. Rental of the EV is supported by a network of electric vehicle charging stations at hotels and theme parks throughout the region, as well as the City of Orlando’s extensive urban EV charging infrastructure.

Self-Balancing All-Electric Motorcycle On The Road

November 10, 2014 by Clean Cities
Lit Motors C1

Stock photography by izmo, Inc.

The C-1–which may get a different name for production–is controlled by a steering wheel, but it does lean into corners like a traditional motorcycle, with gyroscopes reportedly capable of 6,000 pound-feet of torque keeping it upright.

In production trim, that stability is expected to come with 200 miles of driving range per charge, from just 8 kilowatt-hours of battery-pack capacity.

The first 500 are already spoken for, but $2,500 will get you one of the next 500, while $1,000 buys a spot further down the line.

 

 

 

Proterra Electric Bus Visits Buddy Dyer at Orlando City Hall

October 30, 2014 by Clean Cities

The founder of Proterra, Dale Hill, talks to City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer before a demo ride on the 40-passenger electric bus.

 

 

Broward County Public Schools Adds 98 School Buses

April 7, 2014 by Clean Cities

Purchase is nation’s largest single propane autogas order by a school district

 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (April 7, 2014) — Broward County Public Schools, the nation’s sixth largest school district, purchased 98 alternative fuel school buses to lower its operating costs while improving the environment.

The purchase supports the top 10 school district’s environmental stewardship program, “Learn Green. Live Green.” This is the nation’s largest single order of autogas fueled buses by a school district.

“We’ll be using these buses for our high mileage routes due to the substantial cost and maintenance savings with clean and safe autogas,” said Pat Snell, director of student transportation and fleet services for Broward County Public Schools. “Some of the savings will be funneled directly back into the classroom.”

The county expects a six-month return on investment for the additional cost of the alternative fuel buses. According to Snell, the county will lock in an autogas fuel price at substantially less than their diesel cost. Historically, autogas costs about 50 percent less than diesel per gallon and reduces maintenance costs due to its clean-burning properties.

Each bus will displace about 40,000 gallons of diesel and emit 150,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over their lifetime. According to Snell, each bus will travel about 17,000 miles per year.

“School districts are eager for cleaner, lower emissions solutions that also work with their budgets. The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision and Micro Bird meet these needs with lower fuel and maintenance costs, decreased noise and environmental benefits,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation. “We applaud Broward County Public Schools for their forward-thinking leadership in the state of Florida.”

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of students are transported daily to school in buses operating on autogas. It is the most commonly used alternative fuel in the nation and worldwide. Vehicles fueled by autogas comply with the same safety standards as their conventionally fueled counterparts.

The purchase qualifies Broward County Public Schools to apply for funding through a state rebate program. The Florida incentive waives state taxes for gaseous alternative fuels, which include propane autogas and natural gas.

“Broward County Public Schools is leading the state with its environmental commitment and paving the way for other districts to choose this proven, versatile and American-made fuel,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “The Blue Bird and ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas solution offers the best total cost of ownership alternative fuel school bus.”

The school district purchased the buses from Florida Transportation Systems, the authorized Blue Bird dealer in Florida. The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Visions, each equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech fuel system, include a 100-gallon extended range tank that provides a 93-usable gallon capacity. Delivery begins in May for operation for the 2014-2015 school year.

For More Information:

Maurna Williams

Florida Transportation Systems
813.980.0174 x260
mwilliams@fts4buses.com

 Tracy Ruff

ROUSH CleanTech

877.411.3243 x809

tracy@tsncommunications.com

 Erin Lake

Blue Bird Corporation

478.822.2578

erin.lake@blue-bird.com

About Blue Bird: Blue Bird offers a complete line of Type A, C and D school buses in a variety of options and configurations. For more than 85 years, Blue Bird Corporation has continued to set industry standards with its innovative design and manufacturing capabilities. Additionally, Blue Bird provides comprehensive financial solutions through Blue Bird Capital Services. Today, Blue Bird has more than 1,500 employees, Georgia-based manufacturing facilities and an extensive network of dealers and service-parts facilities throughout North America. Its global presence can be seen in more than 60 countries through sales into Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.    For more information, visit blue-bird.com.

About Florida Transportation Systems: Family owned and operating in Florida for more than 30 years, Florida Transportation Systems is a full service dealership representing nationally respected brands including Blue Bird, ElDorado National, Goshen Coach and Girardin buses and BraunAbility wheelchair vans.  Currently, we serve our partners with offices in Tampa and Pompano Beach and maintain a strong network of authorized warranty repair centers to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. For more information, visit fts4buses.com.

About ROUSH CleanTech: ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology, is a division of ROUSH Enterprises based in Livonia, Mich. ROUSH CleanTech designs, engineers, manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel system technology for light- and medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles, and Type A and Type C Blue Bird school buses. As a Ford QVM-certified alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer, ROUSH CleanTech delivers economical, clean and domestically produced fueling options for fleets across the country. Learn more at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.

National Parks Roll on With Alternative Fuels

March 31, 2014 by Clean Cities

Stretching from sea to shining sea, millions of people and their cars travel to and from America’s National Parks each year.  Unfortunately, these vehicles produce greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change and pollutants that threaten the air quality of these national treasures.  To reduce the environmental impacts of vehicles, the Energy Department’s Clean Cities program and the National Park Service (NPS) announced new projects at nine parks that will deploy alternative-fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, cut vehicle idling, and improve vehicle efficiency.

Clean Cities and NPS are also releasing a collection of outreach materials that all parks can use to engage visitors and staff on the benefits of fuel-efficient driving practices. The launch of the Green Rides Toolkit expands the long-time collaboration between Clean Cities and NPS. The Toolkit is a set of centralized educational materials addressing a variety of eco-friendly travel practices.  These include reducing vehicle idling, developing green driving habits, using alternative fuels, driving more efficient vehicles, and adopting more sustainable forms of transportation such as mass transit, biking, and walking.  Clean Cities and NPS created the Toolkit based on feedback from the 13 National Parks already partnering with Clean Cities to educate the public. For the complete story, see the EERE Blog.

Clean Energy Highlights from the President’s 2015 Budget Proposal

March 17, 2014 by Clean Cities

President Obama’s $27.9 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget request for the Energy Department, released on March 4, represents a 2.6% increase above the FY 2014 enacted level. The budget request includes cross-cutting program initiatives that tap the Energy Department’s full capability to effectively and efficiently address the nation’s energy, environmental, and security challenges.

Clean energy highlights in the FY 2015 budget include:

  • $2.3 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to continue a diverse suite of sustained investment in the development of renewable generation technologies, sustainable transportation technologies, and advanced manufacturing technologies, as well as in improving energy efficiency in our homes, buildings, and industries.
  • $5.1 billion for the Office of Science, including $1.8 billion  for basic energy sciences activities to provide the foundations for new energy technologies, to mitigate the environmental impacts of energy use, and to support Energy Department missions in energy, environment, and national security by understanding, predicting, and ultimately controlling matter and energy.
  • $180 million for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability grid modernization activities to support a smart, resilient electric grid for the 21st century and fund critical emergency response and grid security capabilities.

The President’s FY 2015 budget request for the Energy Department plays a key role in achieving the Climate Action Plan and in keeping the United States at the forefront of science and technology innovation. The budget supports activities in the transformational research, development, demonstration, and deployment of an extensive range of clean energy technologies that support the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to advance the economy while mitigating the risks of climate change. See the Energy Department news release.

UPS Invests in Propane for U.S. Delivery Fleet

March 17, 2014 by Clean Cities

UPS, a founding member of Clean Cities’ National Clean Fleets Partnership, announced plans to purchase 1,000 propane package delivery trucks and install an initial 50 fueling stations at UPS locations. The investment in propane vehicles and infrastructure is approximately $70 million.

The propane fleet will replace gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles used largely in rural areas in Louisiana and Oklahoma with other states pending. The vehicles on these routes can travel up to 200 miles on a tank of propane. Operations will begin by mid-2014 and be completed early next year.

UPS, in collaboration with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), a non-profit propane technology incubator, worked with equipment manufacturers to secure certifications with the EPA and California Air Resources Board.

UPS tested 20 propane-powered brown delivery trucks in Gainesville, Ga., and expanded its order with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. UPS uses a “rolling laboratory” approach to test different fuel sources and technologies according to their route characteristics. The new propane fleet is expected to travel more than 25 million miles and to displace approximately 3.5 million gallons of conventional gasoline and diesel per year.

“The opportunity to road test new propane vehicles and fueling equipment with one of the most sophisticated fleets in the country is a major milestone for the propane industry,” said Roy Willis, president and CEO of PERC. “This announcement is the culmination of many entities bringing together the best in propane technology to achieve the greatest economic and environmental results.”

The UPS deployment this year benefits from propane autogas’ wide availability as a result of increased natural gas production in the U.S., and there is more price stability with the accessible supply. UPS currently operates nearly 900 propane vehicles in Canada.

UPS has one of the largest private alternative fuel fleets in the nation with more than 3,150 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. This includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane, biomethane, and light-weight fuel-saving composite body vehicles.

About the Vehicles

The Freightliner custom chassis built for UPS uses a GM engine. Powertrain Integration provided the engine and system integration, and CleanFuel USA supplied the propane autogas fuel system. PERC collaborated with these companies to develop the engine, fuel platform, and chassis.

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