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Question of the Month: What were the trends related to state laws and incentives enacted in 2014?

March 3, 2015 by Clean Cities

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.

Clean car exhaustThe 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/bulletins/2014_01_15_Year_In_Review.html.

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/laws. This database may be particularly useful in the states in which the 2014 elections changed control of the legislative or executive branches. In addition, as the 2014 tax filing deadline approaches, the Laws & Incentives website is a valuable resource for basic information regarding new or expiring state and federal tax credits.

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/technology_bulletins.html. You may submit new or updated state laws and incentives, and suggestions for policy bulletin topics, by emailing the TRS directly at technicalresponse@icfi.com.

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition Designation Ceremony

November 12, 2014 by Clean Cities

Central Florida Clean Cities is proud to welcome a new Chapter into the Clean Cities Coalitions.

Come and be a part of the celebration!

TBCCC Designation Ceremony

Nov 12th WORKSHOP: Central FL Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEFA)

November 10, 2014 by Clean Cities

CEEFA Workshop November 2014

CEEFA Workshop November 2014

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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

October 31, 2014 by Clean Cities

Odyssey Day 2014 at Embry-RiddleOdyssey Day Slogan

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!

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