On November 21st, Silicon Valley Clean Cities will be holding a best practices workshop on natural gas, hydrogen, and electric vehicles! Come enjoy a continental breakfast at the newly opened technology demonstration center presented by ProspectSV. This workshop will be based on best practices of natural gas, electric, and hydrogen vehicles, infrastructure, and economics as well as future opportunities. New, sustainable, and more environmentally friendly technologies are the way of the future so bring your questions! We’ll have experts from all industries and from companies including Clean Energy Fuels, California Fuel Cell Partnership, and the Bay Area Climate Collaborative presenting and ready to answer your inquiries.
Speakers will include:
From left to right: Lead Mechanic Hector, School Bus Driver Linda, and Transportation Manager of Gilroy Unified School District Stuart
We have some exciting news! After a successful showing at the Guinness World Record Breaking EV Rally in September (where SVCCC was a Gold Sponsor), the Electric School Bus has been sent back to Gilroy to undergo final testing before being added to the Gilroy Unified School District's active service. The project is being overseen by Bob Garzee, CEO Electronic Transportation Development Center (ETDC) and Green Team Leader. Thanks to Mr. Garzee, the popular MotorWeek television show will be traveling to Gilroy on November 14th to do a special on the bus. ADOMANI, the company responsible for the repowering of the 2007 Bluebird 40ft. diesel bus, will be doing the final testing with students on board once the bus becomes active.
Firefighters listen to John Frala discuss fuel characteristics
With alternative fuel vehicles becoming more popular on the market, it is important that first responders are prepared to deal with these vehicles in case of an emergency. So through a grant from the Department of Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Cities Coalition hosted a first responder training on alternative fuel vehicles for firefighters at the City of Milpitas on October 3rd. The training was conducted by John Frala of Rio Hondo College, located in Whittier, California, and he trained 15 firefighters on how to safely respond to accidents involving alternative fuels and topics, such as:
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Cities Program and its nearly 100 coalitions across the nation reached a major petroleum-reduction milestone -- reducing one billion gallons in 2013 alone. This keep the Clean Cities program on track to meet its ambitious petroleum-reduction goal of 2.5 billions gallons a year by 2020.
DOE launched the national program in 1993, and Silicon Valley Clean Cities (SVCC) has been a key contributor to the program's mission in the Silicon Valley since it's founding in 1999. From breaking the Guinness World Record for most electric vehicles in a rally and hosting the 2014 National Biodiesel Summit,
Every month, the Clean Cities Technical Response Service (TRS) sends out a question to all coordinators and encourages them to share this question with the public and shareholders.
Question of the Month: 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?
Answer: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit begins to phase out for a manufacturer when at least 200,000 qualifying vehicles produced by that manufacturer have been sold for use in the United States, based on sales after December 31, 2009. Many of the other federal tax credits, such as the Alternative Fuels Excise Tax Credit and the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit, expired at the end of 2013 and have not been extended or renewed.
Clean Cities has released two new tools and added on to their existing IdleBox program. JOBS NG is a program that helps to analyze the economic impacts of building new CNG stations. JOBS NG is the third in a series of tools designed to estimate economic impacts of energy investments, after JOBS FC and JOBS H2. Earlier tools calculated similar impacts for developing hydrogen fuelings stations and for deploying fuel cells in forklifts and for backup power. Both tools can be viewed and downloaded for free here. The second tool is posted below.