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.
Keith Kerman, New York City Deputy Commissioner, gives a presentation on fleet sustainability utilizing biodiesel.
On Tuesday, October 7th, The Bay Area Clean Cities Biodiesel Summit was held in the San Francisco Main Library. The summit was a joint event that was put on by the San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and East Bay chapters of the Clean Cities Coalition. The event was highly successful, with over 60 individuals from all over the country in the private and public sectors participating.
Notable highlights of the morning session included talks from Scott Fenwick and Shelby Neal of the National Biodiesel Board discussing the future of biodiesel in both technology and
SVCCC intern Morgan Gramling is standing at the SVCCC - Odyssey Day booth
On October 11, the Silicon Valley Clean Cities Coalition (SVCCC) celebrated National Odyssey Day in collaboration with Breathe California, the Electric Transportation Development Center (ETDC), and the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Pacific Rim Tour at the annual Breath of Life Walk in Saratoga. The event was very successful and drew over 200 participants! Odyssey Day is a nationwide celebration created by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) to promote the use of, and educate the public on, alternative fuel and