Clean Cities News

  • Smooth Ride: Top Four Reasons to Host an Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive

    Ride and drive events offer an opportunity for participants to experience the latest plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and can benefit your organization, as well as your event attendees. With more PEV models now available, many organizations are highlighting the technology by hosting a local ride and drive.

    Here are some reasons to consider hosting a ride and drive.

    1. Engage and Expand Your Network

    Outdoor events are highly visible and give you the opportunity to showcase your organization. With the right signage and promotion, you can interact with key players in your area and engage new stakeholders and consumers from your community.

    2. Hands-on Experience

    Taking a ride in a PEV, or getting behind the wheel, allows people to see first-hand what it’s like to own and drive a PEV. For some of your attendees, this may be their first encounter with an electric vehicle, so the event is an opportunity to get their questions answered.

    3. Enhance Visibility in your Community

    Public events can show that you are an active participant in your community. By hosting a public ride and drive, you have the opportunity to gain exposure and word-of-mouth marketing. Securing vehicles for the event from local dealers also gives you a chance to build those relationships.

    4. Try Something New

    The chance to test new technology and vehicles—whether they are powered by gasoline or electricity—is often fun for consumers. The smooth, quiet ride of PEVs makes for an enjoyable experience. Consumers are often pleasantly surprised by a PEV’s instant acceleration and to learn about the vehicle’s regenerative braking technology.

    Ready to host a ride and drive?

    – Check out the following resources for tips and best practices to ensure your event is a success!

    Ride and Drive Kit: Use this resource created by Advanced Energy as a step-by-step guide for hosting a PEV experience. The kit provides an event checklist, press release template, and sample waiver and liability form. These resources can help get you started on the path to a successful event.

    Ride and Drive Webinar: Watch this webinar to learn how on-site PEV ride and drive events can create value for your organization, your employees, and your community. Learn about the importance of creating PEV user experiences and find concrete ideas for pitching a Ride and Drive event to your management.

  • 2017 Green Drive$ Conference & Expo

    The Lake Michigan Consortium — a partnership between the Chicago area, Wisconsin and South Shore Clean Cities coalitions — is hosting a major green-transportation conference in the Chicago area. The event is one of the largest clean-vehicle showcases held in the Midwest. The conference is an opportunity for commercial and municipal fleets to learn about advanced-vehicle technologies, including alternative fuels and electric vehicles. Representatives from MotorWeek Television, United Parcel Service, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, various automakers, and public and private fleets will be presenting and available to discuss practical methods for using environmentally friendly technologies that provide a return on investment.

  • Making ENERGY STAR Certified Homes EV-Ready

    On December 27, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its first-ever ENERGY STAR specification for electric vehicle chargers. Part of EPA’s effort moving forward will be to work with the EV industry to sell ENERGY STAR certified electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), as well as the marketplace to encourage demand for these products. Homes in the U.S. are a key part of this supply/demand puzzle since almost every EV owner will have a charging station in their home or apartment. While EV-readiness is not a requirement for certifying new homes, builders who cater to homeowners’ changing demands will benefit from understanding what is needed to make a home ready for an EV charging station.

    Ed Pike, a Senior Engineer at Energy Solutions, is a national expert on EV charging for residential applications. He will present to ENERGY STAR partners on state/local government codes to promote electric infrastructure for EV charging, technical requirements for installation, and cost savings from making homes and apartments EV-ready.

    John Morris, a leader for electric vehicles and efficient homes in the Northwest, will share findings from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s 2016 Northwest Electric Vehicle Market Assessment, which includes interviews with home builders. John is Vice President of Market Development with D+R International and serves on the board of directors and chairs the utility working group for Drive Oregon, an electric vehicle industry association.

    Registration is required. To attend, register for the webinar.

  • NAFA 2017 Institute & Expo

    This conference is for fleet industry professionals, both government and private, to discuss the most relevant topics and concerns facing fleet operation today. It presents many opportunities for continuing education and network…

  • First of 100 New EV Charging Stations Lights Up Sustainable Travel in America’s National Parks

    In celebration of a new partnership between BMW of North America, the National Park Foundation, and the National Park Service (NPS), the first of up to 100 electric vehicle charging stations to be installed in national parks and nearby communities across the country was switched on April 19 at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, the site of Edison’s laboratory and home in West Orange, New Jersey.

    As part of this partnership, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program will provide technical assistance to the national parks as NPS works with BMW to install the new charging stations. The integrated team from this public-private partnership will work to identify park locations for additional charging stations by considering factors such as proximity and strength of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) markets, distance from nearby charging locations, and natural and cultural landscape considerations. The availability of this option will help make PEVs a feasible option for travel to national parks and contribute to reducing air pollution in parks and gateway communities.

    “Together with our partners, I hope that we can channel a little of Edison’s spirit and, in the same way that he made electric power widely available, make electric vehicle charging more widely available for everyone,” said Ludwig Willisch, Head of BMW Group Region Americas.

    Since 2010, Clean Cities and the National Park Service have partnered on 35 projects, which have impacted nearly 70 million visitors and cumulatively reduce about 70,000 gasoline gallon equivalents of petroleum each year. The projects incorporate cost-shared purchases of alternative fuel vehicles and equipment, as well as technical assistance components including outreach and education about alternative fuels. These efforts have built a foundation for additional NPS initiatives that will support its “second century of stewardship” and continue to improve the accessibility of the national parks to drivers of alternative fuel vehicles.

    “Electric vehicles have come a long way since Thomas Edison plugged his first electric car in to a charging station in his own garage,” said Michael T. Reynolds, Acting National Park Service Director. “Today’s EVs are clean, quiet, and energy efficient, and they reduce greenhouse gas emissions—which helps to reduce air pollution in parks and local communities. That benefits the visitor experience and helps us preserve parks for future generations to enjoy.”

    For more information, see the full press release.