Clean Cities News

  • Estimating Economic Impact using the JOBSNG tool

    Reacquaint your stakeholders and yourself to JOBSNG, an easy to use tool to estimate economic impacts from the development and operation of natural gas fueling stations. Version 2.0 now includes economic impacts resulting from m…

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

    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 for 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.

  • EV Roadmap 10

    Widespread electric vehicle adoption requires a supportive ecosystem of stakeholders, from utilities and local governments to vehicle OEMs, charging providers, interest groups, and drivers. The EV Roadmap Conference brings all o…

  • 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.