What is Clean Cities?
Clean Cities is a U.S. Department of Energy (U.S.DOE) program that promotes the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and fuel economy programs nation-wide and internationally. The U.S.DOE Clean Cities Program has designated more than 88 volunteer coalitions in the United States to help with this task. The Los Angeles Clean Cities Coalition is one of these volunteer coalitions. What Is Clean Cities fact sheet from the USDOE?
For more information on the U.S.DOE Clean Cities Program, go to the logo links below.
For more information on the Los Angeles Clean Cities Coalition, please continue reading.
USDOE Clean Cities Plug-in Electric Vehicle Handbook
The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook for Consumers is now available to help drivers make informed decisions about purchasing these advanced technology vehicles. The comprehensive, 16-page guide answers basic questions about PEVs, including how they operate and are charged, the benefits of owning them, how to maintain them, which type fits your needs, and much more. Available on the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center and Clean Cities websites, this booklet the first of a series of handbooks Clean Cities is developing to educate consumers, fleet managers, public station owners, and electrical contractors about the benefits of plug-in electric vehicles as a personal, fleet, or business solution.
CA State Links
California's Legislature established the Air Resources Board (ARB) in 1967 to:
- Attain and maintain healthy air quality.
- Conduct research into the causes of and solutions to air pollution.
- Systematically attack the serious problems caused by motor vehicles, which are a major cause of air pollution in the State.
For more information about ARB visit the ARB webpage
Click on the Los Angeles Clean Cities Coalition logo for more information about coalition achievements and progress made towards a cleaner Los Angeles. The flyer contains information about emission reductions, conservation efforts, numbers of alternative fuel vehicles found in the City’s fleet, and how vehicle miles traveled have been eliminated.
Los Angeles Clean Cities Induction Ceremony, 1996
In February 1996, the City of Los Angeles joined the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Program by forming the City of Los Angeles Clean Cities Coalition. The Coalition supports the voluntary deployment of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and construction of infrastructure to support AFVs and includes 18 Principal Stakeholders and 10 General Stakeholders, who may participate on a project per project basis. The Principal Stakeholders consist of key City departments. The General Stakeholders consist of government agencies, utilities, and non-profit organizations committed to improving air quality in the Los Angeles area.
The goals of the City of Los Angeles Clean Cities Coalition are to:
- Work to increase the City’s overall AFV fleet inventory by 15%, as a target goal, each fiscal year
- Identify opportunities to maximize the deployment of AFVs in City fleets
- Encourage the adoption of policies that promote the use of AFVs
- Enhance the support for AFV use by facilitating the expansion and increased utilization of AFV refueling/recharging infrastructure in the City
- Support local job creation and economic development opportunities related to the AFV industry through efforts to deploy AFVs in City fleets and enhance AFV use in the City
Since establishing a Clean Fuel Policy (CF 00-0157) in 2000, the City’s alternative fuel fleet has grown by an average of 20 percent per year. The City’s active fleet now includes over 4,424 alternative fuel vehicles. AFV use and fuel economy programs resulted in the conservation of over 14 million gallons of conventional fuel during the last reporting year (2010). The City’s AFV fleet and other emission reduction programs eliminated 7.3 million pounds of criteria air pollutants from vehicles in fiscal year 2010 at an average cost of 23 cents per pound of pollutant reduced. City employees participating in trip reduction programs eliminated almost 42 million vehicle miles this year by sharing rides, using public transit or riding or walking to work. For more information view the Coalition Milestones success story.
The City has about 20 alternative fuel filling stations and there are approximately 175 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) or charging stations throughout the Los Angeles area. The City has started to replace some of the old EVSE with new systems including the SAE J-1772 connector. SAE J1772 is a North American standard for electrical connectors for electric vehicles maintained by the Society of Automotive Engineers and has the formal title "SAE Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice J1772, SAE Electric Vehicle Conductive Charge Coupler”. In addition, the City is required by the Fleet Rules, adopted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), to acquire alternative fuel vehicles in most City operations when adding or replacing vehicles in the fleet. Thus, AFVs will have a continued and increasing role in the City’s fleet. For more information visit the Alternative Fuel Vehicles brochure.
GRANTS AND AWARDS:
Participation in the Clean Cities Program provides the City with grant opportunities only available to Clean Cities Coalitions and also provides national recognition for the innovative alternative fuel projects spearheaded by the City. In 2008, the City’s Clean Cities Coordinator was nominated as “Coordinator of the Year” for the western region of the US and received the City’s Quality and Productivity Award for partnership in the “Fight Climate Change with Clean Fuel Fleet Project”. In 2004, an Excellence in Advancing Propane award was received. In 2001 the Clean Cities Legal Eagle Award was received for Advancing AFV Legislation.
In the period of 2000 to 2010, the Los Angeles Clean Cities staff was responsible for bringing in more than $27 million in awarded grants to support the City’s deployment of alternative fuel vehicles. The DOE awarded the City of Los Angeles as one of the Top Ten Clean Cities in 2000. In addition, the Los Angeles Coalition has been presented with several Clean Cities awards, including the Rainmaker Award for securing the most funding from grants and other sources (1999) and the Gold Star Award for adding the most AFV fueling stations (1999, 2000).
Los Angeles Clean Cities Program, please contact the Climate and Air Program staff at email@example.com.
A complete listing of all U.S. Clean Cities coalitions is available here.
National Clean Cities Program contacts please call the Clean Cities Hotline at (800) 224-8437or (703) 934-3068 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Project Manager for the Western Region Clean Cities Program is Brett Aristegui at Brett.Aristegui@netl.doe.gov
The Los Angeles Clean Cities Coalition and other regional coalitions celebrated the fact that more than a billion gallons of gasoline have been saved due to the use of alternative fuels in vehicles, nation-wide. See links above for further information.
The South Coast AQMD offers the Carl Moyer Grant Funding each year. Eligible projects have included cleaner on-road, off-road, marine, locomotive and stationary agricultural pump engines.
For information regarding the Carl Moyer Program visit their web page or you may also contact the ARB's Diesel Hotline at 866-6DIESEL or (866) 634-3735.
Since 1998, the Carl Moyer Program has provided funding to encourage the owners of diesel engines to go beyond regulatory requirements by retrofitting, repowering, or replacing their engines with newer and cleaner ones. While regulations continue to be the primary means to reduce air pollution emissions, the Carl Moyer Program plays a complementary role to California’s regulatory program reducing NOx and PM by funding emission reductions that are surplus, i.e., early and/or in excess of what is required by regulation.
Where to Buy a Clean Car
California Energy Commission - Drive
The California Energy Commission has established the DRIVE web page that is a great source for information on California’s alternative and renewable fuel and vehicle technology programs. Projects selected for program funding accelerate the development of the alternative transportation fuels through the improvement and commercialization of existing and emerging alternative fuel vehicles and their related infrastructure. Funded projects include commercial vehicle demonstrations and deployment, vehicle manufacturing, fuel production and research of innovative technologies. Additionally, critical functions such as outreach and marketing, workforce training and studies that focus on sustainable industry practices reinforce the goals of the program.
DriveClean.ca.gov is California's buying guide to the cleanest, most efficient vehicles on the market. As a website of the California Air Resources Board, the site provides smog and global warming scores for every vehicle in California, from the newest vehicle models all the way back to the year 2000. Californians can search and compare vehicles in a variety of ways, find incentives available in their area, and learn all about advanced clean and efficient vehicles. Become our friend at Facebook.com/DriveClean for updates on the newest advanced technology vehicles coming to market.
The Truck Stop
The California Environmental Protection Agency / Air Resources Board has established a webpage to assist operators of trucks with their search for funding and assist their navigation of the rules, regulations, and requirements of operation within California. Please find information about clean air requirements for: diesel vehicles; trailers; diesel-fueled transport refrigeration units (TRU or REEFER units) and TRU generator sets that operate within California. All diesel fueled trucks, buses, trailers and transportation refrigeration units operating in California, including those based out of state, are required by regulations to take steps to reduce air pollution. A truck owner can answer a few basic questions about his or her fleet and get a personalized list of regulatory requirements and potential funding options, from that list they can access more specific information about only the regulationsand funding programs that apply to their unique situation. The site is designed primarily for the fleet owner but the information is also useful for the truck dealer, lender, air districts and others in the trucking community. Please call the California Air Resources Board Diesel Hotline at 866-6DIESEL (866-634-3735) for more information click here.
Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP) rebates of up to $2,500 per light-duty vehicle are available for individuals and business owners who purchase or lease new eligible zero-emission or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Commercial Zero Emission Vehicles (CZEV) were included in the CVRP for FY 2009-2010. As of Feb. 14, 2011 CZEVs will be rebated under the Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP). For more information on incentives offered through the HVIP click on the following link, http://www.californiahvip.org/.
Hybrid Truck Users Forum, National Conference & Expo 2011 October 11 – 13, 2011 Baltimore, MD. Hybrid, Electric, and High Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) National Conference and Expo 2011 is set to be the premier meeting of the minds for the future of the work truck industry. HTUF 2011 will focus on educating, training, supporting, and guiding the next generation of work truck end-users. The event will feature an expanded three-day agenda, over 60,000 square feet of exhibit space, new product reveals and the world's largest advanced medium and heavy-duty Ride and Drive and Convoy. http://www.htuf2011.org/
The Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum (NGVTF)
October 25-26, 2011 San Francisco, California
2011 meeting for stakeholders in San Francisco to support the development and deployment of commercially competitive natural gas engines, vehicles, and infrastructure.
Alternative Clean Transportation ACT EXPO 2012
Southern California, North America’s clean and alternative fuel vehicle technology hub, for a showcase of the funding, fuels, vehicles, equipment, and technologies that will fuel long-term success for your fleet
Watch a MotorWeek Broadcast on the City of Los Angeles Alternative Fuels Program - Airing date: May 14-21, 2010. Produced by Maryland Public Television's Motorweek program, this segment first hit the air waves on PBS stations nationwide starting May14th, 2010. To see the Clip visit: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/videos/17#17.