Saturday, January 24, 2015

UCCC 2014 Annual Report Survey

Dear UCCC Stakeholders,

Utah Clean Cities Coalition would like to wish you and your families a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

2015 promises to be an exciting year, and we look forward to working with you on new and innovative projects! While we are looking ahead, we are also taking stock of our progress in 2014 - which means we have started our Annual AFV and Alternative Fuel Use Report!

UCCC is collecting data on alternative fuel (AF) and advanced technology vehicle (AFV) usage in Utah for the 2014 calendar year. This data helps us quantify the success of our programs and our stakeholder's efforts to reduce the regions dependence on petroleum imports. Please tell us what your company/fleet has done to reduce petroleum consumption in Utah in 2014, and remember the more information you can provide the better our report will be!  
                                                                                                                                 
To download the survey hover over the top right corner of the image below. Then click on the pop-out icon. Once in full screen mode, click on the download icon in the toolbar at the top of the screen.Once completed, return via email to irene.rizza@utahcleancities.org by February 13th 2015.

 Thank you for your participation and for helping us advance our mission of energy, economic and environmental security!

 


UCCC 2013 Annual Report Results


Friday, January 23, 2015

Green Truck Summit/Work Truck Show- Clean Cities Discount!

As a stakeholder of Utah Clean Cities, you have the ability to attend the Green Truck Summit/Work Truck Show, held in Indianapolis, IN March 3-6, at a discounted price! Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to connect with Work Truck industry leaders and meet with fleet managers and equipment manufacturers in the market. 

Clean Cities will be represented in the Expo Hall, so come say hi and check out other booths in the expo. The expo typically sees over 10K attendees and over 450+ exhibitors each year! 

The  advanced registration rate is good through February 13, 2015, so don't delay in registering. SImply fill out the registration form and fax it back to NTEA (information on form). 

We'll see you there!
UCCC

For questions or concerns, please contact Sophia at 801.535.7736




Utah Drives Electric

Winter months in Utah not only bring snow and colder temperatures, but also the dreaded inversion season. The Utah Clean Cities Coalition is dedicated to several initiatives, one of them being improved air quality.   One way Utahans can lower their carbon emissions and therefore improve air quality is driving electric vehicles.  The Utah Office of Energy Development recently launched a new website to promote electric vehicles, or EVs, and to give more information about the benefits of driving EVs in Utah.
Electric Vehicles, or Battery Electric Vehicles as they are also often called, use rechargeable battery packs to power the vehicles instead of gasoline.  Since they require no petroleum-based fuel to power the car, they are a great to help combat our pollution problem in Utah.  They have the potential to reduce emissions associated with fuel burning in cars such as carbon monoxide, organic compounds, nitrogen oxide, sulfur, and other particulate matter. 
The website is a great resource to find more information about all things EV.  Thoroughly researched, this site links you to all sorts of information from charging stations to environmental impacts of electric verses gasoline fueled vehicles.  Check it out for yourself and learn about all the great things EVs are doing for Utah!


Eva Grimmer, UCCC Intern

January Question of the Month

Question of the Month: How can I search for, update, and add new alternative fueling station information using the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) Station Locator?

Answer: The Alternative Fueling Station Locator (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/) is the most used tool on the AFDC and was recently improved to include new options that may change the way users search for and update station information. You can now filter search results by several fuel-specific fields, such as connector type for electric vehicle charging and fill pressure for natural gas fueling. Read on for more details and information on how to update an existing station or add a new station to the Station Locator.

Searching for Alternative Fueling Stations
Previously, Station Locator users could select “more search options” to look for stations with a certain status/access type (e.g., existing, planned, or private), owner type, payment methods, and electric charger types (e.g., Level 2, DC fast charge). The Station Locator now allows users to search filter by fuel-specific fields corresponding to each alternative fuel. First, select a specific fuel type from the “All Fuels” drop-down menu, and then click on “more search options” to choose from the following filters:

·        Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
o   Fill type – the type of dispensing capability available at the station (e.g., fast-fill, time-fill)
o   Vehicle accessibility – the maximum vehicle size that can physically access the CNG fueling station (e.g., light-, medium-, heavy-duty vehicles)
o   Fill pressure – the pounds per square inch (PSI) pressure available at the station (e.g., 2400, 3000, 3600)
·        Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)
o   Charger type – the type of electric chargers available at the station (e.g., Level 1, Level 2, DC Fast, Legacy chargers)
o   Connectors and outlets – the type of outlets (e.g., NEMA 14-50, NEMA 5-15, NEMA 5-20) and connectors  (e.g., J1772, CHAdeMO, J1772 Combo, Tesla) available for charging
o   Networks – the name of the EVSE network
·        Ethanol (E85)
o   Mid-level blend availability – stations that provide mid-level ethanol blends, such as E30
·        Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
o   Vehicle accessibility – the maximum vehicle size that can physically access the LNG fueling station (e.g., light-, medium-, heavy-duty vehicles)
·        Propane (LPG)
o   Vehicle-specific service – stations that cater to propane vehicles by offering a vehicle fuel-specific price and accept credit cards

Updating Station Information
Once you have located a station of interest, click on the station pinpoint on the map and select “More details” for even more information about the station. If you would like to report updates to the station, such as additional fuel types available, click on “Report a change” in the top right corner of the station details page. Users will receive an email confirmation after reporting updates, and the submission goes directly to the Clean Cities Technical Response Service (TRS) for review and verification. Anyone reporting an update should expect the TRS to contact you or a station point of contact before the changes will appear on the Station Locator.

Adding New Fueling Stations
If you have searched the Station Locator, including private and planned stations, and would like to report one that is not listed, use the New Station Submission form (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/places/new). You can navigate to this form by clicking “Submit New Station” in the top right corner of the Station Locator map. Please provide as much detail as possible in the submission form, and use the “Comments” section as needed to include additional information. As with the station update process mentioned above, you will receive an automated email confirmation and the TRS will likely contact you to verify information before adding the station to the Station Locator.

Alternatively, you may submit new or updated station information by emailing the TRS directly at technicalresponse@icfi.com. If you have several new stations or updates to submit, this method is preferred, as the TRS can provide you with an Excel spreadsheet template.

For more information on how fueling stations are maintained and updated in the Station Locator, see the AFDC About the Alternative Fueling Station Data page (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/data_methods_stations.html).


Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team
800-254-6735

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December Question of the Month

Question of the Month: What are the major electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) networks, and how can plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers access their stations? What are the costs associated with each network?

Answer:
Most PEV charging occurs at home, but for those who have a need to charge at a public location, it’s important to understand available charging networks. While EVSE networks and charging infrastructure are frequently evolving, the major networks currently include AeroVironment, Blink, ChargePoint, GE WattStation Connect, Greenlots SKY, NRG eVgo, SemaConnect, and Tesla. Each network has a unique model, with the most common approaches being monthly subscriptions, pay-as-you-go (i.e., pay per charge), and free (free to charge and no subscription fee required).

To determine which charging networks have EVSE along your regular routes and close to your frequent destinations, use the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) Station Locator (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/) and the Plan a Route function (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/route/). Select a station, click “more details,” and refer to the “electric charging network” field. Please note that many public EVSE are not networked and do not require specific access cards.

EVSE Networks
For detailed information on each charging network, see below.

·        Access: Monthly subscription, pay-as-you-go. Unlimited monthly access is provided for a monthly rate, or you may pay-as-you-go. To subscribe, call the company or fill out a form online. You will receive a key fob in the mail, which is needed to initiate a charging session. A one-time activation fee of $15 is required for new subscribers.
·        Contact: 888-332-2148, evscs@avinc.com

Blink (Car Charging Group) (www.blinknetwork.com)
·        Access: Pay-as-you-go. Start by registering a credit card with a Blink account. There are no required annual or monthly membership fees, and no minimum credit card balance. Once registered, you will receive an “InCard” and can initiate a charge using the card. Guests can also initiate a charge with Blink’s mobile application.
·        Contact: 888-998-2546, support@blinknetwork.com

ChargePoint (www.chargepoint.com)
·        Access: Pay-as-you-go, free. Sign up for free by submitting your credit card information via the website. You will receive an access card in the mail. If you initiate a session at a networked station that requires a fee, ChargePoint will assess an initial deposit of $25. Stations can be activated by using the ChargePoint card or your registered credit card. Users who do not have a ChargePoint card can use the EVSE by calling the number provided below, which is also listed on the EVSE.
·        Contact: 888-758-4389, support@chargepoint.com

GE WattStation Connect (www.gewattstation.com/connect/)
·        Access: Pay-as-you-go. To start charging with WattSation Connect, register and log in through the website. You will then be asked to link your account to PayPal for payment, and download the WattStation Connect mobile application.
·        Contact: 855-443-3873, wattstation.support@ge.com

Greenlots SKY (www.greenlots.com)
·        Access: Monthly subscription, pay-as-you-go. To start charging with the Greenlots SKY network, download the Greenlots mobile application, which will allow you to search for stations, view real-time status and pricing, and choose between a prepaid monthly subscription or pay-as-you-go.
·        Contact: 888-751-8650, support@greenlots.com

NRG eVgo (www.nrgevgo.com/)
·        Access: Monthly subscription, pay-as-you-go. NRG eVgo provides multiple charging network plan options, including a monthly subscription and an option to pay-as-you-go. To subscribe, visit the website and sign up for a charging plan in your area.
·        Contact: 855-509-5581, support@evgonetwork.com

SemaConnect (www.semaconnect.com/
·        Access: Pay-as-you-go. To sign up, log on to the SemaConnect website and open a new account with a $20 balance charged to a major credit card. You will receive a “SemaCharge Pass” radio-frequency identification (RFID) card that can be used to initiate charging at any SemaConnect location. SemaConnect also offers mobile payments via its smartphone application, toll-free number, or via a QR code scan.
·        Contact: 800-663-5633

·        Access: Free.Tesla Superchargers do not require an access card; Tesla Model S owners can drive up and plug in. The chargers are compatible with Model S vehicles equipped with the 85 or 60 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack that have been configured to use Superchargers. Note that other PEV models cannot access Tesla Superchargers.
·        Contact: 877-79-TESLA

The table below provides an overview of the access type and costs associated with each network.


Network Access
Cost
AeroVironment
Monthly subscription;
Pay-as-you-go
$19.99 per month
$4.00-$7.50 per charge
Blink
Pay-as-you-go
$0.39-$0.79 per kWh OR
$6.99-$9.99 per charge
ChargePoint
Pay-as-you-go;
Free
$25 initial fee
Cost per charge varies
GE WattStation Connect
Pay-as-you-go
Cost per charge varies
Greenlots SKY
Monthly subscription;
Pay-as-you-go
Subscription costs and cost per charge vary
NRG eVgo
Monthly subscription;
Pay-as-you-go
Cost per charge varies by region
SemaConnect
Pay-as-you-go
$20 initial fee
Cost per charge varies
Tesla
Free
N/A

Multi-Network Access
Some companies have teamed up to facilitate access to multiple charging networks with one access/payment card. Nissan LEAF drivers, for example, can enroll in the EZ-Charge program (www.ez-charge.com) and use EVSE on the AeroVironment, Blink, ChargePoint, Greenlots, and NRG eVgo networks in certain markets.


Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team
800-254-6735

Lancer Automotive Group & GPS Insight Sign Partnership

GPS Insight enters installation, distribution
partnership with Lancer Automotive Group.
18 December 2014

GPS Insight, a top GPS fleet tracking provider, signed a non-exclusive,
installation and distribution partnership agreement with Lancer Automotive
Group, a leader in the intermountain west for alternative fuel conversions.
Lancer Automotive will add the GPS Insight fleet tracking solution to its CNG,
LPG and EV products, providing a one-stop shopping experience for
commercial fleets that are looking to reduce their dependence on petroleum
based fuels.

Lancer Automotive Group will work with fleets to leverage the fleet
operations data provided by the GPS Insight fleet tracking solution, to
reduce emissions as part of an Idle Free Campaign and to lower fuel
consumption. As part of Lancer Automotive Group’s Green Fleet program,
they will donate $5.00 for each unit sold to the Clean Cities Coalition in the
state which the GPS Insight tracking device is used.

“Idle reduction strategies is a key part of the Clean Cities program. The
partnership between GPS Insight and Lancer Automotive Group will enhance
our idling program by providing the additional training needed for fleets. The
donations provided by Lancer Automotive Group will help us purchase
additional idle reductions supplies for our schools throughout the state. Big
thank you!”  -Robin Erickson, Executive Director Utah Clean Cities

The capability of the GPS Insight system makes economic sense for our fleet
customers, offering a quick return on investment. This partnership provides
a great way for our fleets to use Idle Free training reduce fuel costs, with a
reduction emissions.—Scott Brandeberry, VP Lancer Automotive Group

We are very excited about our partnership with Lancer Automotive Group.
Lancer Auto Group are experts in using GPS based operations data to lower
greenhouse gas emissions for commercial fleets. We have found that the
fleets that measure their greenhouse gas emissions, and implement
programs to reduce them, are by far the most successful in minimizing their
carbon footprint.—Harold Leitner, VP of Business Development at GPS Insight
GPS 

Insight is a fleet and asset tracking software that allows fleet
management professionals to have complete visibility into mobile operations
to reduce costs, reduce risk and increase revenue. GPS Insight provides
highly flexible solutions, which include a wide range of customized reports,
alerts, and other innovative features that Lancer Automotive Group can
tailor to meet specific customer requirements and ensure maximum return
on investment.

To learn more about GPS Insight or to request a demonstration of the
software, contact Scott Brandeberry (scott@lancerautogroup.com) at Lancer
Automotive Group 801-268-8862 or Ryan Driscoll, Marketing Director at GPS
Insight (Ryan.Driscoll@gpsinsight.com) 866-477-4321 x8003

Monday, November 24, 2014

November Question of the Month

Question of the Month: How can I determine whether an alternative fuel conversion system or other aftermarket device claiming to improve fuel economy or reduce emissions has been appropriately certified or verified?

Answer: To ensure an aftermarket system or device is legitimate, you must first confirm that it has been properly vetted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and any applicable state authority, such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB). There are a number of ways to do this, as described below.

Certified Conversion Systems
Always request documentation! Conversion system manufacturers should be more than willing to provide a copy of their EPA-issued Certificate of Conformity (or CARB Executive Order) upon request. For vehicles falling into EPA’s “intermediate age” and “outside useful life” categories, the manufacturer should be able to prove the company has satisfied demonstration and notification requirements.

You can consult EPA’s Alternative Fuel Conversion website (http://www.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/fuels/altfuels/altfuels.htm) for files listing “EPA-Compliant Conversion Systems.” All conversion systems listed on this website comply with EPA’s conversion regulations (Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 85, Subpart F). Keep in mind that each system is designed for a specific group of vehicles. Since conversion systems are only listed on this page at the request of system manufacturer, there may be other certified systems, so contact the EPA Compliance Information Hotline for more information (734-214-4343; complianceinfo@epa.gov).

California has its own compliance requirements for conversion systems sold within the state.  For information about California’s requirements, see the CARB Aftermarket, Performance, and Add-On Parts Regulations website (http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aftermkt/altfuel/altfuel.htm), Note that several other states that have adopted the same regulations.

SmartWay and Other Emission Reduction Technologies
Ask manufacturers of other emissions- and fuel-saving devices whether their products have been reviewed by EPA.

EPA evaluates the fuel-saving benefits of devices such as idle reduction devices, aerodynamics technologies, and low rolling resistance tires. The SmartWay Verified Technologies website (http://epa.gov/smartway/forpartners/technology.htm) provides more information about specific products and models. EPA verifies and approves diesel retrofit technologies for use in its engine retrofit programs and provides information about emissions reductions. See the Verified Technologies List (http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/verification/verif-list.htm). It is important to note that EPA does not endorse these or any other commercial products.

EPA’s Gas Saving and Aftermarket Retrofit Device Evaluation Program, also called the “511 Program” (http://www.epa.gov/oms/consumer/reports.htm), evaluates aftermarket retrofit devices that claim to improve automobile fuel economy and/or reduce exhaust emissions in cars and light trucks. The most recent test report from this voluntary evaluation program is dated 2005, indicating a lack of recent interest, but the program is still relevant.
Check with your state environmental or energy department to confirm whether they have similar programs.


For more information on aftermarket system and device evaluation, see the following websites:
·         AFDC Vehicle Conversions (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/vehicles/conversions.html)
·         Fact Sheet: Devices and Additives to Improve Fuel Economy and Reduce Pollution - Do They Really Work? (http://www.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/420f11036.pdf)
·         Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information: “Gas-Saving” Products (http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0057-gas-saving-products)

Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team
800-254-6735