Thank you to everyone who attended the 8th Annual Northern California Clean Technology Forum and Equipment Expo at the California Auto Museum and made the event such a huge success! If you missed this special event, or would like to review the information presented, here are a selection of our speakers' presentations:
- Fuel Procurement, Inventory Management
Dolores Santos, Fuel Supply Expert, OPIS
- Your Fuel Can Pay You: Maximize the Carbon Value of Your Fuel Purchases
Sean Turner, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
- Your Fuel Can Have Even More Value - Climate Action Plans, Corporate Social Responsibility Plans, Mitigation Strategies for Developers
Paul Philley, Program Supervisor, Sacramento Air District
- What’s New and What’s Coming in Zero-Emission & Alt Fuel Technology
Bill Van Amburg, Senior Vice President, CALSTART
- Funding Opportunities for Vehicles, Fuels, and Infrastructure
Jaime Lemus, Transportation Technology Manager, Sacramento Air District
Ashley Reynolds, Field Inspections, Sacramento Air District
- Evaluating and Adopting New Technologies
Amy Goodman, Director of Business Development, DERIVE
- Safety, Collision Avoidance and Autonomous Technologies
Bruce Derby, Fleet Sales – Western Region, Toyota Motor Company
- Case Studies Implementing Alternative Fuels and Electric Vehicles
Keith Leech, Chief of Parking and Fleet Management, County of Sacramento
Evan Spear, Fleet Project Specialist, California Department of General Services
Timothy Shannon, Transportation Manager, Twin Rivers Unified School District
Phillip Kobernick , Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, Alameda County
-Survey For Fleet Manager Interest in EV
-EV TCO Tool
- Cybersecurity for Autonomous Vehicles
Laura Martinez, Cybersecurity Strategy Director, Intel Corporation
On August 17, the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition hosted the Medium Duty & Heavy Duty Low– & Zero-Emission Vehicles Forum at KVIE. The event began with opening remarks from Sac Clean Cities President Keith Leech, who also discussed CNG. Nancy Jensen, of Twin Rivers School District, gave a presentation on the implementation of EV school buses in the school district. Next, Tim Taylor, Vice President of the Sac Clen cities Coalition, gave some information on propane, and Paul Gruber, of Sierra Energy, gave an update on developments in Hydrogen.
There were also multiple vendors present who gave technology updates to the crowd including:
· Envison Solar: David Greenfader
· First Priority Green Fleet: Robert Lupacchino
· Cummins Pacific: Seth Green
· Altec: Randy Ecker
· A-1 Alt Fuel Systems: Josh Arreola
· Motiv: Kashi Sethi
On July 13, 2017, the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition hosted a stakeholder workshop featuring a technology presentation by XL Hybrids. The event was held after the Sac Clean Cities Board meeting, and also featured Phil Haupt Electric, Envision Solar, and Idle Free California. XL Hybrids gave an informative presentation focusing on their plug-in hybrid upfit to the Ford F150. Afterwards, stakeholders were invited to a ride & drive of the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Ford F150 and Conventional Hybrid Ford Transit Van.
The event kicked off with a funding presentation by Jaime Lemus of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD), giving stakeholders an understanding of current incentive programs offered by the Air District and the Clean Cities Coalition. Jaime introduced representatives from three vendors also showcasing at the event: Phil Haupt and Susan Alm of Phil Haupt Electric, David Greenfader of Envision Solar, and Wayne Michaud of Idle Free California.
Next, Xl Hybrids co-founder and VP of Supply Chain Clay Siegert gave a presentation detailing the benefits of XL Hybrid’s XLP™ fleet-ready technology. An abridged version of their informative presentation may be accessed here. After the presentation, XL Hybrids CTO and VP of Engineering Ed Lovelace answered stakeholder questions about the technology.
Lunch was provided by Sully’s Café, who arranged a taco bar with biodegradable plates and utensils. Thanks to all who attended and made this a fun and successful event!
The Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition, in partnership with Roseville Toyota and John L. Sullivan Chevrolet hosted a Light Duty ZEV Showcase, Infrastructure Workshop, and Ride & Drive on Thursday, February 9th. It focused on 2017 zero-emission vehicles that are available through the Sullivan Auto Group's Chevy and Toyota Dealerships: The fuel cell Toyota Mirai with 300 zero-emission miles, the brand-new plug in Toyota Prius Prime, the Chevy Volt, and the Chevy Bolt with an EPA rated 238 zero-emission miles.
There were four incredibly talented speakers who were apart of the event, all highlighting different information regarding the many aspects of EVs. Judy Cunningham, the Prius and Mirai representative and Internet and Fleet Manager at Roseville Toyota, gave the technology presentation for the Prius Prime and Toyota Mirai. Heath Carney, the Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Director at John L. Sullivan, gave the technology presentation for the Chevy Volt and Chevy Bolt.
Guy Hall, Past- president of SacEV, followed these two with information about EV Infrastructure and Funding. Then Chris White, Communications Director at the California Fuel Cell Partnership, gave a compelling, informative speech about hydrogen infrastructure and funding.
The event wrapped up with a fully biodegradable lunch provided by O’Sully’s Café on site, while Guy Hall gave a second presentation on the advancements the world is seeing on the autonomous driving phenomena!
The president of Sacramento Clean Cities, Keith Leech, was also at the scene introducing the presenters, as well as the VP, Tim Taylor. Mr. Taylor gave a short announcement about Nikola Motors and their planned hydrogen fueling sites, and the audience was even introduced to Mr. John L. Sullivan himself, who talked about the many energy saving upgrades that are being put in place at his dealerships, and the pride that he has being able to offer a great lineup of zero-emission vehicles! Following the presentations and the lunch, the Sullivan Auto Group hosted a Ride and Drive of the zero-emission vehicles.
Overall, the event turned out to be a great success. The coalition looks forward to working with Roseville Toyota and John L. Sullivan again to promote the future that is Zero Emissions Vehicles!
Sacramento, California continues to be play a pivotal role in the global efforts to decrease the amount of fossil fuel emissions, particularly in the transportation sector. The Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition partnered with CALSTART DGS to successfully put on the 7th Annual Clean Technology Forum and Expo this past October, at the California Auto Museum. The two-day event highlighted new alternative fuel and vehicle technologies and featured multiple vehicle displays and educational sessions.
The first day began with a sustainable fleet management training program given by Claude Masters from the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA). The training was well attended by a number of eager fleet managers, from the greater Sacramento area and reaching as far as the Bay Area, and varying in fleet sizes, searching for new ways to make their fleets more sustainable and eco-friendly. The training session was followed by a reception sponsored by Toyota, where five different categories ranging from individuals to fleets were awarded and recognized as Clean Air Champions for their superior achievements or sustained excellence in the alternative fuel and advanced technology clean air field. The East Bay Clean Cities Coalition also awarded winners in similar categories at this time.
Day two was greeted with excitement by attendees, vendors, and exhibitors alike, as the number of speakers and panelists increased tenfold, with representatives ranging from CALSTART, to NexGen Fuel, to Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). There were dozens of indoor and outdoor displays showing off new alternative fuel technologies and advances to the fleet managers and operators in attendance. Over 20 vehicles were on display representing light, medium, and heavy duty capabilities for CNG, electric, and hybrid low emission advanced technologies. Between the presentations and panel discussions, attendees were able to visit and interact with representatives from different companies, as well as participate in a Ride and Drive event. Fleet managers were given this unique opportunity to test out some of alternative fuel vehicles themselves. Overall, the event was a huge success. Sacramento proved to be, yet again, a leader in the efforts to promote a more sustainable world.
Tax Extenders Update: Pending Federal Tax Extenders Legislation from NAFA’s Government Affairs Committee
Last night, House and Senate leadership reached a bipartisan agreement on extending many tax credits. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 is scheduled for a vote in the House tomorrow and in the Senate on Friday and then on to the President.
Alt Fuels: Extends through 2016 the 50 cents per gallon alternative fuel tax credit and alternative fuel mixture tax credit. The credit is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015.
Biodiesel: Extends through 2016 the existing $1.00 per gallon tax credit for biodiesel and biodiesel mixtures, and the small agri-biodiesel producer credit of 10 cents per gallon. The provision also extends through 2016 the $1.00 per gallon production tax credit for diesel fuel created from biomass. The provision extends through 2016 the fuel excise tax credit for biodiesel mixtures. The credits are retroactive to Jan. 1, 1015.
Refueling property: Extends through 2016 the credit for the installation of non-hydrogen alternative fuel vehicle refueling property. (Under current law, hydrogen-related property is eligible for the credit through 2016.) Taxpayers are allowed a credit of up to 30 percent of the cost of the installation of the qualified alternative fuel vehicle refueling property. The credit is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015.
Bonus depreciation: Extends bonus depreciation for property acquired and placed in service during 2015 through 2019 ). The bonus depreciation percentage is 50 percent for property placed in service during 2015, 2016 and 2017 and phases down, with 40 percent in 2018, and 30 percent in 2019. Depreciation on a passenger automobile is limited to $8,000 in the first year.
Mass transit: Permanently extends the maximum monthly exclusion amount for transit passes and van pool benefits so that these transportation benefits match the exclusion for qualified parking benefits. These fringe benefits ($250 per month) are excluded from an employee’s wages for payroll tax purposes and from gross income for income tax purposes.
Source: NAFA Government Affairs Committee
The Compelling Case for California Local Governments to Implement Policies that Support ZEV Adoption
On Thursday, November 12, 2015, the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition hosted the Electrification Coalition Workshop, a half-day event that brought fleet managers, telematics professionals and Clean Cities stakeholders together in a discussion of electric vehicles – from infrastructure to funding and implementation.
Mark Wenzel, a climate change advisor at the Cal EPA, opened the workshop with a presentation outlining California’s 2030 & 2050 Climate Goals. Earlier this year, the most ambitious GHG reduction target in North America was established, urging businesses, fleets, and individuals alike to follow more efficient practices to meet these emission reductions. Sacramento Clean Cities Silver Sponsor, Vision Fleet (VF), realizes these goals, knowing that clean vehicles are the future of fleets. Pete Mickartz, director of sales at VF, followed Wenzel with an overview of how VF provides planning and support to make it simpler and more affordable for organizations to deploy electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles within their fleet.
Mickartz further discussed Vision Fleet’s capabilities with the 2014 Case Study of the deployment of over 400 EV’s in Indianapolis. VF provided optimized services to the city through the analysis of several aspects of their fleet, and a little over one year later, Mickartz was able to show that this program is delivering up to its CO2, gasoline, and cost reduction goals. VF is currently working on an analysis of the City of Sacramento fleet, showing promising preliminary cost savings and emission reductions. These case studies shed light on the feasibility of EV adoptions in public fleets, removing the stigma that alternative fuel technologies are economically impractical to implement in a company’s practices.
Judy Robinson,Take Charge Sacramento, followed Mickartz with a brief update of the EV Infrastructure Implementation Plan in the region. As the number of EV’s continue to increase in Sacramento, the quantity, type of chargers, and most efficient location for chargers must be analyzed. Randy Wilde, Clean Transportation Project Associate at the Center for Sustainable Energy, closed out the workshop with an update on electric vehicle voucher programs in California. The California Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) has served as a driver in accelerating the transition of vehicles from fossil fuels to electricity, and continues to do so with thousands of dollars in rebates available for both individuals and fleets alike.
To learn more about the Electrification Coalition Workshop, click here for presentations from all speakers.
On Thursday, September 24 the Sacramento County Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC) held the 9th annual Sacramento Area Sustainable Business of the Year Awards ceremony. These awards recognized eight regional certified sustainable businesses for their commitment to enhance sustainability and be environmentally proactive. Awarded with the Sustainable Business of the Year Award in Transportation and Air Quality, AmeriPride Uniform Services has proven to be a leader in this area with their low emission fleet and sustainable operations.
AmeriPride, a family owned company for over 125 years, has taken great steps to preserve environmental quality. Their commitment to sustainability is especially apparent within their fleet and transportation services. AmeriPride has adapted several technological applications to their fleet such as automatic idle shut off parameters and GPS devices on most fleet vehicles. Through these applications, special attention is given to discovering more efficient routes, ensuring idling reductions, and monitoring speeding. More than 359,000 excess miles driven and 6,228 tons of CO2 released into the atmosphere have been reduced directly from these efforts.
AmeriPride is also making a continued effort to transition to a more environmentally friendly fleet. Since 2010, over 40 percent of their fleet has been replaced with more fuel efficient models. Looking to the future, AmeriPride plans to pilot electric, propane and CNG alternative vehicles within several of their markets. Working within the existing fleet, AmeriPride also added trailer skirting on all semi-trailers that travel more than 50 miles per day, which resulted in a 5.3% increase in mileage efficiency.
From a production standpoint, AmeriPride has made sizeable changes with their facility to increase sustainability and maximize their efforts. Skylights were added to the building infrastructure to incorporate more natural light and reduce energy costs. Energy efficient inverter drive washers and dryers with gas modulation motors have replaces open pocket washing machines and older dryers, effectively reducing energy consumption by over 15% and lessen exhaust emissions. Their facility’s water heater and boiler have been replaces with more efficient models allowing them to reduce their carbon footprint by the equivalent of taking 120 cars off the road,
AmeriPrides’s commitment to environmental sustainability has earned them recognition as a leader of clean operations within the Sacramento region. With an eye for innovation and efficiency, AmeriPride makes a constant effort to identify and employ new programs that complement their sustainable operations.
To learn what your business can do to become more environmentally proactive and get certified as a sustainable business, contact BERC staff at 916-874-2100 or email@example.com.
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