September 2018 Print

Letter from the Executive Director

Clean Fuel Members, Stakeholders, and Enthusiasts:

It may not feel like fall yet, but the fall conference season is here! LCF has 3 great events for you this fall and our sister coalition, the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership, has their anniversary celebration coming up as well! Show your support for Clean Cities and attend as many of these meetings as you can. In fact, if you can prove that you attended 3 out of the 4 upcoming events listed in this newsletter, I will send you a Louisiana Clean Fuels baseball hat!

This week, we kick off our event season with the Louisiana State and Municipal Fleet Expo! This event is for any and all public fleets - from small towns to state agencies. Then, on October 24th, the SLCFP anniversary event in Avondale is sure to be a fun one! Since you will already be close by, drive over to Baton Rouge on the 25th for our Fall Stakeholder Meeting and Clean Fuel Leader Awards.

New this year to the Clean Fuel Leader Awards, we are asking our stakeholders (you!) to nominate an individual who has exhibited vision and leadership in alternative fuels and emission reduction for our inaugural Katry Martin Award. To learn more and/or to nominate someone, click on this link... Send us your nominations by October 12, 2018.

Are you a fleet manager or technician for a Propane fleet? Or are you a school district considering applying for Volkswagen funding for a propane bus? Then sign up to attend our 3-day propane technician class in Baton Rouge, November 13 - 15, 2018. Thanks to NAFTC and PERC, this class is being offered to you for FREE. You will not have another chance to attend this class in Louisiana for free for the foreseeable future. Register via Eventbrite.

In a nutshell - we are busy right now! Thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to catching up with each and every one of you this fall! 

Regards,

Ann Vail
Executive Director, LCF

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Clean Fuels Conference & Workshops

Louisiana State & Municipal Fleet Expo

October 11-12, 2018
Zachary, LA at JESTC

Clean Fuels Summit

October 24, 2018
New Orleans, LA at NOLA Motorsports Park

LCF Fall Stakeholder Meeting and Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards

October 25, 2018
Baton Rouge, LA at BRCC's Automotive Technology Center

Propane Autogas Technician Training

Nov 13-15, 2018
3-Day Technician Class
Baton Rouge, LA at BRCC's Automotive Technology Center

 

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Clean Fuels Funding Announcements

2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Program Open

Deadline to apply:  October 30, 2018

School buses travel over four billion miles each year, providing the safest transportation to and from school for more than 25 million American children every day. However, diesel exhaust from these buses has a negative impact on human health, especially for children, who have a faster breathing rate than adults and whose lungs are not yet fully developed.

The 2018 School Bus Rebate Program will offer over $9 million to public and private fleet owners for the replacement of old diesel school buses with new buses certified to EPA’s cleanest emission standards. EPA will award selected applicants $15,000-20,000 per bus for scrapping and replacing old buses. 

Activity Date
2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Program opens. EPA begins accepting applications with scans of titles and registrations submitted to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov. Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Deadline for submitting application questions to CleanDiesel@epa.gov helpline Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
Deadline for emailing applications with scans of bus titles and registrations to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
4 p.m. ET

 

Eligible Entities

  • Regional, state, or tribal agency that has jurisdiction over transportation and air quality, including school districts and municipalities
  • Private entities that operate school buses under a contract with an entity listed above
  • Fleets with up to 100 school buses may submit one application listing up to 10 buses for scrappage and replacement
  • Fleets with more than 100 school buses may submit up to two rebate applications, each listing up to 10 different buses for scrappage and replacement

For more information, visit the EPA's DERA website at: https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates

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Announcements

EPA Proposes Roll Back of Vehicle Emission Standards

Public Comment Period Extended to Nov. 16th

Public comment is has been extended to November 16, 2018 on the EPA efforts to roll back vehicle efficiency standards and disable California and CARB state air rules.

This action is proposed under the following title: 

Rulemaking to Revise Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Summary:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will propose rules to adjust the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel economy standards for model years (MYs) 2022 through 2025 light-duty vehicles. EPA established national GHG emissions standards under the Clean Air Act that extend through 2025, and NHTSA established augural Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for MY 2022-2025 vehicles under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). This joint rulemaking will propose adjustments to those standards, following conclusion of the Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE) process and EPA’s Final Determination that it is appropriate to adjust the MY22-25 GHG emission standards.

Read more:  https://www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/safer-and-affordable-fuel-efficient-vehicles-proposed

Share your comments at:  https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0756

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LCF in the News

National drive electric week brings events to Acadiana

Posted by Eric Zernich 
September 12, 2018

This week is National Drive Electric Week across the country.

There are nearly 300 events happening across the country and several events here in Acadiana to teach people about the benefits of electric cars.

Thursday night at Rotary Point Park Bayou Electric Vehicles is hosting an event from 7 until 8:30 pm for people to come check out and even test drive a few different electric cars including the Chevy Bolt, Tesla model S, Nissan Leaf and Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid.

Also, they will be giving a demonstration on how to charge an electric car at one of the plug-in locations.

Currently there are about 50 different fully electric models to choose from made by all the major car companies, including BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz.

Ann Vail, Executive Director for Louisiana Clean Fuels, says “there are so many different vehicles available right now and every couple months there are more coming out on the road.”

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Outreach Activities

Excited shoppers experience electric cars at #NDEW2018 in Gonzales, LA

Despite the heat, dozens of electric vehicle drivers and enthusiasts converged on Tanger Outlet Mall Saturday, September 15th to show off their electric vehicles and to talk to shoppers about how much they love their cars and to highlight the clean-air benefits and cost-savings of electric cars. The event is part of the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week.

There were many different electric models on display near the Tanger Outlet Mall’s Level 2 electric vehicle chargers: the Tesla Model S, X and 3 were all well represented with multiple examples of each car at the event as well as a couple of BMWi3s, an electric bicycle, a handful of Nissan Leafs and even a prototype of the Jaguar I-Pace.

Ann Vail, LCF's Executive Director said about today's event, "We spoke to dozens of people today that didn't realize how many different makes and models of electric cars (EVs) are available at dealership these days. Many of the people we talked to had no idea that most newer EV models can go more than 250 miles on a single charge! Once they realized how much money they would save by never having to buy gasoline again or go in for an oil change, nearly everyone got excited and said that they would have to look into purchasing an EV the next time they go buy a car!"

Gonzales’s event is one of more than 280 across the country (and around the world) where electric vehicle owners and their neighbors will hold electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, recognition of leaderspromoting EVs, launches of new public EV charging stations and other public events.


2018 Coast-to-Coast NGV Road Rally Announced

NGVAmerica and partners are excited to announce plans for this year’s 2018 Drive NatGas ‘Sea-to-Shining-Sea’ NGV Road Rally Across America.

The benefits of using CNG-LNG-RNG in transportation and the variety of vehicles commercially-available today operating on natural gas will be incorporated into multiple stops throughout the country. 

The road rally will launch in early October from an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, slowly traveling westward until the conclusion of the midterm election season. We’ll culminate in an event in the Los Angeles region on Tuesday, November 13thfollowed by our conclusion on Wednesday morning, November 14that the start of NGVAmerica’s 30thAnniversary Annual Meeting & Industry Summit in Palm Springs, CA.

Sixty companies and organizations were involved last year.  Please consider having your company host an event in your community this year!

Want to participate?

Please contact Jodi Major at (703) 625-0577 or jmajor@ngvamerica.org for more information and to secure a date for your stop. Want to work with LCF to organize a Louisiana leg? Email Ann Vail at  ann@Louisianacleanfuels.org 

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Industry News

Plug-in Sales Have Jumped 64% Since Last Year

A quick take from this month's numbers - the number of plug-in vehicles sold from January through September 2018* is a 64 percent increase over the same period last year. More details available at www.electricdrive.org/sales


LCF Member Cummins in the News

NGVAmerica applauds study showing dramatic smog reductions from natural gas engine

September 6, 2018. NGVAmerica commends the results of a new study conducted by the University of California, Riverside College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) on the new Cummins Westport near-zero emissions ISX12N 400 natural gas engine. The study showed the natural gas engine met and exceeded California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) cleanest optional low-NOx standard of 0.02 g/bhp-hr and maintained those emissions during in-use duty cycles.

 “The natural gas vehicle industry has taken a proactive approach to not just meeting but exceeding emissions standards, and the results of the study conducted by CE-CERT confirm the important environmental achievements realized by this approach,” said NGVAmerica President Dan Gage. “The findings confirm natural gas engines provide dramatically lower emissions and continue to make natural gas the best option for fleets across North America.”

via: USGasVehicles.com

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Note: NGV America President Dan Gage to speak at the Louisiana State & Municipal Fleet Expo.


Ford Offers Fleet-Only Options for 2019 Transit Connect

Posted by Paul Clinton | September 18, 2018

Ford is offering several fleet-only options for its third-generation 2019 Transit Connect, including an exclusive engine. - Photo courtesy of Ford.

Fleet managers who purchase the 2019 Ford Transit Connect compact van will have a choice of several options not available to retail buyers, including an exclusive engine with a natural gas prep package and other options.

The 2019 Transit Connect is entering its third generation with plenty of upgrades that include a new diesel engine choice, an array of driver-assisting technology, connectivity, and fuel-saving technology. Ford has been selling the compact van in the U.S. since 2009.

"Fleets have embraced the Transit Connect for its maneuverability, flexibility and efficiency," said Tim Stoehr, Ford's general fleet marketing manager. "The compact van does even more for our customers, adding two new drivetrains, including the only diesel in the segment, as well as smart, intuitive technology such as standard pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, standard embedded modem, standard Side Wind Stabilization, available blind spot alert with cross-traffic alert, available lane keeping system, available wireless phone charging and available adaptive cruise control."

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Climate Mayors and Electrification Coalition Partner to Rapidly Transition Municipal Fleets to Electric Vehicles

Launch of new online purchasing platform, www.driveEVFleets.org, will make transition easy for all cities.

Nationwide, cities are grappling with how to best reduce transportation emissions, better public health and lower government spending. The electrification of city fleets presents an attractive proposition that has the potential to address all three concerns.

However, for cities of all sizes, the cost of transitioning municipal fleets to electric vehicles (EVs) and installing the accompanying charging infrastructure has often been identified as a primary barrier to adoption.

In an attempt to counteract this problem, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that 19 cities and two counties throughout the U.S. have formally launched the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative. These 21 municipalities signified this launch with a commitment to purchase 376 electric vehicles, representing approximately $11 million in electric transportation-related investment, within just the first year of the Collaborative’s creation.

“The clean transportation revolution is not a distant vision for the far-off future — it’s a reality staring us in the face, and it’s happening here in Los Angeles and cities across the world,” said Mayor Garcetti in a press release on Tuesday. “Through this innovative platform, Climate Mayors are sending a powerful message to the global car market: if you build electric vehicles, we will buy them.”

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ENERGY.GOV

FOTW #1046: The Average Household Vehicle Was Driven 10,200 Miles in 2017

The average of all household vehicles driven in 2017 was 10,200 miles. Newer vehicles are typically driven more miles than older vehicles. Vehicles with ages of one to five years all average over 12,000 miles per year. The vehicles that are over nine years old average 7,800 miles per year.

Average annual miles per vehicle by vehicle age in 2017

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, National Household Travel Survey website, accessed June 6, 2018.

Fact #1046 Dataset


FOTW #1045: 77%-82% of Energy Put into an Electric Car is Used to Move the Car Down the Road

Unlike conventionally fueled vehicles, electric vehicles experience a loss of energy during “refueling,” with an energy loss of about 16% from the wall power to the battery during charging. However, electric vehicles are otherwise highly efficient delivering 60%-65% of the energy from the wall power to the road even before energy is reclaimed through regenerative braking. When energy gains from regenerative braking are included, the amount of energy used for traveling down the road can rise to more than 80% in the EPA-combined city and highway driving cycle.

Energy Requirements for Combined City/Highway Driving - Electric Vehicles

Source: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Fuel Economy Guide website.

View the supporting data for this Fact of the Week.

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About LCF

LCF is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. By providing you with objective data, technical resources and the right connections, we can help your fleet find reliable alternative fuel vehicles that will stabilize or lower your fuel cost.

The mission of Louisiana Clean Fuels, Inc. is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. 

As a member of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, LCF strives to achieve its goals by employing a variety of strategies which include: promoting and implementing the use of alternative fuel vehicles, fuel blends, increased fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction technologies.

www.LouisianaCleanFuels.org  |  info@louisianacleanfuels.org

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