|Volume 1, Issue 1 - December 2018|
Meetings & Conferences
February 19-21, 2019 | SAE 2019 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium | Anaheim, CA
April 23-26, 2019 | Alternative Clean Transportation Expo | Long Beach, CA
May 21-23, 2019 | Green Transportation Summit and Expo | Tacoma, WA
The Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition hosted this year’s annual Clean City Coordinator Workshop at the Florida Solar Energy Center from November 6-8, 2018. Coordinators from nearly 100 Coalitions across the country attended the meeting, which also included U.S. Department of Energy staff. The meetings covered a wide variety of topics involved with alternative fuel transportation and current Clean Cities projects. Topics included general organization updates, Volkswagen Settlement funding plans, successful Clean Cities events, Alternative Fuel Corridor designations, and alternative fuel vehicle technology. The event featured speakers from several Clean Cities Coalitions, the Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Department of Transportation.
Richard Johnson of Auto Port hosted a tour of their Port Canaveral facility and discussion on alternative fuel vehicle conversions; David Dunn with the City of Orlando reviewed the City’s broad range of alternatively fueled vehicle deployments. Central Florida Clean Cities would like to thank everyone who attended and helped with this event. It was a huge success, and we are looking forward to next year’s workshop!
Our coalition hosted a special reception to welcome National Workshop attendees to the Space Coast. The Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition independently hosted the event with support from our stakeholders and Port Canaveral.
Port Canaveral sponsored the event location at its impressive Exploration Tower. Exploration Tower was reserved for the exclusive use of our guests, who had full access to all seven stories of the tower. Transportation between the host hotels in Cocoa Beach and Exploration tower was provided by Proterra, using one of their emissions free electric transit buses.
On October 5, 2018, the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) released a Request for Nominations for Round 3 of the Alternative Fuel Corridor designations. The Alternative Fuel Corridor Designations were established after the FAST Act was passed in 2015. The goal of the designations is to create a national network of alternative fueling and charging infrastructure along National Highway System (NHS) corridors to promote the use of alternative transportation. The map of corridors provides a useful tool for alternative fuel vehicle drivers when planning trips, as they know where and when they will be able to fuel up ahead of time.
Currently, Florida only has a couple small corridors in the Jacksonville area, pictured to the right. These corridor nominations were submitted by the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization in the 2016 first round of nominations. The Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition and other Florida Coalitions are working on a nomination for Round 3 that will expand the number of Florida corridors considerably. The proposed segments include the entirety of I-10, I-95, I-75, I-4, and the Florida Turnpike. When this nomination gets approved, it will create a network of alternative fueling corridors on the most used interstates throughout the state of Florida. After identifying the corridors, further plans can be made to install signage and additional fueling sites along the highways. Additional information can be found here .
During 2009-2015, Volkswagen and its affiliates violated several sections of the Clean Air Act by installing software on their diesel vehicles that falsified emissions testing results. Volkswagen ultimately conceded to a settlement of $14.7 billion with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of California. The settlement funds will be distributed to states, territories and indigenous tribes, and will be based on the number of non-compliant cars that were sold in an area. The money will have significant benefits to the national alternative fuel framework.
A budgetary plan for the Volkswagen Settlement funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is expected before the end of 2018. Florida will receive approximately $166 million from the settlement, FDEP is the named Beneficiary and has the responsibility of recommending how the money is distributed. Funds can be used to replace specific on-road and off-road vehicles and other equipment with alternatively fueled NOx reducing equipment. Your Coalition will provide additional updates as information becomes available. The FDEP has an excellent website that will provide specific information.
On November 13, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI), which will update standards for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from heavy-duty trucks and engines. The EPA has not revised NOx standards for on road heavy-duty trucks and buses since January 2001, and they expect that heavy-duty trucks will soon make up 1/3 of all NOx emissions from transportation, so this initiative is very important. The Agency’s goal is to develop a 50-state program, which would streamline compliance for manufacturers.
In developing the proposal, EPA will work with a broad range of stakeholders, including heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturers; the California Air Resources Board; labor groups; technology suppliers; environmental non-governmental organizations; state and local air quality agencies; truck dealerships; trucking fleets; and truck drivers and owners. The agency expects to publish a proposed rule in early 2020.
Check out the Central Florida Clean Cities website for more information about the organization.
Visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center site for information on alternative fuels.
Stay up to date on alternative fuel news with Fuels Fix Magazine.
This e-newsletter is published by the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition at the University of Central Florida, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy. For additional information please contact Kaitlin Reed at email@example.com.