The Tampa Bay Region embraces the use of non-petroleum based transportation fuels, which leads to improved health and welfare of its citizens and maintains a level of mobility that contributes to an enhanced quality of life.
The Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition advances the energy, economic, and environmental security of the United States through its efforts to reduce petroleum use in transportation in our six-county region. It is the area’s recognized resource for technical assistance, networking, identification of grant opportunities, and information exchange in the area of advance transportation options, fuels, and technologies.
Photo-Op: HART “CNG Buses” Give Tampa a Breath of Fresh Air
What: HART previews brand new, environmentally-friendly Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) bus during the March 2 HART Board of Directors meeting
When: Monday, March 2, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Near the main entrance to the HART Administrative Office in Ybor City, located at 1201 E. 7th Avenue, Tampa
Starting this March, HART, a pioneering leader in the use of clean-burning, energy efficient Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for public transit in Florida, debuts nine new CNG powered buses. Thirteen additional CNG buses are being built and will be delivered in the next couple of weeks. HART will showcase one of its nine brand-new 40-foot buses at the agency’s upcoming HART Board of Directors meeting on Monday, March 2.
The beautiful new CNG buses are part of the agency’s continuing commitment to improve air quality in the Tampa Bay area. The nine new buses are part of an order of 22 new compressed natural gas (CNG) heavy-duty, low floor buses built by Gillig bus manufacturer in Hayward, California. HART will begin placing the new buses into service over the next week. The first nine buses replace aging diesel buses that are ready to be retired.
“We are committed to clean air technology,” said HART Chief Executive Officer Katharine Eagan. “Our continued investment in a clean fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles and proven green technologies has made us an industry leader in the state of Florida.”
CNG buses are a timely investment, thanks to historically low fuel prices and unprecedented domestic production of natural gas. Because of the agency’s proactive planning, the new additions to the fleet will immediately start to maximize savings. In fact, it is expected that the cost of their purchase will be fully recovered within the first few years of operation.
Meanwhile the value of cleaner, safer air is virtually incalculable - having a positive impact on everyone living in the HART service region and ensuring the improved well-being of future generations.
The 22 new CNG buses will be equipped with modular ergonomic designed seats that provide a larger, more comfortable personal sitting area. They feature disc brakes replacing drum brakes; electric fans replacing hydraulic fans for better cooling and fuel economy; and an innovative safety feature that identifies Bus Operators merging onto traffic from bus bays with a flashing yellow “YIELD” LED light displayed on the rear of the bus. These buses are replacing two current fleets of diesel vehicles that began service in 2001-2002. The full fleet conversion is scheduled for completion in 2025.
The Future is Now for Advanced Vehicles
The future is on display at the Washington Auto Show and on a road near you. Advanced vehicles featuring hydrogen fuel cells, innovative rechargeable batteries and cutting edge materials not only show promise for tomorrow—they’re available today.
Swipe through the slideshow above to see some of the vehicles and new technologies on display.
A future where more efficient and more powerful vehicles are the norm requires advances in technology, infrastructure and manufacturing. The Department of Energy is investing in all three. Read more here.
Energy Department Announces $55 Million to Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
The Energy Department on January 22 announced that it will make more than $55 million available to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean energy economy.
These technologies will play a key role in increasing fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, and support the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to make plug-in electric vehicles as affordable to own and operate as today’s gasoline-powered vehicles by 2022.
The funding will go towards a wide range of research, development, and demonstration projects that aim to reduce the price and improve the efficiency of plug-in electric, alternative fuel, and conventional vehicles. Topics addressed include:
- Advanced batteries and electric drive research and development
- Lightweight materials, and
- Research and development in advanced combustion engines and enabling technologies. The Energy Department will fund cost-shared projects with private industry, national laboratories, and university-led teams. Concept papers are due on February 25. In addition, the Energy Department has announced it will make up to $35 million available to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, including enabling the early adoption of fuel cell applications, such as light-duty, fuel-cell-powered electric vehicles. This new funding opportunity announcement will be launched in early February. See the Energy Department news release, the funding announcement, and the Vehicle Technologies Office website.
GM Unveils New Plug-in EV Chevy Concept Car
General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
General Motors (GM) on January 12 introduced the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV) concept, an all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of driving range. In making the announcement at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the automaker said it is planning to market the vehicle for around $30,000.
GM said it will leverage the EV line established by the Volt and Spark EV. The Bolt EV concept is also designed to support DC fast-charging. The four-person concept car features lightweight materials, including aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and even woven mesh, to reduce vehicle weight. The concept also includes high-intensity, efficient light-emitting diode headlamps and taillamps.
Also, Chevrolet unveiled the new 2016 Volt electric car with 50 miles of EV range, among other things. The Volt’s new propulsion system will offer a GM-estimated total driving range of more than 400 miles. With regular charging of the Volt, owners are expected to travel more than 1,000 miles on average between gas fill-ups.
Maryland County Fleet Uses Wide Variety of Alternative Fuels
Upcoming Clean Cities MotorWeek Segment
Airing January 17, 2015
On PBS and Discovery
This week’s Clean Cities success story takes us to Montgomery County, Maryland, where the county fleet operates a variety of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. In addition to using compressed natural gas (CNG), the county has incorporated other alternatives such as plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles, and E85 fuel. The county fleet has been using CNG for more than a decade and will be opening a public access fast-fill CNG station next year.
Produced by Maryland Public Television’s MotorWeek program, this segment will air on PBS stations nationwide starting January 17, 2015. For show times in your area, check the MotorWeek and Discovery Channel websites. MotorWeek is also available in high definition on Velocity by Discovery.
Watch for announcements soon for the National Drive Electric Week events in the TBCCC region!
We are fortunate to have three location options in our area on September 12. NovaCharge and the City of Oldsmar will team up again with an electric vehicle celebration that includes test-driving the newest electric vehicles on the market. The Sierra Club will also hold an electric vehicle day near the pier in downtown St. Petersburg. And Sarasota’s “Electrify the Island” will be held at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.
For more information, visit the Drive Electric website.
July 28-29, 2015
Green Bus Summit
For more information and to register, visit the website.
August 24-26, 2015
Fleet Technology Expo
Long Beach, California
For more information and to register, visit the website.
September 15-17, 2015
North American Natural Gas Vehicle Conference & Expo
For more information and to register, visit the website.
April 22: “Biofuels for the Environment and Communities” webinar
Time: 1-2pm EDT
Webinar description: During this webinar, Drs. Virginia Dale from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Christina Negri from Argonne National Laboratory will discuss their EERE-sponsored research on how to develop biofuels that positively impact the environmental, socioeconomic, and technoeconomic sustainability of biofuel development in the United States.
May 18: Alternative Fuels Expo 2015
Time: 10am -1pm
Location: Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension Office
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241 - Just off I-75
Event Description: Speakers on alternative fuels. Vehicle expo.
MARCH 3: LIVE WEBINAR ON THE OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY’S FY2016 BUDGET REQUEST
Webinar Sponsor: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Join Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation Reuben Sarkar for a free interactive webinar on the proposed Sustainable Transportation sector budget on Tuesday, March 3, from 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
This webinar is the first in a series presented by the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on its Fiscal Year 2016 budget request. The webinars will feature deputy assistant secretaries and technology office directors providing in-depth presentations of the budget proposal by sector, including specific technology office requests. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about DOE’s priorities in each of its Sustainable Transportation sector offices.
LIVE WEBCAST ON THE GEOGRAPHY OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS
Offered by DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
FEB. 18, 2015 | 1:00 P.M. ET
Webcast Sponsor: Clean Cities, Vehicle Technologies Office
The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled “Geography of Existing and Potential Alternative Fuel Markets in the United States” on February 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The webcast will provide insight into the regional applicability of various alternative transportation fuels.
Caley Johnson from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will discuss a project that mapped indicators of existing and potential fuel supply and demand to look at the geographically specific potential of different fuels. In any given location, some fuels may be better than others in terms of economic viability, ease of expanding the market, and environmental benefits. This webinar will explain how NREL mapped the different fuel markets and can help stakeholders choose the most appropriate or promising fuel for their area. The webinar complements a white paper on the same topic.
Attend webcast. No advance registration is required.
During the call, dial 888-807-9760, and use audio participant passcode 4990436.
Log into the website, and use conference number PW1383510 and participant passcode 4990436.
Florida’s Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate – Public Agency Eligibility and Application Process Webinar
February 12, 2015 from 2 to 3PM (ET)
About the Webinar:
Florida enacted a new rebate program for vehicles purchased or leased that run on, or were converted to run on, Compressed Natural Gas, Liquid Natural Gas or Propane that were placed into service after July 1, 2013. Of the $6 million allocated for 2014, 40% was allocated to public sector entities. The program is being administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Energy Office. The Program Administrator, Mr. Matthew Arsenault, will provide details of the program as well as a step-by-step presentation on completing an accurate application for rebates. Eligible applicants may be entitled to up to $25,000 per vehicle (not to exceed 50% of costs) and up to $250,000 in a single year.
Tad Kledzik, will be the speaker at the February 4th Propane Event. See him speak on Pasco District School’s propane school buses here.
Webinar Series on Natural Gas Vehicles: Role of Government – Policymaking and Strategy Process
Dec. 15, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Seisler
This webinar looks at the policy choices that have led to success (or lack thereof) of natural gas vehicle (NGV) market development in various nations. Examples of infrastructure concepts and strategies to expand the natural gas fueling network (fossil and biogas) are provided. The webinar concludes with strategies that have potential applicability to the future of NGVs in the United States using lessons learned elsewhere.
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Question of the Month: What are the latest updates on hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicle deployment?
Answer: Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have been around for a while, mostly in limited quantities and locations through demonstration projects. But these vehicles, with their potential to significantly cut petroleum consumption and reduce emissions, are starting to make their way into dealerships and onto roads across the country. Though the market for FCEVs is still in its infancy, many government organizations and private companies are working on research and deployment efforts to make hydrogen a widespread, viable, affordable, and safe alternative vehicle fuel.
Below are some of the recent activities related to FCEV commercialization:
FCEVs are beginning to enter the consumer market in certain regions in the United States and around the world. Hyundai introduced the 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell in California last year for lease, and Toyota Motor Company announced they will release the 2016 Mirai for sale this October at eight California dealerships that were specially selected for their experience with alternative fuels and their proximity to existing hydrogen fueling stations. Vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes/Daimler, Nissan, and Volkswagen are expecting to launch FCEV production vehicles in select regions of the country in the coming years. Other automakers continue to introduce their FCEVs through demonstration projects. The FCEV market is also growing for buses, ground support equipment, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, back-up power, prime power applications, and continues to be strong for forklifts.
While OEMs are offering affordable lease options, some of which include the cost of fuel, FCEVs are still expensive. However, production costs have decreased significantly in recent years and FCEVs are expected to be cost-competitive with conventional vehicles in the coming years.
Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure
As the FCEV market expands, hydrogen fueling infrastructure will need to grow to match demand. Most of the hydrogen stations available today have been built to support OEM FCEV demonstration projects. According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center’s (AFDC) Alternative Fueling Station Locator (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/hydrogen_locations.html), there are 12 publicly accessible hydrogen stations in the United States, with many more in the planning stages. According to the California Fuel Cell Partnership (http://cafcp.org/), there are 49 more stations in development in California that will be publically available. Development efforts are also underway in Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Like the vehicles, the high cost of fueling equipment remains a key challenge. Hydrogen station costs can vary significantly based on hydrogen feedstock, station capacity, utilization, proximity to production, and available incentives. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Hydrogen Station Cost Calculator estimates that stations can cost between $2 and $5 million. However, like FCEVs, as the demand grows, the cost of hydrogen fueling equipment will decrease and the number of stations will increase.
Codes, Standards, and Incentives
The widespread deployment of FCEVs and the associated network of hydrogen fueling stations requires the development, maintenance, and harmonization of codes, standards, and regulations to keep up with the technology. These efforts are ongoing and are supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as domestic and international organizations.
Incentives will also continue to be important to promote and maintain a market for hydrogen and FCEVs. California is leading in the number of relevant state incentives. For instance, to meet the objectives of California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Program, the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (http://www.energy.ca.gov/drive/) is allocating $20 million annually for the construction of at least 100 public hydrogen stations in California by January 1, 2024. In addition, California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project offers up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of approved FCEVs (http://energycenter.org/clean-vehicle-rebate-project). Nine other states (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont) have also adopted California’s ZEV mandate to increase the number of ZEVs, including FCEVs, on the roads.
Ongoing Research and Development
Significant research and development efforts by DOE, the national laboratories, and other H2USA partners have brought the hydrogen industry to where it is today (http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/accomplishments-and-progress). Through their Fuel Cell Technologies Office (http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/fuel-cell-technologies-office), DOE continues to support research in the areas of hydrogen production, delivery, and storage, as well as technology validation, manufacturing, and market transformation.
Additional Resources • AFDC’s Hydrogen page (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/hydrogen.html) provides basic information on hydrogen, FCEVs, and the associated infrastructure. • AFDC’s Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Search (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/vehicles/search/) allows users to look for available FCEVs. • H2USA, a public-private partnership to promote hydrogen and FCEV commercialization and adoption, maintains a FCEV page (http://h2usa.org/fuel-cell-electric-vehicles). • NREL’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Validation page (http://www.nrel.gov/hydrogen/proj_tech_validation.html) includes evaluation and performance review data on various FCEVs in a real-world setting, as well as hydrogen station performance, maintenance, cost, and safety data. • NREL’s report, Hydrogen Station Cost Estimates (http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy13osti/56412.pdf) outlines the costs associated with hydrogen fueling stations. • Argonne National Laboratory’s Hydrogen Refueling Station Analysis Model (HRSAM; http://hydrogen.energy.gov/h2a_delivery.html) can be used to calculate the cost of hydrogen stations. • NREL’s Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST; http://www.nrel.gov/hydrogen/h2fast/) can also provide useful information on the cost of hydrogen stations. • DOE’s website (http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/safety-codes-and-standards) covers relevant safety, codes, and standards. • AFDC’s Hydrogen Laws and Incentives page (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/laws/HY) is a searchable tool with information on state regulations and incentives pertaining to hydrogen.
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