On June 20th stakeholders gathered to learn about the new advances in electric vehicles and their charging units. To begin there was a Ride-and-Drive consisting of a Chevy Volt and the all-new Chevy Bolt. Stakeholders were encouraged to test out the vehicles and view a charging demonstration with SkySong’s brand-new ChargePoint charging unit. Following the Ride and drive, stakeholders sat-in on presentations by ChargePoint, Verdek, Berney Kullos of Courtesy Chevrolet.
The Greater Phoenix area had an alternative fuel vehicle display at the North Scottsdale Wal-Mart parking lot on April 20th. The National Alt-Fuel Odyssey has been sponsored by the University of West Virginia each year for the past 7-years. The Odyssey is a display of the cutting edge alternative fuel vehicles. The displays are opened simultaneously April 20th in some 90 cities across the US by the respective Clean Cities Coalitions.
Vehicles on display included: an All-Electric BMW, a host of hybrid vehicles including GM, Electric & Propane Buses, E-85 Ethanol powered police car, Biodiesel powered truck, CNG powered UPS trailer.
Valley of the Sun Clean Cities coordinated an alternative fuel vehicle display at the bi-annual convention of Fleet Pros on March 24th at the SRP PERA Club. There was a full scope display of Clean Fuel vehicles as well as BMW and Tesla ride-along opportunities for the Fleet Operators attending the convention.
The latest in alternative fuel equipment, including electric charging stations, propane fueling systems, and compressed natural gas systems were all discussed on March 1st at the ASU SkySong Campus. Featured presenters included World CNG (introduced by Southwest Gas), CNG of ChargePoint, Blue Star Gas, and Ferrellgas.
As the success of CNG and LPG grows, what is in-store for the next 5-years? The future of gaseous fuel engines and vehicles was discussed at the ASU SkySong campus on December 15th. The bottoms-up redesign of these engines has created a Tsunami of change. Product line extension is continuing to develop. There were OEM’s on hand from Cummins, Roush & Westport to present their engines.
Who knew that commercial mowers can create as much as 30% of harmful emissions? To address this rather unknown source of pollution VSCCC staged a "mow-off" at the SRP PERA Club. New propane mowers and related golf course equipment were demonstrated as well a mower converted to propane.
The propane powered units have even greater power and far less pollution. The prices of equipment and the fuel vs. gasoline powered equipment presented a compelling case.
The future of new technologies was hosted at a Scottsdale meeting by Valley of the Sun Clean Cities
The meeting featured:
- Certified CNG from Biogas generation at landfills and wastewater treatment by Untapped Fuels
- Idle Air define their Truck Stop Idle Reduction package
- Virtual Pipeline technology by Verdek and NeoGas
- All-Electric transit buses from BYD
- Renewable Diesel from the City of Phoenix and VSCCC
The meeting also introduced the new membership of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona.
Indian Fry bread was served in recognition of 21 Arizona Tribes
Mesa, AZ was chosen as one of the stops along the Sea to Shining Sea Road Rally- An unprecedented coast-to-coast trip was completed running a newly converted propane powered Ford F-150 from Blossman Services. Fuel was provided by Alliance AutoGas. The cross-county began in Jacksonville Florida to Santa Monica California – then up to Seattle Washington and back to Kansas City.
On Friday April 22nd, VSCCC participated in Grand Canyon National Park’s Earth Day celebration. VSCCC participates in the event every year with a display table, along with approximately 30 other environmentally focused organizations. The entrance fee to the park is waved for the Earth Day Celebration event and attracts hundreds of visitors. The Grand Canyon National Park proudly operates 32 tour buses running on clean burning natural gas. The park also generates a great deal of their electricity through solar panels located in key areas throughout the park. What better place to celebrate Earth Day? A special thanks to Enterprise for providing a Prius free of charge to take to the event.
Tier 3 Presentation for VSCCC
Workshop for VSCCC
BYD stopped by Valley of the Sun Clean Cities in order to present its vast and impressive line of electric vehicles. BYD is a vehicle manufacture whose electric buses feature a range of over 200 miles. The display included a demonstrations as well a presentation from BYD on the scope and details of these, Made in America, all-electric vehicles.
To take a look at BYD's presentation click here!
Below are some of the presentations from out Future Transportation Meeting:
Travel Trends: Millenials, Deborah Salon, PhD
Phoenix 2015 General Plan
Clean Cities Sept 25 2015 EJA
Positioning Transportation Infrastructure for Arizona’s Future, Mikhail Chester
Future of Transportation, Michael Kuby