Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Ranked #1 in Displaced Petroleum
After attending the National Clean Cities Workshop at Argonne National Labs in December, National Clean Cities named Valley of the Sun Clean Cities as the top coalition in displaced petroleum.VSCCC also placed first in the use of CNG, and second in improvement of LNG. The coalition went on to displace 60,765,567 gallons and we would personally like to thank the Valley of the Sun and all of it's residence for helping the state to continue to strive for petroleum independence.
Valley of the Sun Clean Cities awarded Mayor Stanton and Arizona for being #1 in displaced petroleum. For official press release visit: MayorStanton_1inUS
2014 AFV Odyssey Day Event
Valley of the Sun Clean Cities partners with the Arizona Department of Emergency Management in an impressive display of alternative fuel emergency equipment that could be deployed in the event of an interruption of Petroleum fuel, either through a break in the pipeline or damage to the fuel terminal. Assistant Director of Emergency Management John Dirickson presented the vital importance of having a diversity of fuel and vehicles to address a scope of potential emergencies.
On display was:
Biodiesel powered City of Phoenix fire truck and Ambulance
E-85 Ethanol capable Mesa police interceptor
Valley Metro transit bus – one of 800 buses running on Natural Gas
Mesa School District – one of 89 school and special needs buses operating on Propane
The City of Tempe and Waste Management were there with Natural Gas powered refuse trucks
Scottsdale showcased a hybrid bucket truck and All Electric meter reader vehicles
SuperShuttle displayed one of their 90 Big Blue Vans running on Propane
UPS brought one of their Bib Brown Hybrid delivery trucks
UHaul also displayed a Propane powered work truck
City of Phoenix and their use of CNG Refuse Collection Vehicles
The City of Phoenix has experienced a solid success in the trial uses of CNG in their refuse collection vehicles - using the new Cummins / Westport engines. The decision has been reached to expand their CNG powered fleet, ordering an additional 250 CNG refuse vehicles. They have installed a new station to serve these vehicles, as well as the need to bring in a larger pipeline from Southwest Gas. City of Phoenix has also found success in the use of E-85. They have been purchasing Flex-Fuel vehicles in anticipation of installation of E-85 fueling stations. With this now complete, they are initiating the use E-85 on their fleet inventory of 1,500 Flex-Fuel vehicles.
For more information on Phoenix and its implementation of alternative fuels, especially CNG please visit: Phoenix's Alt-Fuel Implementation Plan & CNG Implementation for the City of Phoenix
City of Mesa Police Fleet using the Alt-Fuel E-85
The City of Mesa has now fielded a fleet of over 300 police interceptors using E-85 vehicles. Their inventory of Flex-Fuel vehicles now numbers nearly 500 total, the police cars. This is partially the result of the popularity of the quick acceleration using high octane E-85.
City of Scottsdale and their use of CNG Refuse Truck
The Solid Waste Operation for the City of Scottsdale, is making a complete conversion to CNG. They were recently presented an award before the City Council by Valley of the Sun Executive Director Bill Sheaffer. This award recognized the use of natural gas, but as a US leader in waste collection efficiency, based on the lowest cost per ton. This has always been a progressive operation – ad they invented the first automatic side-loading system. For more information about the City of Mesa and their use of CNG check out: Government Fleet Article about City of Scottsdale
Plug-in Hybrids Now Available in Arizona for HOV Cloud Plates (2014)
Plug-in Hybrids are now qualified in the new allocation of 10,000 Cloud Plates. Cloud Plates give drivers access to the HOV lane. The first stage opens in July 2014 Qualifying customers must own one of the following plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from specific model years, which must be currently registered at the time of application:
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
The Phoenix Sky Harbor airport has now completed their electric powered Sky Train service from their parking lots to the largest terminal. They are expanding the service to the other 3 terminals. It is the only elevated train service to pass over an active taxi way. Sky Harbor powers all of their ground equipment with alternative fuels. They also require any contracted transportation services, including buses, vans and taxi’s to operate on alternative fuel. They operate 3 public/private CNG stations, as the largest supplier of CNG in the nation. For more information visit: Phoenix Sky Harbor: Sky Train
Discount Cab: Hybrid Cabs
Discount Cab has generated solid success in the use of hybrid Prius cabs. Strong customer support has spurred continuing expansion of these cabs. The initial trials have now expanded to the use of over 700 Prius cabs. For more information visit: Discount Cab: Safe, Green, and Clean
SuperShuttle: Airport Vans switch to Propane
SuperShuttle has completed the full transition of their 90 “airport vans” to propane. This has sparked the installation by Ferrellgas of self-serve cardlock stations across the Valley. In November 2012, SuperShuttle replaced its 75 standard Ford E-350 with a clean-burning version. The local team celebrated in style with a press event titled “Shuttling Arizona to a Cleaner Future.” Of course, for us it’s more than just a party. It reaffirms our company-wide commitment to reducing emissions and preserving the environment. The most widely used alternative fuel and the world's third most common engine fuel, propane auto-gas produces 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide, up to 25 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and fewer particulate emissions when compared to gasoline. As a result, it’s considered a “clean burning” fuel. For more information visit: Changing the Game