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East Chicago (IN) Students Benefit from Propane School Buses | p. 21 South Shore Clean Cities

F4F Looks to Aggregate AFV Purchases|

Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition

Come Hell or High Water: Greenseason Louisiana Clean Fuels


Virginia Inns Offer Way to Tour VA Emissions Free | p. 23 Virginia Clean Cities

Multi-State EV Project Launches in the Midwest | p. 7 Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition

| p. 13 Smokies Advance Alt-Fuel Agenda| p. 11

The “You Have a CHOICE” Campaign Kicks off in MidAtlantic | p. 10 Greater Washington Region Clean Cities

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ns AFV Resolve | p. 17 Southeast AFV Demo Initiative - At a Glance | p. 15 Triangle Clean Cities Coalition

New Orleans Mechanics Receive Free AFV Training | p. 19 Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuels Partnership


CONTENTS EV GROWTH SLATED FOR MIDWEST Multi-state EV project launches p. 7

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Green Drive$ Thursday, May 18, 2017 NIU Conference Center Naperville, Ill.

Please join us for the 6th annual GREEN DRIVE$ Conference and Expo, an event hosted by the Lake Michigan Clean Cities Consortium. As one of the largest green-transportation conferences held in the Midwest, this one-day event is a must-attend event for commercial and municipal fleets, suppliers, conversion companies, small businesses, and clean-tech professionals. Speakers from MotorWeek Television, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, United Parcel Service, automakers, and various fleets will address topics covering advanced-vehicle technologies, alternative fuels and electric vehicles. Three-dozen green vehicles will be showcased. Sponsorships and exhibitor booths sell out quickly; get yours TODAY! To register, go to: For sponsorship opportunities, please contact


MULTI-STATE EV PROJECT LAUNCHES IN MIDWEST THREE-YEAR EFFORT HIGHLIGHTS PERFORMANCE, ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest recently announced the launch of Midwest EVOLVE (for Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience), a three-year project to promote electric vehicles in seven Midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. In partnership with eight Clean Cities coalitions, the Midwest EVOLVE project will demonstrate the performance and environmental benefits of plug-in electric vehicles through showcases, ride and drives, and events in communities throughout the seven-state region.

EVOLVE’s educational program will target the general public, fleet decision makers, and dealership personnel. Showcases will occur in metropolitan areas of the seven states. The project initially launches with three automotive partners—Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Nissan—as well as more than 60 other partners throughout the Midwest, including Argonne National Laboratory, utilities, state agencies, municipalities, dealerships and dealer associations. The partners support the project through donations, vehicles for test drives, and in-kind support. To get involved, visit

“Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular due to their better batteries, decrease in cost, increase in choice, and the rollout of charging infrastructure,” said Lew Bartfield, CEO of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. “These advanced, modern vehicles reduce emissions that contribute to climate change and smog, improving air quality and public health.” The Lung Association and the eight Clean Cities coalitions will host more than 200 events, large and small, over a three-year period, in brand-neutral settings that will give Midwestern drivers an opportunity to get behind the wheel of electric vehicles. The first events will be held in the spring of 2017. “The Midwest is often overlooked as a market for electric vehicles,” Bartfield said. “The goal of Midwest EVOLVE is to build awareness and visibility for the advantages of electric vehicles, and to help the Midwest rediscover the automobile again, this time with a plug.”


Top right: Lew Bartfield, CEO of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, announced the Midwest EVOLVE electric vehicle program at the Chicago Auto Show in February. Top left: A Chevrolet Bolt EV that was highlighted during the Chicago Auto Show during the EVOLVE announcement. Above: Chicago Area Clean Cities hosted an event during National Drive Electric Week in September 2016. Ride and drives and events similar to this will be hosted throughout the Midwest to promote electric vehicles over the next three years. Below: The logos of the eight Clean Cities coalitions that are partnering in the project.

LISA THURSTIN | Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition | | 651-223-9568 8

Showcasing alternative transportation technologies a pathway to energy independence!

Ta m p a B a y Al te r n at i ve Fu e l Ve h i c l e E x p o Thursday, April 20 • 1 - 4 pm 11780 Tampa Gateway Blvd Seffner, FL 33584 Tampa Bay Clean Cities and Gator Ford are partnering to celebrate National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey. The event will feature an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) display, presentations, giveaways, and more! Light refreshments provided courtesy of FTS

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“YOU HAVE A CHOICE” ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB) launched a four-month ethanol advertising campaign in the Mid-Atlantic recently. This includes postcards, bus, video, internet and radio advertising designed to highlight ethanol fuel and local stations offering higher ethanol blends. The “You Have a Choice” campaign includes four weeks with forty buses in Baltimore and Montgomery, and three months of digital, video and web-based advertising, showing that unleaded 88-octane fuel is an option coming to the area. The fuel provides a new choice to drivers as an alternative to unleaded 87-octane imported petroleum. Retail stations will offer 88-octane (E15) for 2001 and newer vehicles, as well as E85 for flex fuel vehicles. “There are more than 22 high octane stations under construction in Maryland and even more in Virginia,” said Lindsay Thompson, Executive Director of MGPUB. “The midwest has had a choice at the pump for years, and now we have one too. Higher blends of ethanol offer owners of unleaded vehicles lower prices, cleaner air, and higher performance.” This advertising effort is part of a large infrastructure project to install E15 (15% ethanol and 85% unleaded) and E85 (85% ethanol and 15% unleaded) pumps in the region. Unleaded E15 can be used in all vehicles 2001 and newer. Unleaded E85 can be used in all flex fuel vehicles (FFVs). The stations are funded in part with a grant from the US Department of Agriculture.

Are you fueling up today? Unleaded E15 can be used just like regular gasoline. But it’s cleaner, renewable, and at 88 octane, easier on your engine. When you’re at the pump, choose unleaded E15. Radio Message that is part of the campaign

IRA DORFMAN | Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition | | 202-671-1580 10



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On April 5, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) celebrated the acquisition of six new propane trucks and two new refueling systems. “The equipment was purchased with funds from the “Clean Cities National Parks Initiative,” says Jonathan Overly, coordinator for the East

Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition who helped the Park with the project. Visit the news section of to read more about the latest alt-fuel acquisitions of GRSM.

JONATHAN OVERLY | East Tennessee Clean Fuels | | 865-974-3625

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FLEETS FOR THE FUTURE: AGGREGATING DEMAND FOR AFV PURCHASES Clean Cities coalitions in the Kansas City region, Tucson Area and Central New York—along with many other partners and coalitions—are helping create regional and national aggregate purchasing opportunities for public and private fleets that use or desire to use alternative fuels. Fleets for the Future (F4F) is a national partnership of regional councils, Clean Cities coalitions and industry experts tasked with coordinating procurement initiatives designed to consolidate bulk orders of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and infrastructure. KANSAS CITY REGIONAL AFV PROCUREMENT Kansas City served as the guinea pig region for public agency procurement. We worked last summer and fall with the Mid America Council of Public Procurement, which runs an annual vehicle bid through Mid-America Regional Council’s Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC). We call it the Metro Vehicle Bid for short. Many KC-area municipal agencies are already using natural gas, propane and electric vehicles (EVs), but of those only EVs have been directly represented on the bid list until now. Working with our local fleet managers and vehicle dealerships, we were able to secure 11 new contracts that represent 35 vehicle


builds with AFV options, out of the total 44 vehicle builds on this year’s Metro Vehicle Bid list. Many of them have multiple AFV options. These contracts became available in January 2017. In addition, KCRPC is a member in a national cooperative purchasing program with listed AFVs called “HGAC Buy,” and several of its member municipalities have AFV contracts with piggyback clauses. F4F is in the process of collecting all of these regional options on our project website, where interested parties can stay up-to-date on AFV options. Other regional planning councils that are embarking on their own procurement pilots include North Central Texas Council of Governments, Metropolitan Washington (DC) Council of Governments, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Boston), and Pima Association of Governments (Tucson). F4F is creating a replicable framework to enable similar work in other regions, as well as compiling lessons learned so you don’t need to make the same mistakes we did, or do! NATIONWIDE OPPORTUNITIES “What about me?” you might be thinking. All public and nonprofit agencies can benefit from an emerging partnership with National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), which is a national cooperative purchasing agency already offering some AFV alternatives to its member agencies. NJPA is working to create a marketing package

that will ease the burden to fleets looking specifically for AFVs. In the meantime, follow links in each vehicle category to look for AFV specifications, or follow up with the contracted dealership to inquire. Commercial fleets are not able to participate in any of the above-mentioned programs, which is why the F4F team is putting out an RFI to bring on a consulting or fleet services company to make cooperative AFV purchasing available to small and mid-size commercial fleets across the US. Interested companies should use the F4F contact form to express your interest in receiving the RFI in spring 2017.

Above: The many partners that are in the partnership. Below: Two photos of some of the new CNG refuse trucks that Kansas City recently deployed. While those vehicles were not part of the partnership buy, they are a great example of what could be a partnership buy with vehicle numbers ranging from in the tens to in the hundreds.

Clean Cities coordinators will be invited to learn about the program as more details emerge about the nationwide procurement opportunities. Current participating Clean Cities coalitions include: • • • • • • • • •

Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Tucson Regional Clean Cities Clean Communities of Central New York Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition Clean Fuels Ohio Utah Clean Cities Coalition Western Washington Clean Cities Coalition

For more information and the F4F Best Practices Guides, visit

KELLY GILBERT | Virginia Clean Cities | | 540-568-8896 14

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COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: GREENSEASONS UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO ALTERNATIVE FUELS Louisiana Clean Fuels member and stakeholder GreenSeasons is a full service landscaping company servicing the greater Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas. Back in early 2016, they converted twenty-three of their trucks to CNG and started construction of a private, onsite slow-fill natural gas station. While the slow-fill station was under construction, the fleet utilized a nearby public CNG station in Baton Rouge. Everything seemed to be on track and going smoothly. Then, in August of 2016, the worst natural disaster to hit our country since Hurricane Sandy dumped nearly 7.1 trillion gallons of water on the southern half of our state, flooding about 146,000 homes. This 1,000-year flood event dropped as much as 31 inches of rain in 15 hours at the GreenSeasons facility. By Monday, August 15th, Chris Casselberry’s buildings, equipment, newly convert-

Cover: Aerial photo of the flood courtesy of the Civil Air Patrol. Background: GreenSeasons main faciity and time-fill CNG station. Immediate right: GreenSeasons owner Chris Casselberry refueling one of their CNG Ford Transits. Opposite page: Photo of GreenSeasons new fast-fill compressor system from NGV Solutions (G-FORCE Model 125 compressor).


ed fleet and his fueling station were all under eight feet of water. His slow-fill station had been under construction and was just weeks away from being operational. After the floodwaters retreated, the equipment had to be removed and damaged parts replaced. To guard against future flooding, the fueling platform had to be raised out of the flood zone. While they waited for their equipment to be repaired and reinstalled, the fleet went back to using the local public CNG station. When asked why he wanted to stick with alternative fuels after everything was damaged, Chris CasseIberry said that reducing GreenSeasons carbon footprint was just that important to him. He also needed to have a constant and reliable source of fuel, ensure that his trucks were properly fueled every night, and wanted to reduce


the overall cost of fuel for his fleet. In addition to utilizing CNG in their fleet, GreenSeasons has eight commercial propane mowers. But he doesn’t plan to stop there. This company has big plans to eventually operate on 100% alternative and renewable energy sources. Keeping it Local When Chris decided to build his own station, he turned to fellow Louisiana Clean Fuels member and stakeholder, NGV Solutions. NGV Solutions built their custom “GForce” compressor using local companies and American made parts at their shop in Mississippi. The system currently has 22 dispensers and supplies 60 gallons per hour to the fill lines for the vehicles- giving them over 700 gallons of available fuel per night. This will allow the fleet size to double before reaching capacity.

The Fleet At time of publication, nearly 50% of the GreenSeasons fleet runs on CNG: • 16 CNG cabover Isuzu trucks: bi-fuel; AGA systems • 3 CNG pickup trucks: a mix of dedicated Westport systems and bi-fuel AGA systems • 4 Ford Transit vans: bi-fuel; Altech Eco systems • 8 propane mowers While they were able to take advantage of Louisiana’s tax credit for infrastructure and conversions, they were not up and running in time to utilize the federal tax credit. All of the vehicles are back in service and the fuel station has been fully operational since February 2017.

ANN SHANEYFELT | Louisiana Clean Fuels | | 225-342-3476 18


NEW ORLEANS METRO AUTOMOTIVE MECHANICS RECEIVE AFV TRAINING Mechanics in the New Orleans metropolitan area received a unique opportunity to participate in a free Alternative Fuel Mechanic Training Workshop Series hosted by the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership (SLCFP) and presented by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC). The series was in coordination with the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities’ Filling Critical Gaps through Innovative Cradle-to-Grave Training Program funded by a US Department of Energy grant to fill the growing need for technicians trained on electric drive, natural gas and propane vehicles. “One of the first questions we get from fleets when we talk to them about alternative fuels is ‘Where can we have the vehicle serviced?’ These trainings will help fill that gap and promote the use of cleaner transportation in the New Orleans region,” commented Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership Director Rebecca Otte. Mark Schmidt, NAFTC’s Trainer for the series commented on the success of the three workshops: “The

interaction was excellent between all of the participants – newer technicians with seasoned veterans that have seen it all but were willing to learn the alt fuel vehicles. The support from the Clean Cities folks helped make this a superb training.” “A good crew and a great learning experience. Thanks again for the opportunity,” said Electric Drive Training participant, Paul Wabnig of Quality Alfa. With the help of SLCFP stakeholders, participating technicians gained hands-on experience with a variety of vehicle types. These include Solar Alternatives’ Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Toyota Prius, AAA’s hybrid tow truck, ICOM North America’s propane F-350, Atmos Energy’s CNG Honda and dual-fuel F-250, Entergy’s CNG Honda Civic, and Park ‘N Fly’s CNG shuttle. Special thanks to our workshop sponsors, the Propane Education Research Council and Alliance Autogas, who helped provide lunch for the series.

Above: The mechanics were able to learn about different alternative fuels including propane (left) and electric (right) vehicles. The bi-fuel propane F-350 was provided by ICOM North America while the pure electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV was furnished by the local company Solar Alternatives.


Clockwise from above: Viewing CNG components of Park ‘N Fly’s CNG shuttle; Mark Schmidt discussing the finer points of EV motors; looking under the hood of a propane-powered F-350; several attendees pose with a AAA hybrid tow truck; and viewing a CNG dispenser. Photo credits: CNG dispenser and underside of the Park ‘N Fly shuttle were taken by Mark Schmidt. The remaining photos were taken by SLCFP staff.

REBECCA OTTE | Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership | | 504-483-8513 20


PROPANE SCHOOL BUSES East Chicago, Indiana public school students are the first in Northwest Indiana to ride on school buses powered by propane, thanks in part to a grant provided by BP’s Whiting Refinery, project partners announced in March. “The decision was made to purchase buses that benefited the community ecologically as well as improved safety,” School City of East Chicago Superintendent Dr. Paige McNulty said. The six Blue Bird Vision propane buses were designed, engineered and manufactured by ROUSH CleanTech. The buses emit 80 percent fewer smog-producing hydrocarbons and virtually eliminate particulate matter when compared to older buses.

The funding for the school buses was provided in part by the BP Whiting Refinery “Cleaner Air through Diesel Emissions Reductions” (CADER) grants, and the program was administered by South Shore Clean Cities. “South Shore Clean Cities was pleased to be a part of the process to bring cleaner buses to the School City of East Chicago for the benefit of the students, faculty and staff as well as all of the citizens of East Chicago,” South Shore Clean Cities Executive Director

The school buses began running in East Chicago at the beginning of March 2017 and are serving students in every school in the district. “Replacing diesel-powJustin Mount, Regional Director for U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, School City of East Chicago Superintendent Dr. Paige ered school buses with McNulty, and Transportation Manager for the School City of East Chicago Robert Garcia stand in front of one of six propane-powered alter- new propane school buses the school city acquired. natives shows the value the School City of East Chicago places on lowering tailpipe emissions from Carl Lisek said. “Working with South Shore Clean Cittheir school bus fleet as well as improving the quality ies members MacAllister Transportation and ROUSH of life for those that ride, repair and reside around CleanTech to provide state-of-the-art vehicles that these buses,” said Shawn Seals, senior environmental provide financial savings and improved air quality manager for the Indiana Department of Environmenhelps the Hoosier economy and the environment.” tal Management’s Office of Air Quality.


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VIRGINIA INNS OFFER LEVEL 2 CHARGING AND OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR VIRGINIA EMISSIONS FREE! Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are the newest amenity at Virginia bed and breakfasts that are catering to a more green friendly clientele. This is the dawn of these new vehicles, and usage so far is rather scattered. But the inns expect a bigger influx of visitors as electric car sales pick up in urban and rural areas of the Commonwealth. At Oak Grove Plantation in South Boston, VA, shiny new electric charging stations are powered by the inn’s 48 solar photovoltaic panels. “We are hoping to appeal to visitors who are conscious of their lodging’s carbon footprint,” says innkeeper Pickett Craddock. She offers a third night free for EV and hybrid owners. “See how easy it is tour Virginia with your electric vehicle, traveling from inn to inn with charging stations,” she says. These vehicles’ maximum distance on a charge range from about 100 to 250 miles. Combined with the solar panels, this equipment provides a positive community benefit to environmentally or climate-conscious visitors. Initially there has been a lot of support from the transportation sector. Tesla Motors supported the effort and installed the stations for free in 2016, aware of the inn’s rural location far from most other charging stations. The chargers work on Teslas and on all EVs now sold or in development by every automotive manufacturer. The charging stations are drawing customers in Waynesboro, west of Charlottesville. “Most of our users have found us on the Tesla website,” says Heidi Lanford, innkeeper at the Iris Inn. “They book a room and charge their vehicles while here. Sometimes the Tesla guests have met each other at previous charging stations. This makes their experience at the Iris Inn a personal one.” 23

She says guests tend to like the idea of the charger on site, even if they don’t have an EV. At the Inn at Riverbend in Pearlsburg, one couple came to charge a car, then liked the inn so much they booked a room later. “We get a lot of visitors from Virginia Tech who are interested. I just think it is a positive thing when people see that you are forward thinking,” says Jeanne Jeffers, the owner. Some EV owners visiting L‘Auberge Provencale in Boyce, VA, are startled to see the station, says innkeeper Celeste D. Borel. “They saw their cars as commuter cars. Now with the opportunity to charge their cars here at the inn, they can come out and really use their cars for country road driving.“ The charging stations even drew a couple to purchase a bed & breakfast. “In addition to a Ford Escape, we currently lease a Ford Fusion Energi hybrid. One of our previous cars was a Nissan Leaf,” says Kimberley Moore of the Inn at Onancock, a town on the Eastern Shore. At some B&Bs in more heavily traveled areas, the stations have been a mixed blessing. Out of about 13 users in the past 18 months, only one has stayed overnight at By the Side of the Road Inn near Interstate 81 in Harrisonburg. Other users are local drivers or travelers who call to reserve time at the charger but are not staying overnight. This inn and some others are starting to charge for non-guests. Others serve only guests. “Now that Tesla and other manufacturers have lower cost longer distance EVs, perhaps there will be more people driving them in or through Virginia, at which time we’d definitely promote their availability as a draw for guests bookings,” says innkeeper Janice Fitzgerald.

Above left: Jamie Bourque of Charlottesville fills his electric car at Oak Grove Plantation in South Boston. Above right: Electric vehicle chargers and inns are a good mix. Below: Virginia Clean Cities created a map that shows all the inns and hotels in Virginia that have Tesla and other EV Level 2 charging.

ALLEYN HARNED | Virginia Clean Cities | | 540-568-8896 24

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Fuels Fix, Spring 2017  

Stories of education and action on alternative fuels and advanced-technology vehicles from DOE Clean Cties programs across the US and their...

Fuels Fix, Spring 2017  

Stories of education and action on alternative fuels and advanced-technology vehicles from DOE Clean Cties programs across the US and their...