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Fuels Fix Ezine: Summer 2017 Edition

Fuels Fix The Fuels Fix is a quarterly electronic magazine "ezine" publication from Clean Cities coalitions.  The Fix contains articles on actions taking place throughout the United States related to alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies. We hope you enjoy the publication! To download the latest edition of the Fuels Fix visit www.fuelsfix.com. Inside the Summer 2017 edition of Fuels Fix: • Roush's New Low-NOx engine • COVER STORY: CNG Sea to Shining Sea Road Rally • San Diego Coalition Doubles Its Fleet Reach • Plus much more...

July 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Question of the Month: What’s new for Clean Cities mobile tools and resources?

Answer: Two new mobile tools have recently become available: Station Locator app for Android: Android users can now access the Station Locator app through the Google Play store. As with the original iPhone app version, users can access the Station Locator from their mobile device and find the 20 closest stations within a 30-mile radius. Results display either on a map or in a list with station addresses, phone numbers, and hours of operation. Also available for iPhone from the iTunes store. Trip Calculator mobile page: FuelEconomy.gov recently launched a mobile web page version of their popular Trip Calculator tool. This page allows users to easily calculate fuel economy for a trip while on the go.   Other Mobile Resources   AFDC Station Locator mobile page: If you’d rather not use an app, the Station Locator mobile page provides an easy way to view alternative fueling station information on your smartphone screen, regardless of the type of mobile device used. Users can access the Station Locator by navigating to this link in an internet browser. Find-a-Car app (Android and iPhone): The Find-a-Car app allows users to view the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy ratings, fuel cost estimates, and safety ratings for new and used cars and trucks. The app also allows users to input driving habits to personalize results and to scan QR codes on window stickers while car shopping to assist in comparing vehicles. The app is available to download on the Google Play store and download on the iTunes store. Find and Compare Cars mobile page: The Find and Compare Cars mobile page allow users to search for vehicles by year, make, and model. Searches can also filter by vehicle class and combined miles per gallon (MPG). EPA Fuel Economy Label mobile page: The EPA Fuel Economy Label mobile page explains what each piece of information detailed on fuel economy labels for gasoline, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric vehicles means. Calculate My MPG mobile page: On this page, users receive assistance calculating and tracking fuel economy and comparing it with the EPA ratings. To get started, users must first create an account by accessing the tool online. Look for an update to the mobile page later this year. Gas Mileage Tips [...]

June 21st, 2017|Categories: In the News|0 Comments

2017 FLEET EXPO AT THE WASHINGTON AUTO SHOW®

Join GWRCCC and NAFA, Washington Chapter for the Fleet Conference and Expo at the Walter E. Convention Center 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW | Room 206 Washington, DC 20001 Admission is Free EDUCATION SESSIONS Registration Link for the Event: https://registration.experientevent.com/ShowWAA171/Flow/NAFA#/registrant//Dashboard/ <https://registration.experientevent.com/ShowWAA171/Flow/NAFA#/registrant//Dashboard/> Biodiesel Tuesday, January 31 & Wednesday, February 1 – 8:30am With recent advances in technology, coupled with goals to reduce petroleum use and CO₂ emissions, fleets from every corner of the country are discovering first-hand that biodiesel is an economically viable alternative to diesel fuel. For some, Executive Order 13693 in 2015 has strengthened sustainability goals for federal agencies and their contractors. Several Washington DC area fleets, coordinated by the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition have been able to demonstrate the successful ease-to-implement biodiesel and bio based products into their green fleet programs. Learn about how the BQ-9000 fuel quality program, increased biodiesel training for technicians, cost effectiveness, and other tangible benefits are available to fleet managers striving to meet local and federal sustainable priorities. Moderator: Ron Flowers, Executive Director at GWRCCC Speakers: Tim Fitzgerald, DC Water and Sewer Authority Cargie Vaughn, Smithsonian Institution Scott Fenwick, National Biodiesel Board Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Tuesday, January 31 & Wednesday, February 1 – 9:15am Additionally, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) represents another major alternative fuel that is currently used in the region. This session will provide current CNG-ready engine manufacturing updates and production changes and challenges. In addition to learning about the types of available CNG vehicles; concerns regarding CNG Conversion Up fitters, finding certified vendors with warranties will be addressed. And yes, we will share with you the latest in facility modifications to include: • Existing Codes and Standards • Basic Safety Standards • Interacting with the local Fire/Codes Enforcement groups • The difference between MINOR (no modifications necessary) and MAJOR (may be modifications necessary) repairs and services. Moderator: Michele Bowles (Fleet Manager at Washington Gas Light) Speakers: Barry Carr, Clean Communities of CNY Robert Stipek, General Motors John Freking, General Motors Arthur N. Gosline, Ford Idle Reduction Tuesday, January 31 & Wednesday, February 1 – 2:30pm Did you know [...]

January 9th, 2017|Categories: Events|0 Comments

Question of the Month: How is fuel economy determined and reported for alternative fuel vehicles?

Answer: Last month we learned about how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determines and reports conventional light-duty vehicle fuel economy ratings. While alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) fuel economy testing is largely similar to that of conventional fuels, the EPA makes some adjustments to account for different vehicle technology and fuel energy content. By tailoring AFV fuel economy testing and reporting, the EPA is able to provide apples-to-apples comparisons and allow consumers to make informed decisions. All-Electric Vehicles What’s Reported: The fuel economy label for all-electric vehicles (EVs) includes all of the same information as that listed for gasoline vehicles (fuel economy, fuel cost savings, annual fuel cost, and emissions). However, EV labels list fuel economy using miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), sometimes referred to as miles per gasoline gallon equivalent (MPGGE). MPGe represents the number of miles a vehicle can go using a quantity of fuel with the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline. MPGe is a useful way to compare gasoline vehicles with vehicles that use fuel not dispensed in gallons. EV labels also include the following information: · Vehicle Charge Time: Indicates how long it takes to charge a fully discharged battery using Level 2, 240-volt electric vehicle supply equipment. · Driving Range: Estimates the approximate number of miles that a vehicle can travel in combined city and highway driving before the battery must be recharged. · Fuel Consumption Rate: Shows how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity an EV would use to travel 100 miles. Like gallons per 100 miles, the kWh per 100 miles relates directly to the amount of fuel used. It is an estimated rate of consumption rather than economy (measured in miles per gallon [MPG] or MPGe), which allows for more accurate energy usage comparisons between vehicles. What’s Tested: To test EV fuel economy, the vehicle battery is fully charged and the vehicle is parked overnight. The next day, the vehicle is tested over successive city cycles until the battery is depleted. The battery is then recharged and the energy consumption of the vehicle is determined by dividing the kWh [...]

December 27th, 2016|Categories: In the News|0 Comments

Question of the Month: How are conventional light-duty vehicle fuel economy ratings determined and reported?

  Answer: It’s important to understand the who, what, when, where, and why (and how!) of fuel economy testing and labeling. In particular, you may be interested in the recent changes described below (see “When” section). “Who” is tested? Most light-duty vehicles must be tested for fuel economy. Exceptions include motorcycles, pickup trucks and cargo vans with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) above 8,500 lbs., and passenger vehicles with a GVWR above 10,000 lbs.. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) test a representative vehicle for each light-duty model and report the results to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA reviews the results and confirms estimates for about 10% to 15% of the vehicles through tests at the National Vehicles and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL) (http://www.epa.gov/nvfel/). How are vehicles tested? Vehicles are tested in a laboratory using a standardized procedure established by the EPA. The vehicle's drive wheels are placed on a machine called a dynamometer that simulates the driving environment—much like an exercise bike simulates cycling. The energy required to move the rollers is adjusted to account for wind resistance and the vehicle's weight. On the dynamometer, a professional driver runs the vehicle through standardized driving routines, which simulate “typical” trips in the city or on the highway. Each driving routine specifies the speed the vehicle must travel during each second in the test. To measure the fuel economy of the vehicle, a hose is connected to the tailpipe to collect the engine exhaust during the tests. The carbon in the exhaust is measured to calculate the amount of fuel burned.   From there, the manufacturer enters the test results into an equation the EPA has established to determine the final city and highway fuel economy estimates (see the Code of Federal Regulations, 40 CFR 600.210-12, for more information:https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2015-title40-vol30/pdf/CFR-2015-title40-vol30-part600.pdf). Combined city/highway fuel economy is calculated by weighting the city miles per gallon (mpg) value by 55% and the highway value by 45%. Combined fuel economy values provide consumers with a quick and easy comparison point across vehicles. What information is included on the fuel economy label? In addition to providing [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Categories: In the News|0 Comments

TRAIN THE TRAINER: NFPA’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training Course

Please join us for the NFPA “Train the Trainer” Alternative Fuel Vehicles Safety Training Program. This course was created to educate the fire service on how to safely deal with emergency situations involving alternative fuel passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, and commercial fleet vehicles. Please see the attached flyer for full details on the course as well as registration link. Simplified details are also included below.   In 2015, NFPA received grant funding through the Department of Energy to expand its comprehensive Alternative Fuel Vehicles Safety Training Program, including its fire service Train-the-Trainer program. This instructor-led course is comprised of videos, animations, slides, and activities covering the following topics: Introduction to hybrid, electric, fuel cell, & gaseous fuel vehicles, basic electrical concepts, Vehicle systems & charging/fueling/infrastructure, initial response procedures, identification methods, immobilization,disabling, emergency operations, toxic and flammable gas build-up etc. TO REGISTER, PLEASE VISIT: https://nfpavirginia.eventbrite.com/   For questions, please contact: Chief David M. Jolly, Virginia Department of Fire Programs, 804-840-2195   david.jolly@vdfp.virginia.gov  or Michael Phillips, Virginia Clean Cities, 804-482-1790 mphillips@vacleancities.org

October 31st, 2016|Categories: In the News|0 Comments