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LocalFleets Local Fleets First To Join West Coast Electric Vehicles Initiative

Congratulations to the five Western Washington Clean Cities members and stakeholders who became the first in the state to join West Coast Electric Fleets. By signing on to the initiative, these fleets signal their commitment to helping accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles and reduce petroleum use: 

We're proud of our members for being on the leading edge! More information:
Re-designationWW Clean Cities - Re-Designated! 

All Clean Cities coalitions are required to re-designate with the U.S. Department 

of Energy (DOE) every three years. Last week we successfully passed the DOE's renewal process which means one thing - we're still kickin' gas in Western Washington!


Over the next three years, we plan to: 

  • Continue to assist our members' petroleum reduction with fleet-focused events, technical consulting services, and success stories of WWCC members' triumphs (to name a few).
  • Lead the region toward a clean transportation future through new partnerships, policies, and information sharing. 

Have fresh ideas? Let us know
! We want to help you and your organization take advantage of the many benefits alternative fuels and advanced technologies offer. 
LegislationRecapWA Legislation Wrap-Up

The 64th Washington Legislature finally came to an an end this month - the longest single-year session in Washington State history! 

Highlights for alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles:

  • The sales & use tax exemption for clean alternative fuel vehicles was extended through June 2019. The extension only applies to vehicles with a selling prices less than $35,000. 
  • A clean fuel standard will not be enacted due to the inclusion of the so-called "poison pill" in the transportation package.
  • An electric vehicle infrastructure bank was established to help finance publicly accessible charging stations. 
  • The state's electric vehicle registration fee was increased to $150. A portion of the fee will fund the electric vehicle infrastructure bank. 
  • Unfortunately, a proposal to enact a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate in the state did not pass the House's environment committee. The mandate would have required automakers to deliver for sale a certain percentage of zero emission vehicles. 

For a more detailed review of the previous legislative s
ession, take a look at our earlier recap of the bills that passed (and those that didn't quite make it). 
MemberSpotlightMember Spotlight: 

Click Wholesale Distributing, a regional distributor of fine wine, craft beer and specialty spirits, operates nearly 60 percent of their fleet with compressed natural gas (CNG)! All of Click's remaining fleet vehicles run on a biodiesel blend. 

Why did Click make the decision to use alternative fuels? Find out in our latest member spotlight. 

NewMembersNew WWCC Member!

We're excited to announce a new member joining the WWCC fold - the City of Redmond!

Redmond is also a contributing member to the King County Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) group. We look forward to working alongside them! 

CCBlogClean Cities Blog: 
Idle Reduction - A Win For Everyone

Potential applications for idle reduction technologies span across the entire transportation sector. Unlike many alternative fuel vehicles, which often have distinct applications for certain vehicle fleets, idle reduction can be practiced by any driver of any vehicle. 

MemberUpdatesClean Cities Member Updates 

Check out what our members have been up to:
King County Metro: Buzzing about buses

This summer, King County Metro Transit will begin deploying the first of their 174 new electric trolleys. The 40-foot and 60-foot trolleys will replace the current aging trolley fleet and are estimated to use 20 to 30 percent less energy than the current electric trolley buses. Equipped with regenerative braking, the trolleys can put energy back into the onboard battery or trolley overhead electrical system.




Later this year, Metro riders will see another first when King County rolls out three pilot fully-electric battery buses into service.  These zero-emission Proterra coaches include fast-charge batteries and will allow Metro to test the buses' performance and efficiency to help determine whether battery buses can play a role in their future fleet plans.


UW: Focus-ing on the future

The University of Washington will soon be rolling out nine new Ford Focus EVs, with four more delivered later. Eventually, ten of the electric vehicles will be used for parking enforcement; the other vehicles will transport University staff and supplies. UW intends to add more electric vehicles to its fleet over the next few years and is currently installing 46 chargers across campus to power the fleet's current and future vehicles.


Additionally, the University is now operating vehicles with E85 flex fuel. So far, the ethanol blend has displaced over 5,000 gallons of petroleum with no reported vehicle performance or reliability problems.




Coordinator | Alternative Fuels & Technology 
Coordinator | Partnerships, Policy & Outreach 


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Aug. 24-26, 2015: Fleet Technology Expo, Long Beach, CA

Sept. 15-17, 2015: North American NGV Conference & Expo, Denver, CO

Sept. 17, 2015: Vision2Action Symposium, Tacoma, WA

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DOE Newsletter

Clean Cities Now -- Summer 2015


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