February 2018 Edition

Jolts & Volts Workshop, Upcoming Events, New Member: PacWesty!, Member Updates, Fleet & Vehicle Tools, Volkswagen Update

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A Snowy EV Test Drive
Thanks to all the hardy folks who braved frosty weather and flurries to stop by our latest electric vehicle ride & drive event in Olympia. The showcase -- put together along with our partners, the  Washington State Department of Enterprise Services  and  Forth  -- provided a fantastic selection of electric vehicles & bikes, charging equipment, a battery-powered bus, and electric lifts. Legislators, state officials, and even the governor stopped by to take a spin.

The event was the perfect opportunity to see and test drive the many plug-in vehicles and equipment currently available on the Washington State contract for state and local government.

Jolts & Volts: Electrify Your Fleet
Last month we debuted our Jolts & Volts workshop series -- which combines topics on transportation electrification, with coffee. Our inaugural workshop focused on fleet electrification, and featured representatives of small, large, and really big fleets sharing best practices, lessons learned, and their overall approaches toward going electric.

Many thanks to our fabulous four presenters -- Andrea Pratt (City of Seattle), Ross Freeman (City of Mercer Island), George Carter (Washington State Department of Enterprise Services) and Philip Saunders (Washington State Department of Enterprise Services) -- who provided an informative look at the ways fleets can start going electric.

For additional reading on transportation electrification, check out these resources:
Featured Events
Green Transportation Summit & Expo

We are proud to once again be a presenting partner of this year's Green Transportation Summit & Expo (GTSE) in Tacoma, April 17-19.

Clean Cities members can still receive a $126 discount or attend the conference's Ride & Drive event for free! Use promo code 'WWCC' when you purchase your ticket.

GTSE is the region's premier fleet modernization and alternative fuels event. The conference offers information-packed sessions, prominent national and regional speakers, and the latest technologies from industry leaders.

Roadmap 11

If you're interested in transportation electrification, this is the event to attend.

The Roadmap Conference is the leading electric and smart mobility conference in the United States. Taking place this summer, June 19-20, in Portland, Oregon, Roadmap includes nearly 100 national and international speakers, dozens of exhibits, regional smart mobility tours, and high-energy interactive breakout sessions. With over 600 participants in 2017, Roadmap continues to be the premier forum to explore emerging industry trends and best practices with a diverse mix of industry, utility, and government leaders.

Clean Cities members can save $75 off registration. Use code 'WWCC' or click the link below.  

New Member: PacWesty!

We are extremely excited to welcome PacWesty to our coalition!

PacWesty is a new Bainbridge Island-based van rental and adventure company founded by longtime Pacific Northwest residents. They spend most of their free time exploring and playing in their own backyard (aka the Olympic Peninsula), and why not? It’s one of the most amazing places on the planet.

PacWesty specializes in the rental of VW camper vans that connect experiential travelers with the communities, culture and environment of the Pacific Northwest. We can't wait to try them out!

The best part? PacWesty has big plans to convert their van fleet over to electric power, making travel across our beautiful state clean, quiet and even more unforgettable.
Member Updates

Find out who is paving the way in the field of alternative fuels. 
City of Seattle: Charging Up Beacon Hill

We were pleased to participate in the City of Seattle's recent unveiling of two brand new fast chargers in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The chargers are conveniently just outside the light rail station and can give cars an 80-mile range after just 20 minutes of charging .

Seattle intends to open 18 more charging stations across the city this year to incentivize transportation electrification.
REG: More Biofuel Availability

Renewable Energy Group (REG) is opening up new positions in three terminals, increasing the availability of biofuels across the Pacific Northwest.

Fleets can now find B99 biodiesel and blended fuels up to B20 (20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel) at terminals in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland. For more information, contact Jeremiah Jones ( 253- 363-5174,
SeQuential: Free Biodiesel Training Course

SeQuential Biofuels and the National Biodiesel Board are offering a free ASE Certified training course for fleet managers, diesel mechanics and service technicians about using biodiesel blends in existing equipment.

The course -- held this week on February 28 in Wilsonville, OR (near Portland) -- will cover a range of topics, including how biodiesel impacts newer diesel engines and how to accurately diagnose equipment problems. Lunch and refreshments will be provided; what else could you want?! Sign up here .
Washington State University Energy Program: Recreating An RNG Roadmap

The Washington State University Energy Program and the Washington State Department of Commerce recently released a roadmap for “Harnessing Renewable Natural Gas for Low-Carbon Fuel in Washington."

Producing more RNG in-state as a transportation or electricity-generating fuel would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, create clean energy jobs, and extend the life of our region's landfills. Jim Jensen, one of the study's lead authors, shared highlights on our recent webinar, which you can listen to here . Or download the study here.
EV SmartFleets' Procurement Analysis

Looking for a way to measure and compare the financial viability of adding electric vehicles to your fleet?

EV SmartFleets Fleet Procurement Analysis Tool is a free application that enables users to make an informed decision ahead of procuring any light-duty fleet vehicle. The Microsoft Excel-based tool produces a breakdown of expected costs on a per mile basis, along with its estimated environmental impact.

It can also evaluate a variety of procurement ownership structures, vehicle types, and procurement scenarios and even provides an analysis of cash flows and location-specific life cycle emissions.

Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Calculator

Argonne National Laboratory's latest tool -- the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Calculator (HDVEC) -- is an easy-to-use web-based application developed to help estimate vehicle pollution levels for Clean Diesel Settlement and other funding projects.

The tool tallies the vehicle operation nitrogen oxides (NOx), vehicle operation fine particulates (PM2.5), and well-to-wheel greenhouse gases (GHGs) of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. In addition, it can estimate the cost-effectiveness of funding dollars to help reduce these emissions

The tool can calculate results for three different project types:
  • Environmental Mitigation w/ Scrappage – new alternative fuel versus new diesel, plus additional benefits from early retirement of scrapped vehicle.
  • Environmental Mitigation w/ Repower – vehicle after repower versus diesel vehicle before repower.
  • Clean Vehicle Replacement – new alternative fuel versus new diesel.

Volkswagen Settlement Update

Last month, Washington was officially approved to receive $112.7 million in mitigation funds from the Volkswagen settlement and the Washington State Department of Ecology will lead the state's efforts to manage those funds.

Simultaneously, Electrify America is looking for input from state, municipal, and federal governments and tribes on where to install electric vehicle charging equipment. Input is due by March 1.

Electrify America is a subsidiary of Volkswagen that is responsible for managing the settlement's $2 billion investment in zero-emission vehicles. The investment will be carried out over ten years through four, 30-month cycles. Electrify America is now on its second cycle and is seeking feedback before moving forward with the next phase of projects (expected to occur from July 2019 to December 2021).