MEDIA ADVISORY: Air Resources Board and partners celebrate significant milestone with clean-air trucks

CHINO - The California Air Resources Board is recognizing the 2,000th Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher, to be handed to Redwood Products of Chino, a small business that invested in a clean, low-carbon hybrid delivery truck. Cleaner trucks mean fewer unhealthy diesel emissions in San Bernardino, Riverside and the surrounding area. 

The incentive program has contributed to air pollution reductions in the Southern California region and throughout California. Since its launch in 2010, HVIP has provided more than $63 million to help California fleets statewide purchase more than 430 zero-emission trucks and buses and 1,800 hybrid trucks and buses – and additional funding is on the way. Funding for this program is primarily supported through California Climate Investments made possible by California’s Cap-and-Trade Program.

WHO:  Speakers include Senator Connie M. Levya, Mr. Christopher Craig, a representative for Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, California Air Resources Board Member Barbara Riordan, Marcie Rodriguez of Redwood Products, and a representative from Hino Trucks. Also attending are representatives of CALSTART, Rush Truck Center and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

WHAT:  Air regulators, elected officials and industry celebrate a clean-air milestone at Redwood Products, which provides mulch, wood chips and other products to nurseries and the landscape industry in five western states. The Chino business is the recipient of the 2,000th Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher in the amount of $23,000 to purchase a low-carbon Hino hybrid truck, covering close to one-third of the truck price. 

WHEN:  Friday, August 28, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Question-and-answer to follow.

WHERE:  Redwood Products, 9301 Remington Ave., Chino, Calif., 91710. 

VISUALS:  A clean-air branded Hino hybrid truck and Redwood Products’ Hino hybrid delivery truck, presentation of Legislative certificate and symbolic $23,000 check to Redwood Products.

Background: HVIP is the nation’s first program to directly reduce the up-front cost of hybrid or zero-emission trucks and buses. HVIP incentives drive manufacturing production and fleet acceptance of the advanced heavy-duty vehicle technologies California must deploy to meet its long-term air quality and climate goals.  Consumer incentives are needed because these products generally cost more than their conventional counterparts, which can be a significant deterrent to their purchase.  This streamlined approach – with eligible vehicles and preset voucher amounts available on a first-come, first-served basis – has proven popular with vehicle dealers, manufacturers, and California fleets.  

The program provides vouchers of up to $95,000 for California purchasers and lessees of zero-emission trucks and buses, and up to $30,000 for eligible hybrid trucks and buses on a first-come, first-served basis. HVIP also provides incentives of up to $110,000 for zero-emission trucks that provide benefits to disadvantaged communities. 
ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.


CALSTART releases its report “Higher Fuel Economy – Working for Fleets”; demonstrates business case for increased fuel efficiency in trucks

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, CALSTART released its new report, “Higher Fuel Economy – Working for Fleets” at a morning briefing prior to U.S. EPA and NHTSA’s Public Hearing on the proposed Phase II Fuel Economy Standards for Medium- to Heavy-Duty Vehicles. Using fleet surveys and interviews to validate the approach, and then conducting payback analyses, CALSTART’s report uses a fleet-validated cost assessment model to demonstrate net economic benefits from vehicles with higher fuel economy.  The report validates that even with higher upfront costs, fleets can save money over the life of their vehicles from fuel economy standards such as those now under review.

Download the Following Materials for CALSTART Report, “Higher Fuel Economy – Working for Fleets.”
Fleet Report Press Release 
Fact Sheet
Executive Summary
Full Report

Read CALSTART CEO John Boesel's statement on draft rules' impact on clean transportation industry.

Read industry perspectives on fuel economy.


Proposed Rulemaking: Phase II Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

Read CALSTART CEO John Boesel's statement on draft rules' impact on clean transportation industry.

Read industry perspectives on fuel economy.

Trucks - Pulling Our Weight: Driving Toward Stronger Standards for Cleaner, More Efficient Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

We're working with industry, government and communities to recommend the development and implementation of strong and effective fuel economy and emission standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. We believe good standards will lead to cost savings for fleets and create high-value jobs for America. 

Click here to learn more and get involved


Industry Perspectives on Fuel Economy

Fleets and industry recognize the importance of fuel economy for meaningful cost savings and greenhouse gas reductions. CALSTART highlights industry perspectives on this timely topic.

Greater fuel efficiency is critical for UPS. For us, our biggest target is reducing ton-miles per gallon. That’s why our goal is to move goods in the most efficient  manner using the most advanced emissions reducing technologies together with advanced route technologies to reduce miles. These technologies include the use of renewable natural gas, hydrogen produced from renewable sources, electric propulsion vehicles, advanced drive trains, aerodynamics and larger payloads. We all have a responsibility to reduce emissions in the communities in which we operate, and we actively support getting more efficient, lower emitting trucks, fuels and technologies on the road.

-- Mike Britt, Director of Maintenance & Engineering International Operations, Ground Fleet, UPS

New York City Department of Sanitation 
As one of the largest municipal refuse fleets in the nation, and an operator of a very large fleet of heavy-duty on-road vehicles, we look forward to the EPA’s upcoming Phase II greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction rules. We hope the EPA’s new rules for heavy-duty vehicles will help us achieve our OneNYC goal to reduce GHGs from the City’s fleet by 80% by 2050.

-- Rocco DiRico, Deputy Commissioner of Support Services at the New York City Department of Sanitation 

Fresh Direct
Every day, Fresh Direct delivers produce, meats and other high quality goods to homes throughout the New York City community. By using smart strategies and advanced technologies to improve fuel economy, we not only help our business bottom line but reduce the impact of emissions on the environment. Fuel economy is more than just MPG, it is also an indicator of the health and condition of your fleet. Idle reduction, advanced vehicle technologies, telematics and other fleet management tools help move us in a more sustainable direction with our fleet.

-- Mike Derrig, Director Fleet Operations, Fresh Direct


Nation's Largest Fleet Group Launches New Sustainability Accreditation Program

Developed with CALSTART, NAFA creates tiered level of performance to encourage fuel saving and environmental sustainability

Read the NAFA press release.
Read the CALSTART press release.
The new program was unveiled at NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo on April 14 in Orlando, Florida. CALSTART's Bill Van Amburg, Senior VP, presented at multiple educational sessions throughout the week. See the agenda here.

Do you operate a fleet? Looking to increase your fleet's fuel efficiency and add to your company's bottom line? Visit today. Fleets of all types, from passenger cars to big rigs are encouraged to join!
Click here to see an interactive map of member companies.

CALSTART’s 150+  Member Companies and Organizations
Making Clean Transportation Happen

CALSTART's 150+ member companies represent all regions of the country. Diverse stakeholders work together to accelerate the market for clean transportation technologies and fuels, and to secure our energy future.

Nobody can pull policy makers from throughout the State of California in one room together quite like CALSTART. Their conferences are the best place to meet and speak with high level officials focused on clean transportation.
-- Zachary Kahn, WAVE

From Sacramento to Washington, DC, we work with members to shape industry relevant policy and funding conversations. Are you interested in finding out more about CALSTART's member services? Call us today 626/744-5600 or check out the simple online application form


Celebrating the 2,000 HVIP Voucher

Read more about the HVIP program

HTUF National Meeting and
Technical Exchange
September 29-30, 2015
Sterling Heights, MI
CALSTART is seeking a dynamic Project Manager or Sr. Project Manager with work experience to oversee advanced vehicle development and deployment projects.  This opportunity involves application of planning and leadership skills in a number of exciting initiatives that will help develop and demonstrate advanced transportation technologies in transit bus and medium and heavy duty truck applications. In addition to the program management skills, the ideal candidate will be comfortable reaching out to new customers and organizations and analyzing the marketplace.   

Read the job description and apply today.

CALSTART announced that two clean transportation industry executives have joined its Board of Directors and will provide strategic advice and direction as the organization works to build the industry in California and nationally. Representative of CALSTART’s support of a diversity of new fuels and technologies, one of the new members is a leader in electric transit bus operations and the other is an expert in the use of methane as a transportation fuel.

CALSTART conducts regular web-based presentations and conversations related to clean transportation, breaking information about funding opportunities, and more for CALSTART members. Most webinars are free for members, so if you need help finding partners, tracking high level opportunities, or keeping abreast of industry activities, become a member of CALSTART today. See the schedule of upcoming webinars here.

City of Chicago Launches Drive Clean Taxi to Spur the Adoption of Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Public Passenger Vehicle Fleets

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