Welcome to the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition's (C5) website. C5 is a group of local stakeholders whose mission is to expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and fueling infrastructure throughout the Central Coast. C5 is best described as a clearinghouse for people to get together and learn more about AFVs (e.g., what is available, how to purchase AFVs, and where to fuel them).
Every year, each Clean Cities coalition submits to DOE an annual report of its activities and accomplishments for the previous calendar year; check out the Clean Cities Annual Report - 2016.
Alternative Fuels News
For updated info on what is happening in the world of alternative fuels and AFVs visit the Office of Energy Efficiency and and Renewable Energy news site.
Electric Buses in America's National Parks (7/31/17)
With the immense popularity of America's National Parks, many have implemented bus systems that shuttle visitors into the park from remote parking lots. Starting this summer, Proterra is helping to protect air quality, reduce GHG emissions and meet the sustainability goals of these beloved parks. Both Bryce Canyon and Zion are deploying Proterra electric buses to serve a diverse range of visitors, help free-up roads from car congestion, and to reduce diesel bus exhaust emissions. At the same time, Proterra is also working with other national parks to help them meet their sustainable transportation goals.
PG&E Clean Fuel Rebate
PG&E rebate for residential electric customers who are also electric vehicle drivers. The Clean Fuel Rebate is a one-time rebate of $500 starting in January 2017.For using electricity as a clean transportation fuel, eligible EV owners can receive one rebate per owned or leased EV.
Shell Launches First Public Hydrogen Station in the UK (2/22/17)
Shell announced the launch of its first hydrogen refuelling station in the UK at its Cobham service station on the M25. The new hydrogen station has been supplied by ITM Power and is the first of three hydrogen stations Shell plans to open in the UK in 2017. The hydrogen at this stations is being produced on site by an electrolyzer that is designed to run off excess renewable energy, generating zero-carbon hydrogen. This isn't the first hydrogen filling station in the UK, but it's the first on a motorway, the first on a public forecourt, and the first one that might actually encourage private buyers to choose a hydrogen car.
A State Battle is Brewing for New Tesla Factory
California, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Nevada are all likely contenders in the upcoming bidding war over which state will become home to the new Tesla manufacturing plant for the Model Y crossover SUV, which the company hopes to introduce by 2019. The last time states fought over a Tesla factory, millions of dollars worth of tax credits, free land, and even straight up cash were offered up in an attempt to win the bidding war. States are so eager to host one of these manufacturing plants because historically, they produce thousands of jobs both in the plant and as a result of it. Elon Musk has a reputation of being a hardened negotiator, so only time will tell which state comes out on top.
Check out more exciting news on our news page!
Readiness Planning Efforts on the Central Coast
In 2011, stakeholders from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties formed a Coordinating Council called Plug-In Central Coast. The Council's mission is to encourage the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles (including electric, hydrogen, compressed natural gas, and propane) on the Central Coast. The Council includes the three Air Pollution Control Districts of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties; the Clean Cities Coalition of the Central Coast (C5); and the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara. Since 2011 the Council has been successful in securing grant funding for the Tri-County region and have completed an Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan (2011), an Alternative Fuel Readiness Plan (2016), and a Hydrogen Readiness Plan (2015). Read about the Readiness Plans here.
Learn about local, state, and federal grants available here.
Check out useful tools, apps, and handbooks on alternative fuels.