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.
Ford Plans $11 billion Investment in Electric Vehicles
Ford Motor Company will increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022. The figure is more than double Ford's previous commitment. Ford wants to develop 40 different models for hybrid and fully electric vehicles. Learn more here.
California Bill Seeks Ban on Fossil-Fueled Vehicles by 2040
If the measure becomes law, by January 1, 2040, all new passenger vehicles sold in California would have to be so-called zero emission vehicles such as battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell cars. More cars are sold each year in California than in any other state -- and more than in some countries. Click here for more.
Check out more exciting news on our news page!
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.
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.