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).
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.
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.
DOE Announces Up to $8 Million in Funding To Enable Breakthroughs in Algal Biofuels (7/11/2017)
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding for three projects that aim to reduce the cost of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. The projects—which will receive up to $8 million—will deliver biology-focused breakthroughs and high-impact tools and techniques to increase the productivity of algal organisms and cultures, these projects will also enable accelerated future innovations in algal biofuels and bioproducts and further DOE's mission to support the development of U.S. bioeconomy.
Volvo to Phase Out Combustion Engine Vehicles by 2019 (7/5/2017)
Volvo announced that by 2019 it will only be producing electric and hybrid vehicles, making it the first major car company to do so. This bold commitment to alternative fuel vehicles could possibly signal the beginning of a transition from traditional engines to alternative ones. With it becoming more expensive to manufacture combustion engines that meet rigorous air pollution standards, perhaps more companies will follow in Volvo's footsteps. Between 2019 and 2021 the company will introduce five new electric vehicles. Check out this article.
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.