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April 13, 2018




Bay Area ferries to become first in nation to adopt environmentally-responsible standards

San Francisco, CA— Mayor Mark Farrell, the Department of the Environment and the Port of San Francisco today announced that ferries serving the Bay Area will transition to renewable diesel, becoming the first region in the nation to adopt the environmentally-responsible fuel standard.

“San Francisco is and always will be a leader in protecting our planet,” said Mayor Farrell. “As the federal administration fails to act on this crucial issue, San Francisco will be at the forefront of environmental leadership for the nation and the world. To protect our region and our environment, we are taking climate action now.”

Switching to renewable diesel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent or more, and it can also reduce other emissions such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Renewable diesel is not a fossil fuel. It is made from nonpetroleum renewable resources like natural fats, vegetable oils, and greases and works just like regular diesel.

The San Francisco Bay Area water fleet’s transition to renewable diesel has cleared a potential path for all water fleets worldwide to use renewable diesel. To reach this achievement, San Francisco has collaborated with every level of government, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Department of Transportation, National Parks Service, California Air Resources Board, California Department of Agriculture and the California Coast Guard. 

In addition, collaboration with science-based organizations such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and with fuel providers and engine manufacturers, led to success that can be replicated wherever water fleet engines are retailed. 

“San Francisco has a world-class waterfront, and today, we are celebrating a world-class commitment to reducing fossil fuel use on our Bay,” said Debbie Raphael, Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment. “Transitioning our water fleet to renewable diesel demonstrates what’s possible when the public and private sector work together towards shared environmental goals. We can improve air quality and deliver high-quality, sustainable transportation options for everyone who lives, works, and visits San Francisco.”

Red and White Fleet made the switch in late 2017. The San Francisco Fire Department has committed to transition all fire boats to renewable diesel in 2018. Bay Area ferries and excursion providers, including Golden Gate Ferry, Hornblower Cruises, Blue and Gold, and Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) will begin the transition process through 2019 to renewable diesel, which will include specific field testing in higher-performing marine engines. The Port’s public fuel dock at Hyde Street Harbor, which is operated by Maxum Petroleum, will transition in 2018.

Hornblower Cruises committed to switching in 2018. Other Bay Area ferries and excursion providers, including Golden Gate Ferry, Blue and Gold Fleet, and the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) will transition in 2019. The Port’s public fuel dock at Hyde Street Harbor, which is operated by Maxum Petroleum, will transition in 2018.

“San Francisco is not only a hub for knowledge of clean maritime transportation, it is one of action,” said Elaine Forbes, Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco. “At a time with increased water transit ridership, we are pleased to partner with our ferry and excursion providers to be on the forefront of climate action and environmental leadership for our City and nation.”

This project is one example of the City’s collaborative leadership of environmental initiatives, which includes the Embarcadero Seawall Program, an interagency effort to rebuild the Seawall to improve seismic and adapt to sea level rise.

January 26, 2018

Governor Brown Takes Action to Increase Zero Emission Vehicles in CA

The executive order sets a new goal of having 5 million zero emission vehicles in CA by 2030, and having 250,000 electric vehicle charging stations and 200 hydrogen fueling stations in the state by 2025.

November 30, 2017

Toyota to Build a Renewable Hydrogen Generation Station at the Port of Long Beach

The first megawatt scale, 100% renewable hydrogen refinery will produce 1.2 tons of hydrogen fuel and 2.35 megawatts of electricity per day. It will provide all the power needed at the Port facility, which processes incoming Toyota vehicles arriving from Japan.

July 26, 2017

Countries Announce Plans to Eliminate Sales of Gas and Diesel Cars

  • Britain announced it will ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars and vans by 2040
  • France is also aiming to end the sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040
  • India aims to have an all-electric car fleet by 2030
  • Norway hopes that only electric cars will be sold in the country by 2025

June 12, 2017

San Francisco to Require All Light-Duty Passenger Vehicles in City Fleet to be Zero-Emission Vehicles by Dec. 31, 2022

Member, Board of Supervisors City and County of San Francisco
District 4
May 16, 2017
Contact: Ashley Summers
(415) 554-7460


New law reinforces transit first policy and directs city departments to procure Zero Emission Vehicles
and right size the fleet to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve climate change goals

Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to support an ordinance authored by Supervisor Katy
Tang which requires all light-duty passenger vehicles in the City fleet to be Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)
by December 31, 2022. Supervisor Tang’s legislation will advance the City’s commitment to reducing
greenhouse gas emissions from light-duty vehicles while improving electric vehicle (EV) charging
infrastructure at municipal facilities. The ordinance was developed in partnership with the San Francisco
Department of the Environment and the City Administrator’s Office.

Supervisor Tang held a hearing last November to highlight existing city policies and initiatives targeted at
reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The City has an ambitious goal to reduce GHG emissions by
40 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2050. The City also has a goal of attaining 100 percent renewable
energy (electric) by 2030. In order to achieve this, the City will have to look first at vehicle usage given
that cars and trucks make up 40 percent of GHG emissions in San Francisco.

In 2010, the City adopted the Healthy Air and Clean Transportation Ordinance (HACTO), which outlines
a pathway to achieving these goals by promoting zero and low-emission vehicles, achieving energy
efficiency, reducing fleet size, reducing the use of single occupancy vehicles, and expanding alternative
fueling infrastructure.

“We need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, and I hope San Francisco can push the market to provide
more incentives, products, and choices for us all to use alternative, renewable energy sources,” said
Supervisor Tang. “Mandating a cleaner and greener municipal fleet is just the beginning of our efforts to
ensure we have a sustainable future.”

Legislative Requirements:
There will be a different set of requirements for light-duty passenger municipal vehicles depending on
whether or not they are parked on city owned facilities.

For vehicles parked on city owned facilities:
 75% of vehicles must be Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs)
 Up to 25% may be Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV) with a waiver due to charging/operational
For vehicles parked on non-city owned facilities:
 Department must make every effort to purchase/lease ZEV
 Otherwise, must obtain waiver to purchase/lease PHEV due to charging/operational challenges. No
cap on how many PHEVs may be procured.

Public safety departments and emergency response vehicles are exempted from requirements, as per
existing law.

To replace approximately 400 light-duty passenger vehicles parked on city owned facilities with ZEVs, it
may cost between $1.7 to $2.6 million per year, depending on the types of vehicles purchased/leased (and
if all 400 vehicles were replaced with ZEVs). To replace 300 light-duty passenger vehicles (75% of the
fleet, as required under the legislation) with ZEVs and the remaining 25% with PHEVs, it may cost the city
around $1.8 million to $2.5 million per year, depending on the types of vehicles purchased/leased. Charging infrastructure costs are estimated at $1.06 million per year.

Each year, the City already spends around $1.8 million to $2.5 million to replace 75-100 aging sedans in
the City fleet. Projected fuel cost savings are $1,042 per vehicle per year, which could amount to over
$640,000 annually once the fleet is electrified.

At the national level, President Obama released an Executive Order in 2015 that requires 30 percent of
federal fleet passenger vehicle acquisitions to be zero emission vehicles (ZEV) by 2020 and 50 percent by
2025. In 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown also released an Executive Order to bring 1.5 million
ZEVs onto California roadways by 2025. And while California represents one-third of the world’s EV
market, EVs represent only 1 percent of worldwide car sales. California has ambitious climate goals that
include promoting transportation electrification, doubling energy efficiency, and requiring 50 percent
renewables by 2030. California has also adopted a ZEV Action Plan that includes a commitment to
procuring 50 percent of the state’s annual light-duty vehicles as ZEV by 2025. Most recently, President
Obama announced this month an unprecedented initiative to advance EV infrastructure that will include 48
national EV charging corridors covering 25,000 miles across 35 states.

“Nearly half of San Francisco’s harmful greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. Getting
people out of cars and on to sustainable transportation plus switching to zero emission vehicles is how
San Francisco can reduce its emissions,” said Debbie Raphael, Director of the San Francisco Department
of Environment. “San Francisco continues to lead by example thanks to Supervisor Tang’s legislation to
convert the City’s vehicle fleet to electric and when combined with renewable electricity from
CleanPowerSF is a real win for the environment plus operational savings for the City.”

San Francisco is already well on the way to having a green fleet, as the City’s 859 sedans include 15 PHEVs, 37 BEVs, and 106 compressed natural gas vehicles (CNG). Of the remaining gasoline powered vehicles, 491 are efficient hybrid vehicles with only 210 internal combustion engine vehicles.

“The passage of this ordinance by the Board of Supervisors is a positive step towards making our fleet even more environmentally friendly,” said City Administrator Naomi Kelly. “Central Shops has worked for years on a cleaner fleet and we look forward to adding more electric vehicles in the future as part of that effort.”

Additionally, the City is developing a vehicle pool system and a Vehicle on Demand System that will
operate much like a car share system – both of which can help reduce overall fleet size. Moving forward,
the City Administrator’s office will use existing telematics data and conduct analyses on vehicle costs,
maintenance, fuel types, lease versus purchase options, charging infrastructure, electricity sources and costs, and disaster response.

“As a transit first city, we can all lead by example when choosing how to get around during our work day.
When we must use a vehicle, I am pleased that soon our city vehicle fleet will also reflect a strong
commitment to the environment,” said Supervisor Tang. “Through collaboration and leadership here in city
government, we are demonstrating that there is a wide demand for better technology, a need for expanded infrastructure, and a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and advancing the conversation around climate change policy.”

For more information, please contact Supervisor Katy Tang’s office at (415) 554-7460 or

To see the final ordinance, click here.

May 18, 2017

Ryder to Offer Renewable Diesel in San Francisco

Ryder has announced that it has begun to offer renewable diesel (RD) fuel, at its San Francisco, Calif. fueling facility.

According to Chris Nordh, Ryder Director for Global Fuel Products, “Not to be confused with biodiesel, RD goes through a hydrotreating process instead of a transesterification process through which an ASTM D975 compliant diesel product is created. Therefore, offering a better solution for fuel filters, elastomer seals and components, and storage tanks.”

Based on production levels and availability of RD, Ryder will continue to monitor other markets with plans for expanding this offering. The Company also plans to continually analyze market opportunities that would benefit its customers to have RD available for their fleets.

“Cities must work with the private sector to reduce carbon pollution by transforming the energy we use to move people and goods. Renewable diesel is an excellent transition fuel as we move toward our zero-emission vehicle future powered by 100% renewable energy or biofuels. San Francisco led the nation in 2015 by switching our entire municipal fleet to renewable diesel, and we’ve been engaging private and public sector fleets, including Ryder, on the benefits of renewable diesel since,” said Debbie Raphael, Director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment.

Ryder currently has more than 100 million miles of NGV operation, 22 NGV maintenance facilities including two NGV fueling facilities in Orange and Fontana, Calif., and more than 6,200 NGV trained maintenance and support personnel across the Company’s North American service network.

Source: Fleet News Daily (

April 19, 2017

San Francisco Exceeds GHG Emission Reduction Milestone



San Francisco’s greenhouse gas emissions have decreased 28 percent since 1990, while economy has grown 78 percent over same time

San Francisco, CA— As San Francisco prepares to celebrate Earth Day later this week, Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced today that San Francisco exceeded its greenhouse gas emission reduction goal two years ahead of schedule, achieving a 28 percent reduction from 1990 levels. In 2008, San Francisco set an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2017.

“As the federal government rolls back efforts curbing harmful greenhouse gas emission, this City will continue to push forward and demonstrate what is possible,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “San Francisco is proof that you can have a strong economy while being environmentally responsible. We have not only reduced greenhouse gases, but have spurred new technologies, created jobs, pioneered industry standards, and improved the quality of life for all of our residents.”

The new emissions reductions come at a time when San Francisco’s population and economic activity continue to rise. Since 1990, the city’s population has increased by 19 percent and GDP has increased by 78 percent pointing to the success of the City’s comprehensive Climate Action Strategy to curb emissions through innovative public policies, economic incentives, education and outreach, and cross-sector partnerships.

Citywide emissions for electricity, natural gas, transportation, fuel, and waste dropped 28 percent below 1990 levels in 2015. This puts San Francisco two years ahead of its 2017 goal and on track to meet its 40 percent and 80 percent emissions reduction goals by 2025 and 2050, respectively. The 28 percent reduction is equivalent to taking 380,000 cars off the road, or avoiding the burning of four million barrels of oil every year.

The main drivers of the emission reductions observed during the 2015 inventory year were:

  • A scale up of energy efficiency programs that helped push demand for electricity and natural gas. During the period between 2012 and 2016, San Francisco’s Energy Watch program helped more than 3,700 San Francisco commercial and multifamily properties save an average of $3,136 in annual utility bills. 
  • Progressive green building codes and standards in San Francisco resulted in more than 450 buildings achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified between 2004 and 2017. In addition, 42 city-owned buildings became LEED certified between 2004 and 2015, totaling 5.8 million square feet.
  • The electric grid has become cleaner over time due to improvements in PG&E’s renewables portfolio.

While the City’s population and economic activity are projected to increase over the next decade, San Francisco remains on track to reach its 40 percent emission reduction goal by 2025. Mayor Lee and City agencies continue to look at ways to address building energy use and transportation impacts – two sectors with the largest emissions share. Building energy currently accounts for 47 percent of San Francisco’s greenhouse gas emissions while transportation accounts for 46 percent of emissions.

In 2016, Mayor Lee and City officials announced the launch of CleanPowerSF, a program that allows San Francisco residents and businesses to choose 100 percent renewable energy. Last year, San Francisco’s municipal fleet, including Muni buses, fully transitioned to 100 percent renewable diesel, a cleaner burning transportation fuel.

“As we celebrate Earth Day this week, we are showing that San Francisco knows how to walk the talk when it comes to climate action,” said Debbie Raphael, Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment. “Our forward-thinking policies along with new technologies and programs are helping us continue to drive down our emissions. Our challenge now is to sustain these reductions and do even more to reduce our energy use. We encourage residents and businesses to take advantage of the many incentives, rebates, and free services that the Department offers.”

The Department of Environment’s Energy Watch program offers energy efficiency services and financial incentives to qualifying commercial customers and multifamily building owners. In 2012, Energy Watch helped the Cliff House replace over 280 halogen incandescent bulbs with LED lamps and upgraded its refrigeration and controls throughout their facility, which includes two full-service restaurants, two bars, three cocktail lounges, and a banquet area. Through the incentives offered by Energy Watch, the Cliff House was able to realize $20,000 a year in energy cost-savings and pay back the full cost of their upgrade within four months.

For more information about San Francisco’s citywide greenhouse gas emission reductions, visit:

April 17, 2017

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approve EV Ready Ordinance

The ordinance requires new buildings and major alterations to provide electrical capacity and infrastructure to facilitate future installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

April 3, 2017

California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative

Apply Now. 
Electric Car Ride-and-Drive Small Grants Program

The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative's small grant project will financially assist organizations with $1,000-$5,000 grants to expand the number of statewide electric car ride-and-drive events, with the goals of getting more people behind the wheel of electric cars and broadening partners. This small grants program is part of our 2017 ride-and-drive program being administered by Charge Across Town.

Learn more and apply by visiting the Best.Drive.EVer. campaign website or by clicking the links below. 

The deadline for submissions is April 17, 2017 at 5 p.m. (PDT). For questions email

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March 30, 2017

Renewable Diesel Fuel a New Component in the Advancement of Clean Diesel Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With national and international policies moving toward a low-carbon, sustainable future, advanced clean diesel technologies and the emergence of low-emission renewable diesel fuel are leading to the continued growth in diesel's dominance in the transportation and off-road sectors.

In a presentation to the Renewable Diesel Seminar today in San Francisco, Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, outlined how renewable diesel fuels build on the success of the near-zero diesel engine and emission control systems – the clean diesel system.  The seminar was hosted by the Neste Corporation, the world's leading supplier of renewable diesel, with additional presentations by officials from the San Francisco Department of the Environment, City of Oakland, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

"Diesel engines remain the workhorse of the global economy and have evolved to retain that position in the future," Schaeffer said. "New clean diesel technology across all applications has now transformed to achieve near-zero emissions, while still maintaining an efficiency advantage over other energy sources.

"As we work toward a sustainable future, the utilization of advanced renewable diesel fuels enhances all diesel performance and ensures diesel's long-term suitability for helping achieve environmental, energy, climate and sustainability goals of nations, states, cities and fleets."

Renewable Diesel Lowers GHG Emissions by 40-90 Percent
Renewable diesel fuel produced by companies like Neste Corporation is made from 100 percent renewable raw materials and results in a 40-90 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the fuel's lifecycle when compared with traditional fossil diesel.  Cities like San Francisco and Oakland have transformed their fleets to renewable diesel as a cost-effective policy to immediately lower emissions in their regions.

"Renewable diesel fuels are an exciting new development in the advancement of clean diesel technology," Schaeffer said.  "Renewable diesel is suitable for all diesel engines and its significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions offers immediate societal and customer benefits and an overnight transformation of the carbon footprint."

In Southern California, Brake Dust & Tire Wear Cause More Fine Particulates Than Diesel Trucks
Schaeffer said the new clean diesel engine and emissions control systems and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel have virtually eliminated particulate matter and NOx emissions in the past 15 years.  He also noted that more fine particulates in Southern California come from brake dust and tire wear than from heavy-duty diesel trucks, according to California Air Resources Board data.

He added that the advancements in clean diesel's efficiency and lower emissions were especially significant because diesel engines power over 90 percent of the heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. and an overwhelming majority of all off-road construction and agricultural engines. 

"In addition to renewable fuels, diesel technology is further positioning for a key role in a low-carbon, sustainable future," Schaeffer said. "There are new advancements in engine thermal efficiency, diesel engine hybridization, and innovations in system efficiency which mean even lower emissions and improved efficiency."  He also highlighted how the integration of clean diesel generators in microgrids for electric power generation is allowing communities to utilize "the solar and wind renewable energy they want with the reliability they need from diesel generators."

Source: Diesel Technology Forum (

March 20, 2017

Discounted Tickets to EV Roadmap 10 Conference Available to Clean Cities Network

The EV Roadmap Conference has established itself as one of the leading electric vehicle conferences in the United States and provides a graduate course in electric vehilce deployment and business strategy. Widespread electric vehilce adoption requires a supportive ecosystem of stakeholders, from utilities and local governments to vehilce manufacturers, charging providers, interest groups, and drivers. EV Roadmap will bring all of these stakeholders together, June 20-21 in Portland, Oregon in a highly interactive format to explore emerging trends and share best practices.

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March 17, 2017

First of 27 Electric Trucks Coming to Southern California Freight and Rail Yards

California-made zero-emission freight trucks replace diesel vehicles in low-income communities


Today, the State of California, San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG) and partners Daylight Transport and BYD Motors celebrate the arrival of the first of 27 next-generation, zero-emission electric yard and service trucks in three disadvantaged communities in San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Fontana.

The demonstration truck project is funded by $9 million from the State’s climate change-fighting cap-and-trade program and another $10.2 million in cash and in-kind matching funds. The project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

“It’s exciting to see the first of these ultra-clean trucks roll off the manufacturing line in Lancaster and get to work moving cargo in Fontana,” California Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols said. “Electric trucks mean cleaner air for all Californians, especially those who live in neighborhoods close to freight transfer facilities and rail yards.”

The project represents a step toward the commercialization of heavy-duty, advanced, zero-emission technologies. The two types of trucks funded by the grant are the most common at every major freight location in the U.S., providing a model for truck electrification that could be scaled to any facility. CALSTART, a Pasadena-based clean transportation not-for-profit, will be evaluating the future potential for commercialization and job creation.

The project demonstrates 23 battery-electric 80,000-pound (GCVWR) Class 8 yard trucks and four 16,100-pound (GVWR) Class 5 service trucks. Three yard trucks and a service truck will operate at Daylight and the other 23 will operate at two BNSF Railway rail yards in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. BNSF will take delivery of the electric trucks this summer.

“Daylight Transport is excited to participate in the rollout of zero-emission yard trucks. We are committed to clean energy and sustainability,” said Daylight Transport Executive Vice President Greg Steele. “The collaboration with CARB, SBCOG and BYD will help us toward reducing our carbon footprint and operating in a continuously more environmentally conscious manner. This is an outstanding way to introduce ourselves to the Fontana community.”

“With this project, California is proving to critics that clean air and job creation are not mutually exclusive,” said Stella Li, president of BYD Motors. “BYD is proud of its role in this project as the provider of 27 zero-emission, all-electric trucks that are coming from our manufacturing facility in the city of Lancaster, Los Angeles County. Our electric trucks are safe and reliable, and every purchase of a BYD electric truck in California helps support local job creation.”

Over the two-year duration of the demonstration project, the zero-emission trucks are expected to reduce emissions of about 3,500 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent, 3,250 pounds of nitrogen oxide and 170 pounds of diesel soot. The Daylight Transport Service Center is a newly constructed, state-of-the-art, environmentally conscious facility. Power for the electric-vehicle chargers at the center will be generated by a 600-kilowatt solar system through net metering, which covers nearly the entire roof of the 60,000-square-foot warehouse. The electric trucks are provided by BYD, whose North American headquarters are in Los Angeles.

The California Climate Investments cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit

Source: California Air Resources Board:


March 10, 2017

City of San Francisco Introduces Legislation Requiring All New Buildings to Be 100% "EV Ready"

San Francisco reaffirms commitment to a sustainable future; ordinance will require all new buildings and major retrofit projects in San Francisco to install electric vehicle charging capacity

San Francisco, CA – Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Katy Tang introduced new legislation today to meet the growing public demand for electric vehicles and signal San Francisco’s intent to continue leading the fight on climate change.  The plan will make plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging more widely available in San Francisco’s residential, commercial, and municipal buildings, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

“San Francisco is working towards smart, long-term investments and policies that reduce pollution and make sense economically,” said Mayor Lee. “We are committed to continuing our leadership on fighting climate change. By improving access to electric charging citywide, San Francisco is accelerating our transition to a clean-energy transportation future.”

This 100 percent EV Ready ordinance requires all new residential and commercial buildings to configure 10 percent of parking spaces to be “turnkey ready” for EV charger installation, and an additional 10 percent to be “EV flexible” for potential charging and upgrades. The remaining 80 percent of parking spaces will be “EV capable,” by ensuring conduit is run in the hardest to reach areas of a parking garage to avoid future cost barriers. 

“I am proud to be co-sponsoring this important legislation to make electric vehicle charging more accessible to drivers, while keeping costs reasonable for developers and building owners,” said Supervisor Katy Tang. “San Francisco should be leading the charge and encouraging more San Franciscans to choose clean vehicles. While some may question whether climate change is real, San Francisco is taking steps to ensure that we have a sustainable future.”

Existing buildings in San Francisco were not built to charge significant numbers of EVs, and while retrofitting is possible, it can be cost-prohibitive. A 2016 report revealed that including electrical infrastructure for EV charging in new construction can reduce costs by 75 percent or more, while making buildings more responsive to growing market demands.

“We support the Mayor and Supervisor Tang’s legislation requiring new developments to be more EV ready, not only for the environmental benefits, but because the adoption rate of electric vehicles is strong in San Francisco and steadily growing” said Mike McCone, Vice President of Oyster Development.  “At Rockwell, our newest San Francisco residential development, based on market demand we installed chargers in 15 percent of the parking spaces and have allowed for expansion.”  

The Rockwell is an example of a new residential building in San Francisco that proactively installed EV infrastructure to meet consumer demand.  Partnering with ChargePoint, an electric vehicle infrastructure company, the Rockwell designated 15 percent of all its parking for EV charging. Nearly all of those EV charging spaces are in use now.

To spur greater adoption of electric vehicles, the State of California has been offering incentive programs and rebates to first time EV buyers or lessees. Governor Jerry Brown has a goal of 1.5 million Zero Emission Vehicles, including plug-in EV’s, on California roads by 2025. California building codes now require 3 percent of parking spaces to be designed to serve electric vehicles. Nationally, EV sales are increasing 35 percent annually, and as of November 2016, more than 250,000 EV’s have been sold statewide.

San Francisco’s legislation was an outcome of a grant from the California Energy Commission, also received by the Cities of Oakland and Fremont, to research opportunities to expand EV infrastructure in new construction. Bay Area cities have played a unique role when it comes to being test-beds for electric vehicle innovations, due to their EV market share, proximity, and job training programs, such as the Automotive Hybrid and EV Technology certification offered at San Francisco City College.

“This legislation is not only smart and reasonable planning, but it is also an investment in our green economy,” said Debbie Raphael, Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment. “The Bay Area is home to one of the largest markets for electric vehicles, and with this ordinance and the collaboration of Fremont and Oakland, we are laying the groundwork, quite literally, for a regional clean vehicle future.”

“I applaud Mayor Lee and Supervisor Tang's ambitious goal of dramatically increasing the number of electric vehicle charging stations,” said Tyson Eckerle, deputy director for Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. “In order to meet the Governor’s goal of putting 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025, California needs to increase the availability of charging stations and San Francisco is serving as a model for cities committed to a zero emissions future.”

The three Bay Area cities are working collaboratively together to build an EV network to drive further adoption in the region. The City of Fremont was the first to pass an “EV Ready” ordinance, followed by the City of Oakland. Today, San Francisco joins them in setting the stage for an electric vehicle future.

January 19, 2017

PG&E Now Providing $500 Clean Fuel Rebate for EV Owners

PG&E customers with electric vehicles are now eligible to recieve a $500 rebate for their use of electricity as transportation fuel. Find out about eligibility and apply for the rebate here. Funds are limited, and will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

January 17, 2017

San Francisco Metro Region Ranks #2 in US DOE's Workplace Charging Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released their 2016 Progress Update for their Workplace Charging Challenge program. San Francisco is now the second highest ranked metro region in the program! Click here to see the rest of the top ten metro regions and to read more about the Workplace Charging Challenge.

Other important notes from the 2016 Progress Update include:

  • Challenge partners save a combined 2.4 million gallons of gasoline and 26 million pounds of greenhouse gas emission each year
  • Partner worplace locations with charging stations increased 16% from 2015 to 2016
  • The number of planned and installed charging stations has increased by nearly 40% since June 2015
  • Partners have 136 installed or planned direct-current fast charging (DCFC) stations
  • Partner employees are 6 times more likely to drive a PEV than the average worker

December 1, 2016

Charge Ahead California

In 2014, a coalition of environmental justice, equity, and environmental groups established a campaign to put one million EVs on California's roads, while ensuring that lower-income residents most impacted by air pollution benefit from from zero emission vehicles.

To learn more, cick here.

November 4, 2016


California State, Cities & Counties Plan Expansion of Electric Fleets

White House recognizes West Coast leadership

SACRAMENTO—Today, local and regional governments across California, including the California Department of General Services and cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, are being recognized by the White House for their leadership in accelerating the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). The commitment comes as part of California’s region-wide clean energy agreements to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the West Coast.

"Under the leadership of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., California is leading by example to increase our government fleet of zero emission vehicles to reduce carbon emissions at the state level," said California Department of General Services Director Daniel C. Kim. "We’re also accelerating installation of electric vehicle charging stations across both the public and private sector."

California joined other West Coast states and cities, and a growing list of private fleets committed to increasing adoption of ZEVs as a way to accelerate a low-carbon economy and infrastructure through the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC). In tandem, West Coast Electric Fleets, a joint initiative of the PCC, announced the launch of a new partnership tier for the increasing commitments made by its public and private partner fleets: the Diamond Lane. This partnership tier is for fleets making a commitment at the highest level, with ZEVs comprising more than 10 percent of their fleet purchases.

West Coast Electric Fleets partner fleets in California made the following commitments to scale up ZEV adoption:

 State of California – committed to 50% ZEVs for all light duty replacement vehicle procurement by 2025 and expanding the state’s vehicle charging station infrastructure to at least 5% percent of workplace parking spaces at state facilities

 City of Los Angeles – committed to 80% ZEVs for all light-duty vehicle purchases by 2025

 City of San Francisco – committed to at least 10% ZEVs for all light-duty vehicle purchases

West Coast Electric Fleets serves as a peer network, helping fleet managers and owners meet their ambitious goals for fleet electrification by sharing best practices for their adoption. Today’s commitments are a move by the public sector to lead by example, and help accelerate the broader market for ZEVs through purchasing vehicles and investing in charging infrastructure.

West Coast fleets also joining the Obama Administration in committing to ambitious fleet adoption goals were:

 Monterey County, CA

     Sonoma County, CA

 San Mateo County, CA

 Sacramento Municipal Utility District (CA)

 City of Portland

 Washington State

 City of Seattle

October 17, 2016

EV Week Best.Ride.EVer! Results
Nearly 600 Test Drives in San Francisco


The Best. Ride. EVer! campaign was in San Francisco, California on Oct. 8 and 9 as part of Charge Across Town’s EV Week.  Nearly 600 electric vehicle (EV) test drives took place at this event that coincided with Fleet Week.

  • 597 test drives

  • Makes/models available for test drive: Mercedes-Benz B-Class (1); Nissan LEAF (2); Kia Soul EV (4); Honda Clarity fuel cell (1); Hyundai Tucson fuel cell (1); and Toyota Mirai fuel cell (3)

  • 52% of respondents had no previous experience with EVs

  • Prior to the drive, 54% of respondents had a very or somewhat positive perception of EVs, increasing to 90% after the ride

  • 57% of respondents said they were very or somewhat likely to consider buying an EV before driving one; 71% said the same after driving one


  • California Fuel Cell Partnership

  • Honda

  • Kia

  • Nissan

  • PG&E

  • Envision Solar

  • SF Department of the Environment

  • Lyft

The California Fuel Cell Partnership and Honda brought four different fuel cell vehicles.  The event also featured booths from SF Department of the Environment; BC3; Clean PowerSF; New Wheel - an electric bike retailer which did 60 test rides; PG&E; Envision Solar – with its solar charging unit; Plugshare; Innovation Hangar – with a student-built solar car; FreeWire - with its portable charging station; SunPower; STORM – with its electric motorcycle that is touring the world; and the Center for Sustainable Energy.
EV Week was featured in radio spots, social media and was heavily marketed and advertised by local partners. 
 Upcoming Best. Ride. EVer! Events:

  • Click here for more dates as they become available

 SMUD’s Oct. 21-23 Sacramento International Auto Show Event
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District will provide free test drives and Best.Ride.EVer! team members will survey participants about their experience behind the wheel. Click here for details about the SMUD event.
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For more details about this event or those scheduled in the future, please contact Gennet Paauwe.

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September 23, 2016

Climate Week: Mayor de Blasio Announces NYC Fleet Now Operates More Than 500 Electric Vehicles

NEW YORK––Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced an update to NYC Clean Fleet, a comprehensive plan to create the largest electric vehicle fleet of any U.S. city. Originally announced on December 1, 2015, the City has since grown the electric fleet to more than 500 vehicles. In addition, all orders in Fiscal Year 2017 of nonemergency sedans will be electric vehicles, which will grow the fleet to nearly 1,000 by the end of 2017. NYC Clean Fleet is part of the Administration’s goal to cut municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 – and 80 percent by 2035 – the largest such commitment of any U.S. city, making NYC Clean Fleet the most comprehensive and ambitious blueprint for municipal fleet sustainability in the nation.

NYC Clean Fleet is one aspect of an ambitious climate initiative outlined in Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC plan, a series of initiatives to create a more equitable, more resilient and more sustainable city.

“A little less than a year ago, we made a commitment to create a greener, cleaner fleet with the end goal of creating a more sustainable city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “It is time that we take ownership and responsibility for our climate. By furthering our work to create the greenest and cleanest electric fleet in the country and world, we are leading the way for others to follow in our footsteps and leaving a lasting impression on our climate.”

“The City’s sustainability goals require a deeply decarbonized transportation network. To do this, the City is leading by example,” said Daniel Zarrilli, Senior Director for Climate Policy and Programs and Chief Resilience Officer. “A cleaner City fleet is yet another step toward our ambitious and necessary goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. By expanding the City’s fleet of electric vehicles, New York City is continuing to lead by example as we deliver on our OneNYC goals of delivering a more sustainable, more equitable, and more resilient city.”

“NYC operates the largest municipal fleet in the United States with over 29,000 vehicles of all types,” said DCAS Commissioner Lisette Camilo. “NYC is leading the way in researching and implementing practical, effective, and cleaner alternatives to traditional cars and trucks.”

“City agencies with large fleets including NYPD, FDNY, DOC, DSNY, Parks, DOT, and DEP are working more closely together than ever to green and transform our fleet including expanded use of electric vehicles, hybrids, biofuels, and anti-idling technology,” said NYC Chief Fleet Officer Keith Kerman.

"By increasing the number of electric cars in our fleet, using renewable energy in our firehouses, and installing charging stations citywide to reduce idling time for ambulances, the Department is exploring all options to reduce our carbon footprint," said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. "FDNY is very proud of its role in keeping our city safe and sustainable."

The transportation sector accounts for more than one-quarter of citywide greenhouse gas emissions. City-owned and operated vehicles account for approximately three percent of citywide transportation emissions, creating the polluting equivalent of an 80 megawatt coal power plant. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) is exploring innovative channels to ensure its sizable EV fleet can charge up, including a solicitation for standalone solar carports that can charge fleet EVs with renewable power without relying on the electric grid. DCAS has also bid a contract for EV sedans with over 200+ miles range and will be issuing a contract for solar powered portable light towers.

NYC Clean Fleet also set forth a vision of displacing petroleum diesel with alternative fuels for use in medium- and heavy-duty fleets. City agencies like Sanitation, DEP, DOT, and Parks already use 5 percent blends of biodiesel (B5) year-round and twenty percent (B20) during the warm weather months. Next year, these agencies will pilot use of fifty percent biodiesel (B50) as well as renewable diesel. In addition, emergency service agencies including NYPD, FDNY and DOC are also using blends of biodiesel from B5 to B20. NYPD successfully transitioned this year from B5 to B10. The City is also actively investigating the supply chain, fire safety, and permitting steps that would be required to run portions of the heavy-duty fleet on renewable diesel, which can completely replace petroleum diesel in existing diesel engines from the same feedstocks that produce biodiesel.

The full NYC Clean Fleet plan is available here.

“The threats of climate change have never been more alarming and New York City alone produces more greenhouse gas emissions than 97 countries,” said Public Advocate Letitia James. “I applaud Mayor de Blasio for this effort to decrease emissions from the thousands of municipal vehicles by continuing to switch to cleaner alternatives, drastically reducing our harmful footprint. The maltreatment of our planet has dire consequences, and it is past time we take responsibility to ensure it is sustainable for future generations.”

“On issues from lifting wages, to protecting individuals’ civil rights and dignity, to working against global climate change, part of government’s job is to lead by example,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Deploying a cleaner, increasingly electric-powered vehicle fleet is more than a smart investment, it’s a bold statement that shows governments, large organizations, and even individuals can make a difference by investing in these world-saving technologies."

"I'm proud to be part of a leaner, greener City fleet that is making strides toward a more sustainable future. Using fuel-efficient and electric vehicles, as well as promoting mass transit and people-powered modes of transportation, are key to my administration's vision for an environmentally-conscious Brooklyn that works for our residents today and many tomorrows to come," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

State Senator Brad Hoylman, Ranking Member of the Committee on Senate Environmental Conservation, said, “In 2014, transportation represented more than a quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, destroying our environment and polluting our air. Clearly, policies to replace municipal vehicles with clean fleets will play an increasingly important part in our ongoing fight against climate change. I thank Mayor de Blasio for this forward-looking investment in the future of our City, which brings us one step closer to the ambitious goal of cutting municipal vehicle emissions 80 percent by 2035.”

"I applaud Mayor de Blasio on the expansion of the New York City Clean Feet Program. As the Ranking Democratic Member on the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, I understand how crucial it is that we quickly move toward the use of clean, renewable energy sources. I look forward to supporting State and City initiatives like Clean Fleet that aim to reduce our carbon footprint through sustainable energy options," said State Senator Kevin Parker.

Council Member Costa Constantinides, Chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection, said, "This milestone brings us closer to our goal of reducing our citywide carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050, and reducing our municipal vehicle emissions 80 percent by 2035. Especially prescient during Climate Week, the Clean Fleet policy shows that we are taking responsibility in combating climate change and making our city more sustainable. The over 500 electric vehicles that are now part of the city's car fleet illustrate our position as a global role model for every city to follow. I commend Mayor de Blasio for his leadership and commitment to making our city greener."

"Electric vehicles are now the standard for New York City's fleet," said Council Member Ben Kallos, Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operation. "Thank you to Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Lisette Camillo for her partnership and responsiveness to requests for a more aggressive adoption of a fully electric fleet. Thank you Mayor de Blasio for keeping New York City at the forefront in the fight against climate change."

"Vehicle by vehicle, New York City is moving towards a greener future," said Council Member Stephen Levin. "Our children will breathe more easily, we'll save millions of gallons of gasoline, and we will continue to set an example for the world. Where New York City leads, others will soon follow. I applaud the Mayor's commitment to our City's sustainable future, and hope each and every one of us does our part to ensure a bright future for the next generation."

"Transport is a major source of emissions for cities around the world, and tackling emissions from municipal fleets is one of the most important steps city governments can take,” said Gunjan Parik, Head of the Transportation Initiative for C40 Cities. “A program like NYC Clean Fleet leads the way in showing the transformations that can be delivered by switching fleets to electric. Strong Mayoral leadership and a committed administration have helped deliver and exceed targets over the past year. Other C40 cities are taking note, and we look forward to more cities standing alongside New York to reduce emissions from their municipal fleets."

“It’s a breath of fresh air to hear the news that all non-emergency sedans purchased by the city in FY 17 will be electric vehicles. We applaud the de Blasio Administration for taking another step to reduce global warming emissions and ground-level air pollution in neighborhoods across the city,” said Eric A. Goldstein, New York City Environment Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“The Sierra Club commends Mayor de Blasio on his commitment to create the largest city electric vehicle fleet in the nation – a model for cities and towns worldwide,” said Gina Coplon-Newfield, Sierra Club’s Electric Vehicles Initiative Director. “With the progress New York City has already made toward electrifying its vehicle fleet and with today’s important commitment to increase the number of electric vehicles in its fleet even further, New York City is tackling the climate crisis while improving air quality for its residents.”

"Conversion of vehicle fleets to electric is an essential part of any serious program to reduce greenhouse gases. It is excellent to see the City of New York take such aggressive steps in this direction, both in itself and for the example it sets for other large fleet owners," said Professor Michael B. Gerrard of Columbia Law School, Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.



September 21, 2016

Electric Vehicle Mileage Record Set in California Thanks to the Convenience of True Zero Hydrogen-Fuel Network

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday the founders of True Zero completed a scenic drive throughout California in a fuel-cell-electric Toyota Mirai, covering 1,438 miles in a 24-hour period, thus breaking the official Guinness World Record for electric miles driven in 24 hours.a, b  

The goal of the drive was to demonstrate how a zero-emission electric vehicle can serve as a replacement for a gasoline vehicle.  The car was refueled with four-minute "fill ups" using the True Zero retail hydrogen network between southern and northern California.  The mileage mark is expected to become an official record once documentation is submitted and reviewed.

First Element Fuel's Chief Operations Officer Dr. Tim Brown, Chief Development Officer Dr. Shane Stephens and Chief Eexecutive Officer Joel Ewanick stop at the True Zero hydrogen-charging station in Truckee, Calif. to fill up their Toyota Mirai fuel-cell cars during their 24-hour record journey of 1,438-miles.

The drive, which started in Long Beach, spanned from sea level to 7200 feet, passed through six of the seven largest cities in California, and crossed the state's boundary into Reno. True Zero's hydrogen charging stations in Long Beach, Harris Ranch/Coalinga, Truckee, Mill Valley, Saratoga and Santa Barbara were used to refuel the cars during the drive, as was a hydrogen charger in Sacramento operated by Linde.

"The point has been made that an electric car can do everything that a gasoline car can do, but with zero emissions," said Joel Ewanick, Chief Executive Officer of First Element Fuel, True Zero's parent company. "All it took was grabbing a credit card, hopping in our Toyota Mirai with its carpool sticker, and charging up at the True Zero hydrogen stations that are open throughout California.  And it's possible today thanks to the State of California – the vision of the Energy Commission and Air Resources Board has arrived!

"We did some city driving, we drove through the mountains, we stopped to take photos, we crossed the golden gate bridge, we stopped to talk to reporters, and we even crossed into Reno.  The Mirai can go more than 300 all-electric miles on each four-minute charge of True Zero hydrogen, so it was easy to do all of it in 24 hours without any concerns or range anxiety."

Ewanick set off at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday on the initial leg from here to Sacramento where he was relieved by Dr. Shane Stephens, True Zero's Chief Development Officer. Dr. Tim Brown, the company's Chief Operations Officer, took over the wheel in San Jose for the final section.

The first 15 True Zero stations (photos at are operational and an additional four are expected to be online by early next year, including San Diego's first hydrogen station slated to open in November.

"The access and convenience of charging with hydrogen throughout California is thanks to the fantastic team that we have built at True Zero to develop and operate this hydrogen network," said Ewanick. (Additional photos available at

"It's very cool that we were able to show this kind of accomplishment during National Drive Electric Week, he added. "Electric cars are so important to California's environmental goals and we're starting to see the momentum build with fuel cells as part of that electric car mix. In just the last six months our True Zero hydrogen chargers have powered well over a million miles of all-electric driving."

True Zero's hydrogen station network is funded in large part by grants from the California Energy Commission, South Coast AQMD and Bay Area AQMD, as well as financing from automotive firms Toyota and Honda who are first to market with fuel-cell-electric vehicles.  Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz have also announced plans to retail a fuel cell vehicle next year.

a The existing Guinness World Record for electric car miles driven in 24-hours is 2142.317 kilometers or 1,331 miles.

b Other groups also claim to have "unofficially" broken the record for electric miles driven in 24-hours

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July 6, 2016

New Report:

Electric Vehicles are a Good Deal for California Consumers & the Environment


San Francisco, CAToday, Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined outside of San Francisco’s Green Vehicle Showcase & Charging Stations by Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment Debbie Raphael, electric vehicle drivers, environmental justice advocates and transportation experts to release a new report “Drive Clean and Save: Electric Vehicles Are a Good Deal for California Consumers and the Environment.”

 The report shows electric vehicles are a cost-effective way for Californians to go green. Even if gas prices remain at or near today’s low levels, California consumers can save money buying a battery electric vehicle instead of a similar gasoline-powered vehicle, once incentives and other savings, including reduced fuel costs, are taken into account. The average EV analyzed in this report will save its owner more than $3,500 over its lifetime if gas prices fall to a low of $2.50 per gallon. When gas prices go back up to a more typical recent price of $3.50 per gallon, the vehicle will save its owner nearly $9,000 over the vehicle’s lifetime.

 “The great news is that driving green can put more green in your wallet,” said Michelle Kinman, report co-author and clean energy advocate for Environment California Research & Policy Center.

 "The environmental benefits of electric vehicles are already well-known," said report co-author Gideon Weissman of Frontier Group. "We added up all the costs and savings of electric vehicles -- including charging the battery, the value of incentives, and the low maintenance costs -- and found that they will also save money for consumers versus similar gas-powered models."

 These cost savings come on top of significant environmental benefits. The average electric vehicle in this study would emit 31 fewer metric tons of greenhouse gases over the vehicle’s lifetime than its gasoline-powered counterpart. If one million such EVs were used instead of their gasoline-powered counterparts, the greenhouse gas emissions averted would be equivalent to taking California’s two biggest fossil fuel-fired power plants offline.

 In California, where residents are seeing the impacts of global warming firsthand through massive wildfires, over 26 million dead trees, and years of drought, and where rebates have helped jumpstart the market, electric vehicles make up a larger share of total vehicles than anywhere else in the country.

 “San Francisco has been helping to drive electric vehicle adoption in the Bay Area with more than 400 public charging stations available to residents and visitors,” said Debbie Raphael, Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment. “Environment California’s report is further evidence that switching to an electric vehicle is a smart and sustainable investment. Cities like San Francisco can do our part to help promote the shift by making charging stations more accessible to all communities.”

My EV SMART is fun, economic and gives me the chance to “walk the talk,” said Episcopal Priest, the Rev. Sally Bingham, who is the President of Interfaith Power and Light, and a San Francisco resident.  “The rebate program was the incentive for me to get a second one.  Almost all of the first year’s lease is paid for.  Alleluia.”

“It’s so cheap to charge our new Ford Focus EV each night,” said Mitch Barnow, a San Francisco resident. “When you can save money and create cleaner air to breath, it’s a win-win.”

 The Ford Focus EV is one of the cars analyzed in this report. Assuming a low gas price of $2.50/gallon, owners of a Ford Focus EV can expect to save an estimated $3,400 over the lifetime of the car, as compared to owners of a gas-powered Ford Focus. If gas prices go back up to $3.50/gallon, Ford Focus EV owners can expect to save more than $8,300 over the lifetime of the car.

Lifetime Ownership Cost (Net Present Value) of Electric Vehicles vs. Gasoline-Powered Vehicles, Including Incentives

Low-income buyers stand to gain the most from these savings, since Americans in the bottom 30 percent of the income scale spend nearly 30 percent of their annual income on transportation.

 "Smog from car tailpipes hits low-income communities and communities of color first and worst, but those communities can reap real benefits if EV policies help them get over the barriers to access," said Joel Espino, Environmental Equity Legal Counsel at the Greenlining Institute. "California is taking steps to make electric vehicles a real choice for all, regardless of race or income, but our most impacted communities need leaps, not just steps. We must not wait to expand clean transportation in these communities."

 Despite increasing sales and excitement for EVs, there is a long way to go. Today, less than one percent of the vehicles on the road in California are electric. California needs to rapidly convert to zero-emission vehicles to meet its air quality and greenhouse gas goals. The state of California, local air districts and municipalities must take immediate, equitable, and consistent policy action to meet these goals. Efforts must focus on increasing access to clean transportation in underserved communities who are a necessary demographic to achieve exponential growth in electric vehicle adoption.

Among other actions, Environment California Research & Policy Center recommends the following actions:

 ·         Ensure that California meets the goal codified by the Charge Ahead California Initiative (De León, 2014) of deploying one million zero and near-zero emission vehicles by 2023, and that the state continues to accelerate the growth of EVs to help meet Governor Brown’s Executive Order (B-16-2012) for California to achieve 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025.

·         Ensure that the California Air Resources Board (ARB) successfully implements the equity pilot programs required by the Charge Ahead California Initiative and expands upon these pilots to ensure that disadvantaged and low-income communities are able to access meaningful clean transportation options.

·         Make certain that California meets its obligations under the multi-state Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan, and encourage other states to meet their goals, ensuring that the auto industry sells the number of electric cars needed to help us achieve our climate goals.

·         Support stronger fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for cars in California and nationally. Such standards would further encourage the deployment of low-carbon vehicles such as EVs.

·         Provide adequate and continuous funding for programs that incentivize manufacturers and buyers of electric vehicles (like the now waitlisted Clean Vehicle Rebate Project) through ARB’s Air Quality Improvement Program and Low Carbon Transportation projects.

·         Ensure meaningful access to electric vehicle technology in low-income communities and communities of color by building charging infrastructure in diverse communities, creating electric vehicle carsharing programs in low-income neighborhoods and by working with community-based organization and ethnic media outlets to educate and guide interested community members on how to access electric vehicles.

 “By fully implementing and expanding upon the state’s electric vehicle policies, California can speed the introduction of electric vehicles, bringing a future of 100 percent clean, electric vehicles within sight,” said Kinman.


 Contact: Michelle Kinman, 310-621-8935,

Environment California Research & Policy Center is the statewide nonprofit environmental organization working to protect California’s air, water and open spaces.


June 2, 2016

SF, Oakland step up efforts to fight climate change

The mayors of San Francisco, Oakland and four other West Coast cities unveiled an agreement Wednesday to work together to try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. Under the deal, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and their counterparts in Los Angeles; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; and Vancouver, B.C., will encourage widespread reporting of energy usage in large buildings in their cities and the use of zero-emission vehicles.

 They also will take part in greenhouse-gas-cutting measures being undertaken by Gov. Jerry Brown, the governors of Oregon and Washington and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark. Among those is an effort to create an electric car-charging network “along major highway systems from Southern California to British Columbia” and install more charging stations in cities.

 “I’m honored and excited to be in the company of really great leaders who are coming together ... on this moment of historic collaboration on climate change,” Lee said at the Clean Energy Ministerial in San Francisco, a forum attended by global energy ministers. “I’m proud to add the city and county of San Francisco to this agreement along with so many other West Coast mayors.”

 It’s the first such gathering of energy officials since the U.S., European Union and 176 other nations signed an agreement in Paris in April setting individual targets for greenhouse gas reductions, with a goal of limiting global warming to less than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century.

 “California is now part of a worldwide movement of states and provinces that have committed themselves to combating climate change,” Brown said in a statement.

The mayors reached their agreement in conjunction with an updated action plan between the states and British Columbia to limit global warming. The states agreed to work with the six West Coast mayors on a “path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050” in the region.

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June 1, 2016

West Coast Leaders Convene to Sign Comprehensive Agreements at Global Clean Energy Ministerial

First Agreement Spotlights New Collaboration with Mayors; Second Agreement Serves to Step Up Previous Efforts in Light of COP21 Global Climate Accord

 SAN FRANCISCO – On behalf of a region of 53 million residents, three U.S. governors and the

B.C environment minister joined the mayors of six major West Coast cities to announce the Pacific North America Climate Leadership Agreement at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) today. Leaders from the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC)—a partnership between California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia—teamed up with mayors from Los Angeles, Portland,

San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, and Vancouver—all members of the Carbon Neutral Cities Allianceto approve the pact to move the region’s clean energy economy forward. With a combined GDP of USD $2.8 trillion, the Pacific North America region represents the world’s fifth largest economy. 

The West Coast leaders announced the state-cities agreement as a part of the subnational portion of the Ministerial. Today and tomorrow, energy ministers, elected officials, business leaders, and other high-level delegates from 23 countries and the European Commission are working to fulfill the pledges they made last December at the COP21 global climate change talks in Paris with clean energy policy commitments.

The Pacific Coast Collaborative-cities agreement outlines areas of cooperation to slash greenhouse gas emissions and advance a clean energy economy, with a focus on energy systems, buildings, transportation, and waste management. As climate change requires decisive action at the subnational level to realize the promise of the Paris accord, cities, states, and provinces are acting with a growing recognition that they have a unique role to play in executing the wide-ranging solutions advanced in the agreement. 

Key provisions of the agreement include: 1) implementing energy data reporting and benchmarking for at least 75 percent of eligible large building square footage; 2) expanding consumer, municipal, utility, and private sector adoption of zero-emission vehicles and development of a Pacific Coast electric vehicle charging network from Southern California to British Columbia; 3) accelerating the deployment of distributed, community-scale renewable energy, integrated into the grid, including lowering the carbon intensity of heating fuels in commercial and residential buildings; and 4) reducing carbon emissions from the food waste stream by preventing and recovering organic waste and promoting composting.

Also during CEM7 this afternoon, the PCC leaders will meet to sign the Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan, an update to the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, which the leaders signed in 2013. In the accord, the four leaders will update their previous action plan with increasingly bold goals to reflect the need for decisive action in light of the COP21 global climate agreement. The Action Plan of 2016 has a stronger emphasis than in the past on issues including ocean acidification; the integration of clean energy into the power grid; support for efforts by the insurance industry and regulatory system to highlight the economic costs of climate change; and so-called “super pollutants” (also known as short-lived climate pollutants). The Action Plan also promotes more resilient communities in the face of a changing climate, with a focus on disadvantaged residents who bear the brunt of climate change impacts.

Statements from PCC leaders follow:

“California is now part of a worldwide movement of states and provinces that have committed themselves to combating climate change.” –Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor of California

“Oregon took action this year to create a vision of a future free of coal-powered electricity, a testament to our commitment to reduce global carbon emissions. The Pacific Coast region is leading the fight against climate change, and our partnership demonstrates that we’re even more powerful when we collaborate.” –Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon

“We’re proud of our region’s clean economy, which already employs more than half a million workers. We see these agreements as a pathway towards a clean energy economy and the jobs of the future.” –Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

“British Columbia and our West Coast partners have demonstrated to the world how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to grow the economy. B.C.'s carbon tax remains the highest and most comprehensive in North America while we lead Canada in job growth and economic performance. We will build on momentum gained from the Paris agreement by not only continuing to reduce emissions at home, but also by helping other countries transition away from dirty fossil fuels.” –Mary Polak, British Columbia Environment Minister

Statement from CEM7 host and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee follows:

“San Francisco is pleased to host the 7th Annual Clean Energy Ministerial, and showcase our City’s commitment to providing real solutions to climate change and pushing a climate action agenda that helps San Francisco reach our ambitious goals for a more sustainable future. These actions cannot wait; San Francisco and cities worldwide must continue to lead by taking bold actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions immediately.” 

Statement from Mike Mielke, Senior Vice President, Environment & Energy, Silicon Valley Leadership Group follows:

“Silicon Valley Leadership Group supports bringing clean and efficient energy to scale to meet the needs of a 21st century economy. Innovation fuels Silicon Valley. On behalf of more than 400 Silicon Valley employers, we know we can tackle the climate crisis, and we support agreements to hasten the transition to a cleaner future.  

Statement from Anne Kelly, Director, Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) at CERES follows:

“BICEP companies come together to support strong action on climate because they already have seen the impacts of climate change and understand the need for real leadership. The Pacific Coast region is proving that comprehensive climate action and economic success are linked, not in conflict."  

The two climate agreement announcements will be live-streamed via Periscope from @PCCLeads from 9:25-9:45 AM and 3:30-4:00 PM Pacific Time. 

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British Columbia: David Crebo,, 250-812-5747
California: Gareth Lacy,, 916-445-4571
Oregon: Bryan Hockaday,, 503-378-5965
Washington: Jaime Smith,, 360.902.4136
Los Angeles: Carl Marziali,, 213-978-0741
Portland: Sara Hottman,  503-823-4120
San Francisco: Guillermo Rodriguez, 415-355-3756
Seattle: Sara Wysocki,, 206-233-7014
Vancouver: Dhaneva Panday,, 604-673-8415
Oakland: Erica Terry Derryck,, 510-238-7072
Silicon Valley Leadership Group: Mike Mielke,, 408-501-7858
BICEP: Anne Kelly,, 781-354-6708 
Resource Media: Marla Wilson,, 415-971-9038

May 20, 2016

Energy Department Announces Climate Action Champion, City of San Francisco, Embracing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

Today, the Energy Department's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced the city of San Francisco has been selected as the first Climate Action Champion to pursue hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for local transportation, in addition to new analysis projects by Strategic Analysis, Inc. The nearly $4.75 million in funding for both efforts will go towards the development of education and outreach programs to increase the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen infrastructure, as well as provide detailed cost analyses for hydrogen fuel cell systems, hydrogen storage, and hydrogen production and delivery technologies.

Today's selections were announced by Deputy Assistant Secretary Reuben Sarkar during a meeting in Berkeley, California of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, a government partnership of 17 countries and the European Commission coordinating activities in hydrogen and fuel cells.

With today's funding [of $250,000], the San Francisco Department of the Environment will conduct comprehensive training and educational activities for hydrogen and fuel cell stakeholders throughout the Bay Area. A key goal of this project is to harmonize local regulations and building codes to ease the siting and construction of hydrogen fueling stations while reducing the cost and complexity of FCEVs for the community through regional education and outreach.

In addition, Strategic Analysis, Inc., based in Arlington, Virginia, has been selected to analyze the cost competitiveness for a range of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, including those used in hydrogen infrastructure relevant to San Francisco and other projects. These cost analyses and evaluations are critical components to move the industry of hydrogen and fuel cell technology development towards widespread commercial deployment.

Project partners include the San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition, the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the Business Council on Climate Change, and the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at U.C. Berkeley.

In December of 2014, the White House launched the Climate Action Champions Initiative and announced 16 communities from around the country, including the City of San Francisco, as the first class of Climate Action Champions. These communities were recognized for their strong commitment to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and the fight against climate change.

[Note: The award to San Francisco was $250,000.]

March 12, 2016

Smart Cities Challenge – San Francisco One of Seven Finalists

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced seven finalists for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Smart City Challenge.  The USDOT has pledged up to $40 million (funding subject to future appropriations) to one city to help it define what it means to be a “Smart City “and become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network. 

The finalists are: Austin, TX; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; and San Francisco, CA.

“The level of excitement and energy the Smart City Challenge has created around the country far exceeded our expectations,” said Secretary Foxx. “After an overwhelming response – 78 applications total – we chose to select seven finalists instead of five because of their outstanding potential to transform the future of urban transportation.” Proposals are due on Tuesday, May 24.

December 11, 2015

San Francisco Switches to Renewable Diesel

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today at the West Coast Mayors Summit announced that the City and County of San Francisco has completely ended its use of petroleum diesel in the City’s fleet and replaced it with renewable diesel, a change that will achieve a significant 50 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

The switch to renewable diesel is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to reduce emissions in its fleet and combating climate change. The City started using cleaner forms of diesel fuel by transitioning to a blend of biodiesel. Before the switch to renewable diesel, most of the municipal fleet was using B20, which is 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel.

Renewable diesel is not the same as biodiesel. Both fuels are produced from numerous bio-feedstock sources, including fats, oils and greases, but the two fuels are produced through different processes. Renewable diesel uses a hydrogenation process, while biodiesel uses an esterification process. According to the California Air Resources Board, the full lifecycle emissions of carbon from renewable diesel produced from sustainable sources are more than 60 percent lower than either petroleum or B20 biodiesel. Chemically, renewable diesel is indistinguishable from petroleum diesel, and testing has shown it to have engine performance that matches or outperforms both petroleum diesel and biodiesel.