Written by Rafael Reyes Thursday, 18 December 2014 19:02

BACC and City CarShare win $1M to expand carsharing

City CarShare To Expand Carsharing in East Bay Through One Million Dollar Grant Awarded by Metropolitan Transportation Authority

 

In Partnership with Contra Cost Transportation Authority and Bay Area Climate Collaborative, City CarShare to Bring Much-Needed Carsharing Options to Richmond, El Cerrito and Oakland Communities

 

San Francisco, C.A., Dec. 18, 2014 – City CarShare, a Bay Area Nonprofit, will expand its carsharing network to underserved East Bay communities in collaboration with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC). The program will deploy vehicles in Richmond, El Cerrito and Oakland, and includes electric vehicles, fuel-efficient hybrids, and a wheelchair accessible van.  The program is partially funded through a $973,864 grant, awarded Wednesday, December 18 by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).

 

The program, called CarShare4All, will bring the Bay Area’s most affordable and environmentally-focused carsharing service to low and moderate income areas. “The ongoing support of the MTC has enabled City CarShare to provide the most diverse and greenest fleet available to underserved communities”, said Rick Hutchinson, CEO, City CarShare. “This award will help us and our partners provide electric vehicles, new solar-charging technology, and our AccessMobile (wheelchair van) program to neighborhoods that deserve a lot more attention than they’ve previously received.”

 

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority, the lead applicant for the grant, will serve as fiscal agent for the project. City CarShare will own and operate the network and BACC will provide deployment support.

 

City CarShare, the nation’s largest nonprofit carsharing organization, serves nearly 16,000 members in the Bay Area. Over 60% of its locations are in designated low/moderate income neighborhoods. Nearly 200 of its cars are within walking distance of major transit lines and over 50% of its carsharing fleet is battery-based (hybrid, plug-in electric hybrid and all battery electric). The CarShare4All program supports a common goal among City CarShare, the CCTA, and BACC, which is to expand green transportation choices to all constituencies.

 

"Carsharing is a very important part of our strategy to provide transportation options," said Kevin Romick, Chair of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, "This project with City CarShare and the Bay Area Climate Collaborative provides critical links to and from public transit, which provides multi-modal travel choices for Contra Costa residents."

 

CarShare4All will also allow City CarShare to expand its CommunityShare program, which provides discounted carshare memberships to low and moderate income families, and its AccessMobile program, which provides wheelchair accessible vans to members. Additionally, CarShare4All will include equipment by Schneider Electric for charging electric vehicles as the fleet will contain only plug-in electric vehicles or hybrids. An innovative solar-based EV charging infrastructure will be tested at one location, as well, that lowers deployment costs and enables vehicles to be “solar powered.” City CarShare will be the first carsharing organization to deploy and use this new and innovative ‘off the grid” technology. As a result, best practices will be developed and shared through this proposed project.

 

“We are very pleased to see carsharing expanded in El Cerrito,” said Melanie Mintz Interim Community Development Director, City of El Cerrito, “residents appreciate the existing carshare access at one BART station and having a new pod near El Cerrito Del Norte station will be a big win.”

 

Carsharing enables individuals to reduce their dependence on private transportation. When fully deployed CarShare4All is projected to yield as much as 3 million lbs. of CO2 reduction per year.

 

“Carsharing is a vital strategy for lowering our carbon footprint and reducing transportation costs,” said BACC Executive Director Rafael Reyes, “we look forward to assisting City CarShare to bring expanded services to the region.”

 

 

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About the City CarShare

City CarShare is the largest nonprofit carsharing organization in North America and the only nonprofit carsharing service in the Bay Area. Launched in 2001, City CarShare’s mission is to reduce car ownership and usage, improve the environment, and support an enhanced quality of life for all in Bay Area communities. City CarShare offers convenient, affordable access to shared cars and promotes green mobility options beyond carsharing. As a nonprofit, City CarShare offers members rates that are 10%-50% lower than other providers, a subsidized low/moderate income program (CommunityShare), and the wheelchair accessible carsharing vehicles, the first in the nation (AccessMobile). City CarShare also offers more plug-in electric vehicles than any other classic carsharing provider of multiple vehicle types.  For more information please visit: www.citycarshare.org.

 

About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group established by the Mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland to accelerate the clean energy economy. BACC programs have committed 100 million lbs. of CO2 emissions reductions over the next decade. Major partners include Bank of America, PG&E, Environmental Defense Fund, industry partners including ChargePoint, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. The BACC is driving electric vehicle innovation through co-facilitation of the EV Strategic Council, the executive forum driving the region’s vision to be the “EV Capital of the US”; co-managing the Experience Electric EV marketing campaign with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission; facilitation of 150 electric vehicles to municipal fleets; and development of Ready, Set, Charge, California! A Guide to EV-Ready Communities delivering key guidance on EV preparedness. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org.

 

About the Contra Costa Transportation Authority

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is a public agency responsible for maintaining and improving the county’s transportation system by planning, funding, and delivering critical transportation infrastructure projects and programs that connect our communities, foster a strong economy, increase sustainability, and safely and efficiently get people where they need to go. The Authority is also the county's designated Congestion Management Agency, responsible for putting programs in place to keep traffic levels manageable.  More information is available at ccta.net.

 

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 31 billion US dollars in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.  www.schneider-electric.com/us

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Written by Rafael Reyes Thursday, 20 November 2014 01:27

Next 10 releases "Bay to Market" Innovation Report

 

Next 10 releases its new report featuring the Bay Area Climate Collaborative.

 

In "Bay to Market: Bay Area Innovations Leading Clean Technology Development," Next 10 reports that the local culture of innovation, progressive policies, public-private partnerships, research institutions, the strong information technology sector and local investors are driving the region's clean economy.

 

Key findings include:

  • The Bay Area is developing and implementing advanced transportation technologies and the region leads the nation in electric vehicle adoption.
  • EV research and development is very strong, as well as technology advancements that increase the efficiency of conventional cars.
  • The region has one of the largest concentrations of energy storage companies in the world.
  • The Bay Area is home to a growing number of companies that develop, test, and manufacture building energy-efficiency technologies.
  • Regional stakeholders are supporting the installation of advanced energy efficiency technology in Bay Area buildings.

 
 

Written by Rafael Reyes Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:46

BACC and Bank of America Partnership Supporting Clean Energy Economy

Renewed Support will Further Accelerate Bay Area Clean Energy Implementation

SAN JOSE, C.A., Aug. 13, 2014 – The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) today announced a renewal of anchor financial support from strategic partner Bank of America to advance high-impact clean energy initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area, including next generation lighting, electric vehicles (EVs), and efficiency and clean energy in K-12 schools.

 

Now in its fifth year of partnership with the BACC, Bank of America has provided nearly $280,000 in grants which have accelerated regional programs that will yield near-term cost savings and carbon pollution reduction. These include the facilitating the two largest electric vehicle (EV) fleet deployments in the country with 140 EVs to over a dozen municipalities; the Bay Area Next Generation Streetlight Initiative, which has catalyzed the upgrade of over 70,000 streetlights to LEDs; and Energize Schools, supporting the Bay Area’s school districts in maximizing their clean energy investments.

 

In a July 8th press conference in Alameda County Bank of America Senior Vice President Gail Mohr, Alameda County Board President Keith Carson, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, and other senior Bay Area leaders announced the landmark rollout of 90 all-electric vehicles to ten Bay Area local governments in what is the single largest municipal deployment of light-duty battery electric vehicles in the nation to date.

 

“Our support for organizations like the Bay Area Climate Collaborative plays a significant part in meeting our 10-year, $50 billion environmental business goal,” noted Mohr. “Through our partnership, we are helping to address climate change and advance immediate carbon reducing solutions which support the economy.”

 

“Bank of America’s support plays an instrumental role enabling some of the most substantive clean energy initiatives in the region,” said Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the BACC. “We are grateful for their guidance and vision.”

 

About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group established by business and civic leaders in 2009 to accelerate the clean energy implementation. BACC programs have committed over 54 million lbs. CO2 avoided over the next 10 years through its market oriented initiatives. BACC initiatives include facilitating the deployment of 140 electric fleet vehicles, over 150 EV charge ports, 70,000 LED street lights, and developing innovative programs such as Energize Schools. Anchor partners include Bank of America, PG&E, Environmental Defense Fund, major clean energy industry partners, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org.

 

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,700 retail banking offices and approximately 17,750 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

 

Please visit: http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/environmental-sustainability.html

 

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Written by Diana Chou Tuesday, 08 July 2014 16:19

Ten Bay Area Local Governments Roll Out 90 All-Electric Vehicles

 

Government fleet additions the largest deployment in U.S.


Oakland, C.A., July 8, 2014 – Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Keith Carson, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC), and ten other public agencies today announced the rollout of 90 all-electric vehicles into the fleets of ten Bay Area local governments – the largest government fleet deployment in the U.S. to date.


The public agencies receiving vehicles are: Alameda County, Sonoma County, San Francisco, Concord, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, the Marin Municipal Water District, and Sonoma County Water Agency. The Transportation Authority of Marin also participated with additional support for the Marin Municipal Water District.

 

This deployment is one in a series that the BACC and its partners are facilitating to assist public agencies in incorporating electric vehicles (EVs) into their fleets. Today’s rollout of 90 all-electric vehicles will yield operational cost savings of more than $500,000 and avoidance of 2 million pounds of CO2 over five years. This supports the region’s efforts to establish the Bay Area as the “EV Capital of the U.S.” and helps meet Governor Brown’s goal of 1.5 million EVs on California roads by 2025.

 

Alameda County has led the collaborative procurement effort for the vehicles and the forthcoming procurement of charging equipment later this year. The County will receive 26 of the 90 vehicles – raising the number of electric or hybrid vehicles in its fleet to over 50. Alameda County also received recognition this year for its EV work with the Ready, Set, Charge! Bay Area EV Readiness Award in the Most EV-Ready Large Community category.


“By replacing older fleet vehicles with clean EVs, we’re greatly reducing pollution while saving our taxpayer money on fuel costs,” Carson said. “By combining some of these EVs with on-site solar power charging stations, we are one of the nation’s leaders in the use of green vehicles.”


The all-electric vehicles – projected to be 64 Ford Focus sedans, 23 Nissan LEAF sedans and 3 Zenith vans – were purchased with $2.8 million in funding support from MTC, which offset the incremental cost of the EVs and charging infrastructure. Local agency vehicle replacement funds made up the balance of the investment.


“Today’s rollout is an important milestone. One of the cornerstones of MTC’s Climate Initiatives program is promoting the adoption of EVs. The introduction of EVs into public agency fleets gives hundreds more drivers the chance to not only experience electric, but to tell their friends, neighbors and co-workers about their advantages.” said MTC Chair Amy Worth.


Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Water Agency purchased 27 vehicles through the program. The addition brings the County’s alternative fuel fleet vehicle total to over 300, encompassing over 30% of the agencies’ cars, vans, and light duty trucks and creating one of the largest plug-in hybrid electric vehicle fleets in the country. "We are excited to add these vehicles to our fleet", said Sonoma County Director of General Services Jose Obregon. "On the average, with our onsite stationary fuel cell, we are able to operate these vehicles at a fuel cost that is 83% lower than a conventionally powered vehicle."


The number of vehicles being acquired by each agency is as follows: Alameda County: 26, Concord: 10, Fremont: 2, Marin Municipal Water District: 1, Oakland: 3, San Francisco: 14, San Jose: 3, Santa Rosa: 4, Sonoma County: 22, and Sonoma County Water Agency: 5.


“America’s future lies beyond dependence on foreign oil, and in San Francisco we are taking the necessary steps to jump start our green future today,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “In 2008, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland committed to making the Bay Area the Electric Vehicle capital of the nation, and today we are investing in more electric vehicles for our City fleet and providing the necessary charging infrastructure to make EV a viable choice for our residents. We are saving money, improving air quality, and reducing greenhouse gas pollution because of our shared commitment to electric vehicles.”


The Ford Focus and Nissan LEAF sedans each utilize lithium-ion batteries to power the vehicles and use regenerative braking to recover energy while driving. The Focus is assembled in Wayne, Michigan, has an EPA-estimated rating of 110 city, 99 highway and 105 combined MPG equivalent, and an EPA-estimated range of 76 miles on a fully-charged battery. The LEAF, assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee, has estimated driving range of 84 miles and MPG equivalent ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined. The Zenith Motors 350 Cargo utility van is assembled in Crestview Hills, Kentucky and has a range of 120 miles per charge with a payload capacity of 3,000 lbs.


Concord Vice-Mayor Ron Leone said, “Our fleet vehicle routes are ideally suited for EVs. The EV proposition makes a lot of sense for our fleet, and our fleet managers are excited to have vehicles that have far less maintenance required than gasoline powered cars.”


The participating agencies were brought together by the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC), which is providing coordination and technical support for this landmark deployment. The BACC is also providing communication and education to other agencies on the benefits of EVs for their fleets.


Noted Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, “These vehicles add to a series of fleet projects facilitated in the Bay Area by the BACC for a total of 140 electric vehicles in the past 12 months, with more to come, so agencies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower costs and insulate themselves from gas price hikes. These municipalities are demonstrating great leadership, showing the benefits of EVs in fleets and providing a model for other fleets to follow.”




About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group established by the Mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland to accelerate the clean energy economy. Major partners include Bank of America, PG&E, Environmental Defense Fund, industry partners including ChargePoint, Schneider Electric and ABM, as well as local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. The BACC is driving electric vehicle innovation through deployment of over 140 electric vehicles and over 240 charge ports across the region; co-facilitation of the EV Strategic Council, the executive forum driving the region’s vision to be the “EV Capital of the US”; co-management of the region’s EV marketing campaign Experience Electric; and development of Ready, Set, Charge, California! A Guide to EV-Ready Communities delivering key guidance on EV preparedness. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org.


 

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Written by Rafael Reyes Wednesday, 25 June 2014 19:47

7/8 EV Fleet Roll Out - Largest in US!

Join us on July 8th for the rollout of the 90 vehicle EV Fleet National Demonstration Project. This is the largest single deployment of municipal battery electric vehicles in the country with 10 public agency fleets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area receiving vehicles.

Event Details

Speakers include Alameda Board President Keith Carson, MTC Chair Amy Worth, Vice Mayor of Concord Ron Leone, Oakland Mayor Quan (invited), San Francisco Mayor Lee (invited) and others.

The project is led by the County of Alameda with BACC support and includes San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Sonoma County, Concord, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Water District, Marin Municipal Water District and Fremont.