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Chicago Area Clean Cities Fleets Saved 26.5 Million Gallons of Petroleum in 2016

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

NAPERVILLE, Ill., May 18, 2017 – The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition today announced that in 2016 its member fleets displaced nearly 26.5 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 230,000 tons. This represents a six percent increase in fuel savings over 2015 and a two percent improvement in emissions.

“Our Clean Cities member fleets are going the extra mile when it comes to saving fuel and reducing emissions,” said Samantha Bingham, coordinator, Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC). “We have fleets throughout the Chicago area using all types of green technologies, including electric, compressed natural gas, propane, hydraulic hybrid, and biodiesel vehicles. Their efforts help the environment and also are providing a solid return on investment.”

Members of CACC include commercial fleets and municipalities throughout the six-county Chicago area. The coalition announced its 2016 fleet-fuel survey results today at its annual Green Drives Conference and Expo. At the expo, more than 200 attendees learned about steps they can take to make their fleets cleaner, less reliant on petroleum, and more fuel efficient.

Companies such as United Parcel Service, Ozinga and Alpha Baking Company were featured at the conference as examples of companies that are using cleaner vehicles. Forty environmentally friendly vehicles were showcased at the event, and more than 20 exhibitors featured their green-fleet solutions.

The United States is 92 percent dependent on petroleum to transport our goods, services and people, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2016, the U.S. imported 3.6 billion barrels of oil at a cost of $154 billion.

“The actions of our local fleets make an impact,” said John Walton, chairman, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “When you calculate this nationally, with the efforts of other Clean Cities coalitions around the country, reductions in fuel usage and lowered emissions really add up. The trend towards using more efficient vehicles and alternative fuels continues, despite gas prices being lower than their peak.”

Chicago Area Clean Cities is a voluntary coalition whose mission over the last 23 years has been to support local actions to improve the environmental performance and efficiency of public and private fleets in the six-county Chicago metro area. CACC’s membership is comprised of federal, state and local governments, auto manufacturers, dealerships, fuel suppliers, conversion companies, environmental organizations, corporations, small businesses, and individuals. These stakeholders come together to share information and resources, educate the public, help craft public policy, and collaborate on projects that reduce petroleum use.

“We admire the work of the businesses and government agencies in our region that are taking steps to ‘go green’ with their fleets,” Bingham said. “They are providing a community service by improving air quality and reducing our country’s dependence on imported petroleum.”

About Chicago Area Clean Cities

Chicago Area Clean Cities is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting cleaner energy for commercial and government fleets in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of nearly 100 coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. CACC concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. To become involved or learn more about the coalition visit www.ChicagoCleanCities.org.

 

News Media Contact:

Joe Koenig
(708) 414-1065

 

Chicago Science Fest Offers Electric Vehicle Ride and Drives at the Merchandise Mart on May 20

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

CHICAGO, May 11, 2017 – Through a new seven-state electric vehicle partnership, the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition will give consumers a chance to test drive some of the newest electric vehicles (EVs) at the Chicago Science Fest on May 20 at the Merchandise Mart.

The drives are a part of a new three-year partnership between the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and eight Clean Cities coalitions throughout the Midwest to demonstrate the performance and environmental benefits of EVs.

This is the first EV ride-and-drive event in Illinois as a part of the seven-state project called Midwest EVOLVE, which stands for Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience. At Midwest EVOLVE events consumers have a chance to learn about the environmental benefits of EVs and the ease of charging vehicles at home, at work or at public charging stations.

“There’s no better way to learn about how cool electric vehicles are than getting behind the wheel,” said Samantha Bingham, coordinator of the Chicago Area Clean Cities, a partner in the Midwest EVOLVE project. “While you and your family are having fun at the Chicago Science Fest, we’re giving consumers an opportunity to learn about electric vehicles and their outstanding performance, how they improve air quality and save fuel, and fit the needs of your driving habits.”

The Illinois Science Council is holding the third annual Chicago Science Festival at the Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654. Ride and drives will be available from 10 AM to 5 PM. To see the full agenda and get tickets, visit http://ChicagoScienceFest.org.

“The Chicago Science Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in our area,” said Monica Metzler, founder and executive director of the Illinois Science Council. “We have talks and demonstrations all day that highlight the amazing research, and researchers, from Argonne Lab, Fermilab, Northwestern, University of Chicago, UIUC, RUSH, the Rehabilitation Institute, and more.”

Midwest EVOLVE launched in early 2017 with three automotive partners, Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Nissan, as well as more than 60 other partners, including Argonne National Laboratory, utilities, state agencies, municipalities, dealerships and dealer associations.

Between now and the end of 2019, more than 200 large and small Midwest EVOLVE events, including ride and drives, workplace-charging seminars, and other events, will held at brand-neutral settings throughout the Midwest.

Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting cleaner energy for automotive fleets in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of nearly 100 coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. CACC concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. To become involved or learn more about the coalition visit www.ChicagoCleanCities.org.

Illinois Science Council (ISC) is an independent, volunteer-driven 501c3 organization that engages, educates, and entertains the adult public about science, technology, engineering and math in our everyday lives. ISC highlights the scientists and research of the Chicago-area institutions and companies that make Chicago the nation’s true “City of Science.” ISC serves as the science and tech complement to the region’s arts and culture offerings. For more information, visit http://www.illinoisscience.org.

Midwest EVOLVE is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE-EE0007743. To learn more, visit www.MidwestEVOLVE.org or follow EVOLVE on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

 

News Media Contact:

Joe Koenig
(708) 414-1065

 

Green Drives Conference to Feature All-new Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Workhorse W-15

Monday, May 1st, 2017

CHICAGO, May 1, 2017 – The all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, and the all-new 2018 Workhorse W-15 electric pickup truck will be featured at the Lake Michigan Consortium’s Green Drives Conference & Expo on Thursday, May 18, in Naperville, Ill.

Three dozen green vehicles – from electric passenger vehicles to Class 8 compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane-powered work trucks – will be showcased at the 6th annual Clean Cities green-vehicle conference.

“If the lineup of national speakers isn’t impressive enough for you, then the vehicles at this year’s Green Drives will definitely make you want to attend,” said John Walton, chairman of Chicago Area Clean Cities. “Whether you are new to green-vehicle technologies or an expert, our goal is to connect you with the people, technologies, and funding sources that make clean vehicles and clean fuels a reality.”

Speakers and highlights of this year’s program include:

  • John Davis, the Emmy® Award-winning host of MotorWeek, television’s longest-running automotive series
  • Doyle Sumrall, managing director, NTEA–The Association for the Work Truck Industry
  • Carlton Rose and Michael G. Britt, Sr., who are in charge of fleet operations for United Parcel Service and will highlight the company’s “Rolling Laboratory” of green vehicles
  • 25 exhibitors and up to 40 green vehicles, with some available for test drives
  • Businesses, municipalities and first responders will discuss steps they are taking to “go green” with their fleets

The one-day program is highly attended by commercial and government fleet administrators, as well as dealer principals, suppliers, and those working in clean tech and clean energy. To register for tickets, visit greendrives.eventbrite.com.

Workhorse Group Inc., an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of battery-electric vehicles, will reveal the W-15 electric pickup work truck with range extender for fleet usage at the ACT EXPO Conference on May 2 in Long Beach, Calif. Green Drives will be only the second time the vehicle has been shown publicly.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which is making its debut this spring, is the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range.

The Bolt EV offers up to 238 miles of range on a full charge. As of April 2, Chevrolet reported nearly 3,500 Bolt EV owners in the United States drove more than 4.5 million miles since the vehicle went on sale in December 2016. These all-electric miles resulted in more than 175,000 gallons of fuel saved based on the average EPA-estimated 26 mpg for 2017 vehicles in the U.S.

The Lake Michigan Consortium – a partnership between Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana – will host Green Drives at Northern Illinois University’s Conference Center, at 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563.

The three coalitions are a part of Midwest EVOLVE, a partnership between the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and eight Clean Cities coalitions in seven Midwestern states. The project’s focus is to educate consumers, and public and private fleets, about the performance and environmental advantages of electric vehicles.

About the Lake Michigan Consortium

The Lake Michigan Consortium is comprised of three Clean Cities Coalitions: Chicago Area Clean Cities, South Shore Clean Cities and Wisconsin Clean Cities. The three nonprofit coalitions are focused on promoting cleaner energy for private and public fleets in the Chicago area, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana. Created in 1999, the consortium is made up of more than 500 member organizations. It serves a geographic population of nearly 16 million people with 11 counties holding non-attainment status for the U.S. EPA 2008 Ground Ozone standard. The trio of coalitions conducts numerous outreach and training events aimed at educating the public, fleets and automotive technicians.

There are nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions across the country affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alt-fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling and improve fuel efficiency and air quality. To become involved, visit chicagocleancities.org, wicleancities.org or southshorecleancities.org.

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