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A newsletter by Chicago Area Clean Cities
March 2017
GREENLINE is a quarterly e-newsletter published by Chicago Area Clean Cities. To help support our mission of Clean Vehicles, Clean Fuel, Clean Air, and Clean Cities, participate in our events and consider sponsoring the coalition. Please also make sure to follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn. Enjoy reading GREENLINE!

Upcoming Events:
May 18: Green Drives Conference & Expo 
July 27: Picnic in the Park - Electric & Hybrid Vehicles & Charging Stations 
Sept 7: CACC Golf Outing & Fleet Education Seminar  
MotorWeek, UPS, NTEA & Automakers to Speak at Green Drive$ on May 18 

The Lake Michigan Consortium – a partnership between Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana – will host the 2017 Green Drive$ Conference and Expo at Northern Illinois University’s Conference Center in Naperville, Ill., on Thursday, May 18.

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, president, Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering, and Michael G. Britt Sr., director of Maintenance and Engineering, International Operations, of United Parcel Service will highlight the company’s “Rolling Laboratory” of green vehicles.
  • Advanced technologies, electric vehicles and alternative fuels will be showcased.
  • Executives from automakers will discuss their newest vehicles and technologies.
  • 25 exhibitors and 40 green vehicles, with some available for test drives.
  • Businesses and municipalities will discuss how they went green with their fleets.

For tickets, exhibitor space, or to become a sponsor, click GREEN DRIVE$

CACC Joins 7-state Project to Get People Charged Up About Electric Vehicles

Chicago Area Clean Cities recently announced it will work with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and seven other Clean Cities coalitions on a three-year project to promote electric vehicles throughout the Midwest.

The Midwest EVOLVE (Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience) project will demonstrate the performance and environmental benefits of plug-in electric vehicles through showcases, ride and drives, and events. Chicago Area Clean Cities is a partner on the seven-state project, which will include educational events in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

“Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, due to their better batteries, decrease in cost, an increase in choice, and the rollout of charging infrastructure,” said Lew Bartfield, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. “These advanced, modern vehicles reduce emissions that contribute to climate change and smog, improving air quality and public health.”

The Lung Association and the eight Clean Cities coalitions will host more than 200 large and small events in three years, held at brand-neutral settings that will give Midwestern drivers an opportunity to get behind the wheel of electric vehicles. The first events will be held in the spring of 2017.

The Midwest EVOLVE project initially launches with three automotive partners, Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Nissan, as well as more than 60 other partners throughout the Midwest, including Argonne National Laboratory, utilities, state agencies, municipalities, dealerships and dealer associations. The partners support the project through donations, vehicles for test drives, and in-kind support.

To learn more, go to Please also follow Midwest EVOLVE on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to learn about EV events throughout the Great Lakes Region.

Rail Management Services Re-Orders Orange EV Electric Trucks After Successful Chicago Deployment

Orange EV announced that Rail Management Services (RMS) has placed a follow-on order for nine additional T-Series pure electric terminal trucks. RMS, one of the largest rail intermodal yard operators in the United States, purchased their first Orange EV truck in July 2016 for use at a Class 1 railyard in Chicago. 

Ed Morgenthaler, Vice President of Maintenance, Safety, Legal and Operations for RMS, estimates that the Chicago yard ranks as one of the top five toughest sites of their 40-plus facilities across the U.S.

"We put the Orange EV truck in Chicago at one of our toughest ramps. It's one of the larger facilities in the country and has been active for decades making the terrain harsh on hostlers," said Morgenthaler.  "The Chicago winters also play an important role in it being a difficult location. Frankly, I was surprised. I didn't expect the truck to be as reliable as it is." 

Railyards and other container handling operations are often located in designated non-attainment areas. Switching from diesel yard trucks to electric provides immediate emissions reductions and health benefits for workers and surrounding communities. While figures vary by site, Orange EV estimates the per truck emissions eliminated in rail intermodal hub operations annually can be up to 160 tons CO2, 1.7 tons NOx, 1.6 tons CO, and 80 kg PM.  

Total cost of ownership is reduced as well due to savings in fuel, maintenance and other expenses, enabling fleets to use existing capital and expense budgets planned for diesels.  Additional savings of up to 85% of total purchase price are available via incentive programs offered at city, state and federal levels.

Kansas City based Orange EV is the leading OEM providing industrial fleets with heavy duty electric solutions that do the same work while eliminating diesel fuel and emissions. Building both new and re-powered vehicles, Orange EV was the first to commercially deploy 100 percent electric Class 8 vehicles into container handling operations. To learn more, contact Orange EV at and 866-688-5223, or visit the company’s website at  

2017 CACC Annual Sponsorships Available

Support CACC and gain visibility for your organization by becoming an annual sponsor TODAY. Download our Sponsor Guide. There are many benefits to becoming an annual sponsor. To learn more, contact Joe Koenig at 708.414.1065 or via email.
Special Thanks to Our Major Sponsors of Chicago Area Clean Cities
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