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A newsletter by Chicago Area Clean Cities
June 2015
Welcome to the first edition of GREENLINE, an e-newsletter published by Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC). The launch of this newsletter is a part of our goal to broaden awareness and visibility of the coalition and add new fleets and organizations to our membership. We encourage you to help spread the word about the coalition's great work and help us to further our mission to achieve Clean Cities, Clean Vehicles, Clean Fuel, and Clean Air. As a part of the debut of this newsletter, CACC also is introducing a new annual sponsorship program. We would like to encourage your organization to support our educational outreach efforts by becoming a sponsor (additional details below). Finally, we welcome your story ideas, and please follow us at our new Twitter handle @ChiCleanCities. Enjoy reading GREENLINE!

VIA Motors Approved for Drive Clean Chicago Vehicle Voucher Program

VIA Motors, a privately held electric-vehicle development and manufacturing company, has been approved for the recently expanded Drive Clean Chicago program, promoting clean air and better business solutions for Chicago’s fleets. More than $11 million is currently available in vouchers for alternative-fuel vehicles in the city of Chicago and its six counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. The incentives under the program cover 80 percent of the incremental cost of a vehicle. VIA Motors, which recently became a Gold Sponsor of CACC, offers extended-range pickup trucks, extended-range electric passenger vans, or extended-range electric cargo vans. VIA VTRUX delivers more than a 40-mile battery range on a single charge and unlimited extended range, averaging upwards of 100 mpg in typical daily driving. To learn more about VIA’s voucher eligibility through Drive Clean Truck, go to:
Nicor Gas Supports CACC as Coalition's First Annual Sponsor

At Green Drive$, CACC announced that Nicor Gas is the coalition's first annual sponsor, at the Platinum level. Nicor Gas also supported CACC's 20th anniversary celebration last year. In addition to its work with Clean Cities, Nicor has partnerships with many environmental groups. For example, over the past 10 years Nicor has been a partner in Clean Air Counts, an initiative to reduce ground-level ozone, or smog, and support economic development in northeastern Illinois. A collaborative effort among the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, City of Chicago, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5, and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Counts seeks to achieve significant reductions in targeted ozone-forming pollutants and a major reduction in energy consumption in the region.
Wirelessly Charge Your Electric Vehicle
Green Ways 2Go, based in Park Ridge, Ill., showcased a new wireless electric-vehicle charger at CACC’s recent Green Drive$ Program. The system, called Plugless, is a wireless car charger for electric cars. Instead of plugging in, the system “uses a magnetic field to transfer energy across the air,” said Tim Milburn, CEO of Green Ways 2Go. “All you do is drive up, park in your spot, and the charge begins automatically.”
City of Chicago Launches Drive Clean Taxi Program

The Drive Clean Taxi program is now accepting applications from vendors who want to participate in the program made possible through a federal clean air grant. Later this year, vendors will offer discounts of up to $10,000 toward each electric or compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle supplied to taxi, livery or other public passenger fleets. 

Drive Clean Chicago previously launched the Drive Clean Truck program in 2014. Drive Clean Taxi is open to taxi cab owners and other public passenger vehicle fleets in good standing with the City’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP). BACP licenses and regulates the public vehicle industry in the City of Chicago.

“CDOT is very excited to be able to step up our support for sustainable fleet efficiency through the Drive Clean Chicago and Drive Clean Taxi programs,” CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said. “These green vehicles will help improve air quality, reduce petroleum use and build a cleaner transportation network for the City of Chicago.” To learn more, go to: Drive Clean Taxi.

CACC Fleets Saved 25M Gallons of Petroleum in 2014

Last year, Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition member fleets saved more than 25 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum and nearly 240,000 tons of greenhouse-gas emissions.

“This, the coalition’s greatest achievement yet, is the equivalent of removing 3,150 tanker trucks’ worth of gasoline,” said Samantha Bingham, coordinator, Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC). “This incredible accomplishment would not be possible without the efforts of the coalition’s stakeholders, which include commercial fleets and municipalities throughout the six-county Chicago region.”

The United States is 96 percent dependent on petroleum to transport our goods, services and people, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2014, the U.S. imported more than 2.6 billion barrels of oil at a cost of $1.7 billion.

Nationwide, the Clean Cities program has set an overall goal of displacing 2.5 billion gallons of petroleum per year from the transportation sector by 2020. Clean Cities coalitions like CACC must increase the amount of petroleum displaced by 17 percent per year in order to reach this goal. 

Sponsors Sought to Support Environment

CACC is introducing a new annual sponsorship program. Sponsor support helps the coalition to hold workshops and seminars, and to work with area fleets, community leaders, and citizens to further the mission of Clean Cities, Clean Vehicles, Clean Fuel, Clean Air. To learn more, please contact Joe Koenig at 708-414-1065 or via email.
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