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A newsletter by Chicago Area Clean Cities
Fall 2016
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:
Oct. 17-19: Fleet Technology Expo 
Dec. 7: CACC Annual Meeting & Holiday Party
May 18: 2017 Green Drives Conference & Expo

UPS Orders 50 Vehicles Through Drive Clean Chicago Program

United Parcel Service, Inc., the world's largest package delivery company and a provider of supply chain management solutions, recently announced the placement of 50 Lightning Hybrids hydraulic hybrid delivery trucks in the Chicago metro area. The hybrid systems were partially funded by Drive Clean Chicago, a program that aims to accelerate the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure in Chicago.

The first of the hydraulic hybrid systems, made by Colorado-based Lightning Hybrids, were commissioned in late September. The hybrid systems are converting Freightliner MT-55s with gasoline engines into cleaner and more fuel efficient delivery trucks and will reduce harmful emissions in Chicago as soon as they are deployed. The hybrid systems provide additional torque and reduce engine stress on the vehicles, allowing UPS to use less expensive gasoline engines rather than diesel engines, substantially reducing NOx emissions in the process. UPS anticipates an ROI of one to two years on these vehicles.

UPS first trialed the Lightning Hybrids product with a six-month pilot in 2014 that demonstrated 100 percent hybrid system uptime and impressed the UPS team with excellent efficiency gains, elegance, and drivability, leading to additional trials, including a trial in the UK, that is currently underway. Fuel efficiency gains ranged from 18 to 34 percent during the pilot.
In August 2016, UPS achieved its goal more than a year early of driving 1 billion miles in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.
Lightning Hybrids designs and manufactures the hydraulic hybrid ERS (Energy Recovery System) for medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles which provides fuel efficiency by regenerating braking energy, provides safer braking and more power for acceleration, and decreases greenhouse gas emissions. The ERS does not have any batteries, instead safely and efficiently stores energy mechanically in composite hydraulic accumulators, which are a fraction of the cost and weight of batteries. It can be installed on new vehicles as well as retrofitted on vehicles already in service. It is sold through a network of dealers and upfitters. For more information, go to or contact David Brosky at

Best Practices for Decommissioning CNG Fuel Tanks

Natural gas vehicle stakeholders have expressed concerns with the periodic inspection and end-of-life decommissioning safety requirements for compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks. A Clean Cities project—the Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel Tank Safety Initiative—addresses these concerns with a suite of resources, including a new 15-minute training video on CNG Fuel Tank Defueling, Decommissioning, and Disposal.

CNG fuel tanks have a useful life of 15, 20, or 25 years, depending on their construction and how they were certified by the original manufacturer. Because there is no way to safely "requalify" tanks for extended use, once a tank reaches its expiration date, it must be decommissioned.

Performing a regular safety inspection of the CNG tanks is also a critical maintenance requirement for CNG fuel systems.

The video features four chapters. The introduction provides an overview of CNG fuel tank end-of-life issues and highlights the importance of regular tank inspections. The three subsequent chapters present best practices for the steps required for an expired CNG fuel tank: defuelingdecommissioning, and disposal.

Other helpful resources from the project are forthcoming and include a webinar, updates to the CNG Fuel System and Tank Maintenance pages on the AFDC website, presentation materials, and a guidance document on CNG fuel tank defueling, decommissioning, and disposal.

Together, these resources will accelerate the sharing of best practices and provide education on proven approaches to safely managing CNG fuel tanks. Long-term goals include evaluating and characterizing the conditions of CNG fuel tanks at the end of life under real-world operating conditions, considering options for the identification and tracking of in-use fuel tanks over their lifetime, and developing recommendations on research and development for improved fuel tank technologies that will enhance safety and performance.

For more information about the CNG tank initiative, contact Clean Cities Project Leader Kay Kelly at

Register for CACC Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

Please join us at the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition End of Year Meeting and Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 7 in Aurora, where we will be discussing the coalition’s accomplishments over the past year, as well as future programs, plans, and events. The 2016 Green Fleet Awards and Clean Fuel Champion Award will also be presented.
The meeting begins at 4 PM. After the meeting, please stay for dinner, drinks and conversation at CACC’s Holiday Reception.
CACC will collect new, unwrapped toys for infants to age 14 for the Toys for Tots Campaign. Please note that stuffed animals and realistic toy weapons will not be accepted.
This event is sponsored by Orange EV, Ozinga, Cummins and Cook-Illinois Corporation.
Early-bird registration is $25. CACC sponsors and members will receive an invitation for one complimentary ticket. To register, click here.

When: 4 PM - 7:30 PM, Thursday, Dec. 7 
Where: Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505

Chicago Park District's Biodiesel Program Featured on WGN-TV News 

The Chicago Park District, a member of CACC, recently was featured on WGN-TV News, highlighting their innovative biodiesel program. The Park District works with Indigenous Energy, Darling Ingredients and Renewable Energy Group to reuse old cooking oil from Chicago-area restaurants such as Portillo's, Wendy's and Arby's, as well as venues such as United Center and U.S. Cellular Field. The district uses up to 8,700 gallons of ASTM-certified biodiesel annually at up to a 50 percent biodiesel/diesel blend. The high-blend biodiesel fuel is used in nearly 60 of the district’s diesel fleet, ranging from lawnmowers to garbage trucks and log loaders. To see the story, click here.

New Video Highlights Drive Clean Chicago Incentives and Benefits

Watch this new video about the Drive Clean Chicago voucher program, featuring many of the participants in the program. Hear how incentives offered through Drive Clean Chicago are benefiting fleets that are deploying electric and hybrid trucks and buses. Samantha Bingham and Chris Wheat from the City of Chicago, along with fleet leaders, discuss how Drive Clean Chicago advances both business and environmental goals.

The City of Chicago Looks to Save $10 Million in Energy Costs

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to save nearly $10 million next year by paring down fuel, electricity and natural gas costs, according to a recent Chicago Tribune story.

To get those cost reductions, the city started buying gas and diesel fuel on futures markets when costs were low. It also negotiated lower electricity and natural gas costs as a bulk buyer. And the city continues to reduce energy consumption, sometimes by doing things as simple as replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs. To learn more, read the story here.

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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