FLEETFIX: Ace Recycling and Disposal- Fleet Introduction

FuelFix – July 10, 2018

By Utah Clean Cities

Fleet Name:  Ace Recycling and Disposal

Home Office West Valley City, Utah

Service area:  Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Weber, Tooele and Summit Counties in Utah and Uintah county in Wyoming

Fleet Purpose:  Ace Recycling and Disposal picks up trash and recycling for 13 Utah cities, and for commercial customers across the state. They run front-load, roll-off, side-load and rear load trucks to accommodate the range of waste disposal needs of customers in its footprint.

Alternative fuel or technology:  Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

When started:  They received their first CNG truck in 2009. Now, in 2018, almost 60% of their garbage and recycling trucks are running on CNG!

Leadership:  Our mechanics and drivers work together to keep our CNG fleet running optimally.

From the Fleet:  At Ace Recycling and Disposal, we see environmental waste every day and consider taking care of the Earth as part of our core mission. We hope that by demonstrating the versatility of green technologies, we can encourage others to transition to lower-impact fuels as well. We care about the air our employees and their families breathe, the water they drink, and the future of this beautiful state.

One of Ace’s refuse trucks connected to a time-fill CNG system. These systems are common in the refuse industry where the trucks are almost always parked overnight, and can get a more complete, fuller fill of CNG using a lower-pressure filling system.

FLEETFIX: Packsize | EV Fleet for Employee Use

FuelFix – July 10, 2018

By Utah Clean Cities

Fleet Name: Packsize

Domicile site: Salt Lake City, Utah

Service area: An Electric Vehicle (EV) fleet is utilized at Utah headquarters and across 16 states nationwide.

Fleet purpose: Packsize International CEO Hanko Kiessner is one of Utah’s most outspoken proponents of the state’s clean air initiative. As such, he founded the nonprofit, Leaders for Clean Air, with other clean air corporate supporters and has taken the “walk the walk” approach by installing 50 level-2 EV charging ports plus two DC fast chargers at their headquarters. In addition, Packsize has currently purchased 30 EVs for select employees, beginning with the Honda Clarity. Packsize is committed to purchasing 15 to 20 more EVs for employees in various regions across the country. At the end of the employee program lease, Packsize plans to offer its employees the opportunity to purchase the EV to promote EV adoption and zero emissions.

Alternative fuel or technology: Electricity using EV charger stations.

When started: In 2012, Packsize CEO Hanko Kiessner decided to take on the issue of air quality along the Wasatch Front. Recognizing the Utah’s poor air quality while growing Packsize in Salt Lake City, Kiessner looked at the viability of switching to EVs to help curb pollution. He began driving an electric car and then wanted others to enjoy the experience and benefits, so he took the idea to the workplace to complement the company’s sustainability mission and tagline: Smarter Packaging for a Healthy Planet®. In April 2017, the new Packsize headquarters opened with 50 level-two EV charging stations as part of the company’s architectural footprint.

Financials: To date, approximately 125 of 270 Packsize employees–or approx. 50 percent, both in Salt Lake City and nationwide–drive EVs. A 2018 study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute found that electric vehicles cost less than half as much to operate as gas-powered cars. The average cost to operate an EV in the United States is $485 per year, while the average for a gasoline-powered vehicle is $1,117, a significant statistic that Packsize is taking very seriously.

FLEETFIX: Utah Transit Authority Fleet Introduction

FuelFix– July 9, 2018

By Utah Clean Cities

Fleet Name: Utah Transit Authority (UTA)

Domicile sites: Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Orem, Utah

Service area: The cities of Weber, Davis and Salt Lake, Utah, and parts of Box Elder and Tooele Counties in Utah

Fleet Purpose: Provide an integrated system of innovative, accessible, and efficient public transportation services that increase access to opportunities and contribute to a healthy environment for the people of the Wasatch region.

Alternative fuel or technology: Diesel-Electric Hybrid, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

When started: Hybrid buses were introduced into the fleet in 2010 and 2012 while CNG buses were introduced to the fleet in 2013. UTA’s CNG fueling facility was opened in 2015. UTA now has about 30 hybrids and almost 50 CNG buses, and those make up almost 15 percent of the total fleet.

Financials: Received grant monies through Utah Clean Cities to offset the costs of purchasing hybrid and CNG buses rather than diesel buses, which began the movement of UTA’s bus fleet towards alternative fuels. Current funding for alternative fuels vehicles is mostly through federal grants.

Leadership: UTA’s current leadership to continue bus fleet diversification is driven by Steve Meyer, Interim Executive Director as well as the Board of Trustees.

Vision: To continue bus fleet alternative fuels diversification to include the introduction of Battery Electric buses as well as Hybrid Articulated BRT (bus rapid transit) buses.

Just what we need’: Utah gets electric vehicle corridor along I-15, more than 350 charging stations statewide

Deseret News– June 29, 2018

DRAPER — The state’s most traveled freeway is among the first in the nation to go “Live Electric.”

Rocky Mountain Power, in conjunction with Utah Clean Air Partnership and Maverik, announced Friday the completion of an electric vehicle corridor along I-15 and more than 350 charging stations statewide.

The multi-entity project called Live Electric — a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy, Utah Clean Air Partnership, Utah Clean Cities, and other state and local organizations — is a dedicated effort to develop creative and effective ways to speed the transition to a clean transportation future, explained Rocky Mountain Power CEO Cindy Crane.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News- An electric vehicle fast-charging station at the Maverik at 14814 Minuteman Drive in Draper is pictured on Friday, June 29, 2018. Rocky Mountain Power and Maverik are celebrating the completion of the electric vehicle corridor along I-15 with the grand opening of several charging stations across the state.

Live Electric partners are installing 700 charging stations over the next three years, including fast chargers along the I-15, I-80 and I-70 corridors, Crane said during a news conference at a Maverik station in Draper. The infrastructure means that electric vehicle owners can experience Utah’s iconic ski resorts and national parks without worrying about running out of battery life in between, she said.

The total cost of the project was $14 million, with $4 million coming from a U.S. Energy Department grant, explained James Campbell, strategic projects adviser for Rocky Mountain Power. The current network of charging stations is set up with locations between 50 miles to 100 miles. That distance will decrease as the network grows in the coming years as electric vehicle travel is more widely accepted, he added.

Economically speaking, he said charging at Live Electric stations will cost a bit more than charging at home — which is about 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, or 80 cents to 90 cents per gallon (of traditional fuel), Campbell said. He noted that charging at a network station would run up to approximately 35 cents per kilowatt-hour in addition to a nominal “connection fee.”

“Depending on your battery, it would cost between $10 and $15 to fill up,” he said. “It would be between $15 and $20 if it was it was at zero.”

“When you add it all up, the total cost of ownership of an electric vehicle is cheaper,” Campbell said. “Most electric vehicles don’t require maintenance. You dealing with a motor, not an (internal combustion) engine.”

He acknowledged that purchasing an electric vehicle can cost more initially, but the long-term expense of ownership is substantially less.

New charging stations installed at Maverik stores in Draper, Farr West, Fillmore, Santaquin, Stansbury, Syracuse, Washington and Wellsville represent a significant contribution to the clean transportation future of the state, explained Maverik CEO Chuck Maggalet.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News – Rocky Mountain Power CEO Cindy Crane stands in front of an electric vehicle fast-charging station as she talks with members of the media at the Maverik at 14814 Minuteman Drive in Draper on Friday, June 29, 2018. Rocky Mountain Power and Maverik are celebrating the completion of the electric vehicle corridor along I-15 with the grand opening of several charging stations across the state.

“We recognize while there is a relatively low fraction of our customers using electric right now, we expect that is going to grow in the future,” he said. “We wanted to make sure that our customers are able to recharge their electric vehicles when they are out on their adventures.”

He said more stations could be added if demand from electric vehicle owners increases in the coming years.

Thom Carter, executive director of Utah Clean Air Partnership, said increasing the number of electric vehicles on the roads will go a long way toward environmental enhancement in Utah and potentially adding new choices to the selection of vehicles available for purchase by the driving public.

“Completing this corridor really says to consumers now this is a viable (driving) option,” he said. “When you’re out there buying a car figuring what you can do to affect the air quality of the state, this (project) really does (make it a legitimate transportation alternative).”

Tooele County resident Patrick Wiggins has owned an electric vehicle since 2014. He said having an extended network of charging stations available to travelers is “just what we need.”

“Having places like this where you can charge up quickly is one of the major hurdles to people that want to drive electric,” he said during the event at the Draper Maverik. “Slowly but surely this is becoming more and more adopted.”

Steve Griffin, Deseret News- An electric mountain bike is attached to an electric vehicle at the Maverik at 14814 Minuteman Drive in Draper on Friday, June 29, 2018. Rocky Mountain Power and Maverik are celebrating the completion of the electric vehicle corridor along I-15 with the grand opening of several charging stations across the state.

Meanwhile, Salt Lake City International Airport also announced the installation of 24 electric vehicle charging ports for public and employee use. The 12 charging stations are dual port, Level 2, with standard connectors to accommodate all models of electric vehicles, according to a news release. The stations include an instructional video for users and will have 24/7 phone support, explained Nancy Volmer, spokeswoman for the Salt Lake City International Airport.

A mobile application is also available for download that shows the locations of available airport charging stations, she noted.

“The airport is implementing programs to help improve Utah’s air quality,” said Bill Wyatt, Salt Lake City Department of Airports executive director. “Come 2020, the new SLC Redevelopment Program will incorporate 50 EV charging stations in the new parking structure.”

 

Rocky Mountain Power split the cost of the installation project, which totaled $306,000, he said.

The airport stations are located in the employee parking lot, economy parking, and parking garage levels P1 and P2, the release stated. In addition, the Touch n’ Go Convenience Store near the airport also has one charging station, Volmer said.

There is currently no charge to use the airport stations, she said. Access to all charging stations is on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved in advance, she added.

36 new natural-gas buses, which save money and pollute less, are added to Jordan School District’s fleet

36 new natural-gas buses, which save money and pollute less, are added to Jordan School District’s fleet

By Salt Lake Tribune

Jordan School District now has the largest fleet of natural-gas fueled school buses in Utah.

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Utah’s nation-leading idle-free campaign: celebrating 10 years of success

Published October 21,2017

By Utah Clean Cites

Source: FuelsFix

Read the entire article HERE 

Utah Clean Cities (UCC) created Utah’s Idle Free Campaign with a declaration led by Governor John Huntsman and two prominent mayors in 2007. This year’s event, held on September 9th, celebrated the 10 years of successful partnerships that have allowed for a successful campaign. During the event, 35 awardees were recognized for their idle reduction efforts, with recipients ranging from Alta Ski Resort to Zion’s National Park. Today, over 50 Utah mayors have signed the declaration for Idle Free in Utah. There are seven Idle Free Cities and four large school districts that are 100% Idle Free, and with air quality reaching up in to the “red zone” during winter inversions, Utah takes the challenge seriously. Read more