Thursday, July 28, 2011

Electric And Alternative Fuel Vehicle Exhibitor Information for October 21, 2011, Car Fair at Palm Springs Convention Center

You are invited to participate in the 2011 City of Palm Springs and Clean Cities Coachella Valley Alternative and Electric Vehicle Fair. We would like to invite you to exhibit a vehicle or host an exhibit booth table at the Convention Center on October 21, 2011. The following Information gives you details regarding the October event.

NOTE: Layouts for the OCTOBER 21st Event will follow shortly. The attached application provides details about the show and set-up. We hope you will join us this year!

  • You may choose to Arrive at the Convention Center at 2 pm to set up
  • Last Call for Set Up is 2:30 pm to ensure your vehicle is present for the Public Car Show Open House
  • End of Show will be between 7:30 pm and 8 pm depending on traffic
  • Please bring collateral such as display, brochures and business cards
  • On Site sales are not allowed. HOWEVER Networking is strongly encouraged

Download a registration form here.

Below is a list of some of the Exhibitors we have on Record from Last Year's event!

  • California Electric Vehicle Association -
Leo and Margaret Galcher, table only?
  • Toyota USA
Greg Glander, Toyota Prius Plug-In
  • Enterprise Car Rental
Greg Tabak, Nissan Leaf
  • Honda
James Ochner, Insight CRZ Sport Hybrid and possibly Honda Clarity
  • AQMD
Todd Warden, Mini EV or Rav 4?
  • SCE
Tod Bartholomay, 1 Vehicle TBD
  • Handy Gadgets
J. Scott Wauben, Electric Scooter
  • Sun City Trikes
Bob Gibson, Electric Bike and Gofer
  • Exotic Car Service
Alan Jenkins, TBD
  • International Rectifier
John Lloyd, Antique Electric
  • Neighborhood Cars
David Hamilton, 1 -4 NEV's
  • Village Market Square
Ward Riggins, Table
  • Hot Purple Energy
David Herrlinger, 1 - 4 vehicles
  • Revenge of the Electric Car
Chris Pal, Porsche
  • CVAG
Possibly a Vehicle?
  • Boulder EV
Gerry Dameron, Table ?
  • MILES Electric
Curtis Schatz, Pick Up Truck? and Table
  • BMW
Diana Marlo, Vehicle? and Table
  • EVCA
Gabriel Rivera, Table Only
  • Burrtec
Valerie Ward, (CNG) Natural Gas Truck
  • PSDS
Chris Cunningham, CNG Truck? Table
  • Palm Desert
Missy Grisa, Alternative Fuel Vehicle
  • La Quinta
Oscar, Alternative Fuel Vehicle

If possible (If you have it on hand) please have visqueen to wrap on your vehicle tires to get on the esplanade at the Convention Center. The minimum thickness is 4 mill.

Please call me if you have any questions!


Michele Catherine Mician, MS, LEED GA

City of Palm Springs, Sustainability Manager
3200 Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92264

760-323-8214 Phone 760-322-8360 Fax

Monday, July 25, 2011

NATFC 1st Responder Overview

Funding Opportunities and Incentives for Alternative Fueld and Advanced Technology Vehicles
Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region


Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region (C3VR), is hosting a FREE Workshop:

Funding Opportunities and Incentives for Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles

Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, California 92262

Wednesday July 27, 2011

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Lunch: 1:00pm - 1:30pm

C3VR will assist you to identify available funding sources towards purchase of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and related fueling infrastructure.

Come meet with purchasers of AFV products and services!

RSVP today!

C3VR has proven to be instrumental in the Coachella Valley region by providing education and outreach activities related to alternative fuel/advanced technologies vehicles and infrastructure, fuel economy, and idle reduction. C3VR is a Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored program designed to reduce our nation’s petroleum consumption by advancing the use of alternative fuel vehicles.

RSVP: or call 909-754-8663.

Visit us on the web at


Electric Vehicle Committee meeting follows: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Utility companies, auto dealers, charging manufacturers, state agencies, community level supporters, and other interested organizations are invited to participate in a regional roll out plan and implementation of electric vehicles in the Coachella Valley region.

Pickens Looks Back On The Past 3 Years

As the Pickens Plan celebrates its three year anniversary, we look back on all that the Army has accomplished in that time.

But we still need to get the final piece - the NAT GAS Act - over the finish line.

Please click here and email your Member of Congress and let's get this done!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chesapeake Energy on Mad Money

Chesapeake is investing $150 million in Clean Energy Fuels, with Andrew Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy Fuels, and Mad Money host Jim Cramer.

Support for NAT GAS Act

From the 4/11/2011 issue of CalNGV News:

Coalition Drums Up Bill Support

Letters to California representatives seek new sponsors for federal NAT GAS Act, thank current supporters

The Coalition has sent two letters to California’s House of Representatives delegation aimed at enhancing support for the federal New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act, one thanking co-sponsors for their leadership and another asking the remaining members to sign on.

The letter requesting additional sponsors says there is a “tremendous opportunity to displace petroleum with abundant, low-cost, domestic natural gas. Increasing our use of natural gas as a transportation fuel will help achieve multiple national goals, including energy security, clean air, economic security, and improving economic prosperity.

“Each year Americans spend tens of billions to import petroleum from other countries,” the letter continues. “This is simply not sustainable
and is absolutely not the best use of our money. Now is the time for Congress to act to incentivize the increased use of natural gas vehicles.”

The letter lists highlights of the legislation (see CalNGV News, 04.04.11), noting that the NAT GAS Act will:
  • Create or extend for five years tax credits for natural gas used as a vehicle fuel, NGV purchases, and the installation of NGV refueling facilities.
  • Expand and modify previous tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles and refueling facilities.
  • Exclude the natural gas vehicle and infrastructure credits from AMT provisions, and allow taxpayers to transfer them back to the manufacturer, seller, or lessee.
  • Provide a production tax credit to NGV manufacturers.
  • Clarify the definition of “advanced technology vehicle” to include dedicated, bifuel, and dual-fuel NGVs and to allow fleets covered by EPAct 1992 to receive EPAct credits for repowering and converting vehicles.
  • Direct the EPA to take steps to reduce the regulatory burden on conversion manufacturers, and the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to fashion credits to reward NGV manufacturers for reducing petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Direct the Department of Energy to provide funding for RD&D to improve NGV performance and efficiency and to integrate natural gas engines into additional on-road vehicles.
The thank-you letter—to representatives Baca, Bilbray, Bono Mack, Calvert, Cardoza, Costa, Denham, Farr, Filner, Gallegly, Honda, Hunter, Issa, Lee, Lungren, Matsui, Richardson, Sanchez, Speier, and Thompson—recaps the reasons for supporting the legislation. See more on the NAT GAS Act at the NGVAmerica site.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Shale Gas Criticisms Rebutted

From the July 4, 2011, issue of Fleets & Fuels, the publication of Fleets & Fuels: Biweekly Business Intelligence for Clean Transportation Professionals:
This Ain’t No Ponzi

Shale Gas Boosters Fire Back at New York Times After Articles Say Claims for Methane Overblown

The New York Times raised the ire of shale gas advocates as investigative pieces citing named and many unnamed sources, questioned the potential of shale gas as a large-scale contributor to a cleaner and more secure American energy mix.

An article by Ian Urbina cited e-mails and other documents indicating that in addition to environmental impacts, shale gas wells are not producing as has been hoped. Urbina reported that well informed, senior people have likened shale gas to a Ponzi scheme.

In a subsequent article, Urbina wrote, “One official says the shale industry may be ‘set up for failure.’ ‘It is quite likely that many of these companies will go bankrupt,’ a senior adviser to the Energy Information Administration administrator predicts. Several officials echo concerns raised during previous bubbles, in housing and in technology stocks, for example, that ended in a bust.” The articles concede that shale gas technology has evolved considerably since some of the doubts were expressed.

They prompted strong reaction.

“This particular NYT reporter has apparently sought out a few of the doubters to fashion together a negative view of the U.S. natural gas industry,” Aubrey McClendon, founder and CEO of Chesapeake Energy, says on a company Facebook page.

“This reporter’s claim of impending scarcity of natural gas supply contradicts the facts and the scientific extrapolation of those facts by the most sophisticated reservoir engineers and geoscientists in the world,”McClendon said. “It is also ludicrous to allege that shale gas wells are underperforming as we sit awash in natural gas, with natural gas prices less than half of what they averaged in 2008... CHK and other shale gas producers are routinely beating our production forecasts...

“This reality of generations’ worth of natural gas abundance is also supported by virtually every credible third-party expert.”

“The U.S. natural gas supply growth revolution,” McClendon said, “is changing the future of our nation for the better in multiple areas.”

Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region Co-Hosts First Responder Safety Training Train-the-Trainer Workshop

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium reports on the two-day, train-the-trainer First Responder Safety Training workshop at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert in June 2011.
“Alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles are the future of transportation,” said NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron. “These next generation vehicles will reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and help keep our air clean. Because alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles are becoming more prevalent and will continue to increase in popularity, first responders must understand the differences between these cars and trucks and conventional, gasoline-powered vehicles. The First Responder Safety Training provides a proactive approach to keeping emergency personnel and the citizens they serve safe.”

“With the Clean Cities Learning Program, the NAFTC has been increasing availability and awareness of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles while training Clean Cities coordinators, technicians, first responders and instructors,” Ebron added.