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Fleets News

Product Claims 10% Fuel Savings

Posted: April 8, 2014
Source: Environmental Leader.com

DriveLogik says its new product can provide fleets with up to a 10 percent fuel savings per vehicle and reduced maintenance costs.  A hardware package and monthly subscription-based software reporting includes driver performance reports to help identify driver performance. Customized instant alerts via mobile devices also identify major driving events.

DriveLogik says a long-haul truck driving 112,000 miles per year can save an average of $5,500 in fuel costs. DriveLogik’s fleet management, tracking and reporting is powered by RiskLogik’s TrackLogik software.

The software features a driver awareness panel (DAP), an intelligent in-vehicle display providing drivers with the coaching they need to drive more efficiently. It gives each driver visual and audible notifications on critical performance indicators without being intrusive.

  • Easy to use, requires no maintenance
  • Provides instant feedback through DAP
  • Promotes smarter driving, saves fuel, reduces CO2
  • Reduces truck maintenance costs, increases vehicle longevity
  • Works with all major truck brands
  • Increased productivity and efficiency for your entire fleet
  • Daily, weekly and monthly summary reporting customized by driver, by truck, by entire fleet, and more
  • Customized instant alerts via mobile device for major driving event

25 Grants Approved for Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion in Pennsylvania

Posted: March 24, 2014
Source: Environmental Protection Online.com

Act 13 has helped increase protection for private water supplies and allowed the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to give larger fines. The Act also allowed DEP to start the Natural Gas Energy Development program, which distributes $20 million in grants over three years to help pay for natural gas vehicle conversion costs for fleet vehicles.

“Act 13 not only strengthened oversight of the drilling industry, it allows us to continue growing jobs while cleaning the air at the same time,” Corbett said.  “Natural gas, particularly from the shale formations here in Pennsylvania, is an abundant, affordable, domestic fuel that is putting this country on a path to energy independence.”

The $6.3 million that is currently being awarded goes to 19 companies and organizations making the switch to natural gas. Another $1.4 million, for a total of $7.7 million, will be given to more companies in later summer.

For more information about Act 13 grants, please click here.


EPA Celebrates 10 Years of SmartWay Partnerships

Posted: March 19, 2014

Voluntary program saves companies billions in fuel costs while cutting pollution

WASHINGTON — EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is celebrating 10 years as a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest most energy-efficient way possible, saving businesses money while protecting public health and fighting climate change. Over the last 10 years, SmartWay has eliminated 51.6 million metric tons of carbon pollution, resulting in savings of more than120 million barrels of oil, and $16.8 billion in fuel costs.

SmartWay helps businesses move more goods more miles with lower emissions and less energy by helping accelerate the availability, adoption and market penetration of advanced fuel efficient technologies and operational practices in the freight supply chain, while lowering costs and improving environmental performance.

“SmartWay’s success over the past decade means cleaner air for Americans to breathe, and also lower shipping costs for businesses – a win-win,” said Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “The partnership uses innovative technology to help national and multinational corporations operate a more connected, clean and climate-friendly global freight network.”

Ten years ago, SmartWay started with 15 Charter Partners, freight sector business leaders that shared and supported the initial vision of moving freight more efficiently, saving money on fuel costs and advancing fuel efficient technologies. Since then, the program has grown to over 3,000 Partners including some of the nation’s largest freight shippers, such as Best Buy Co., Inc., Hewlett Packard, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, and Sharp Electronics. Recently, General Motors and the U.S. Postal Service have joined the program. The program has recently expanded into Canada, which will allow U.S. businesses to access one seamless cross-border program with the nation’s largest trading partner.
SmartWay has inspired other large U.S. trade partners, including China and Mexico, to initiate similar green freight programs, making it easier for multinational companies to understand their global goods movement footprint. Leading such a global sustainability effort requires ongoing innovation and collaboration with multiple freight industry sectors. For example, this year SmartWay will offer a first-of-its-kind environmental assessment tool for the inland barge industry.

The SmartWay Partnership is a public-private initiative between EPA, large and small trucking companies, rail carriers, logistics companies, commercial manufacturers, retailers, and other federal and state agencies.

Information about SmartWay’s 10th anniversary: www.epa.gov/smartway/about/smartway10.htm.

General information about SmartWay: www.epa.gov/smartway.

SmartWay Case Studies: www.epa.gov/smartway/about/outreach.htm


PPG Refinish Releases 2014 Distributor Training Schedule

Posted: March 12, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

PPG Automotive Refinish has unveiled its 2014 distributor training schedule.

Consisting of more than 30 classes across 12 critical business areas, the training is designed for owners, managers, sales staff and other key personnel involved in the operation of a PPG distributor business. The courses make up a comprehensive curriculum PPG has created to support all its distributors by providing the practical and professional skills required to successfully run a productive and profitable enterprise.

“Distributor success is something PPG cares about and is absolutely committed to, and that means providing great products and great training,” said Bob Wenzinger, PPG distributor programs director. “We continue to place a significant emphasis on making sure all PPG distributors have everything they need to build and operate an efficient and effective business.”

According to Wenzinger, the distributor training PPG offers can have a significant and positive impact on every aspect of a distributor’s operations. Classes cover general operations, finance, business development and management, conflict resolution, selling skills and commercial business development.

“We’re always enhancing our distributor training offerings, making sure they’re relevant and rewarding,” added Wenzinger. “We see PPG distributors at all levels learning and improving from our courses.”

Training will be held throughout the year – from March to December – in PPG Business Development Centers and conference facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Courses are led by PPG leadership as well as by prominent consultants in the automotive refinish industry.

To view the complete schedule, click here.


More information:PPG


Consider all the Costs of Compressed Air

Posted: March 12, 2014
Kaeser: blog for the compressed air user
Source: Susan Hodges, System Design Engineer, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

The purchase price of a compressor is an important consideration when comparing new equipment options, but it’s only one of several cost components that affect the overall cost of owning and operating an air system. Low price options often have higher life cycle costs.

Installation, energy, maintenance and repair, as well as lost time and materials each greatly impact the overall bottom line of your compressed air system. Be sure to consider each of these other cost drivers as you are making a purchasing decision. In many cases, the benefits in one area outweigh the costs in another and vice versa.

Installation: The equipment you select directly impacts installation costs. It’s common for buyers to build separate rooms or structures to isolate noisy, vibrating compressors from employees and customers for the sake of safety and comfort. When selecting equipment, it is always a good idea to review the sound pressure level, general environmental requirements, such as air intake and discharge, and general electrical requirements of the equipment. Choices in piping also impact installation time and labor.

Energy: Compressors are by nature energy intensive. Your energy costs depend on the compressor size (hp), how much you run it, and your local utility rates, but even small compressors are often the largest energy user in a shop. Compressor efficiency varies widely between types and brands of compressors, so there are opportunities for significant savings. One major source for savings that is often overlooked is recovering the heat generated by the compressor—even for small compressors. Since 100% of the electrical energy used by the compressor is converted into heat and 96% of this energy is available for recovery, the savings potential with heat recovery is huge.

Maintenance and repair: Be sure you understand the preventive maintenance as well as periodic major maintenance requirements of equipment you are comparing. Also, system sizing and installation location impact the duty cycle and heat load on the compressor. These factors heavily influence longevity.

Lost time and materials: Often overlooked (because they are harder to calculate) are the costs of lost productivity due to downtime as well as wasted time/materials and reduced tool life due to poor air quality or fluctuating pressure. These may be among the highest costs associated with compressed air, and they can quickly erase the savings gained during the equipment purchase.

For more information and energy saving tips, visit Kaeser’s sustainability page.


Obama to tighten fuel efficiency standards for big trucks

Posted: February 18, 2019
Source: The Washington Post – Post Politics
By Juliet Eilperin

President Obama will announce Tuesday that the federal government will further tighten fuel efficiency for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, according to a White House official, as part of the president’s ongoing effort to use his executive authority to address climate change.

Obama’s directive to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, which he will announce at the Safeway distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Md., marks the second time he has mandated a cut in fuel consumption and carbon emissions from larger trucks. This category, which encompasses all vehicles weighing more than 8,500 pounds, ranges from large pick-up trucks and school buses to massive 18-wheel tractor-trailers.

An earlier rule, finalized in September 2011, improved the fleet’s fuel efficiency by between  9 percent and 23 percent, with the largest trucks experiencing the largest reductions. The Obama administration estimates that those standards, which applied to the model years 2014 through 2018, cost the industry roughly $8 billion but would save truck users about $50 billion in fuel costs over the lifetimes of the vehicles.

The new greenhouse gas standards will become final by March 2016, according to a fact sheet provided by the White House, and apply to subsequent model years. The White House did not specify what reduction targets it hoped to achieve through the new rule.

Unlike some of the president’s greenhouse gas proposals, which have prompted a backlash from the affected industries, many truck suppliers have embraced the idea of reducing carbon emissions.

“The juxtaposition between the positions of the motor vehicle and power sectors on the president’s climate action plan is startling,” S. William Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, wrote in an e-mail. “While truck manufacturers are lining up behind the plan pledging their support and cooperation, most of the power plant industry is fighting it tooth and nail.”

In 2011 transportation accounted for about 28 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, second only to the electricity sector. Heavy-duty vehicles represent a major opportunity to cut transportation oil use and carbon pollution.

In 2010, heavy-duty vehicles represented just four percent of registered vehicles on the road in the U.S., but they accounted for roughly a quarter of the transport sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. They are the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions within transportation, after cars and light-trucks.

Obama is unveiling the proposal at Safeway, said a White House official who asked not to be identified because the event had not taken place, because the company has invested in more efficient trucks and trailers, through both better aerodynamics and more efficient tires.

“What the president plans is a classic example of using executive power to make further reductions in greenhouse gases from one of the most notorious emission sources,” Frank O’Donnell, president of the advocacy group Clean Air Watch, wrote in an e-mail.


Clean Diesel Rebates Available from EPA for Public and Private Construction Equipment

Posted: December 4, 2013
Source: EPA National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC)

EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign opened a new rebate program on November 20, 2013. This round of rebates focuses on the retrofit and replacement of nonroad construction equipment engines in both public and private fleets. The total funding for this opportunity is approximately $2 million. To learn more about the rebate program, applicant and location eligibility, technology options, and selection process, please visit EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Program Construction Rebates website.

EPA will collect rebate applications from November 20, 2013, to January 15, 2014. Applicants may submit only one application for up to five pieces of equipment and up to $120,000 in rebate funds. Applications may be downloaded from the website. Completed applications and required documentation should be sent by email with the subject line “DERA Construction Equipment Rebate Application.”

EPA will offer a webinar to interested applicants on December 9, 2013, at 1pm EST. Webinar registration.


EPA and DOE Release Annual Fuel Economy Guide with 2014 Models

Posted: December 3, 2013
Source: U.S. EPA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with a valuable resource to identify and choose the most fuel efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs. The 2014 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in a variety of classes and sizes, ensuring a wide variety of choices available for consumers.

“For American families, the financial and environmental bottom lines are high priorities when shopping for a new vehicle,” said Administrator Gina McCarthy.” This year’s guide is not just about how the latest models stack up against each other; it’s about providing people the best information possible to make smart decisions affecting their pocketbooks and the planet.”

“The Energy Department is committed to building a strong 21st century transportation sector that cuts harmful pollution, saves consumers’ money and leads to a more sustainable energy future,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “By providing reliable, user-friendly fuel economy information, the Fuel Economy Guide is helping Americans choose the right fuel efficient vehicle for their family and business and save money at the pump.”

The guide provides “Top Ten” lists allowing consumers to see the most efficient advanced technology vehicles as well as the most efficient gasoline and diesel powered vehicles. Consumers will also find a broad range of information in the guide that can be helpful while shopping for a new vehicle— including an estimated annual fuel cost for each vehicle. The estimate is based on the vehicle’s miles per gallon (mpg) rating and national estimates for annual mileage and fuel prices. An online version of the guide, available through www.fueleconomy.gov, allows consumers to enter local gasoline prices and typical driving habits to receive a personalized fuel cost estimate. Also, for the second consecutive year, the guide includes a 1-10 greenhouse gas rating for each model, providing a quick and easy way for consumers to identify vehicles with low greenhouse gas emissions.

EPA fuel economy estimates are the best way to compare the fuel economy among vehicles. Official fuel economy testing is controlled, repeatable, and accounts for a variety of real-world conditions for the average driver, like air conditioning usage and a variety of speed and temperature conditions. Individual mileage will vary depending on factors such as driving style, high air conditioning usage, carrying extra weight and towing, and weather.

For tips on more efficient driving check out the gas mileage tips at http://fueleconomy.gov/feg/drive.shtml.

More information, including a complete version of the guide and details on the fuel economy labels: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/ and at http://fueleconomy.gov/m/ for mobile devices. EPA and DOE will update the guide online as more 2014 vehicles become available.


Webinar: National Highway Institute: Part 3: Outreach and Discussion on Program Performance Information

August 29, Noon-1:30 PM (EDT) – Part 3: Outreach and Discussion on Program Performance Information

The purpose of this webinar is to gather Transportation Alternatives Program performance information.


Webinar: National Highway Institute: Part 2: TAP Implementation Roundtable Discussion

August 12, Noon-1:30 PM (EDT) – Part 2: TAP Implementation Roundtable Discussion

The purpose of this webinar is to highlight how SDOTs and MPOs have implemented the Transportation Alternatives Program.


Posted: April 8, 2014
Source: Environmental Leader.com

DriveLogik says its new product can provide fleets with up to a 10 percent fuel savings per vehicle and reduced maintenance costs.  A hardware package and monthly subscription-based software reporting includes driver performance reports to help identify driver performance. Customized instant alerts via mobile devices also identify major driving events.

DriveLogik says a long-haul truck driving 112,000 miles per year can save an average of $5,500 in fuel costs. DriveLogik’s fleet management, tracking and reporting is powered by RiskLogik’s TrackLogik software.

The software features a driver awareness panel (DAP), an intelligent in-vehicle display providing drivers with the coaching they need to drive more efficiently. It gives each driver visual and audible notifications on critical performance indicators without being intrusive.

  • Easy to use, requires no maintenance
  • Provides instant feedback through DAP
  • Promotes smarter driving, saves fuel, reduces CO2
  • Reduces truck maintenance costs, increases vehicle longevity
  • Works with all major truck brands
  • Increased productivity and efficiency for your entire fleet
  • Daily, weekly and monthly summary reporting customized by driver, by truck, by entire fleet, and more
  • Customized instant alerts via mobile device for major driving event

Posted: March 24, 2014
Source: Environmental Protection Online.com

Act 13 has helped increase protection for private water supplies and allowed the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to give larger fines. The Act also allowed DEP to start the Natural Gas Energy Development program, which distributes $20 million in grants over three years to help pay for natural gas vehicle conversion costs for fleet vehicles.

“Act 13 not only strengthened oversight of the drilling industry, it allows us to continue growing jobs while cleaning the air at the same time,” Corbett said.  “Natural gas, particularly from the shale formations here in Pennsylvania, is an abundant, affordable, domestic fuel that is putting this country on a path to energy independence.”

The $6.3 million that is currently being awarded goes to 19 companies and organizations making the switch to natural gas. Another $1.4 million, for a total of $7.7 million, will be given to more companies in later summer.

For more information about Act 13 grants, please click here.

Posted: March 19, 2014

Voluntary program saves companies billions in fuel costs while cutting pollution

WASHINGTON — EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is celebrating 10 years as a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest most energy-efficient way possible, saving businesses money while protecting public health and fighting climate change. Over the last 10 years, SmartWay has eliminated 51.6 million metric tons of carbon pollution, resulting in savings of more than120 million barrels of oil, and $16.8 billion in fuel costs.

SmartWay helps businesses move more goods more miles with lower emissions and less energy by helping accelerate the availability, adoption and market penetration of advanced fuel efficient technologies and operational practices in the freight supply chain, while lowering costs and improving environmental performance.

“SmartWay’s success over the past decade means cleaner air for Americans to breathe, and also lower shipping costs for businesses – a win-win,” said Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “The partnership uses innovative technology to help national and multinational corporations operate a more connected, clean and climate-friendly global freight network.”

Ten years ago, SmartWay started with 15 Charter Partners, freight sector business leaders that shared and supported the initial vision of moving freight more efficiently, saving money on fuel costs and advancing fuel efficient technologies. Since then, the program has grown to over 3,000 Partners including some of the nation’s largest freight shippers, such as Best Buy Co., Inc., Hewlett Packard, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, and Sharp Electronics. Recently, General Motors and the U.S. Postal Service have joined the program. The program has recently expanded into Canada, which will allow U.S. businesses to access one seamless cross-border program with the nation’s largest trading partner.
SmartWay has inspired other large U.S. trade partners, including China and Mexico, to initiate similar green freight programs, making it easier for multinational companies to understand their global goods movement footprint. Leading such a global sustainability effort requires ongoing innovation and collaboration with multiple freight industry sectors. For example, this year SmartWay will offer a first-of-its-kind environmental assessment tool for the inland barge industry.

The SmartWay Partnership is a public-private initiative between EPA, large and small trucking companies, rail carriers, logistics companies, commercial manufacturers, retailers, and other federal and state agencies.

Information about SmartWay’s 10th anniversary: www.epa.gov/smartway/about/smartway10.htm.

General information about SmartWay: www.epa.gov/smartway.

SmartWay Case Studies: www.epa.gov/smartway/about/outreach.htm

Posted: March 12, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

PPG Automotive Refinish has unveiled its 2014 distributor training schedule.

Consisting of more than 30 classes across 12 critical business areas, the training is designed for owners, managers, sales staff and other key personnel involved in the operation of a PPG distributor business. The courses make up a comprehensive curriculum PPG has created to support all its distributors by providing the practical and professional skills required to successfully run a productive and profitable enterprise.

“Distributor success is something PPG cares about and is absolutely committed to, and that means providing great products and great training,” said Bob Wenzinger, PPG distributor programs director. “We continue to place a significant emphasis on making sure all PPG distributors have everything they need to build and operate an efficient and effective business.”

According to Wenzinger, the distributor training PPG offers can have a significant and positive impact on every aspect of a distributor’s operations. Classes cover general operations, finance, business development and management, conflict resolution, selling skills and commercial business development.

“We’re always enhancing our distributor training offerings, making sure they’re relevant and rewarding,” added Wenzinger. “We see PPG distributors at all levels learning and improving from our courses.”

Training will be held throughout the year – from March to December – in PPG Business Development Centers and conference facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Courses are led by PPG leadership as well as by prominent consultants in the automotive refinish industry.

To view the complete schedule, click here.


More information:PPG

Posted: March 12, 2014
Kaeser: blog for the compressed air user
Source: Susan Hodges, System Design Engineer, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

The purchase price of a compressor is an important consideration when comparing new equipment options, but it’s only one of several cost components that affect the overall cost of owning and operating an air system. Low price options often have higher life cycle costs.

Installation, energy, maintenance and repair, as well as lost time and materials each greatly impact the overall bottom line of your compressed air system. Be sure to consider each of these other cost drivers as you are making a purchasing decision. In many cases, the benefits in one area outweigh the costs in another and vice versa.

Installation: The equipment you select directly impacts installation costs. It’s common for buyers to build separate rooms or structures to isolate noisy, vibrating compressors from employees and customers for the sake of safety and comfort. When selecting equipment, it is always a good idea to review the sound pressure level, general environmental requirements, such as air intake and discharge, and general electrical requirements of the equipment. Choices in piping also impact installation time and labor.

Energy: Compressors are by nature energy intensive. Your energy costs depend on the compressor size (hp), how much you run it, and your local utility rates, but even small compressors are often the largest energy user in a shop. Compressor efficiency varies widely between types and brands of compressors, so there are opportunities for significant savings. One major source for savings that is often overlooked is recovering the heat generated by the compressor—even for small compressors. Since 100% of the electrical energy used by the compressor is converted into heat and 96% of this energy is available for recovery, the savings potential with heat recovery is huge.

Maintenance and repair: Be sure you understand the preventive maintenance as well as periodic major maintenance requirements of equipment you are comparing. Also, system sizing and installation location impact the duty cycle and heat load on the compressor. These factors heavily influence longevity.

Lost time and materials: Often overlooked (because they are harder to calculate) are the costs of lost productivity due to downtime as well as wasted time/materials and reduced tool life due to poor air quality or fluctuating pressure. These may be among the highest costs associated with compressed air, and they can quickly erase the savings gained during the equipment purchase.

For more information and energy saving tips, visit Kaeser’s sustainability page.

Posted: February 18, 2019
Source: The Washington Post – Post Politics
By Juliet Eilperin

President Obama will announce Tuesday that the federal government will further tighten fuel efficiency for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, according to a White House official, as part of the president’s ongoing effort to use his executive authority to address climate change.

Obama’s directive to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, which he will announce at the Safeway distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Md., marks the second time he has mandated a cut in fuel consumption and carbon emissions from larger trucks. This category, which encompasses all vehicles weighing more than 8,500 pounds, ranges from large pick-up trucks and school buses to massive 18-wheel tractor-trailers.

An earlier rule, finalized in September 2011, improved the fleet’s fuel efficiency by between  9 percent and 23 percent, with the largest trucks experiencing the largest reductions. The Obama administration estimates that those standards, which applied to the model years 2014 through 2018, cost the industry roughly $8 billion but would save truck users about $50 billion in fuel costs over the lifetimes of the vehicles.

The new greenhouse gas standards will become final by March 2016, according to a fact sheet provided by the White House, and apply to subsequent model years. The White House did not specify what reduction targets it hoped to achieve through the new rule.

Unlike some of the president’s greenhouse gas proposals, which have prompted a backlash from the affected industries, many truck suppliers have embraced the idea of reducing carbon emissions.

“The juxtaposition between the positions of the motor vehicle and power sectors on the president’s climate action plan is startling,” S. William Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, wrote in an e-mail. “While truck manufacturers are lining up behind the plan pledging their support and cooperation, most of the power plant industry is fighting it tooth and nail.”

In 2011 transportation accounted for about 28 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, second only to the electricity sector. Heavy-duty vehicles represent a major opportunity to cut transportation oil use and carbon pollution.

In 2010, heavy-duty vehicles represented just four percent of registered vehicles on the road in the U.S., but they accounted for roughly a quarter of the transport sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. They are the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions within transportation, after cars and light-trucks.

Obama is unveiling the proposal at Safeway, said a White House official who asked not to be identified because the event had not taken place, because the company has invested in more efficient trucks and trailers, through both better aerodynamics and more efficient tires.

“What the president plans is a classic example of using executive power to make further reductions in greenhouse gases from one of the most notorious emission sources,” Frank O’Donnell, president of the advocacy group Clean Air Watch, wrote in an e-mail.

Posted: December 4, 2013
Source: EPA National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC)

EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign opened a new rebate program on November 20, 2013. This round of rebates focuses on the retrofit and replacement of nonroad construction equipment engines in both public and private fleets. The total funding for this opportunity is approximately $2 million. To learn more about the rebate program, applicant and location eligibility, technology options, and selection process, please visit EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Program Construction Rebates website.

EPA will collect rebate applications from November 20, 2013, to January 15, 2014. Applicants may submit only one application for up to five pieces of equipment and up to $120,000 in rebate funds. Applications may be downloaded from the website. Completed applications and required documentation should be sent by email with the subject line “DERA Construction Equipment Rebate Application.”

EPA will offer a webinar to interested applicants on December 9, 2013, at 1pm EST. Webinar registration.

Posted: December 3, 2013
Source: U.S. EPA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with a valuable resource to identify and choose the most fuel efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs. The 2014 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in a variety of classes and sizes, ensuring a wide variety of choices available for consumers.

“For American families, the financial and environmental bottom lines are high priorities when shopping for a new vehicle,” said Administrator Gina McCarthy.” This year’s guide is not just about how the latest models stack up against each other; it’s about providing people the best information possible to make smart decisions affecting their pocketbooks and the planet.”

“The Energy Department is committed to building a strong 21st century transportation sector that cuts harmful pollution, saves consumers’ money and leads to a more sustainable energy future,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “By providing reliable, user-friendly fuel economy information, the Fuel Economy Guide is helping Americans choose the right fuel efficient vehicle for their family and business and save money at the pump.”

The guide provides “Top Ten” lists allowing consumers to see the most efficient advanced technology vehicles as well as the most efficient gasoline and diesel powered vehicles. Consumers will also find a broad range of information in the guide that can be helpful while shopping for a new vehicle— including an estimated annual fuel cost for each vehicle. The estimate is based on the vehicle’s miles per gallon (mpg) rating and national estimates for annual mileage and fuel prices. An online version of the guide, available through www.fueleconomy.gov, allows consumers to enter local gasoline prices and typical driving habits to receive a personalized fuel cost estimate. Also, for the second consecutive year, the guide includes a 1-10 greenhouse gas rating for each model, providing a quick and easy way for consumers to identify vehicles with low greenhouse gas emissions.

EPA fuel economy estimates are the best way to compare the fuel economy among vehicles. Official fuel economy testing is controlled, repeatable, and accounts for a variety of real-world conditions for the average driver, like air conditioning usage and a variety of speed and temperature conditions. Individual mileage will vary depending on factors such as driving style, high air conditioning usage, carrying extra weight and towing, and weather.

For tips on more efficient driving check out the gas mileage tips at http://fueleconomy.gov/feg/drive.shtml.

More information, including a complete version of the guide and details on the fuel economy labels: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/ and at http://fueleconomy.gov/m/ for mobile devices. EPA and DOE will update the guide online as more 2014 vehicles become available.

August 29, Noon-1:30 PM (EDT) – Part 3: Outreach and Discussion on Program Performance Information

The purpose of this webinar is to gather Transportation Alternatives Program performance information.

August 12, Noon-1:30 PM (EDT) – Part 2: TAP Implementation Roundtable Discussion

The purpose of this webinar is to highlight how SDOTs and MPOs have implemented the Transportation Alternatives Program.