Never put off the half done enterprises, and let progress drop off. The San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition that has built up the leading clean vehicle and energy support market in Southern California will not take a no on another year of making clean vehicles common, and let the local clean energy habits the Department of Energy keeps tabs on turn flat.
Converting San Diegans from their old gas habits to electric vehicles and hybrids, if not fuel economy cars, has already produced a good value in return for the large investment. Near two million gallons of gas has been saved by drivers participating in the local EV Project.
Nissan Leafs, Chevy Volts, and the Ford Focus continue to take the places of the old gas guzzlers. The end of 2012 was a quarter the plan that has made it possible for drivers to drive near 11 million miles on alternative energy went ahead strong. The more than 80 community based organizations in the coalition have never let San Diego have a dull year in building both public and private energy stops. A clean vehicle market that has grown day after day is set for a full year of steady growth.
New models again came out of the clean production gates for 2013. A Lexus hybrid model made the show decks at the UCSD 2012 Car Show that featured smart applications released by Ford that make driving control, and trip efficiency, easy to fit to the road location, informing drivers on the right lane changes, and to the traffic conditions, fast to warn you need to stop. Plans to go the distance on electricity less often get cancelled these days.
And, the now popular cars are not too many to have fueled out on the road, or at the workplace. NRG energy's eVgo offers chargers to install at the workplace that keep worker's cars and trucks, and fleet vehicles, charged up. Retail business customers near major thoroughfares in San Diego are offered the opportunity to put in a Freedom Station that gives drivers a stop to make a quick charge at, while they pick up some merchandise.
Electricity, of course, remains the just the lead clean energy product. Not the only one SDRCCC motivates customers to choose instead the main oil fuel Americans have depended on. Camry CNG fuel models hit the 2013 market at the UCSD car show. Just opened, the Expo Propane fueling station locate at Kettner Boulevard near the airport I-5 exit at Washington Street made the hard to find on the road propane convenient for fleet trucks and forklifts, and industries located near the junction that need propane cylinders. Even locals who cook on a propane BBQ can count on a stop in.
Alternative fuel cars have been shipping in higher number since Atlanta joined the clean cities markets last August with two other major cities, Chicago and Philadelphia.
The electric charging that used to be a rare sight in San Diego now is big daily job seen out to the limits in the county. One still in demand. And, one often seen at a passing glance.
The line continues next week.
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