Welcome to the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition’s (C5) website. C5 is a group of local stakeholders whose mission is to expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure throughout the Central Coast. C5 is best described as a clearing house for people to get together and learn more about AFVs (e.g., what is required, what is available, how to purchase AFVs, and where to fuel them).
C5 is part of the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program. Representing a nation continually striving for energy independence, the Department of Energy created the Clean Cities Program as a means to educate the public and private sectors of the benefits that alternative fuels can offer. Visit the Depatment of Energy Clean Cities website by clicking here and find out more about the beneftis of alternative fuel vehicles that the Department of Energy makes available by clicking here.
Visit fueleconomy.gov for the official U.S. government source for fuel economy information.
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The Central Coast Secures $250,000 for EV Charging
The Air Pollution Control Districts in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, C5 and the Community Environmental Council have secured $250,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission to develop an Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Plan for the Central Coast of California. One of the goals is to develop a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging infrastructure along the Highway 101 corridor through the Central Coast, connecting Southern California and the Bay Area.
This funding will be used to facilitate all aspects of the installation of PEV charging stations on the Central Coast, which is forecasted as an early adopter market for PEVs. Electric vehicles are gaining popularity and to accommodate these new vehicles a cohesive infrastructure plan is needed to ensure a smooth rollout of the new transportation technology. As new development on the Readiness Plan are available the inforamtion will be made available here.
For more information on EV activities on the Central Coast check out our EV Coummunity Readiness page.
Idling Gets You Nowhere!
C5 launched the 'Idling Gets You Nowhere' campaign to reduce idling on the Central Coast at Earth Day 2012! Congresswoman Lois Capps was the first individual to pledge to the 'Idling Gets You Nowhere' campaign. Idling a vehicle for more than 10 seconds not only pollutes the air, but increases how much fuel you use. We asked and are asking everyone to take the pledge to go idle-free! Simply go online to www.c-5.org/noidling.php and take the pledge. Our goal is to get 1,000 community members to go idle-free. Help us reach that goal by taking the pledge today!
In July 2011, the California Energy Commission launched its latest program for alternative fuels and vehicle technology, DRIVE, http://www.energy.ca.gov/drive/. The program provides incentives for everyone from consumers to fleet manufacturers to promote the development of alternative and renewable fuels, in addition to utilizing these vehicles to promote sustainability.