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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).

Tri-County Hydrogen Readiness Plan

In May 2016 the first hydrogen fueling station opened on the Central Coast of California.The station is located at 150 S. La Cumbre Road in Santa Barbara.In 2015, The CEC announced funding for 28 new stations, which when constructed will result in 41 total stations in California.Additional stations will be funded by the CEC until there are at least 100 station across the state by 2020.In preparation for the expansion of the hydrogen network, C5 and partners in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have been working on a Tri-County Hydrogen Readiness Plan (Plan), to assist local municipalities and stakeholder in siting and install hydrogen stations. A copy of the final Plan is now available.

Fuel Cell Vehicle News

UPS will deploy its first extended-range fuel-cell vehicle in Sacramento, California, by September. The shipping giant said its prototype will be a medium-duty delivery truck that will be powered by an electric motor with a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered range extender that will enable another 125 miles of range. UPS is working with the US Department of Energy on the project. For more information visit

Clean Vehicle Rebate Program

Thinking about buying a new car? California residents can get from $1,500 to $7,000 for the purchase or lease of a new, eligible zero-emission or plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicle. For more information check out the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program website.

California Energy Commission Investment Plan Update

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is in the process of updating its 2016‐2017 Investment Plan. The Plan establishes recommended funding allocations for alternative fuel projects based on the identified needs and opportunities of a variety of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies. Prior to the adoption of the Plan Update at an Energy Commission business meeting in spring 2015, the Energy Commission expects to release a Lead Commissioner report and convene at least one additional public Advisory Committee workshop. Check the CEC website for more information on the proceedings.

Alternative Fuel Video

Check out the new C5 video produced in conjunction with key stakeholders from San Luis and Santa Barbara Counties.


Check out your cars efficiency using "My MPG". The "My MPG" tool on helps you calculate and track your fuel economy and compare it with EPA test ratings. You can also share your MPG with other users.

Shopping for a new car check out DOE's fuel economy website to compare different makes and models.

What's New

Propane Vehicle Fueling Infrastructure Costs

Department of Energy has released a report on the Costs Associated With Propane Vehicle Fueling Infrastructure. This document is designed to help individuals understand the cost factors associated with propane vehicle fueling infrastructure. It provides ball park cost ranges for a few example stations and describes many factors that can affect the final station cost.

EV Community Readiness Planning

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.

For more information on EV activities on the Central Coast check out our EV Community Readiness page.

Best Practices for Alternative Fuel

C5 has been working with experts from around the state on a Department of Energy (DOE) grant to streamline and facility the installation of alternative fuel infrastructure throughout the state of California. As part of the project "Best Practices" have been developed to streamline the installation process. To date Best Practice Guidance Documents have been developed for Hydrogen and Electric Vehicles. A guidance document is currently being adopted for compressed natural gas (CNG).

Idling Gets You Nowhere!

C5 launched the 'Idling Gets You Nowhere' campaign to reduce idling on the Central Coast! 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 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!

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