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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).

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 Department of Energy Clean Cities website by clicking here and find out more about the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles that the Department of Energy makes available by clicking here.
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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!