Old School Meets New, Adams 14 Celebrates Greener School Buses at Community Event

Press Release

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (August 22, 2013) – Adams County School District 14 (Adams 14) invites the community to celebrate the launch of three environmentally friendly propane school buses.  These new buses are the result of funding awarded to Adams 14 by the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC).

What:   Celebration to highlight the new fleet of propane buses in Adams 14

  • Free hot dogs, chips, and popsicles
  • “Test ride” the new buses
  • Informational booths

When:   Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013,  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where:  Adams City High School, 7200 Quebec Parkway, Commerce City

In 2012, the District applied for and received  funding  from the RAQC that allowed Adams 14 to replace three older, high-polluting diesel buses with three propane buses. The addition of the new buses will both improve air quality and reduce fuel costs.  Adams 14 is just the seventh district in Colorado to introduce propane school buses. 

The District’s new buses, which are manufactured by Blue Bird, offer many benefits over conventionally fueled school buses. Not only do they reduce carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and total hydrocarbon emissions, but they also virtually eliminate particulate matter.  Additionally, noise levels on the buses are decreased by as much as 50 percent when compared to diesel counterparts, which makes it easier to hear the children on board.  Fuel costs are also reduced by 40 to 50 percent over diesel buses, and because propane autogas burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, it results in less engine wear and tear and reduced maintenance costs.

Adams 14 transportation services manager Albert Francisco estimates that replacing the old buses with the new will, on an annual basis, reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 35,800 pounds, save $12,000 in fuel cost and positively impact on-board interaction. 

 “We are pleased to offer improved air quality to our children and our community, as well as significant cost savings to our district, with the addition of these cleaner propane buses,” said Francisco. “We are grateful to the support of the RAQC in helping us make this happen.”

“Both the students and the drivers love the reduced noise,” Francisco continued.  “And, because students don’t have to yell at each other to be heard, there is actually a decrease in student management issues.”

The District took possession of the buses in May; students began experiencing the new buses for the first time at the start of the new school year on August 12.

About Adams 14:
Adams 14 is Colorado’s 26th largest school district, and serves more than 7,500 students annually. Nestled in the historic community of Commerce City, Adams 14 strives to ensure academic success for every student by providing highly effective classroom instruction, supplemental enrichment opportunities and parent/family collaboration opportunities.  To learn more about Adams 14, visit adams14.org.

About the Regional Air Quality Council:

The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) is the lead air quality planning agency for the seven‐county Denver metropolitan area. The Council’s main purpose is to develop plans and programs to keep the region in compliance with federal air quality standards, with significant input from area citizens, business, and local governments. The RAQC also develops and implements initiatives to help public and private on and off road operators voluntarily reduce emissions and fuel consumption. To learn more about the RAQC, visit www.raqc.org.

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Charge Ahead Colorado

Charge Ahead Colorado

The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) have closed the current Charge Ahead Colorado funding period. The RAQC and CEO will open the next application round in April. The next deadline for funding is 5:00 PM MST on May 1, 2014. 

For more information on Charge Ahead Coloradoa summary of funding amounts, criteria, eligibility and how to apply, please click here.

Photo credit: Ambur Cole Photography

Charge Ahead Colorado Grant Application Open

Charge Ahead Colorado Grant Application Open

The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) have opened a fourth round of funding for the seven-county Denver Metro Area. The next deadline for funding is 5:00 PM MST on October 1, 2013. 

For more information on Charge Ahead Coloradoa summary of funding amounts, criteria, eligibility and how to apply, please click here.

Photo credit: Ambur Cole Photography

Charge Ahead Colorado Program Brings 41 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to State

Press Release

Charge Ahead Colorado — a program formed in partnership by the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) to improve air quality and encourage the deployment of electric vehicles — has awarded 13 public entities and two not-for-profit organizations with grant funding to support the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) and the expansion of EV infrastructure. Overall, the program will provide financial support for the purchase of 10 EV fleet vehicles and the construction of 41 new EV charging stations across the state.

The following entities have received funding from Charge Ahead Colorado:

  • American Lung Association
  • City of Arvada
  • City of Aurora
  • City of Boulder
  • City of Colorado Springs
  • City and County of Denver, Department of Environmental Health
  • City of Durango
  • City of Fort Collins
  • City of Golden
  • City of Lafayette
  • City of Lakewood
  • City of Loveland
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW-68)
  • Pueblo County
  • Town of Carbondale

A list of projects and descriptions may be found here.

The new charging stations supported by the Charge Ahead Colorado Program will increase the total public charging stations in the state from 79 to 116. The 37 public EV charging stations being installed under the program will be placed in easily accessible locations such as court houses and transit centers. Many of them will offer free charging, or allow free charging when regular parking fees are paid.  The additional four private charging stations will allow local governments and other entities to expand the use of EV in their fleets.

“While the number of public and private fleets and individuals interested in electric vehicles has grown in recent years, many have questioned whether there are enough charging stations to truly serve EV drivers,” said Ken Lloyd, executive director of the RAQC.  “We are pleased to be partnering with CEO to offer funding that will help to alleviate these concerns and expand EV infrastructure to support the further adoption of EVs in the metro area and across the state. Our air quality will definitely benefit.”

Charge Ahead Colorado is made possible by two separate funding sources: 1. a federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) grant awarded to the RAQC by the Federal Highway Administration and administered through the Denver Regional Council of Governments and the Colorado Department of Transportation, and 2. Colorado’s state legislature, who in 2009 established a fund within the CEO to administer grants to local governments for electric vehicle infrastructure. The program directly contributes to the RAQC’s efforts to improve the air quality in the seven-county Denver Metro region and CEO’s efforts to continue the upward trend of innovation in the diversity of transportation fuels in Colorado.

“Electric vehicles are a key component of Colorado’s effort to diversify our transportation fuels mix,” said Tom Hunt, Policy Programs Manager at the Colorado Energy Office.  “We are happy to work with the RAQC and our local government partners to remove barriers to EV adoption by expanding access to charging stations.”

The RAQC has opened an additional opportunity for funding for EV and EV infrastructure that will close on July 1, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.cleanairfleets.org for more information. 

RAQC Announces Second Round of EV/EVSE Funding

The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) have opened the second round application period for EV and EVSE funding. Applicants should note a number of changes have been made to the application. Applicants are encouraged to review the updated application carefully. 

Based on applicant input during the question and answer session, the RAQC and CEO have made changes and offered clarifications to the EV and EVSE application. The updates are outlined in the Question and Answer Session Responses. To access the document, please click here. Please review this document in its entirety.

Please click here to access the updated application and review a summary of funding amounts, criteria, eligibility and how to apply.

RAQC Announces EV/EVSE Funding

 

The RAQC is pleased to announce funding to support the acquisition of electric vehicles (EVs) and installation of electric vehicle charging stations (EVSE).

The RAQC and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) have partnered to provide this opportunity in an effort to improve air quality and encourage the deployment of electric vehicles across the State of Colorado.

Applicants should note a number of changes have been made to the application. Applicants are encouraged to review the updated application carefully. To access the application and a summary of funding amounts, criteria, eligibility and how to apply, please click here.

Advanced Fleet Technology Forum

    

On November 14, 2012, public and private fleets came together at Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High to dig into dynamic fleet technologies and discover new equipment, upcoming programs and important funding opportunities available to fleets. Find breakout presentations below or click here to see the day’s agenda.

●    Public Fleet Efficiency Track
●    Private Fleet Efficiency Track
●    Natural Gas Vehicle & Infrastructure Track
●    Program & Policy Development
●    Finance Panel
●    Electric Vehicle & Infrastructure Track
●    SmartWay

Click here to view a slideshow with pictures from the event.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Advanced Fleet Technology Forum a success. 

Technology

Please see the Diesel, Gasoline, Electric Vehicle, Natural Gas and Other tabs for more information on how to implement these technologies on your fleet. 

Idle Reduction Technologies

Engine and Hydraulic Preheaters

Engine and hydraulic preheaters warm engine fluids to operating temperature to eliminate idling. The units can be installed in tandem with the hydraulic heater to heat hydraulic fluids at the same time. In addition, there are options available for in-cab heating. The units provide up to 80% fuel savings compared to idling the engine and significantly reduce engine wear and tear and the need for costly engine rebuilds. These units cost $1,300 – $5,000 depending on a number of factors. Depending on funding availability, the RAQC will install this technology on local government and public works, school district, private, off-road and over-the-road fleet vehicles. 

Brochure
Spec Sheets

Auxiliary Power Unit (APU)

APU’s provide air conditioning, heating and electrical power for over-the-road trucks to reduce the need for idling. The units provide up to 80% fuel savings compared to idling the engine and significantly reduce engine wear and tear and the need for costly engine rebuilds. APUs cost up to $10,000. Depending on funding availability, the RAQC will install this technology on over-the-road fleet vehicles.

Global Positioning System (GPS)

Installation of GPS tracking units allow fleet management to reduce idling time, fuel usage and streamline routing which can reduce congestion and wasted vehicle operating hours.

Truck Facility Electrification

 

Emissions Control Technologies

Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC)

The DOC is a simple muffler replacement that reduces particulates by 20% – 40% and costs $1,000+ depending on vehicle horsepower. Depending on funding availability, the RAQC will install this technology on local government and public works, school district, private and off-road fleet vehicles.

Closed Crankcase Filtration Unit (CCF)

CCFs units close the crankcase through a closed loop system that re-circulates and filter crankcase emissions reducing in-cab emissions and costs $400+ depending on vehicle horsepower. Depending on funding availability, the RAQC will install this technology on local government and public works, school district, private and off-road fleet vehicles.

Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)

The DPFs are muffler replacements that provide 90% emissions reductions. The units require periodic maintenance and the use of ULSD fuel. DMFs cost $9,000+ depending on vehicle horsepower. The technology can be installed on local government and public works, school district, and private fleet vehicles.

New Vehicles

Diesel/Hydraulic Vehicles (HLA)

The EPA has developed an innovative new hydraulic hybrid system to provide cost-effective, ultra-clean and efficient vehicles.  This new hybrid system provides “launch assist” by capturing most energy lost during braking and uses it to propel the vehicle after its next stop. 

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

 

 

Natural Gas & Propane

Program Overview

Funding is available for natural gas and propane vehicles through the ALT Fuels Colorado Vehicle Program to help public and private fleets achieve clean, cost effective, and efficient operations. The program has helped many public, non-profit, and private fleets in Colorado’s ozone non attainment area and carbon monoxide maintenance areas to transition their fleets to natural gas and propane vehicles. To view a full list of projects awarded through ALT Fuels Colorado Vehicle Program to date, please click here.

Funding Availability

RAQC is currently taking applications for natural gas and propane vehicle funding through our ALT Fuels Colorado Vehicle Program. In most cases, the RAQC has funding for 80% of the incremental cost between the alternatively fueled vehicle and the equivalent conventionally fueled vehicle. A 20% match on the vehicle cost is required to participate in the program. The RAQC does not have funding for natural gas or propane infrastructure. For more information on funding for natural gas or propane infrastructure, please see the Refuel Colorado website, run by the Colorado Energy Office.

Eligibility

Interested fleets must operate in the seven county metro Denver area or along the Colorado Front Range. Please visit our ALT Fuels Colorado Vehicle Program page or contact the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) to determine if your fleet is eligible for funding.

Eligible vehicles include school buses, trash trucks, water trucks, delivery vehicles, transit buses and other on-road vehicles greater than 6,001 GVW.

Application

Please visit our ALT Fuels Colorado Vehicle Program page or  contact RAQC staff for application materials.

Benefits

Using natural gas vehicles can benefit a fleet’s bottom line and help improve air quality in Colorado. The following list outlines a number of benefits to natural gas fleet vehicles.

– Natural gas is domestically produced and decreases United States reliance on foreign oil
– Natural gas is less expensive than diesel
– When compared to conventional fuel sources, natural gas vehicles emit fewer harmful pollutants
– Natural gas vehicles promote greening government initiatives

 

For a complete listing of the many benefits associated with reduced emissions and improved air quality, please see the Benefits tab.

Electric

Program Overview

Starting in late 2012, Clean Air Fleets began to roll out its new Charge Ahead Colorado program to provide funding for electric vehicles (EV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). EV and EVSE implementation can help public and private fleets achieve clean, cost effective, and efficient operations. Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are fueled by electricity that comes directly from the power grid. All electric vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions and can provide fleets with great fuel savings. At this time, the RAQC has funding for both EV and EVSE implementation with priority directed to those organizations that are excluded from the Colorado state tax credit. Please click here for a list of Charge Ahead Colorado awardees.

Funding Availability

At this time, the RAQC has funding to pay 80% of the incremental cost differential between a gasoline vehicle and the EV up to $8,260. In addition, the RAQC has funding to pay 80% of the cost of EVSE up to maximums determined by charger level and type.

Eligibility

Interested fleets must operate in the seven county Denver Metro Area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas or Jefferson Counties). Fleets operating outside of the Denver Metro Area may be eligible for electric vehcile infrastructure funding through the Colorado Energy Office. Please see the application for more information on fleet eligibility or contact the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC).

For a more detailed description of eligible projects, please see the application.

Application

For more information on funding amounts, criteria, eligibility and how to apply, please click here.

Applications will be due three times a year and will be reviewed by an Electric Vehicle Implementation Working Group (EVIWG).

Benefits

The Charge Ahead Colorado program aims to reduce the negative impacts of mobile sources in the region. Electric Vehicle implementation provides many benefits to the Denver Metro Area. Find several of these benefits below:

– Reduced harmful air pollutants;
– Reduced greenhouse gas emissions;
– Transformation of the region’s transportation system by incentivizing the development of geographically dispersed EVSE charging infrastructure;
– Increased energy security through reduced petroleum usage and implementation of clean, reliable alternative transportation;
– Technological innovation;
– Advanced fleet sustainability; and
– Promotion of greening government initiatives.

For a complete listing of the many benefits associated with reduced emissions and improved air quality, please see the Benefits tab.