The Northern California Clean Technology Forum brings together regional and national fleet managers and industry stakeholders to explore available technology and vehicle options and look at policies, incentives, and regulations helping to move the market.
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Because of the multitude of benefits they offer, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) provide a tantalizing investment prospect for many organizations However, valuation of these investments can vary significantly within an organization.
The newest semi-trucks have a futuristic, streamline appearance more akin to a bullet train than the boxy workhorses that populated our highways over the last several decades. But it is function, not form, driving these changes.
It’s no secret, companies and government agencies like to be seen doing the right thing. Cleaning up their fleet operations is one highly-visible way to broadcast their commitment to the environment. Take a short drive and you’re likely to see vehicles with words like “clean energy”, “low emissions”, or “green fleet” in careful juxtaposition with the company logo.
Organizational fleets have long been targeted as an ideal market for alternative fuels beginning with passage of the Alternative Motor Fuels Act in 1988. Although fleets are widely considered good candidates for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), advancing these new technologies through the fleet sector has proven difficult.
The Center for Alternative Fuels will serve as a major hub of innovation, education, and adoption of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies throughout Northern California. Through the provision of a variety of valuable technical services—including a powerful new Fleet Analysis and Optimization process developed by CarbonBLU—the Center will help regional municipal and private fleets accurately assess their existing carbon emissions and regulatory compliance; fully understand the economics of conversion to alternative fuels or advanced vehicle technologies; and take concrete steps that will help them measurably reduce emissions, ensure compliance, and save money.
Fleet optimization is the process of increasing efficiency, reducing operating costs and achieving regulatory compliance. These goals are reached by implementing facility upgrades, purchasing alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, converting existing vehicles to alternative fuels, installation of fueling infrastructure, driver training, route optimization, telematics, and fleet reduction programs. We manage the activities of our network of service providers as they work with our client fleets to implement the optimization strategies outlined by the Fleet BLUprint. CarbonBLU provides fleets with, and manages implementation of economically and environmentally sustainable business strategies.