April 2019

Neste Opens the Valley’s First Public Renewable Diesel Filling Station in Keyes

Neste, headquartered in Finland, announced the opening of the first renewable diesel filling station in the San Joaquin Valley on April 16, 2019 in the city of Keyes. For the first time, renewable diesel became available to valley residents through the CFN/Cardlock network.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, owner Ron Van de Pol said that some fleets have been reporting a .5 miles per gallon improvement for most duty cycles, saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars on fuel costs each […]

April 2018

Learning to Train with Electric Airplanes

April 19, 2018 By Jim Moore
Four Pipistrel Alpha Electro two-seat trainers have arrived in California, and flight instructors have begun a painstaking process of testing their capabilities, and figuring out the details of how electricity will power the next generation of flight instruction.
Read full article on AOPA.org

Natural Gas Workshop & Planning MeetiNG

The San Joaquin Valley Natural Gas Partnership (SJVNGP) will be holding a natural gas meetiNG on Friday, April 27th. The event will be hosted by the City of Hanford at City Hall from 9:30am to 2:00pm.
From 9:30am to 11:00am, we will have presentations from industry partners. From 12:00pm to 2:00pm, we will have a meeting to to establish a Market Development Plan for the SJVNGP. The event is free to attend. Coffee, pastries and lunch will be provided.
Natural Gas MeetiNG
Date: Friday, […]

February 2018

Motivo and EnVision join CALSTART at the World Ag Expo

CALSTART brought together two of it’s members to showcase their innovations at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. The show was very well attended, with little breaks between visitors the entire time.
Motivo’s “Harvest” electric tractor and the portable, solar-powered EV charger from EnVision (EV ARC™) were big hits at the show.
Click here for the write-up in the Bakersfield Californian.

This is an autonomous spray rig that ran all day…on diesel though – unfortunately!

First Electric School bus in Monterey County – Santa Rita Union School District

The Santa Rita Union School District took delivery of the first all-electric school bus in Monterey County. The bus was paid for by grants from the Monterey Bay Air Resources Board and the HVIP Program which is administered by CALSTART. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on January 30th. Salinas mayor Joe Gunter and councilmember Steve McShane came out for the celebration which included an electric school bus tour.
The Type C electric bus is a 2016 Model B1, manufactured […]

January 2018

Yosemite Becomes First U.S. National Park to Purchase Electric Buses

Yosemite National Park will add two Proterra Catalyst electric buses to its fleet, becoming the first U.S. national park to permanently add zero-emission, battery-electric buses to its shuttle fleet. The buses will begin service in late 2018 and will operate throughout the year, transporting up to 1,480 visitors per day.
One of the nation’s most-visited national parks, Yosemite attracts more than five million visitors from around the world each year. Increased vehicle congestion has contributed to air pollution and noise problems […]

Paddon Joins SJVCTC Staff

Thomas Paddon is the new Regional Project Manager for CALSTART’s San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center (SJVCTC), joining the staff in December. He currently is working with SJVCTC Director Joseph Oldham to open a new office in Stockton and will be responsible for driving the Center’s objectives in the northern San Joaquin Valley, taking a pragmatic, economics-driven approach to accelerating the growth of clean transportation technologies.
Prior to CALSTART, he spent many years helping to develop startup businesses, primarily in the […]

Charge Up! Expands to Workplace Sites; New EV Funds Target Fresno County

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s (SJVAPCD) Charge Up! program, which provides funding for EV charging equipment and infrastructure, is expanding to include workplace charging. The program previously required chargers to be open to the public for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
Charge Up! also will shift to a voucher-based system from a rebate program to increase program participation, efficiency and flexibility, resulting in an overall streamlining of the program. A new application will be available […]

San Joaquin Valley to Receive More Than $88 Million in State Cap-and-Trade Funds

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) Governing Board at its Dec. 21 meeting voted to accept more than $88 million in funding from the state’s cap-and-trade proceeds. The Valley is receiving $80 million – nearly a third of $250 million allocated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB)  to fund Carl Moyer projects and clean trucks that meet Prop 1B guidelines.
Another $8.4 million is for AB 617 implementation, which requires air monitoring at the community level in […]