Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Vehicle Technologies Program. With almost 90 local coalitions and more than 5,700 stakeholders, Clean Cities’ mission is to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. We’ve written about Clean Cities a few times in the past.
They have a new section of videos showcasing alternative fuels (think compressed natural gas) and advanced vehicles that we showcased a few weeks ago. Here’s another one that focuses on the city of Kansas City.
In 1996, Kansas City instituted a fleet-wide alternative fuel program. Today that program has grown to include more than 200 compressed natural gas cars, trucks, and vans fueling up at the city’s central CNG station. Their 1,100 diesels run primarily on B20 and B50 biodiesel. Last June, Kansas City received the first 4 of 19 Diamond International trucks upfitted for CNG. Used to repair water main breaks, they are some of the largest rigs to run on CNG.
Sam Swearngin, Fleet Superintendent at City of Kansas City, said, “We’re kind of proud of the fact that these trucks are the cleanest trucks you can buy on the planet that do what they do and operate right here in our neighborhood.”
The program doesn’t stop there. Kansas City International Airport runs 35 shuttle buses run on CNG, making Kansas City cleaner and less dependent on oil.
You can view the video above or hop on over to the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center Web site for more.