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Clean Cities helps businesses, municipalities learn about electric vehicles

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  • Alpha Baking Company, a member of Chicago Area Clean Cities, operates electric delivery trucks as a part of its fleet in the Chicago area.

    Alpha Baking Company, a member of Chicago Area Clean Cities, operates electric delivery trucks as a part of its fleet in the Chicago area.
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Joe Koenig

Electric vehicles aren't only being considered by consumers. Businesses and municipalities also are looking at the future of transportation, and planning what they will need to efficiently operate in the coming years.

With that in mind, Chicago Area Clean Cities, a nonprofit coalition focused on educating commercial and government fleets in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs about clean-vehicle technologies, is hosting a free Fleet Education Seminar on Thursday, Sept. 5. The program will help fleets to learn the ins-and-outs of operating electric utility vehicles and trucks of various sizes.

"Our goal is to provide businesses, cities, and other officials with the information they need to make the right decisions to run their operations," said John Walton, chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities. "This seminar will delve deeply into electrification and what you need to know to determine whether electric utility vehicles and trucks will help you get jobs done, while lowering emissions and maintenance expenses."

Representatives from vehicle manufacturers -- including Mitsubishi Fuso, Tropos Motors, and Energetics Drivetrains -- will highlight vehicles ranging from low-speed compact utility vehicles to medium-duty delivery trucks, vans and shuttle buses. Experts will highlight how to get your garage ready for electric vehicles.

The program will be held at the Maple Meadows Golf Club, 272 S. Addison Road, in Wood Dale. The free seminar will kick off the day to be followed by an afternoon of golf and a reception.

Fleet managers, government officials, campus leaders, facility managers, maintenance personnel, landscaping crews, and other professionals are invited to attend the morning's free seminar and stay for the golf outing in the afternoon.

"We've been hosting our golf outing for nearly 20 years, and we have people join us from throughout the Chicago area who are experts at technical solutions that help fleets realize a fast return on investment, while also improving air quality and saving fuel," Walton said. "The networking opportunities throughout the day are fantastic."

To register for the seminar and golf, visit https://chicagocleancities.org/event/cleanair.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) supports local actions to improve the environmental performance and efficiency of the transportation sector in the six-county Chicago area. CACC's membership is comprised of federal, state and local governments, commercial fleets, auto manufacturers, dealerships, environmental organizations, corporations, small businesses, and individuals.

CACC is one of nearly 100 coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. The coalition concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. For more, visit http://chicagocleancities.org.