A Transportation Transformation

This week’s Convenience Matters podcast takes a closer look at Clean Cities coalitions.

August 07, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—On this week’s episode of Convenience Matters, “Sustainable Cities and New Mobility,” NACS hosts Paige Anderson, director of government relations, and Donovan Woods, director of operations for the Fuels Institute, talk with Lori Clark, program manager at North Central Texas Council of Governments and Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities coordinator, about how convenience stores can partner with Clean Cities.

The Clean Cities coalition is a national U.S. Department of Energy program that works to improve the efficiency of the transportation system. “Traditionally, that’s been focused on alternative fuels,” Clark said. “But now as the transportation system is changing, there’s more emphasis on connected vehicles and autonomous vehicles.”

The program has grown beyond government-focused methods and now “really tries to leverage and create both the public and private sector aspect and bring them together,” Clark said. “We understand that the government doesn’t have the money to do this all on our own, and that it’s not our place to do this all of this on our own. There’s too much depth of research and innovation and market force in the private sector.”

For the convenience and fuel retailing industry, retailers should be aware of other groups and organizations, such as city halls, recreation centers and libraries, who are getting into the electric charging game. “Retailers wanting to provide chargers are finding a lot more players,” Clark said. “They need to look at who else is doing this to see what the competition is.”

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