Sandia National Laboratories is testing a hydrogen fuel cell generator at Honolulu Harbor. The Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell project is providing auxiliary power to ships at port in a much cleaner way than diesel generators. The fuel cell generators don't cause harmful emissions and they provide power only when it is needed, responding more efficiently to load fluctuations. "Today, we take another big step in transforming our nation to a clean energy economy," says Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz. "The fuel cell technology being deployed today will one day mean less carbon pollution in our ports and on the high seas." Learn more in the video above, and in the release from Sandia.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is funding up to $11 million in projects to help advance alternative fuels in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The related projects will focus on two areas; the first is the electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The second area concerns the demonstration of the performance and reliability of dual-fuel heavy-duty vehicles, using a combination of diesel and gaseous fuels. The goal of this funding is to identify obstacles, and ultimately to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels. Read more from the DOE.

Los Angeles will celebrate National Drive Electric Week at the Exposition Park South Lawn on September 13. From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Attendees to the country's largest Drive Electric Week event can enjoy free test drives, get information about electric vehicles and customer incentives and see the West Coast debut of the Chevrolet Bolt. The event is hosted by nine automakers, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and is organized by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association. Read more in the press release below.
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National Drive Electric Week

WHAT: The largest National Drive Electric Week event in the United States hosted by nine auto makers in partnership with the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Metro, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and Adopt-A-Charger at Exposition Park. Free test drives of the newest electric vehicles, EV purchase incentive information, food trucks, official ceremonies and the West Coast debut of the new Chevy Bolt EV concept car.

Hear what California and Los Angeles are doing to lead the way in EV infrastructure and EV purchases, including municipal fleets, making EVs accessible and affordable for low-income communities, and ramping up clean energy and clean air projects through sound alternative fuel and mobility options.

WHO: CA State President pro Tempore Kevin De Leon; LA Chief Sustainability Officer Matt Petersen; Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune; "Vegan hippy chick" race car driver Leilani Münter; Film Director Chris Paine of "Revenge of the Electric Car."

WHEN: Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Official ceremonies start at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Exposition Park-South Lawn behind the Natural History Museum
Bill Robertson Lane between Expo Blvd. and MLK
Los Angeles, CA 90037

WHY: National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, bikes, and more. This event will demonstrate the City of Los Angeles' goal of becoming the leader in electric vehicles as outlined in Mayor Garcetti's 'Sustainable City pLAn.'

This event is sponsored locally by Adopt a Charger, LADWP, LADOT and Metro in cooperation with Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Fiat, Ford, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volkswagen. National organizers Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association team up with local groups and sponsors to organize events, which typically feature all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars from every automaker on the market.

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