Falling Crude Oil Prices Roundtable Discussion Report Out
- What words or images from this slide catch you attention?
- What headlines have you been reading or seen in the news this week or month related to crude oil prices?
- What do you think of when I say the words "falling oil prices?"
- What concerns you?
- What is the importance of the price of oil? Why should we care about falling oil prices?
- What implications does this have for the national Clean Cities program?
- What opportunities could exist?
- What does this mean for the next year? Or next 5 years?
- What kind of decisions do we need to make as a Clean Cities Coalition?
Items to Consider:
- OEM's and suppliers costs are down leading to cost to do new fuels/technology are more feasible
- Alternative fuels now available almost everywhere
- Maintenance protocols are improving for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) leading to reduced costs
- Reliability of AFVs improving leading to proven performance (not an unknown)
- Communicating value to potential users we need to tap into knowledge gained by early adopters (i.e. learning curves, best practices)
- Local governments need to augment budget process and mechanisms to better favor innovation shifts to new technology (i.e. allowing departments to keep cost savings)
- Education and outreach around variety of petroleum reduction programs and technologies (i.e. anti-idling, telematics)
- Myth busting about various fuels, technolgy and vehicles: making sure dealers are better prepared/knowledgeable on AFVs, providing clarity on source of electricity for EVs (air quality impacts)
Diversification as a strategy
- Focus on pros of alternative technologies
- Focus on long-term thinking vs. short term (where will we be in 2020?)
- Different duty cycles will be met by variety of fuels and vehicles