The Clean Cities Program was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and designated to support locally based government/industry partnerships in the expanded use of vehicles operating on alternative fuels.
The mission of the Clean Cities Program is to advance the nation’s economic, environmental and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reductions of petroleum consumption.
Clean Cities carries out this mission through a network of coalitions, which develop public/private partnerships to promote alternative fuels and vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction.
In June 2011, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and SCAG, in conjunction with their regional partners, applied for two plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) readiness grants and were successful in both applications. The first grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, resulted in the development of six regional PEV readiness plans throughout the state of California, including one for Southern California.