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Core Stakeholder Meeting: 9:30-11:30, UNC Charlotte Center City

09.21.16

Thank you to all who attended the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition Core Stakeholders Group meeting at UNC-Charlotte Center City Wednesday morning, 9/21/16. Whether you attended or were not able to make it this time, here’s a recap of what was presented, along with links to referenced websites and handouts.  Mark your calendar now for our next Core Stakeholder meeting, scheduled for the morning of 11/16/2016.

Discussion summary:

Key Updates

  • Thanks to Chris Facente of UNC-Charlotte, Chris Wilson of Carolina Golf Cars, and Will McKay of Club Car for sponsoring refreshments, providing complimentary parking, and reserving our meeting location
  • Be on the lookout for FASTAct alternative fuel corridor designations coming out (I-85 and 40 have been proposed for NC, including letter of support from the CCFC and other NC Clean Cities coalitions)
  • National Drive Electric Week was a success (article and news coverage summary); please view/upload photos to our Facebook page National Drive Electric Week Photos
  • Our partner, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center has recently launched its Fuel What Matters website (https://www.fuelwhatmatters.org/) as part of a public education awareness campaign designed to connect the citizens of North Carolina with the transportation technologies and practices that help improve air quality, save money, and reduce dependence on foreign oil.
  • In addition, attached are an overview of the CCFC for general use, our Summer 2016 update, and information about an emerging regional transit project for our region titled “Innovation Corridors” that was mentioned. 

 

Low Speed Electric Vehicles and Fleet Applications presentation by Will McKay of Club Car

  • Advantages of Low Speed Electric Vehicles for campus use- controlled speeds, access to facilities unavailable to cars/trucks, zero emissions, cost savings
  • Offer both off-road and road-legal models to meet variety of duty cycles¸ local laws
  • Can provide access to vehicle tracking application for better fleet management
  • Club Car vehicles can be converted to propane
  • Many new updates to their offerings expected in the near future
  • PDF of presentation

 

Volkswagen Settlement Overview

  • Jason Wager provided an overview presentation of this emerging and potential funding opportunity
  • Includes both national ZEV Investment Commitment ($1.2 billion for all states except CA) and Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund with allocation of funds to North Carolina at $87million
  • PDF of presentation 

2017 Annual Operating Plan Input and Guidance/Roundtable Updates

  • Suggestion of more workshops to build awareness for alternative fuels and their benefits and using Volkswagen allocation for education to fund these
  • Chris Facente reported EPACT workshop planning in the works
  • Ideas for workshops and other 2017 Annual Operating Plan activities should be forwarded to jwager [at] centralina [dot] org (subject: 2017%20Annual%20Operating%20Plan%20Goals%20and%20Ideas) (Jason Wager)
  • Bill Boyce of Cummins Westport announced the roll out of near-zero emission engines; anticipates significant public transit interest in alt fuels in coming years.
  • Steve Whaley of Agility discussed the customer benefits related to their recent merger with Hexagon and shared the example of UPS increasing their use of natural gas and the idea that those who understand the benefits of alternative fuels are staying the course and growing their commitments, despite lower petroleum prices.
  • Brian Funderburk of AmeriGas spoke about PERC funding for conversion of lawn mowers to propane and gave an example of a LPG fueled mower fleet in Rock Hill that has really committed to converting its operations on a large scale.
  • Bryan Steiner of CMS updated the group on the success of CMS fleet maintenance vehicles and buses running on propane—no problems experienced, all running smoothly.
  • David Favre of CPCC announced an event on November 19th concerning first responder training and a flyer is attached. Also, contact Dave at David [dot] Favre [at] cpcc [dot] edu for more details about upcoming NC Maintenance Council meetings.  The next will take place on Oct 11th

Here are some additional links to topics discussed at the CCFC meeting—thanks to PJ McKenzie of Mecklenburg County Air Quality for compiling:

  1. A link at the CCFC site to the NC Clean Energy Technology Center’s webinar on the VW settlement money to be held 10/6: http://4cleanfuels.com/events/webinar-vw-epa-settlement-future-fleet-fuels-and-technologies-today
  2. Here are links to Nikola Motor’s semi-truck information. Older news stories have the truck as a CNG hybrid, but Nikola updated their site recently to say it was a Hydrogen vehicle. https://nikolamotor.com/one and https://nikolamotor.com/pdfs/Nikola_Hydrogen_Final.pdf
  3. We’ve also updated our GRADE site with the latest information on dates and projects we are accepting: www.gradeplus.net or via CCFC site at http://4cleanfuels.com/news/grade-funding-opportunity-deadline-extended

Centralina Council of Governments
9815 David Taylor Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

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