Thank you to everyone that attended the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) session at our Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) office with our partners NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) and NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT). As part of four meetings across North Carolina, participants gained information on and provided feedback on Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 80. This EO80 instructs state agencies to promote clean energy and NCDOT, as part of this effort, will create a statewide plan to promote the use of clean transportation technologies for ZEV’s in NC.
Weren't able to make the meeting? Still interested in providing your feedback? Take a few minutes to participate in a survey here to provide electric vehicle feedback directly to NCDOT. Your input in this survey is vital as the N.C. Department of Transportation drafts a ZEV plan that seeks to meet the goals of Executive Order No. 80.
“This is your opportunity to weigh in,” said John Bonitz, Clean Transportation Specialist at NCCETC. “Tell us where the charging stations need to be, give us your practical experience or practical concerns.” “It’s important right now because there’s momentum in this conversation,” said Allison Carr, Transportation Specialist at NCCETC. “There’s support from the Governor, and there’s Volkswagen funding available that will contribute to funding designated for EVSE.”
In case you missed the sessions, NCCETC and NCDOT are hosting a free ZEV Information & Input Webinar on Tuesday, April 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to cover the same information and answer your questions about the current development of a statewide plan to promote clean transportation technologies.
Register for the webinar here.
To learn more, or for questions, contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.
Announcing the 2019 “Keep Our Air Clean” Student Art Contest
North Carolina students from kindergarten through college can submit their artwork for a chance to be featured on billboards across the state
The 2nd Annual "Keep Our Air Clean" Student Art Contest has begun! NC students from kindergarten to college are encouraged to participant by submitting artwork that reflects actions that individuals and families can take to reduce air pollution from vehicles.
Requirements for artwork: must be family friendly and non-partisan. Some examples include walking, biking, using public transit, using biofuels, etc. More ideas and information about examples can be found at www.4cleanfuels.org; cleantransportation.org; or FuelWhatMatters.org.
Winning submissions will be based on relevance and appropriateness of the message; visual design; and public votes on NCCETC's Facebook account.
Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, April 28th. Please submit (if artists are over 18 or parents are submitting on behalf of their child) by emailing Heather Brutz at hmbrutz [at] ncsu [dot] edu. Teachers must return a signed permission slip with artwork submissions.
More information about the contest here: https://nccleantech.ncsu.edu/2019/03/13/submit-your-artwork-for-the-2019-keep-our-air-clean-student-art-contest/
By submitting this photograph, image, graphic, or video (collectively the “work”) you hereby agree to the following:
• You certify and warrant that you are the legal guardian of the minor who is submitting the artwork or are the artist and are legally an adult.
• You certify and warrant that the work is your work or your child’s own original creative work and does not violate or infringe the copyright or other proprietary or intellectual property rights of others.
• You retain all copyright and equivalent rights but grant permission for NC State to use, reproduce, distribute, and/or release the work to the public in any manner and in any medium without payment of any fee, and in perpetuity.
• North Carolina State University reserves the right to use contestants' names and works for educational publicity and/or promotional purposes, including website or exhibition of winning entries. You understand that the works will be shared with reporters covering these awards and for promotion of the competition itself. You hereby give North Carolina State University nonexclusive rights to use yours or your child’s name, likenesses, quotes and submissions for educational publicity and/or promotional purposes. This includes but is not limited to website display, print materials and exhibits.
• You hereby agree to indemnify NC State, its trustees, officers, agents, and employees, from any and all claims, demands, and liabilities (including attorneys’ fees) incurred as a result of a final judgment or settlement or any claim or legal proceeding arising out of or resulting from a breach or claimed breach of the foregoing representations and warranties.
Pablo Preciado joined the team Wednesday as our newest intern with the Clean Fuels Coalition. Pablo is from Guadalajara, Mexico, and is pursuing a double-degree in International Business and German with a Minor in Economics at UNC-Charlotte. He just finished up almost a year of interning in Germany and studying abroad in Denmark where he was able to take advantage of the unique learning opportunities there, working with electric mobility, exploring different urban designs, and navigating through efficient transportation systems. Please take a moment to welcome him when you see him!
A special congratulations to our stakeholders that were recognized last Friday for their contributions to the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition this year! All of your hard work has been noticed and we look forward to continuing work with you in the new year! Recognized members included our sponsors: UPS and PSNC; UNC Charlotte and UNCC's Energy and Infrastructure Production Center; Central Piedmont Community College; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Excel Truck Group; Nissan; Duke Energy; Mecklenburg County Air Quality; City of Charlotte; Gaston County; and Piedmont Natural Gas. And a big thank you to all our stakeholders; you are the reason we are able to help our region reduce petroleum usage! See the flyer here for all the awardees! In addition, a special congratulations to Gaston County for their propane fleet initiative that won the Clean Cities award at CCOG's 50th Anniversary Region of Excellence Awards Luncheon.
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition was proud to represent our region at the annual Clean Cities training workshop held November 6-8th in Cocoa Beach, Florida. This annual training is an opportunity for coordinators and staff of Clean Cities coalitions across the country to get together in order to learn from each other, trade best practices and collaboratively work together on problems facing multiple coalitions.
While there, Centralina was honored to be presented with the "Autonomous Vehicle Pioneers" award for our workshops and task force regarding Autonomous and Connected Vehicles as well as seeing Jason Wager, our very own coordinator, inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame! We are so pleased to be award recipients but realize it is all thanks to our stakeholders who are able to help us make a difference in reducing petroleum usage!
Bonus points if you can spot Jason and Carina in the group photo!
The 2018 National Drive Electric Week event was a great success. A special thanks to the City of Charlotte for partnering with the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition as co-hosts this year. While Hurricane Florence approached, the weather held out to accommodate our audience of about 125. Everyone from members of the public strolling by to City of Charlotte department heads were able to come out and engage electric vehicle owners and transportation options table vendors. A special thanks to ChargePoint, who sponsored the first 55 free popsicles from King of Pops to attendees. The audience had electric vehicles to view, popsicles to munch on, a great band from the city as well as supported vendors from all aspects of sustainability and green transportation options. We had great diversity in the vehicle showings: the new 2018 Nissan LEAF, Fiat 500e, Chevy Volt, Teslas S and X, Chevy Spark EV, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, an electric utility car from Carolina Golf Cars, the Toyota Prius Prime and others.
A big thanks to the greater Charlotte community for coming out to recognize that electric vehicles (and hybrids!) are an efficient form of transportation that can benefit not just owners, but communities as well through mobility management, a reduction in the use of petroleum and a cleaner environment!
Photo by: Kiyara Hill, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition
(L to R) Electric utility vehicle from Carolina Golf Cars, courtesy of Barrett Kittrell; 2017 Tesla Model S owned by Banks Baker; and a new Chevy Volt owned by the City of Charlotte.
Meet Our Intern!
Kiyara Hill is our newest intern here at Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition. Kiyara is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, currently working towards getting her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Kiyara’s passion involves working towards making electric and hybrid vehicles more affordable and accessible, rather than the traditional internal combustion engine. Her dream job involves working as a Design Engineer for Tesla. A little later down the road, Kiyara hopes to own her very own automobile manufacturing company that specializes in making efficient and affordable electric vehicles. In Kiyara’s spare time she is usually playing guitar, watching or playing sports, or learning how to code! She is extremely excited to join us at Centralina Council of Governments and looks forward to helping us promote ways to improve quality of life for our community!
Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines Funding Still Available
Mecklenburg County Air Quality is still offering their Grant to Replace Aging Diesel Engines again! The goal of GRADE is to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution from diesel vehicles operating within the Charlotte region. Both non-road diesel and heavy-duty diesel on road vehicles are eligible to apply to have aging diesel engines replaced. GRADE is a reimbursement grant, meaning award recipients will be reimbursed for approved expenses after the project has been completed. There is $694,000 available with rebates of up to 25% of the cost of new vehicles or equipment.
Applications are due by 5pm on November 2, 2018.
For vehicle qualifications & application, please visit: www.GRADEplus.net
NC Submits VW Settlement Phase 1 Plan
NC has submitted its plan for the state's share of VW Settlement money. The Volkswagen Mitigation Plan details how the state will invest the first 33% of the funds in Phase 1 on projects to significantly reduce NOx emissions and improve air quality.
The Phase 1 plan includes:
- 40% (approx. $12.2 million) to be spent on school bus replacements
- 20% (approx. $6 million) designated for transit bus replacements
- 10% for heavy-duty on-road equipment replacement projects
- 10% for heavy-duty off-road equipment replacement projects
Phase 1 funding will focus on public sector needs. Eligible projects can be submitted by local, state and tribal government organizations, public or private nonprofit organizations, and public/private partnerships where the lead applicant represents a public sector or a public or private non-profit.
Based on feedback from the public, North Carolina will also allocate the maximum allowance of 15% of the funds toward zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure projects. Public and private sector projects will be eligible for the approximately $4.6 million available in Phase 1.
Once the plan is accepted by the trustee of the Volkswagen Mitigation Fund, the Division of Air Quality will put out a request for proposals. At that point, eligible organizations can submit their projects with selections scheduled for Spring/Summer of 2019. Beginning in Fall of 2019, DAQ will provide opportunities for public involvement on the draft plan for Phase 2.
For a copy of the plan, and more information about the Volkswagen Settlement, visit https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement. You can also contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org with questions.
2018 Request for Proposals for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is now open!
The EPA is anticipating about $40 million in grant funding to be made available for projects that achieve signficant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleetts operating in areas designated by the EPA as poor air quality areas.
Proposals must be submitted electronically to the EPA through https://www.grants.gov/ by June 12th at 11:59pm to be considered.
Request for Proposals (RFP) opens: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Information Session (Webinar #1): Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Information Session (Webinar #2): Thursday, May 3, 2018
Deadline for Proposals: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Notification of Selected Applicants: July 2018
Funding of Awards: September-November, 2018
For more information about Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Information Sessions, please join the webinars below:
Webinar 1- Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 2-3:30pm (ET): https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/dera18a/
Conference Number: 1 (202) 991-0477
Participant code: 4149804#
Webinar 2- Thursday, May 3, 2018, 3-4:30pm (ET): https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/dera18b/
Conference Number: 1 (202) 991-0477
Participant code: 4149804#
Additional information can be found on the EPA's Clean Diesel Page.