Centralina and partners Forth and the City of Charlotte Office of Sustainability are working together on electric vehicle (EV) education. Until the end of November, the public are eligible for a $100 visa giftcard if they send a photo of themselves test-driving an electric vehicle to Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org. Centralina and Forth also partnered with dealerships in your local area to increase electric vehicle availability in Charlotte. This means that Planet Mitsubishi, Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet, and the Charlotte-Mathews Tesla showcase will have electric vehicles charged and ready for test drives through the month of November.
This partnership aims to educate the general public about EVs and highlight which dealerships are stocking EVs. Have questions? We've recorded our three EV webinars, viewable below for more information.
11/12 -Ask An EV Owner featuring Jess Montgomery, Andrew Diamond, and Crystal Marie McDaniels
EV 101-Learn about the basics and benefits of electric vehicle ownership.
11/19 -Ask An EV Owner featuring Barbara Randolph, Andrew Diamond, and Crystal Marie McDaniels
NC VW Settlement Phase 1 Level 2 ZEV Infrastructure Program Webinar
On November 17, 2020, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Level 2 ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust. This RFP for the Level 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program will assist interested parties in applying for funds using a first-come, first-served rebate process to install ZEV Level 2 charging infrastructure, as described in the North Carolina VW Mitigation Plan until all funds are exhausted. The primary goal is to increase use of ZEVs in place of gas-powered cars to mitigate nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and greenhouse gas emissions in the state.
A webinar will be held on December 11, 2020 from 10am - 12pm, for interested stakeholders and applicants. During this webinar, staff will show applicants how to request access to the DAQ Grants Management System and answer questions regarding the Request for Proposals. Applicants are not required to attend the virtual application workshop prior to application submission but are encouraged to participate or watch the recorded session prior to the application acceptance date. Applicants should request access to the DAQ Grants Management System prior to when the application opens on January 25, 2021.
NCDEQ anticipates awarding a total of approximately $1.1 million towards Level 2 charging infrastructure projects in Phase 1. Rebate applications will be prioritized by the urban-suburban/rural split described in the NC VW Mitigation Plan, with about 68% of the funds allocated for urban and suburban counties, and a minimum of 32% allocated for rural counties.
You must register for the webinar by December 9, 2020. You may register here. A link to the webinar will be emailed to all registered attendees prior to the webinar.
For additional information and documents regarding the RFP, please visit: https://deq.nc.gov/volkswagen-settlement/level-2
September 18th saw the Greater Charlotte region's largest and most successful National Drive Electric Week event yet. Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition partnered with the City of Charlotte again to co-host the event on the Levine Avenue of the Arts. An estimated crowd of around 200 participants visited "Electric Avenue" to learn about the growing list of electric vehicles (EVs) available to the general public and to fleets as realistic alternatives to traditional gas and diesel vehicles. It was great to see our own Coordinator, Jason Wager discussing the CCFCs connections between many of the City of Charlotte and other fleets electrification efforts and projects.
We were thrilled to see many of our stakeholders among the crowded aisle of EVs-including Duke Energy; the City of Charlotte; Mecklenburg Air Quality Division; Central Piedmont Community College; Club Car; Chargepoint, Guardian Fueling Technologies, and Nissan, one of the event sponsors. Vehicles on display ranged from a heavy duty Club Car model, Tesla Model X, Ford Focus Electric, to the Plug-In Electric Pacifica Hybrid, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi Plug-In Electric Outlander to a staple Nissan Leaf, among many others.
Thank you to everyone who came out and especially to our co-hosts the City of Charlotte for helping make this event happen! The amount of sustainable transportation options continues to grow every year and promoting all options, from vehicles to electric bikes and scooters as environmentally and economically better choices makes more sense the longer we continue these kinds of events. If we didn't see you this year and you're interested in participating or perhaps exhibiting your own electric vehicle or alternative transportation options next year, please visit https://driveelectricweek.org/ and watch for the next Charlotte area event to be posted!
Questions or recommendations on how to make the event even bigger and better next year? Contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org!
Just a reminder that the VW Settlement Phase I applications close soon! Deadline is September 30th. If you have questions on your project or need some help, please reach out to the Coalition at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org or csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org. More information on the settlement can be found here: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement
Please save the date for an AutoGas Answers event on Monday, July 29th, hosted by the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition in coordination with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). During this meeting, medium duty- and school bus- fleet managers will:
• Learn about economic and environmental benefits, conversions, & market updates
• Discover how to take advantage of VW funding and other incentives
• Learn about available fueling options and have the chance to view some vehicle options among other topics
Find out first-hand why this alternative fuel is called the “right here, right now” solution. To register for this event, The Autogas Answers Event will be from 11 to 1:30pm, followed by a vehicle exhibition. Please RSVP here so we know how many people to plan for! and a complementary lunch will be provided. Stay tuned for more information to come!
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition had a great response when we co-hosted our Driving Electric: Adding EVs to your Fleet event with Advanced Energy on 5/30. CCFC was proud to be the location chosen and we had a packed house, even until lunch and the vehicle showcase after. Presenters provided valuable information on context for electric vehicles now, basics about them and the infrastructure that powers them. Other topics included the process of how fleets can go about adopting electric vehicles, ensuring employees understand how to use them and considerations for infrastructure citing among others. Presentations can be viewed below.
Even though the weather was hot, attendees stayed until well after the meeting, coming out for the vehicle showcase after the meeting. We had a great selection of viable fleet options available to view and car owners/dealers were engaged late into the lunch hour to share their experiences regarding driving and sometimes owning, electric vehicles. We want to express a big thank you to our co-hosts, Advanced Energy, as well as all the other partnerships through the coalition that made this event possible. Nissan, Plug-In NC, Duke Energy, Central Piedmont Community College Chargepoint, Guardian Fueling Technologies and the NC DEQ.
- Current EV Landscape - Jason Wager, CCFC
- Electric Vehicle Benefits & Availability - Jacob Bolin, Advanced Energy
- Electric Transportation - Marshall Rand, Duke Energy
Funding Options Available:
- VW Settlement; Diesel Bus & Vehicle Program: https://deq.nc.gov/node/87980
- VW Settlement; DC Fast Charge Program: https://deq.nc.gov/node/88133
- Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) grants via the NC Clean Energy Technology Center: https://nccleantech.ncsu.edu/our-work/center-projects/cfat-project-request-for-proposals-information/
- Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines (GRADE): https://www.mecknc.gov/LUESA/AirQuality/MobileSources/Pages/GRADE.aspx
- *PROPOSED* Duke Energy Electric Transportation Pilot - https://news.duke-energy.com/releases/duke-energy-proposes-76m-electric-transportation-program-in-north-carolina-southeasts-largest-utility-ev-initiative-yet
Questions, comments or concerns? Need help with creating/reviewing/applying for your project? Let us know. Contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.
Join us on May 30th to learn about the process of adopting electric vehicles, what funding options are available, and then see the vehicles themselves. We’ll start with an overview of the current market and why there is a need for electric vehicle adoption and then go into the specifics: everything from a dealer’s perspective to siting and other considerations, to installing and finding funding for the infrastructure and vehicles. There will also be a presentation by a fleet manager with experience in managing a large electric vehicle fleet. Speakers will include the NC DAQ, in charge of NC’s VW Settlement money; an electric utility provider; ChargePoint, in collaboration with Guardian Fueling Technologies; Clipper Creek; the City of Charlotte; Advanced Energy; Nissan and more!
Still not sure EVs are right for your fleet? Join in our Q&A session to get answers. Then, head outside after the meeting to speak with dealers and enthusiasts for some personal EV experience. The meeting will be May 30th at Centralina’s offices; 9815 David Taylor Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28262; from 9:30 to 11:30am with the vehicle showcase afterwards.
Pictured from L to R: Terry Keith, Excel Truck Group; Michael Riley, Piedmont Natural Gas, under Duke Energy; Andrea Eilers, Triangle Clean Cities Coalition; Carina Soriano, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition; Jason Wager, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition; and Chris Dobbins, Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition.
NC Clean Cities Coalitions and stakeholders gather for the NGV Technology Forum Meeting at Agility Fuel Solutions.
This year, NC hosted the the Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum (NGVTF) April 16-17, at the Agility Fuel Solutions Training Center in Salisbury, NC. This meeting is held annually nationwide and was led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission in the effort to unite a diverse group of stakeholders to discus data and resources concerning technology, regulations, market barriers, and opportunities for next steps for development and deployment of commercially competitive natural gas engines, vehicles, and infrastructure.
It was great to see our fellow NC Clean Cities Coalition partners, Andrea Eilers from Triangle Clean Cities and Chris Dobbins from Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition at the meeting.
Centralina coalition staff were glad to support stakeholders, Piedmont Natural Gas, now owned by Duke Energy and Excel Truck Group, that were also attendees at the two day annual meeting.
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.