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
Join us for two new, free webinars previewing some of the technologies and speakers that will be featured at the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference in Durham, NC, August 7-8 with pre-conference events August 6!
The Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference provides an opportunity for fleet managers and transportation professionals to experience the latest vehicle technology, tools and resources designed to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. The event will include keynote presentations, 50+ speakers, breakout sessions, exhibit booths, indoor vehicle/equipment display, and networking.
Conference session topics include Electric Vehicles; Natural Gas; Propane; Biofuel Solutions; Electrification and the Grid; Telematics; Procurement Solutions; Infrastructure and Intelligent Solutions; Heavy Duty Vehicle Efficiency; Rural Fleet Operations; Idle Reduction; and Recruiting, Retention & Career Development. View the full agenda here.
Each webinar will feature different conference topics and speakers, who will give you a preview of what they'll cover at the event.
Register now here!
The application period for the first round of funding under the Volkswagen Settlement program opens today. For more info on applications for projects to be funded by VW Settlement click here
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.
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 NC Clean Energy Technology Center's Keep Our Air Clean Contest, including two from our own region: Waxhaw and Charlotte! Ms. Adriana Ryder, 8th grade, Arbor Academy, Waxhaw, won the middle school category with the picture below on the left and Catalina Scott was the high school winner from Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte on the right.
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.
The Green Fleet Awards, offered by the The 100 Best Fleets in The Americas, are now accepting nominations! This is your opportunity as a fleet manager to brag on your own fleet's accomplishments or nominate a fleet you know has been doing good things. To nominate a fleet or for more details, please visit: http://www.the100bestfleets.com/gf_about.htm. The deadline for entries is July 2, 2019.
Results are announced at a special pre-conference event for the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference on August 6 in Durham, NC. To register, ensure that you are registering for the "Green Fleet Forum by 100 Best Fleets" pre-conference. Previous Green Fleet winners include repeat winners the University of NC at Charlotte, who placed 15th out of 50 in 2017 and moved up to 9th out of 50 in 2018!
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.
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.