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05.13.19

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.

05.13.19

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! 

04.16.19

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.

04.12.19

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.

04.11.19

Greetings all,

Centralina Council of Governments is pleased to offer the second CCOG U session of 2019. 

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/CCOGU2019Training   Registration closes on Tuesday 4/9!

Thursday, April 11th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Dockless:  Bike & Scooter Share Programs:  Bike and scooter sharing programs are being used in local communities to enhance individual mobility, provide first and last mile connectivity to transit, provide access to parks and recreation, downtowns, and other destinations, but are they right for your community?  From bike share, to dockless bike and scooter programs, what should your community know before you embrace these new services?  1.25 AICP CM approval pending

We hope you can join us at this training session!

03.18.19

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.

03.07.19
NC VW Clarification on Soon-To-Be-Announced RFPs

The North Carolina VW Team is diligently working to complete the RFPs and all associated documents for applicants to apply for funding. They released the following information today, 3/7.
There will be three different RFPs, which may be released on different schedules. The three RFPs will be:

  • Diesel Bus & Vehicle Program - $24,454,509,
  • DC Fast Charging Infrastructure Program - $3,451,712 and
  • Level 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program - $1,150,571.

The RFPs will detail application eligibility, cost share requirements, reporting requirements and the reimbursement process.
The VW Team plans to schedule meetings across the state to help applicants complete required documents to submit applications.

Curious if your project will fit the bill for the VW settlement? Need help assembling project details? Centralina is here to help! Contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for assistance or questions. 

01.30.19
Webinar This Wednesday: Best Fleet Preparation

Wednesday, January 30th, 2-3pm, the following webinar will be held on one fleet that went from #99 Best Fleet in North America to #4, using one powerful, transformative tool. This tool is not for sale – it is FREE to use in your own operation. You can’t afford to miss this presentation by the fleet manager on his story and the impactful results!
We will also hear from another fleet manager who is saving $1.2 million annually with another tool that you can use tomorrow in your own operation. In addition, we will hear from two emerging technology providers that are changing the industry.
There are only two ways to do more with less – and technology is one of them.
As always, we are here to help you learn and understand trends and technologies to drive efficiency and help you do your job more easily. Register here

Any questions or comments can be sent to Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.

01.29.19
CAV Task Force presents educational handout to Charlotte Regional Alliance for Transportation (CRAFT) 

 
On January 22, 2019, Centralina staff presented a bi-state gathering of transportation planners from the Charlotte region with the CAV Task Force's most recent product.  Developed with elected officials and decision makers in mind, an educational document was prepared for local government staff to use when educating regional leaders about what CAVs are, the challenges they present and problems they can address in our communities, and what initial steps local governments can be taking to best prepare for these emerging transportation technologies. 
A PDF of this document can be downloaded here

Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) Coalition Announced  
This national consortium of automakers, non-profits and other industry stakeholders seeks to educate the public and policymakers about the safety benefits of advanced vehicle technologies and self-driving vehicles.  Read more at: 
https://www.truckinginfo.com/322276/autonomous-vehicle-coalition-formed-to-educate-public 
 
01.28.19

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at North Carolina State University announces the following request for proposals (RFP) through the 2019 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The CFAT project is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT). The primary purpose of the CFAT project is to reduce transportation-related emissions in 24 eligible North Carolina counties.

The second round of CFAT 2019 funding Request for Proposals (RFP) period has opened. In 2019, up to $2,350,000 in federal funding is being awarded. The 2019 funds will be awarded in three consecutive rounds of reviews and allocations, until all funds are allocated. The deadline to apply for the second round of funding is March 29, 2019.
Projects located in the following counties are eligible for CFAT funding: Cabarrus, Catawba, *Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, *Haywood, *Iredell, Johnston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Nash, Orange, Person, Rowan, *Swain, Union, Wake, (*Represents partial counties).

Confirmed eligible projects include: 

  • ICOM, Alliance AutoGas, Ensida Energy propane conversion kits and installation
  • XL electric hybrid (plug-in and non-plug-in) conversion kits and installations, up to 1 unit per project
  • Viatec ePTO system installations
  • Zero Motorcycle purchases
  • AFV leases-lease agreement cannot lead to vehicle purchase
  • Carrier Vector 8600 Multi-Temp System 14 Truck Refrigeration Units (TRUs), up to 10 units per project
  • All other projects from eligible categories with FHWA Buy America Compliance Certification
  • EPA certified SCR Blended After-Treatment Systems (BATS) 

*Available funds: $2,350,000
Maximum per project award: $400,000
Minimum per project award: $10,000
Application deadline: March 29, 2019
Project period: June 14, 2019 – January 30, 2022
Click here for the 2019 CFAT Request for Proposals
Click here for the CFAT RFP FAQs
Click here for the 2019 CFAT RFP Application
NOTE: Applications should be emailed to Rick Sapienza at resapien [at] ncsu [dot] edu.
Learn more about CFAT by visiting the website.

Please contact Carina Soriano for additional questions or rules regarding eligible project types at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org or 704-688-7035. 

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