2016 Region of Excellence Award
Left to right: Jeff Miller, Town of Matthews Commissioner, Michael Johnson, Centralina COG Chair and City of Statesville Mayor Pro-Tem, Chris Facente, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition Vice-Chairman and Automotive Supervisor at UNC Charlotte, and Jason Wager, Coordinator Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition and Planning Program Supervisor, Centralina Council of Governments
The 2016 Clean Cities Region of Excellence Award is presented to the Town of Matthews for demonstrating leadership and excellence in clean transportation and fuel activities. Matthews has recognized the environmental, economic, and national security benefits of reducing consumption of fossil fuels and has implemented programs and initiatives to lower their use of traditional transportation fuels. The Town of Matthews installation of Electric Vehicle Fast Charging equipment in its downtown, available to the public and growing number of electric vehicle owners on the road, exemplifies Clean Cities’ mission and goals.
The Town of Matthews celebrated the installation and opening of a region-first Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) for Plug-in Electric Vehicles in its downtown. The Town decided early on that the installation of this charging equipment for environmentally minded consumers could both attract visitors to its downtown and establish the community as progressive. Ultimately, PEV owners are now able to fully charge a typical vehicle in about 30 minutes at a cost of about $6; ideally, spending that time in exploring the shops of Downtown Matthews. Since installation, over 65 charge events have taken place and with well over 300,000 plug-in vehicles sold nationally, the usage of this charger is only expected to accelerate as the market rapidly grows. In addition to providing local match including leasing out the physical location for the DCFC equipment, the Town was able to partner with several other organizations to make this DCFC possible including:
- NC DOT and NC Clean Energy Technology Center – source of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant funds
- Brightfield Transportation Solutions - received and implemented the project award
- Nissan - provided the actual DCFC unit as grant match ( a $33,000 value)
- BMW - funded additional cord and receptacle equipment
- Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition and the NC PEV Task Force - outreach and partnership/funding development
Given that each year in the US we burn roughly 121 billion gallons of oil in our passenger cars and trucks, the Town of Matthews is doing its part by supporting a switch to plug-in electric vehicles. There efforts help to improve America’s energy independence and mitigate the health effects of dangerous air pollution.
A congratulations and a thank you goes out to the Town of Matthews, for taking big steps forward in reducing petroleum dependence in unique ways that reduce costs and improve quality of life for their community.