The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program funded 16 states as part of its Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure awards, which totaled $8.5 million. The projects were envisioned as a way to streamline the further implementation of an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in communites around the country. In the July/August 2014 Issue of Green Fleet Magazine, the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition was highlighted as being a part of this program. They state North Carolina's Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) stepped up to the plate when it came to bringing the electric vehicle revolution to the Tar Heel State". The article continues on to say the project established "regional PEV readiness plans and, through the establishment of a taskforce, a PEV readiness "roadmap" for the state".
Duke Energy is buying four high-efficiency, diesel-electric locomotives that are expected to cut by 75 percent the engine emissions tied to hauling coal at some of its large power plants.
Dukes started using the first engine at the Marshall Steam Station north of Charlotte in June. It has bought two additional locomotives- one for the Asheville Plant in Skyland and on for the Mayo Plant in Roxboro. A fourth locomotive will be purchased by the end of the year, Duke spokeswoman Lisa Parris says.
The LEAF engine built by RailServe uses a high-efficiency alternating-current generator that requires less horsepower from the diesel engine to provide the electricity that runs the trains ferrying coal from the plants' storage piles to the boilers.
Duke equipment specialist and CCFC chairman Dave Navey demonstrates the locomotive and describes how it works in the video below.
Mainstay Fuel Technologies and Fontaine Modification have reached an agreement to provide a turnkey process for the delivery and installation of CNG fuel systems on Class 8 heavy-duty, over-the-road tractors. Fontaine will install the back-of-cab and side-saddle CNG fuel storage, management and delivery systems manufactured by Mainstay Fuel Technologies. Fontaine, North America's most comprehensive provider of truck modification services, will perform the installations at its modification centers across the United States.
Maintstay manufactures complete CNG fuel storage and delivery systems for Class 6, 7, and 8 heavy-duty trucks. Back-of-cab or side-saddle configurations are available from 30-220 DGE to meet various fleet range requirements.
The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition held their 10th Anniversary event on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the Foundation for the Carolinas in uptown Charlotte. The event celebrated past accomplishments, recognized valuable stakeholders and encouraged stakeholders to meet future challenges.
Several weeks ago at the NASCAR Plaza in uptown Charlotte, officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, NASCAR, and Sprint announced their involvement in the DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge, a collaborative effort to increase the number of US employers offering workplace charging.
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition recently presented a workshop on the benefits of utilizing CNG for fleets at Southern Piedmont Community College. The workshop was attended by fleet users, local government officials, and other interested parties and was a great opportunity to spread information and success stories about CNG fleets.
Earlier this month CCFC Co-Coordinator Sean Flaherty attended the Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis, the site of many exciting announcements. During the conference, Roush CleanTech unveiled the new propane vehicle for FedEx Ground, a Ford F-59 strip chassis truck that will be operated by contractor Chase Delivery on a high mileage route in Buffalo.
Charlotte Solid Waste Services first started using two CNG refuse trucks in October 2010 through funding provided by CCFC and the Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative. In just their first year of use, fuel savings of over $42,000 were realized. Now, there are 10 CNG refuse trucks in the city’s fleet seeing an annual fuel savings of about $15,000 per truck. As a result, they are now working to build their own fueling station in the coming year.
“We’re keeping the City of Charlotte Clean and Green!”
- Kathy Sanders, Fleet Manager, City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services