Maybe we’re just daydreaming here, but wouldn’t it be great if you could drive a car that has zero emissions and also didn’t need to be charged or plugged in?
Well, that’s no longer a dream! You can now purchase a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) that runs on hydrogen (H2) and mixes with oxygen in the air to power the vehicle. And guess what the vehicle emits? That’s right all of you who remember high school chemistry- WATER (H20).
But “how do we obtain this hydrogen?” you may be asking. There are different ways to strip the hydrogen from natural gas, but click HERE to watch a video on how to get it from cow waste!
There are 4 weekly prizes for electric leaf blowers and 1 grand prize of an electric lawn mower!
All you have to do is use the hashtag #mowgreenclt in your post, picture, video, poem, etc. explaing why you need an electric mower!
Sponsored by Mecklenburg County Air Quality. Click here for more information and rules.
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), North Carolina has one of the strongest electricity markets in the country for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).
Read the full article here!
"Geography of Existing and Potential Alternative Fuel Markets in the United States" report here!
CCFC will be awarding a stakeholder organization that has best demonstrated leadership and excellence in clean transportation and fuel activities through the Region of Excellence Award. The awardee will have recognized the environmental, economic and national security benefits of reducing consumption of fossil fuels while implementing programs and initiatives to lower their use of traditional transportation fuels. These activities include but are not limited to:
- purchasing alternative fuel and/or fuel efficient vehicles
- using alternative fuels in their fleet
- implementing idle reduction policies
- improving fleet fuel economy
- partnering with fuel providers to expand alternative fuel availability
- generally supporting and participating in current Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition/Clean Cities programs and priorities, etc.
Please find additional information and the application form here. The deadline for all submissions is Tuesday, April 21 2015.
What are the key terms and considerations I should remember when discussing emissions?
Answer: When discussing emissions, it is important to use the appropriate terms, know the context, and present a complete picture. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has a number of tools and resources available to understand and calculate the emissions benefits of alternative fuels and vehicles (see below). But first, let’s get back to the basics.
The Core-Stakeholder meeting held this past Wednesday was a great success. CCFC would like to thank everyone that attended the meeting as well as Megan Green of the Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency for her informative presentation on emerging air quality rules.
The City of Concord, with the help of Daniel Nuckolls, has continued to make great strides in the clean transportation space. With 99% of the over 1,000 vehicle fleet using alternative fuels, Daniel has created a clean fleet to envy. Nuckolls attributes his success to various organizations and planning projects including the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, the North Carolina Plug-in Vehicle Readiness Plan and various funding opportunities, including the Clean Fuel Advanced Techonology (CFAT) grant.The alternative fuels Nuckolls has implemented have proven to be effective for the city creating a positive change for both the residents as well as the environment.
Special call has $100,000+ to award
On March 3rd, the North Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University announced a request for proposals for over $100,000 in federal funding to award to governments, business and/or non-profit applicants for propane Autogas related emission reduction projects through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project, a three-year initiative sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation. In addition to providing assistance for a wide array of emission reduction projects, the CFAT project focuses on activities that include a public education media campaign and developing clean transportation technology and policy training opportunities. Applications in response to this call for projects must be submitted to the NCCETC by April 1, 2015.
The Charlotte Observer
University City’s Tesla Supercharger station to open soon
The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University announced the results of a call for projects through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project. More than $1,340,000 has been awarded for transportation-related emission reductions. The projects in total will remove nearly 8.3 metric tons of pollutants annually. To put this into perspective, the reduction is equal to removing 108 vehicles from North Carolina roads. We would like to recognize and congratulate six of the fourteen CFAT grant awardees that are located in our nine-county region.
City of Charlotte Fire Department
Clean Energy Corporation
Mecklenburg County Air Quality
Ryder Truck Rental, Inc.