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!
Elizabeth Munger of the Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance will be presenting on September 23-26th in Austin Texas on the resources the Clean Cities program and individual Coalitions can provide to NCSFA members to support research and implementation of different mobility solutions.
The NCSFA has extended a $50.00 discount to all Clean Cities Coordinators that would like to attend the conference. Please contact Tommy Morrison at TMorrison [at] amrms [dot] com for more details.
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
The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC), in collaboration with the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP), seeks an intern for Fall 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity for students studying to gain experience in the energy and transportation areas. The CCFC has been in existence in the Greater Charlotte Region for over 10 years and was designated in April of 2004 in the Department of Energy's Clean Cities program. The Coalition is housed at the Centralina Council of Governments, a state designated lead regional organization in North Carolina comprised of Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties.
The mission of the National Clean Cities Program (locally represented by the CCFC) is to reduce petroleum dependence, improve air quality, and expand alternative fuel use and technology. The student that interns with the CCFC will mainly be involved in marketing and public outreach activities including writing and editing articles and creating videos, press releases and scripts. Student interns will have the opportunity to grow public awareness and expand the markets of advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and practices that reduce the consumption of petroleum. The student can also expect to give presentations to small groups, interview coalition members and outside organizations for key deliverables, and conduct some secondary-source research and report-writing.
• Internship available at Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, working with dynamic regional stakeholders
• Positions are 15 or 20 hours per week for the semester
• Internship dates: September - December 2019. Exact start/end dates determined by individual schedules
• Stipends range from $2,500 - $4,200 for the semester depending on academic classification and number of hours assigned
Please submit your cover letter and resume by August 16, 2019 to admin [at] centralina [dot] org AND submit an application at https://www.cvent.com/surveys/Welcome.aspx?s=6df350d4-5d04-46e9-9b97-418252cf4aa1
If selected, interns will be notified by August 30, 2019.
Please save the date for an AutoGas Answers event on Monday, July 29th, hosted by the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition in coordination with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). During this meeting, medium duty- and school bus- fleet managers will:
• Learn about economic and environmental benefits, conversions, & market updates
• Discover how to take advantage of VW funding and other incentives
• Learn about available fueling options and have the chance to view some vehicle options among other topics
Find out first-hand why this alternative fuel is called the “right here, right now” solution. To register for this event, The Autogas Answers Event will be from 11 to 1:30pm, followed by a vehicle exhibition. Please RSVP here so we know how many people to plan for! and a complementary lunch will be provided. Stay tuned for more information to come!
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.