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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: 

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. 


Pablo Preciado joined the team Wednesday as our newest intern with the Clean Fuels Coalition. Pablo is from Guadalajara, Mexico, and is pursuing a double-degree in International Business and German with a Minor in Economics at UNC-Charlotte. He just finished up almost a year of interning in Germany and studying abroad in Denmark where he was able to take advantage of the unique learning opportunities there, working with electric mobility, exploring different urban designs, and navigating through efficient transportation systems. Please take a moment to welcome him when you see him!


Help us get a new North Carolina special license plate to increase awareness and support of electric vehicles!

For the license plate to be considered by the DMV and General Assembly, we need 500 paid in advance applications by February 8, 2019.

If you’re interested, here are the steps to follow:

- Fill out the linked form.

~If you would just like the standard special plate, it will be $10. If you would like a personalized message, please add $30 for a total fee of $40. (If you would like a personalized message on your plate, you can check availability at this website - )

- Advanced Energy has volunteered to collect the applications and fees and submit them to the DMV. Please make a check payable to Advanced Energy for the total fee amount.

- Mail check and completed application to:

Advanced Energy

Attn: Plug-in NC

909 Capability Drive, Suite 2100

Raleigh, NC 27606

If we receive 500 applications by February 8, we will submit the special plate request to the NCDMV by February 15. The DMV will submit the application to the NC General Assembly by March 15 for review. If the design is not approved all fees will be returned to you.

To learn more about the process, please click here:

If you have any questions, please contact Jacob Bolin, Project Manager at Advanced Energy, at jbolin [at] advancedenergy [dot] org or 919-857-9048.


Reminder! Please take our very short survey here: to show CCFC what you want to see from us this year! We'll be closing it next week, so your input is needed! Thank you in advance!



Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program Spring 2019

The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program is an initiative of Clean Cities, a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program. Clean Cities strives to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector in nearly 100 communities across the country. Since the creation of the CCUWDP in 2010, Clean Cities has hosted more than 350 interns in more than 60 Coalitions.

The Clean Cities internship will give students studying communications, public relations, business, marketing, engineering or environmental sciences, the opportunity to grow public awareness and expand the markets of advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and practices that reduce the consumption of petroleum. Students have participated in research, outreach activities, public education, K-12 outreach, fleet events, and a vast array of transportation-related environmental projects.

Specific Details:

  • 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 (determined by the coalition) for 14 weeks each semester
  • Internship dates: Approximately January 14, 2019 through April 26, 2019. Exact start/end dates determined by individual schedules
  • Stipends range from $2,500 - $4,200 per semester depending on academic classification and number of hours assigned by the coalition
  • Many past internships have led to permanent positions!
  • Applications are due January 7, 2019

We are pleased to recruit for the Spring 2019 term of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP). This coming Spring, CCUWDP is offering a workforce development program position at the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, housed at the Centralina Council of Governments in Charlotte, NC, and resumes are now being accepted.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students looking to gain experience in the areas of energy and transportation.  Please pass this information along to anyone you know who may be interested in this position. To apply, cover letters and resumes can be emailed to Venecia White at vwhite [at] centralina [dot] org. Applications are due January 7, 2019.  If selected, interns will be notified by January 16, 2019.

If you have any questions, please email vwhite [at] centralina [dot] org.


New Phase 1 Timeline

     * Plan submission to trustee (Summer 2018)

     * Release request for proposals (Winter 2019) – RFP will be open 90 days

     * Proposal evaluations (Spring 2019)

     * Phase 1 project selections (Summer 2019)

     * Phase 2 planning (Fall 2019/Winter 2020) 

The NC VW Settlement webpage has been updated with a new timeline. The Request for Proposals (RFP) release date has been changed to Winter 2019. RFPs for Diesel Vehicles and Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Infrastructure – Level 2 Charging Stations will be released together. The RFP for the ZEV Infrastructure Program – DC Fast Charging Stations will be released separately at a later date. Once the RFPs are released, they will each be open for 90 days.

Need assistance on compiling your project? Contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.   


A special congratulations to our stakeholders that were recognized last Friday for their contributions to the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition this year! All of your hard work has been noticed and we look forward to continuing work with you in the new year! Recognized members included our sponsors: UPS and PSNC; UNC Charlotte and UNCC's Energy and Infrastructure Production Center; Central Piedmont Community College; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Excel Truck Group; Nissan; Duke Energy; Mecklenburg County Air Quality; City of Charlotte; Gaston County; and Piedmont Natural Gas. And a big thank you to all our stakeholders; you are the reason we are able to help our region reduce petroleum usage! See the flyer here for all the awardees! In addition, a special congratulations to Gaston County for their propane fleet initiative that won the Clean Cities award at CCOG's 50th Anniversary Region of Excellence Awards Luncheon.




Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition was proud to represent our region at the annual Clean Cities training workshop held November 6-8th in Cocoa Beach, Florida. This annual training is an opportunity for coordinators and staff of Clean Cities coalitions across the country to get together in order to learn from each other, trade best practices and collaboratively work together on problems facing multiple coalitions.
While there, Centralina was honored to be presented with the "Autonomous Vehicle Pioneers" award for our workshops and task force regarding Autonomous and Connected Vehicles as well as seeing Jason Wager, our very own coordinator, inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame! We are so pleased to be award recipients but realize it is all thanks to our stakeholders who are able to help us make a difference in reducing petroleum usage! 

Bonus points if you can spot Jason and Carina in the group photo!




What: CFAT Project: Funding Informational Webinar

When: Friday, November 16th, 2018

Time: 11 AM to 12 PM

This CFAT project is funded by the N.C. Department of Transportation and administered by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) and is focused on reducing transportation related emissions. The informational webinar hosted by NCCETC for round 1 applications will take place on Friday, November, 16th from 11 AM to 12PM. This webinar will present examples of eligible projects as well as answer any questions attendees might have about the application process for the Round 1 application process for CFAT. This webinar will ensure applicants understand the application process before the deadline on December 17th, 2018. To register for the webinar visit this page.

For more information about the CFAT project, including the RFP, CFAT FAQs and application click here or contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.

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9815 David Taylor Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

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