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10.03.16

Thank you to all who attended the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition Core Stakeholders Group meeting at UNC-Charlotte Center City Wednesday morning, 9/21/16. Whether you attended or were not able to make it this time, here’s a recap of what was presented along with links to referenced websites and handouts.  Mark your calendar now for our next Core Stakeholder meeting, scheduled for the morning of 11/16/2016.

09.22.16

 

APPLY NOW for GRADE Funds

Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines (GRADE) 

$350,000 Available Until October 17, 2016


$350,000 in funding is currently available through the GRADE program administered by Mecklenburg County Air Quality (MCAQ) for qualifying projects.  These sub-grants of up to 50% are for the cost to fleets that want to replace older diesel-powered equipment and vehicles with newer, cleaner vehicles and equipment. 

Equipment must operate at least 75% of time in Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union (NC), or York (SC) counties. To find more information on the grant program or to download the application click here.

Please contact jwager [at] centralina [dot] org (Jason Wager) of the CCFC staff to discuss and develop your project ideas.

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09.21.16

The greater Charlotte region's National Drive Electric Week event was a great success! The location choice of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center provided busy lunchtime traffic as well as attendance from key City of Charlotte decision-makers. Charlotte's city council environmental subcommittee meeting adjourned early to be in attendance at the event. Many interested visitors stopped to ask questions of our many contributors including: Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, Modern Nissan of Lake Norman, Envision Charlotte, Sustain Charlotte, CATS, Charlotte Department of Transportation, Club Car, GEM Electric, and Charlotte Cycles. There is a strong interest in our community for EV's and other choices in how we get around! Our NDEW event was able to involve a broader cross section of the community and encourage this interest while promoting the excitement of driving electric.

News Coverage: WFAE-90.7 FM - Talking Up The Idea Of An Electric Car

Additional Photos: CCFC Facebook Page

NDEW 2016

Attendees enjoy speaking with Electric Vehicle owners at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 9/12/2016

08.29.16

The award nomination period for the 2016 MobileCARE Awards is now open through September 21, 2016.

For those not familiar, the Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy Awards are an effort to recognize exemplary individual and organizational efforts in North Carolina aimed at reducing transportation related emissions, promoting fuel diversity, and encouraging efficiency through clean transportation technologies.  

This year's awards include the following categories:

  • Individual - Individuals that have expanded the use and understanding of best driving practices, alternative fuels, and advanced transportation technologies in their personal and professional lives.
  • Technology/Fuel Provider - Businesses that support the expansion of advanced transportation technology including producers, marketers, and distributors of alternative fuel technologies.
  • Policy/Organization - Public/private organizations and individuals that have been instrumental in implementing policies and programs such as local resolutions, legislative actions, and/or developing organizational priorities and policies supporting emissions reductions, alt fuels, or advanced transportation tech use.
  • Fleet Leader - Public and private fleets that have successfully integrated alternative fuels and/or advanced transportation technologies into their fleet.

The selection criteria can be found in the Nomination Application. If you are aware of an organization or individual in your part of the state that deserves recognition for their efforts in the clean transportation field, please nominate them for an award. Once you've completed the nomination application, you can return the application to Matt Abele at mrabele [at] ncsu [dot] edu. If you have any questions please contact Jason Wager at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org.

08.08.16

Stakeholder Spotlight: 

University of North Carolina Charlotte's (UNCC) Automotive and Motor Fleets Supervisor and CCFC Vice Chairman Chris Facente has found himself actively involved with the coalition since the beginning of his current position. Two weeks into taking over his role as Supervisor, Facente used the coalition to leverage his access to resources and current information on alternative technologies in the automotive realm. With UNCC hosting the largest electric vehicle fleet in the state of North Carolina, Facente's involvement with alternative fuels is an everyday reality. With the help of a collaborative relationship, Chris and the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition have been able to work together to draft up grant applications and award recognitions to ackowledge the dedicated efforts of UNCC as local leaders to the Clean Cities overarching mission, cutting petroleum use in the transportation sector. 

Watch our exclusive video footage with Chris Facente to learn more on what it means to be a CCFC Stakeholder.

08.02.16

Watch this video for a recap of Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition's National Drive Electric Week Activities in 2015. We are a month away from our 2016 National Drive Electric Week Charlotte Event on September 12th! If you attended last year and want to come again or if you don't want to miss out this time around click here to register to attend, display a vehicle or volunteer!

For more information on the time and location of this years event click here.

To view our flyer and offical advertisement click here

08.01.16

The era of practical electric vehicles has arrived! More and more visionary fleets are adding the Nissan LEAF to their fleet. Nissan understands that selecting the right Alt Fuel vehicle for your fleet is a critical decision. That’s why Nissan offers No Cost assistance in developing an EV adoption strategy to meet your goals. From infrastructure deployment to staff education, Nissan has the experience, resources and research data to simplify the process. Here is a list of the reasons public and private fleets nationwide have recently made LEAF “America’s Best Selling EV”.

  • Spirited Performance and Outstanding Reliability
  • No Oil Changes Ever, with Little or No Maintenance
  • Less than Half the operating cost of Gas, per Mile
  • Zero Emissions, with No GHG or CO2 Emissions
  • Only affordable EV, with over 100 Miles of Range*
  • DC Fast Charging, 80% Charge in 30 Minutes
  • Room for 5 passengers and Cargo
  • Reliable, with Lower Operating Costs 

Federal EV Tax Incentive: $7,500
2016 Nissan Fleetail 2.0 Incentive: $8,000

To get assistance on your EV fleet strategy or to learn more about this incentive, please contact Jason Wager at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org.

* Comparison based on MY16 LEAF SV and SL vs. 2015 and 2016 non-luxury 100% electric vehicle competitors (Source: fueleconomy.gov). MY16 EPA range of 107 miles. Actual range may vary based on driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

07.27.16

LPO Support for Electric Vehicle Charging

Last week the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Program Office released a supplement announcement clarifying that the deployment and installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and associated hardware and software may be financed under the Title XVII Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects (REEE) solicitation.  Specifically, the supplement provides that EV charging facilities may be deemed efficient electrical transmission and distribution technologies under the REEE solicitation.  The REEE solicitation currently provides up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees (for a variety of projects not just EV charging) to support innovative renewable energy and efficient energy projects in the United States. 

Electric vehicles can play an important role in reducing green house gases and meeting the United States dynamic climate goals; however, insufficient charging infrastructure remains an obstacle to growing this industry.

The Loan Program Office Loan guarantees can be an important tool to commercialize innovative technologies because these projects may be unable to obtain full commercial financing due to the perceived risks associated with technology that has never been deployed at commercial scale in the United States. The Department of Energy's Loan Program Office supports a large, diverse portfolio of more than $40 billion in loans, loan guarantees, and commitments to approximately 30 closed and committed projects nationwide, including leading edge renewable energy projects, advanced technology vehicle manufacturing facilities, and other projects.

The front page http://energy.gov/lpo/loan-programs-office includes supplement deadline dates that are listed on the front webpage for the site that range from August 17th to November 30th.

An additional resource of dedicated electric vehicle related content by the Loan Program office can be found on this webpage. The page lists the new supplement and the White House factsheet issued last week summarizing the supplement, among other EV-related announcements. 

07.25.16

All information related to the FAST Act Section 1413 (Designation of Alternative Fuel Corridors), also known as the “Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act”, was released in a PDF format on Friday 7/22 and can be found here.  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is now requesting nominations from states and local officials to designate national plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen, propane and natural gas fueling corridors along major highways. The FHWA published a Federal Register Notice  to invite nominations to assist in making such designations.  Nominations for corridor designations are due to FHWA by August 22, 2016.  See the Federal Register Notice for more information. 

It all started on December 4, 2015, when President Obama signed the (FAST) Act into law—the first federal law in over a decade to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation infrastructure planning and investment. The FAST Act authorizes $305 billion over fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for highway, highway and motor vehicle safety, public transportation, motor carrier safety, hazardous materials safety, rail, and research, technology, and statistics programs. To find additional information on the 1413 Designation process here.

 

07.13.16

The number of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in North Carolina will jump 30 percent thanks to a new project from Duke Energy. Duke Energy's "EV Charging Infrastructure Support Project" will provide $1 million to help cities and towns develop public charging stations for residents. Duke Energy will pay 100 percent up to $5,000 per charge port; $20,000 per site, or $50,000 per city under the program. "Over the past decade, Duke Energy has supported the development of several hundred electric vehicle charging stations in North Carolina," said David Fountain, Duke Energy's North Carolina president, "Adoption of EVs depends on a robust infrastructure for consumers."

Duke Energy has been active in building public charging stations at parking decks, libraries and shopping areas. According to Advanced Energy, an independent, non-profit organization established by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, there are about 4,700 registered plug-in EVs and about 700 public charging ports spread out around North Carolina.

Another part of the project is an additional $500,000 devoted to cities and towns for the construction of electric bus charging stations. Again, Duke Energy will pay 100 percent for electric bus charging infrastructure up to $250,000 per entity. The programs are targeted to cities and towns, which include both retail and wholesale customers. Interested parties may apply, but are not obligated to proceed if selected as a recipient. The deadline to apply is Sept. 1. Interested parties can download the public EV charging form here. The bus charging form can be downloaded here.

If you have additional questions about the programs, email PlugIn [at] Duke-Energy [dot] com. The programs are part of a recent settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups.

Original article can be found here.

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