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STRIDE Collaborative Monthly Partners Call


April 21st, 2021
10:00 AM Eastern

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Conference Line: 1-202-991-0477
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Conference Code: 289 788 362#

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1.  Welcome / Roll Call

          Roll call of today’s participants (by State and Sector) 


2. Featured Speaker: Chris Davis, Charlotte Department of Transportation 
Chris Davis will be discussing the City of Charlotte's transition to source 100% of the the energy for their fleet vehicles from zero-carbon sources by 2030.

3. Round Robin 
          Updates from around the Region

4. STRIDE Collaborative Updates

5.  DERA Updates: EPA Region 4




Add to Calendar:






STRIDE Collaborative – EPA Region 4 Contacts:

Dale Aspy                        (404) 562-9041
Alan Powell                      (404) 562-9045
William Carnright             (404) 562-9202


STRIDE Collaborative - Strategic Planning Contact:





Join Lisa McAbee on a virtual tour of McAbee Trucking as she explains how they utilize propane vehicles to power their fleet and ensure deliveries arrive on time. McAbee Trucking completes over 38 trips overnight from Charlotte, NC to Greenville, SC, and local runs within Blacksburg, SC.  The McAbee Trucking fleet contains 46 vehicles, including two compressed natural gas trucks and six propane trucks. They are in the process of converting more of their diesel trucks into propane and CNG. McAbee Trucking Inc. was part of a demo with the ROUSH CleanTech Propane Autogas to experiment how these would fit with a USPS contracting fleet.  

Hear from experts all over the region including, Steve Whaley, Director of Autogas Business development at PERC, Derek Whaley, Business Development Manager at ROUSH CLEANTech, and Mitch Rose, Branch Manager of Blossman Gas as they outline the benefits of propane Autogas for fleets. Learn more about McAbee Trucking Inc. and how propane AutoGas can benefit your fleet in the McAbee Trucking Alternative Fuel Fleet Success Video. 


The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has awarded the first rebates for Level 2 charging projects to be funded by the NC Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement Program. The first group of rebates includes thirty projects totaling $422,000.00.
DEQ allocated 25% of the Phase 1 Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure allocation, or approximately $1.1 million, to Level 2 charging infrastructure projects. 
The Level 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program uses a first-come, first-served rebate process to help interested parties install ZEV Level 2 charging infrastructure, as described in the North Carolina VW Mitigation Plans. The primary goal is to increase use of ZEVs in place of gas-powered cars to mitigate nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and greenhouse gas emissions in the state. 
Rebate applications will be prioritized by the urban-suburban/rural split described in the NC VW Mitigation Plan, with about 68% of the funds allocated for urban and suburban counties, and a minimum of 32% allocated for rural counties. Rebates will be awarded until the funds are exhausted.
The recipients, project details, and rebate awarded amounts can be found on our webpage
For additional information about the Level 2 Program, please visit:

Centralina and partners Forth and the City of Charlotte Office of Sustainability are working together on electric vehicle (EV) education. Until the end of November, the public are eligible for a $100 visa giftcard if they send a photo of themselves test-driving an electric vehicle to Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org. Centralina and Forth also partnered with dealerships in your local area to increase electric vehicle availability in Charlotte. This means that Planet Mitsubishi, Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet, and the Charlotte-Mathews Tesla showcase will have electric vehicles charged and ready for test drives through the month of November. 

This partnership aims to educate the general public about EVs and highlight which dealerships are stocking EVs. Have questions? We've recorded our three EV webinars, viewable below for more information. 

11/12 -Ask An EV Owner featuring Jess Montgomery, Andrew Diamond, and Crystal Marie McDaniels

EV 101-Learn about the basics and benefits of electric vehicle ownership.

11/19 -Ask An EV Owner featuring Barbara Randolph, Andrew Diamond, and Crystal Marie McDaniels


NC VW Settlement Phase 1 Level 2 ZEV Infrastructure Program Webinar

On November 17, 2020, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Level 2 ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust. This RFP for the Level 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program will assist interested parties in applying for funds using a first-come, first-served rebate process to install ZEV Level 2 charging infrastructure, as described in the North Carolina VW Mitigation Plan until all funds are exhausted. The primary goal is to increase use of ZEVs in place of gas-powered cars to mitigate nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and greenhouse gas emissions in the state. 

A webinar will be held on December 11, 2020 from 10am - 12pm, for interested stakeholders and applicants. During this webinar, staff will show applicants how to request access to the DAQ Grants Management System and answer questions regarding the Request for Proposals. Applicants are not required to attend the virtual application workshop prior to application submission but are encouraged to participate or watch the recorded session prior to the application acceptance date.  Applicants should request access to the DAQ Grants Management System prior to when the application opens on January 25, 2021.

NCDEQ anticipates awarding a total of approximately $1.1 million towards Level 2 charging infrastructure projects in Phase 1. Rebate applications will be prioritized by the urban-suburban/rural split described in the NC VW Mitigation Plan, with about 68% of the funds allocated for urban and suburban counties, and a minimum of 32% allocated for rural counties.

You must register for the webinar by December 9, 2020. You may register here. A link to the webinar will be emailed to all registered attendees prior to the webinar.

For additional information and documents regarding the RFP, please visit:


The Mobile Source Compliance Branch of North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality values the input of stakeholders and the residents of North Carolina regarding Phase 1 of the Volkswagen Grant programs.

As part of our summer intern project, we would appreciate if you would take a short survey to provide us with feedback regarding the Phase 1 Volkswagen RFPs and applications. The link to the survey is here. Please feel free to share this link with any parties you think would be interested. 

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and will close at midnight on 6/16/2020. 

If you have any issues accessing the survey, feel free to contact us.  Thank you for your time.


Lilly Wallace, Environmental Technician I Intern

(919) 707-8429 office

lilly [dot] wallace [at] ncdenr [dot] gov


Logan Hale, Environmental Technician I Intern

(919) 707-8448 office

Logan [dot] hale [at] ncdenr [dot] gov


Sheila Blanchard, Environmental Program Consultant

(919) 707-8423  office

sheila [dot] blanchard [at] ncdenr [dot] gov


A special thanks to our two guest speakers, Dave Schaller from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, and Richard Battersby, City of Oakland Public Works and the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition, at our May 20th Core Stakeholder Briefing. Below are links to their presentations and contact information. If you have additional questions or would like to see certain topics at the next core stakeholder meeting, please contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org or 704-688-7035.

Richard's presentation: City of Oakland COVID 19 Response from a Fleet Perspective

Dave's presentation: Embracing Future Truck Technologies in the "Messy Middle" 

For a link to recorded audio from the webinar, please email Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.



CCFC has received word from our sister coalition in Alabama that one of their stakeholders has a complete CNG station for sale. They have a Motor Week segment on the station, available to view here: and the sale post is listed on with full specifications and station equipment included. The seller, Virginia Transportation (VT), is available for contact through the "Contact Us" button on their site or you can reach out to Carina at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for more information. 


The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC), in collaboration with the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP), seeks an intern for Summer 2020. 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 15 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. 

*Due to COVID-19 quarantine rules, this internship may focus more on writing, social media, and research-related tasks. The recipient may be asked to supply their own laptop or computer to work from home with during this evolving situation. 

• Internship available at Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, working with dynamic regional stakeholders

• Positions are 30 or 40 hours per week for the semester (10 weeks)

• Internship dates: June 1st - August 14th . Exact start/end dates determined by individual schedules

• Stipends range from $3,600 - $6,000 for the semester depending on academic classification and number of hours assigned


Please submit your cover letter and resume by April 14, 2020 to admin [at] centralina [dot] org AND submit an application at

If selected, interns will be notified by May 1, 2020. 


Given the latest information on the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Electrification 2020 International Conference & Exposition is being postponed and rescheduled for early 2021. 

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