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11.23.20

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

11.23.20

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: https://deq.nc.gov/volkswagen-settlement/level-2

06.02.20

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

05.22.20

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.

 

04.27.20

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M9yqsQ-Sf8 and the sale post is listed on http://cngsale.com/ 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. 

04.08.20

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 https://www.cvent.com/surveys/Welcome.aspx?s=50ec1f83-539e-4fef-ab5d-2ed4bb541c6f

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

04.06.20

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

03.19.20

Worried about your ability to keep your fleet going in these uncertain times? Did you miss the Clean Tech Center & 100 Best Fleets webinar today? We've provided the following highlights to ensure you can keep your fleet going.

The webinar included 4 speakers: Robert Gordon of Cobb County, GA; Jerry Drake of Tucson Fire Maintenance, AZ; Rick Longobart of Longobart Ross Full Fleet Solutions; and Robert Martinez of NYC Police Department, NY.

Best practice highlights included the following: 

  • Upping sanitation of facilities and vehicles, whether client or own fleet vehicles, especially high-use areas in facilities and frequently touched areas in vehicles. 
  • Determining priority fleet customers or essential services that must continue to function (such as sanitation, emergency services, highest priority fleet vehicle, etc.)
  • Determining what can be done from home/remotely (such as administration, payroll, finance, etc.)
  • Be adaptable
  • Keep a constant tally of who is showing up for work/attendance and what their skill sets are
  • Setting up contingency processes if not already in use
  • Practicing staff loss ahead of time (understanding how to work without key staff, such as technicians, some leadership, etc.)
  • Rotate amount of people on shifts if possible and where they congregate-sanitize these areas often
  • If vehicle has held an infected person, replace cabin air filters when sanitizing the vehicle. When possible, park the vehicle for several days. 
  • Whenever a person, whether that be a client, third party vendor, or tech enters or leaves a vehicle, be sure to clean when entering and exiting. Ensure vendors are following similar policies to your own fleet so that you receive your vehicle, it is clean similar to when you dropped it off/left it to be serviced. 
  • Stock up on cleaning solution (or make your own!), gloves, and other items necessary to cleanse your vehicles when possible. 

 

Have more questions? Please see the presentations linked here. A recording of the webinar is available here

The contact information for each of the speakers is also listed in the presentation linked above, so feel free to contact them to ask questions or share best practice tips! Stay well from the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition!

Additional resources on COVID 19 from the Clean Energy Technology Center: 

02.28.20

According to 2020 NFPA 58 guidelines, all propane autogas vehicles reinstated into service, purchased, or converted after Jan. 1, 2020, will need to adopt the K15 quick-connect vehicle refueling valve. The quick-connect nozzle reduces fugitive emissions and increases driver safety. Learn more about the nozzle guidelines and see if your fleet needs to update to the K15

02.19.20

Be sure to join us at our February 19th stakeholder meeting, focusing on Renewable Natural Gas! Please RSVP to Carina Soriano by clicking csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org (here)

Centralina Council of Governments
9815 David Taylor Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

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