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!
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
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!
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.
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.
Pictured from L to R: Terry Keith, Excel Truck Group; Michael Riley, Piedmont Natural Gas, under Duke Energy; Andrea Eilers, Triangle Clean Cities Coalition; Carina Soriano, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition; Jason Wager, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition; and Chris Dobbins, Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition.
NC Clean Cities Coalitions and stakeholders gather for the NGV Technology Forum Meeting at Agility Fuel Solutions.
This year, NC hosted the the Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum (NGVTF) April 16-17, at the Agility Fuel Solutions Training Center in Salisbury, NC. This meeting is held annually nationwide and was led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission in the effort to unite a diverse group of stakeholders to discus data and resources concerning technology, regulations, market barriers, and opportunities for next steps for development and deployment of commercially competitive natural gas engines, vehicles, and infrastructure.
It was great to see our fellow NC Clean Cities Coalition partners, Andrea Eilers from Triangle Clean Cities and Chris Dobbins from Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition at the meeting.
Centralina coalition staff were glad to support stakeholders, Piedmont Natural Gas, now owned by Duke Energy and Excel Truck Group, that were also attendees at the two day annual meeting.
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.
Ready for an Electric Vehicle? Nissan is offering a $3,000 incentive on the retail purchase of the 2018 LEAF. The offer is open to customers of Duke Energy through June 30, 2018.
To take advantage of this offer, bring your Duke Energy bill to your local Nissan dealer. (Discount Code B63724)
Questions? Contact our local participating Nissan dealer, Cornelius Willingham, at: %20Cornelius [dot] Willingham [at] nissan-usa [dot] com
Please click on the flyer below to see a PDF of this limited time offer from our stakeholder partners, Nissan and Duke Energy.
SEDC 2018 LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Nomination Period: March 26, 2018 – May 18, 2018
About the Awards:
This is the tenth year the SEDC will present awards to recognize leadership in reducing diesel emissions throughout Region 4 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Since 2008, the SEDC has been recognizing leadership in the Southeast through its annual leadership award program. The program began with the Industry Leadership Award and the Community Fleet Leadership Award. In 2012, a new category, the Visionary Award was added to recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated significant leadership in achieving diesel emission reductions.
The following are descriptions for each award category:
- The Industry Leadership Award will recognize a for-profit company or corporation that demonstrates outstanding and exemplary leadership by proactive actions to reduce diesel emissions associated with their business activity.
- The Fleet Leadership Award will recognize a non-profit organization that has direct responsibility for a fleet and/or activity relying on diesel engines to fulfill their core mission that demonstrates exemplary leadership by proactive actions to reduce their diesel emissions.
- The Visionary Champion Award will recognize an organization and/or individual having a vision and acting on that vision to facilitate diesel emission reduction efforts.
Who is eligible?
The following describes entities that are eligible nominees:
- The entity’s projects/programs must reduce diesel emissions in at least one of the EPA Region 4 states (i.e., Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina);
- An entity may nominate themselves or be nominated by others;
- The entity must be an active leader with recent accomplishments. The entity must have completed or substantially implemented one or more clean diesel related project(s)/program(s) during the 2017 and/or 2018 calendar years;
- An entity that previously won an Industry Leadership or Community Leadership award may not be nominated based on the same project(s)/program(s), but may be nominated for new project(s)/program(s) that occurred after receiving their most recent SEDC Leadership Award; and
- An entity may only compete in one of the three categories as described above. The nominator is asked to recommend a category. However, the SEDC Leadership Committee will make the final decision in placing the nominee into the category it deems most appropriate.
When are nominations
- Nominations for projects/programs substantially implemented or completed during the past year are due by May 18, 2018 and will be announced at the SEDC Annual Partnership Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina in September 2018.
Who reviews nominations?
- SEDC Leadership Council will review the nominations and select the awardees.
What criteria will be used to evaluate nominations?
- Nominated entities will be evaluated based on the information provided in the Program Description Narrative submitted during the nomination period. These awards are presented for extraordinary leadership in promoting the goals of the SEDC. Nominees will be judged on their effectiveness in meeting the SEDC’s goals and the degree to which they display exemplary leadership and inspire others to step up their efforts in reducing diesel emissions. Project(s)/programs need to focus on improving air quality in Region 4 (i.e., Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina). After the winners are selected, the SEDC will recognize the full array of leadership qualities demonstrated by the winner’s efforts.
How do I submit my entry?
- Complete the 2018_SEDC_Leadership_Nomination_Form and submit it to Richard McDonald by May 18, 2018.
Email: Richard [dot] McDonald [at] dnr [dot] ga [dot] gov
Or mail to:
Planning and Support Program
Environmental Protection Division, DNR
4244 International Parkway, Ste 120
Atlanta, GA 30354