May Virtual Feedback Session Follow Up

In case you missed the May Clean Transportation Virtual Feedback Meeting, here are the agenda, follow up links, recording and more! Questions? Missing a topic? Contact Carina at csoriano@centralina.org

Link to the agenda here.
Recording not playing for you above? Here’s the direct YouTube link

Topics discussed included the NC Clean Transportation plan and what role stakeholders can play in the discussion.
Links included

Upcoming Opportunities for stakeholders include the NC VW Settlement Phase 2 funding categories and EPA Clean School Bus funding program

Authorized by the recently signed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA’s Clean School Bus Program provides $5 billion over the next five years to replace school buses with low- and zero-emission school buses. The first funding opportunity under this program will be the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates. EPA will offer $500 million for zero-emission and clean school bus rebates. The EPA’s program guidance and a list of eligible/prioritized applicants are now posted on the Clean School Bus Program website. Once you have completed the recommended steps to prepare, please begin filling out your rebate application.
The VW Settlement has upcoming deadlines, so be sure to apply before the opportunity passes!

Finally, the next CCFC stakeholder meeting will be August 23rd. Please be on the lookout for a calendar hold soon or connect with Carina (above) to ensure you’re on the list!

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Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project Grant Funds Now Available!

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at North Carolina State University announces the following request for proposals (RFP) through the 2022 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The 2020 initiative will offer $1.4 million, focused on reducing transportation-related emissions, and supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT). The primary purpose of the CFAT project is to reduce transportation-related emissions in 24 eligible North Carolina counties. 

Project proposals will be limited, none higher than $300,000 and none lower than $5,000. Applications will be due Friday, July 1, 2022. This will likely be the only solicitation for 2022.

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).

Projects for electric vehicle charging stations (EVSE) will be accepted within all 100 counties.

  • Available funds: $1,400,000
  • Maximum per project award: $300,000
  • Minimum per project award: $5,000
  • Application deadline: July 1, 2022
  • Project period: December 5, 2022 – September 30, 2024
  • Click here for the 2022 CFAT Request for Proposals
  • Click here for the CFAT RFP FAQs
  • Click here for the 2022 CFAT Budget Worksheet
  • Click here for the 2022 CFAT RFP Application

NOTE: Applications should be emailed to CFAT_grants@ncsu.edu

View examples of prior successful CFAT project proposals in 2018 and 2019

NC Clean Energy Technology Center will host a CFAT 2022 Funding Opportunity Informational Webinar from 12-1:30pm Monday, May 16, 2022. The free webinar will present an overview of eligible projects and have Q&A to assist with application submission. Learn more and register for the webinar below. 

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Region of Excellence 2022 Clean Cities Winners

Congratulations to our nominees: Charlotte Douglas EV bus fleetMacLeod Construction and UNC Charlotte EPIC PoleVolt project, for the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition category award for the 2022 Centralina Region of Excellence Awards!

Our  winner this year was the CLT Electric Vehicle Bus Fleet!  The airport utilized clean fuels and fuel alternatives in airport vehicles to reduce the consumption of traditional transportation fossil fuels. CLT also supported sustainability by:

  • Purchasing 100% battery electric zero emissions buses that will last for 12 years
  • Replacing older vehicles with newer vehicles to reduce emissions
  • Implementing fuel economy improvements to lower fuel costs

These achievements have resulted in a reduction in  gasoline gallon usage by almost 100,000 gasoline gallon equivalents in 2021 alone! Congrats again to the Charlotte Douglas Airport EV Bus fleet!

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MacLeod Construction CNG Success

Join Bob MacLeod on a virtual tour of MacLeod Construction as he explains how they utilize compressed natural gas to power part of their construction fleet and ensure project sites receive concrete in a more environmentally friendly way.   The MacLeod fleet contains 35 vehicles, including 15 CNG cement trucks. They are in the process of purchasing more CNG vehicles to expand their fleet. 

Hear from regional experts including Norm Scott of Nuovo Energy and Ben Kessler, former Coordinator for Palmetto Clean Fuels Coalition as they outline the benefits of CNG for fleets. Learn more about MacLeod Construction and how compressed natural gas can benefit your fleet in the MacLeod Construction Alternative Fuel Fleet Success Video. 

CLIENT: MacLeod Construction

WEBSITE: https://www.macleodnc.com/

PROJECT COMPLETION:  Ongoing

ALT FUEL UTILIZED:  CNG

Special Thanks To

Bob MacLeod, MacLeod Construction; Heather Scott, Nuovo Energy; Norm Scott, Nuovo Energy; and Matt Abele, Capital City Creative for making this success story happen!

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NC VW Settlement Phase 2 Transit & Shuttle Bus Replacement Applications Now Open

The Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is now accepting applications for the Transit and Shuttle Bus Program grants under Phase 2 of the Volkswagen Mitigation plan. The Request for Proposal (RFP) released yesterday details how to apply for the $13.5 million available to replace older, diesel transit or shuttle buses with cleaner low emission vehicles to significantly reduce NOx emissions and improve air quality.

Projects can be submitted by local, state, and tribal government organizations, public or private nonprofit organizations, and public-private partnerships where the lead applicant is a public sector, public or private nonprofit organization. In Phase 2, DAQ will prioritize electric vehicle replacement projects to maximize emission reductions and public health benefits. Projects within the 37 counties identified as Historically Under-Resourced (Appendix D of the RFP) are eligible for bonus project scoring points as well as additional technical support during the application process.

DAQ will accept applications for the Transit and Shuttle Bus Program until May 2, 2022 via the Grant Management System. Specific instructions on how to register for the Grant Management System and submit an application are detailed in the RFP. The Division will also hold additional information workshops during the application period. Information regarding applications, eligibility, and the registration for DAQ’s online RFP information sessions will all be located on the division’s website, at https://deq.nc.gov/VW-Transit-Bus-RFP.

If you have any questions about the RFP or application process, please contact NCDEQ at daq.NC_VWGrants@ncdenr.gov with the subject title: “Transit and Shuttle Bus_Program RFP” prior to submitting your application and in advance of the submission deadline.

Phase 2 of the VW Mitigation Plan covers the remaining $68 million of the state’s share of a national settlement with the automaker and includes programs for school bus replacement and zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure. The schedule for future RFP releases is available online.

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Centralina Case Study on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles

The US Department of Energy released their latest case study on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition was a featured participant. Our workshop series from 2017, Roadmap from 2018 and next steps are all included in the article you can read here

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US DOT Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: NC Benefits

USDOT Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: NC Benefits 

The U.S Department of Transportation released a fact sheet highlighting how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) will impact communities nationwide. The bill is geared towards improving transportation accessibility through repairing roads and bridges, increasing transit infrastructure, developing a country wide network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers, upgrading airports and more. Signed into effect by the Biden administration, it is noted as the country’s largest long-term investment in infrastructure in about a century, at a whopping $1.2 trillion.  

North Carolina’s infrastructure has been at a deficit for years due to suffering from a lack of investment at a systemic level. The BIL will benefit North Carolina through a focus on climate change mitigation through infrastructure repairs with an emphasis on equity, resilience, and safety. The state is expected to receive roughly $7.7 billion dollars over the course of a five-year period in federal funding to tackle the 1,460 bridges and roughly 3,116 miles of highway in poor condition. $13 billion dollars is also being invested in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that goes directly into improving roadway safety, a 29% increase in FAST Act funding levels. North Carolina local and tribal governments will be able to apply for direct funding to advance plans associated with reducing motor vehicle-related crashes and fatalities.  

The infrastructure plan not only recognizes, but highlights the importance of improving sustainable transportation options for Americans. This is observed by the implementation of the first-ever nationwide EV charger network to provide convenient charging options across the country that accelerates progress toward EV usage while addressing the climate crisis and supporting domestic employment growth. North Carolina will also receive $920 million dollars of funding across 5 years focused on improving public transportation options; a 32% increase to the 2021 FAST Act transit funding amount.  

Modernizing passenger rails to improve freight rail efficiency is another focus of the bill, in addition to improving airports through terminal development projects by addressing outdated infrastructure. This is being done in efforts to expand accessibility of disadvantaged groups. Local and State governments will have access to participate in competitive grant programs funded by the BIL that are expected to launch within a year or so of adoption. These include Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (TNFRA) grants with a $14 billion dollar expanded budget, Capital Investment Grants (CIG) with a $23 billion dollar expanded budget, the new Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) grant program with a $1 billion dollar project fund, and many more. 

With all these funding updates on the horizon, plan to follow adoption and implementation by seeing the current status of the bill here: As the bipartisan infrastructure bill passes, here’s what’s next for Biden’s economic plans. 

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ARRIVAL to Charlotte-What’s Next for the EV Company?

ARRIVAL is a revolutionary European technology company who produces electric buses and vans. They are opening their first US headquarters and van factory at the beginning of 2022 in Charlotte, NC. Nearby they are also opening a bus factory in Rock Hill, SC. These vehicles are not like your average vans and buses. They are built modularly from the ground up in micro factories using a smart robotic assembly of composite materials that are designed to be circular within a repair, reuse, and recycle model.  

The build consists of an adjustable skateboard platform design that can be customized for all vehicle sizes and a fully recyclable composite material developed in-house that decreases the weight of the vehicles while enhancing the durability of these crash resistant panels. There is no use of paint shops, which is great for the vehicles and the environment, because the paint is embedded into the material. Micro factories allow what typically takes years to construct to be done in 6 months or less, all while sourcing from the local area and developing for the region they are within. The efficiency of a micro factory enables ARRIVAL to continue to grow as demand grows, while the localization of the supply chain reduces the environmental impact. These factors combined regarding material usage, robotic assembly, and micro factory implementation allow for a smaller carbon footprint, easier repair job, lower cost of total ownership, and rapid worldwide deployment.  

In North America, ARRIVAL uses SAE J1772 plug types for AC charging and CCS1 plug types for DC charging. The vans are compatible with AC and DC charging as they are equipped with an 11kW AC onboard charger and can DC fast charge up to 120kW. This enables the vehicle to be charged anywhere from a lower power AC outlet at home to a designated DC charger. 

The use of digital products permits ARRIVAL vehicles to connect to the world with commercial operators and advanced telematics to help analyze vehicle data, track fleet routes, and respond to alerts in real time. They have been working with small business owners and essentially anyone who can use a van.

ARRIVAL combines sustainability, efficiency, and affordability through pricing their vehicles competitively with fossil fuel equivalents which will lead to an expected lower cost of ownership. There will be more information regarding specific price points released soon. 

Four Different Vehicles to Reach the Market by 2023: 

1.) Bus  

  • Year- 2021 
  • Range- 149-249 miles 
  • Payload- 80-125 passengers 

2.) Van 

  • Year- 2022 
  • Range- 93-211 miles 
  • Payload- 2,150-4,409lbs 

3.) Large Van 

  • Year- 2022 
  • Range- 118-249 miles 
  • Payload- 8,818lbs 

4.) Small Vehicle 

  • Year- 2023 
  • Range- 62-186 miles 
  • Payload- 992-1,764lbs

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Marshville Electric Vehicle Charger Now Open!

The Town of Marshville, in partnership with the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC), unveiled a new electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging station to the public on Monday, 11/15.

 “This is an exciting time for Marshville, which is on the cusp of growth and development with the recent completion of the Monroe Bypass and increased interest from commercial and residential developers,” said Frank Deese, Town Manager of Marshville. “We greatly appreciate the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition for assisting us with the grant process and helping make the EV charger a reality. Marshville is truly the diamond of Union County and with the EV charger, we are one step closer to establishing ourselves as a key destination in Union County.”

Made by ChargePoint, the EV charger is located at 119 N. Elm Street in Marshville. The cost to use the charger is $0.14 per KWH with one hour of free parking for the first hour and $1 per hour for parking after the first hour. The charger is free for Town of Marshville employees to use for Town vehicles.

In addition, the Town’s EV police vehicle-a modified Tesla 3, was on hand for folks to see. It was purchased in anticipation of the fast charger being installed.  

“Our mission is to reduce petroleum dependence, improve air quality and expand alternative fuel use and technology, so we were excited for the opportunity to assist the Town of Marshville in applying for and receiving a grant to install a charging station for their downtown area,” said Carina Soriano, MPA, regional planner and co-coordinator with CCFC. “Not only are we helping improve transportation energy efficiency in Marshville, but are playing a role in helping with the Town’s economic development goal.”

The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition – which is housed at Centralina Regional Council – helped the Town of Marshville with a grant application for NC VW Settlement funds that were received for an EV DC Fast charger. According to the North Carolina Volkswagen Settlement, Governor Roy Cooper has designated the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to manage North Carolina’s share of the VW Settlement, an agreement between the German automaker and the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A Zero Emission Vehicle infrastructure program is one of the five programs that can receive VW Settlement funds.

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Centralina Clean Fuels Coordinator on Infrastructure Bill Latest

On Wednesday, 11/17, Jason Wager, Coordinator of the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition was interviewed by Fox46’s Kaci Jones to talk about the large federal infrastructure bill President Biden has just signed into law. To watch the interview, press play on the viewer above. 

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