The VW Settlement Electrify America Program is requesting input for their next round of $500 million investment cycle. This is the second of four 30-month cycles which will culminate in a total investment of $2 billion over 10 years. This cycle will start in July 2019 and end in December 2021. Submissions can include but are not limited to suggestions for potential electric charger locations, state and local policies designed to increase Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) adoption, and education activities that communicate benefits of ZEVs.
The first cycle which began in 2017 is well underway. In the cycle, which will run through June 2019, Electrify America is working to establish a network that includes non-proprietary electric vehicle chargers (CCS, CHAdeMO and J1772 standards) at over 650 community-based sites and nearly 300 highway sites across the country.
Electrify America says all submissions must be received by March 1 to better ensure consideration in the Cycle 2 investment plans. For more information or to submit a comment/proposal, please visit Electrify America’s website.
(Link for the website – https://www.electrifyamerica.com/)
Lextran was this year’s first fleet to submit their 2017 data for the Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Program!! They are a fantastic example of a Kentucky fleet investing in alternative fuel/advanced technology vehicles to decrease petroleum use and improve our air quality. Lextran’s fleet includes compressed natural gas powered buses as well as fully electric and hybrid electric buses!!
If you haven’t submitted your data, there is still time! The data submission deadline is January 26th. Fleets can submit their data via the online survey or email Emily Carpenter to request an excel version of the survey to complete.
Green Fleets of the Bluegrass is a voluntary fleet recognition program of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC). Green Fleets of the Bluegrass aims to improve the environmental performance of vehicle fleets across Kentucky by reducing petroleum fuel use. The program is structured to provide flexibility for diverse fleets across the Commonwealth to pursue best practices while achieving recognition for successes along the way.
Click Here for Program Information: http://kentuckycleanfuels.org/projects/greenfleets/
The Winter 2018 edition of the Fuels Fix Magazine features the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition!! In introducing Emily Carpenter as Executive Director, the article highlights some of Kentucky’s most impressive sustainable transportation accomplishments. This includes the collective reduction of 11 million gasoline gallon equivalents and a reduction in greenhouse gas emitted by over 48,000 tons in 2016 by our Green Fleets of the Bluegrass!! The article contains a wonderful picture of some of our fleet representatives from the awards ceremony.
Click Here to View the Magazine: http://www.fuelsfix.com/
NC Clean Energy Technology Center is hosting a free First Responder Clean Transportation Demonstration Day on February 28, 2018. The event will feature alternative fuel vehicles and clean transportation technology applications specific to law enforcement, fire and rescue, and emergency medical services. The event will include classroom instruction with real world case study results, hands on product static review, closed course ride and drive, and lunch.
Please use this link to access the event flyer for more information.
Following 24 years of service and remarkable contributions to the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC), Executive Director, Melissa Howell has retired. Emily Carpenter became the new Executive Director effective January 2018.
Carpenter has served the coalition since 2012. Beginning as an intern through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Workforce Development Program, it was her passion for the mission and vision of the KCFC that inspired her. Through years of dedicated service to KCFC’s goals, she has taken on countless challenges to further fleet environmental sustainability and the advancement of the alternative fuels/advanced transportation technology industry in Kentucky.
“The KCFC began with seven members with a mission in 1993, we have achieved national recognition and continuously served as the most qualified resource for this industry across Kentucky. Emily Carpenter will lead the KCFC through new adventures in technology with a renewed ‘energy’ to carry her,” noted Howell.
Carpenter has been responsible for writing grants, expanding current programs, and developing new projects. She has successfully authored grants and obtained awards on behalf of KCFC members. She was tasked with spearheading project development for KCFC which led to the establishment of the nation’s first comprehensive alternative fuel vehicle technician training program. Carpenter also revitalized KCFC’s Green Fleets program. In 2016, program fleets’ combined efforts led to the reduction of over 11 million gasoline gallon equivalents and a reduction in greenhouse gas emitted by over 48,000 tons.
A Kentucky native, Carpenter is a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School with a master’s degree of Diplomacy and International Commerce with a focus on energy resources.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition’s next Executive Director,” said Carpenter.
AEV Technologies, Inc., designer and manufacturer of compact, emissions-free vehicles for urban commercial markets, unveiled its new assembled in the U.S.A., all-electric vehicle lineup at the world’s largest consumer electronics expo, CES Las Vegas, January 9 through 12.
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XL Hybrids has received approval for plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Ford F-150 pickup trucks in the Golden State of California – an industry first.
According to XL Hybrids, among the many things the Board does is issue executive orders that allow for alternative-vehicle technologies – many of which can increase fuel economy – to be legally sold in California. For example, before HEV, PHEV, compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid propane (LPG) vehicles can be sold and operated in California, these technologies must be tested in laboratories and verified by CARB.
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Hyundai unveiled its all-new fuel cell EV (FCEV) SUV, the Nexo, which has an estimated range of 370 miles with a five minute fueling duration, and offers a host of new automated driving technologies.
The Nexo, which was unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will enter a market that includes other fuel cell vehicles such as the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell and Toyota Mirai, the automaker announced.
Nexo is Hyundai’s second-generation mass produced fuel cell electric vehicle, after Tucson FCEV, which the Nexo has 105 additional miles of range when compared, according to the automaker. The Nexo accelerates 20% faster than the Tucson FCEV, has 30% more range, more cabin space, a lighter weight, and improved hydrogen storage tanks, according to the automaker.
NEXO’s powertrain is also lighter and takes up less space compared to the Tucson FCEV.
Further still, the Nexo is capable of starting after being subject to overnight temperatures of -20 degrees Fahrenheit. It offers 291 lb.-ft of torque and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds.
The release of the Nexo is in line with Hyundai’s goal of introducing 18 eco-friendly models to global markets by 2025, the automaker announced at CES.
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UPS is making a big investment in all-electric big rigs by placing an order for 125 of the sleek new semi trucks from Tesla.
The UPS order is now the largest to date for the vehicle unveiled in November. Published reports put the cost of the trucks between $150,000 and $200,000 each. Tesla expects to begin producing the vehicles in 2019.
“It’s too soon to know where they’ll be deployed,” said Mike Mangeot, UPS spokesman in Louisville. “We’d love to have some in Louisville to join the hybrid electric and compressed natural gas alt-fuel vehicles that we’re already using the metro area.”
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Louisville Metro Government’s Drive Clean Louisville Team is conducting an electric vehicle survey to seek out information to guide their planning efforts and support future funding requests:
Do you drive an electric vehicle? Are you interested in owning an electric vehicle but have concerns? If so, the Drive Clean Louisville Team wants to hear from YOU!
Click Here for the Survey