KCFC Welcomes New Executive Director

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 Unveils Electric Truck

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 Gets Latest CARB Approval

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’s New Fell-Cell SUV Has 307 Miles of Range

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 Orders 125 Tesla Big-Rig Trucks

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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Drive Clean Louisville Team Conducting Electric Vehicle Survey

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!

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Pepsi Co Orders 100 Tesla Semis

PepsiCo is the latest large fleet to make a significant investment in the recently announced Tesla Semi electric heavy-duty truck, reportedly ordering 100 vehicles.
This is the largest pre-order of the yet-to-be-released electric truck. Other high-profile pre-orders have come from such well-known companies as Anheuser-Busch, J.B. Hunt and Walmart.

It will be awhile before PepsiCo receives the Teslas — the trucks are expected to go into production in 2019 – and the final price will depend on the model and spec of the trucks received by the beverage maker.

The base model Tesla Semi is priced at $150,000 while a version with advertised 500-mile range begins at $180,000. It costs $20,000 to pre-order either model of Tesla Semi — unless a buyer opts to splurge on a special edition Founders Series Tesla Semi, which costs $200,000 to reserve and buy.

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LG&E/KU Opens New Charging Station in Midway

Located in horse and bourbon country between Lexington and Louisville, not far from the capital and less than a mile off of Interstate 64, Midway, Kentucky is a passing point for travelers on their way to any number of destinations. The town is now bridging the gap in a new way – partnering with Kentucky Utilities to install a new charging station for electric vehicle drivers looking to power up.

Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift joined KU representatives to unveil the new public charging station, located at 101 East Main Street, in the parking lot just behind City Hall.

The charging station is the eighth of 20 public stations KU and its sister utility, Louisville Gas and Electric Company, are installing across their service territories through their Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program.

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VW Trust Effective Date

The final paperwork for the Volkswagen Settlement’s Environmental Mitigation Trust was filed today, and the Trust Effective Date is October 2, 2017. States will have 60 days to submit their Certification for Beneficiary Status, which will allow them to become Beneficiaries of the Trust. A fillable Certification for Beneficiary Status and other applicable forms will be uploaded to the NASEO and NACAA VW Clearinghouse by the end of today.

For more information, please contact Cassie Powers at cpowers@naseo.org, or visit the NASEO & NACAA VW Settlement Clearinghouse, www.vwclearinghouse.org.