The Council is pleased to announce that the US Department of Energy has officially designated the Land-of-Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition as the 86th Clean Cities Coalition in the nation. (See our photo gallery!)
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Alternative Fuel Accident Training
Training for first responders to deal with alternative fuel vehicle accidents.
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Welcome to the Land-of-Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition
The Clean Vehicles Coalition is a Clean Cities program of the Land of Sky Regional Council in the Western North Carolina area. We were designated by the US DOE on July 26, 2012 as an official Clean Cities program for the five county area surrounding Asheville including Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Madison and Transylvania counties.
BREVARD – Brevard College has teamed up with Tesla Motors to provide an increasingly desirable amenity to the Brevard community: Tesla Destination Charging. The College will unveil one of its two Tesla Electric Vehicle charging stations on Monday, Oct. 26, at 11:30 a.m. at its official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Photo (L-R): BC Geology Professor Jim Reynolds, Bob Harris - Black Bear Solar Institute, SGA President Steve Olson, Brevard resident and EV owner Jim Hardy, and VP of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Scott Sheffield conduct official ribbon-cutting.
Brevard College is now the first College or University in the U.S. to offer Tesla High-Speed High-Power Wall Connector and standard J1772 units for free public-access Electric Vehicle charging and is the first location in Transylvania County to offer EV charging stations. Tesla High Power Wall Connectors add 58 miles of range per hour to Model S, charging the vehicle overnight and replicating the convenience Tesla owners are accustomed to at home.
GRSM Becomes First National Park to Install Public Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Equipment
Gatlinburg, TN – On September 30, 2015, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) held not one but two ribbon-cutting ceremonies to unveil over 10 new pieces of alternative fuel equipment. The events were held at Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee in North Carolina and at Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg in Tennessee.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:30 a.m. at Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, NC 1:30 p.m. at Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, TN
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) will host two ribbon-cutting ceremonies to unveil new pieces of alternative fuel equipment. Propane mowers, neighborhood electric vehicles, and new charging stations will be available for viewing along with a fast-charge demonstration with a Nissan Leaf vehicle and a Tesla Model S vehicle. The Smokies are the first unit in the National Park Service to install and operate public DC fast-charging stations.
The event is open to all media outlets and the public.
This helpful guide provides a comprehensive list of this year’s light-duty hybrid electric vehicles and vehicles that run on propane, compressed natural gas, electricity, E85, or biodiesel. The guide contains model-specific information on engine size, price, fuel economy, and emissions. It also provides short backgrounds on each fuel and helpful tips to improve fuel economy, compare and offset costs, and find alternative fueling stations.
The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center
Alternative Fuels Station Locator
Fuel Economy and Vehicle Comparisons
Fuel Fact of the Week
Fact #939:ALL-ELECTRIC VEHICLE RANGES CAN EXCEED THOSE OF SOME GASOLINE VEHICLES
Although most electric vehicles (EV) have shorter ranges than gasoline vehicles, there are EVs with ranges equal to or greater than some gasoline-powered models. For the 2016 model year (MY) the maximum range for an all-electric vehicle (AEV) is 294 miles while the minimum range for a gasoline model is 240 miles. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) use both gasoline and electricity drawn from the grid. The all-electric range of PHEV models varies greatly, and the total gasoline and electric range of a PHEV is between 150 and 600 miles in MY2016 vehicles. The ranges for EVs have been increasing since their debut in the mass market but technological improvements have also increased the ranges for gasoline vehicles. For 2016, the median range for gasoline vehicles is 412 miles while the highest range is just over 700 miles.
What are the current and future light-duty vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), light-duty vehicles (LDVs) emit nearly 60% of transportation-related GHG emissions and use more than half of all petroleum transportation fuel in the United States. In 1975, Congress enacted the Energy Conservation and Policy Act, which directed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to implement the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program. The goal of the CAFE program is to reduce national energy consumption through fuel economy improvements. Specifically, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as part of DOT, develops annual fuel economy requirements for new passenger cars and light-duty trucks. Fuel economy is measured based on the average mileage a vehicle travels per gallon of gasoline, or gallon of gasoline equivalent for other fuels.