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.
MotorWeek features CVC in the Smoky Mountains
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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.
You are invited to the Annual Ozone Season Kickoff Event and Press Conference!
Local, state and federal government air quality officials will discuss air quality conditions, trends and programs. Duke Energy representatives will present on their energy efficiency initiatives and other emission reduction programs. And hear the latest on efforts to reduce emissions from vehicles across the region.
For North Carolina Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, and Staff
Alternative Fuel Training Conference
At Alliance AutoGas, we believe it is our duty to educate individuals on the benefits and effectiveness of autogas, therefore, we are holding an Alternative Fuel Training Conference for North Carolina Sheriffs and Police Chiefs!
At the training, you will learn in depth about autogas as an alternative fuel and what it can do for your fleet. Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive vehicles and learn one-on-one from our autogas experts. You will receive a certificate of completion and lunch will be served.
According to Mike Phillips, former Captain of Criminal Enforcement and current Municipal & Law Enforcement Specialist for Alliance AutoGas, “Alternative fuels are an excellent way for law enforcement agencies to cut operational costs and to reduce emissions in their jurisdictions. This training will inform departments about how to start a successful program and help them determine the best alternative solution for their agency.”
April 7, 2017 – 9am-5pm Alliance AutoGas Research and Development Center 170 Sweeten Creek Rd. Asheville, NC 28803 Admission: Free *Lunch included (Please provide any food allergies or dietary restrictions.)
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Biltmore East and there is a special rate for attendees of this event. Contact Mark Roebke 828. 298. 5611 to reserve your room.
Through the annual Clean Air Excellence Awards Program, the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency (WNCRAQA) will recognize businesses, organizations, and individuals who have made valuable contributions to air quality in Buncombe County. The awards recognize unregulated improvements to air quality emissions or voluntary actions benefiting the air quality in the area.
In order to nominate your company (or another organization) for a Clean Air Excellence Award, please download the application form and include a brief summary describing what the organization has done to improve air quality for Western North Carolina.
Examples of voluntary pollution prevention measures include:
significant energy efficiency upgrades,
switching to more environmentally friendly and lower emitting solvents and cleaners,
installing renewable energy systems,
upgrading fleet vehicles to more fuel efficient or lower emitting models.
We ask that nominations be submitted to our Agency by March 10, 2017.
For more information contact:
Ashley Featherstone WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 200 College Street, Suite 300 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 250-6778 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday, September 22, Richard Louv, author of nine books about the connections between family, nature and community including Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle, and, most recently, Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature Rich Life, will speak at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain. The title of his talk is “The Hybrid Mind: The more high-tech our lives become, the more nature we need.” The event will be held at 7:00 pm in the Washburn Center. The program will also include a question and answer session followed by a book signing. Vitamin N, his latest book, will be available for purchase at the event.
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.
The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center
Alternative Fuels Station Locator
Fuel Economy and Vehicle Comparisons
Fuel Fact of the Week
Fact #968:All-electric Vehicles Have the Lowest Estimated Annual Fuel Cost
The estimated annual fuel costs for model year (MY) 2017 all-electric vehicles is the lowest of all the different fuel types, ranging from a low of $500 to a high of $800 per year. The annual fuel costs for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) are heavily influenced by the electric range of the vehicle. In hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), the technology is used not only for maximizing fuel economy, as in the Hyundai Ioniq Blue with fuel costs of $600, but also for boosting performance, as in the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta with fuel costs of $3,250. Conventional gasoline vehicles for MY 2017 have estimated annual fuel costs of $900 to $3,850 – the widest range, but also the category with the most vehicle models available.
How is fuel economy determined and reported for alternative fuel vehicles?
Last month we learned about how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determines and reports conventional light-duty vehicle fuel economy ratings. While alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) fuel economy testing is largely similar to that of conventional fuels, the EPA makes some adjustments to account for different vehicle technology and fuel energy content. By tailoring AFV fuel economy testing and reporting, the EPA is able to provide apples-to-apples comparisons and allow consumers to make informed decisions.