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.
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.
Every year the Land-of-Sky Regional Council holds an Ozone Kickoff event to let people know when ozone air quality forecasts begin, and the current state of air pollution in our region. This video is a news update featuring the speakers of this event, summarizing our current state of air quality in Western North Carolina.
A-B Tech Community College opened an electric vehicle charging station, featuring one of Western North Carolina’s first public access DC Quick Chargers, which was awarded through a grant from Nissan USA Corporation valued at $27,000.
The Quick Charger can charge a vehicle to 80% in 30 minutes or less. The college also purchased two Level II chargers that can charge within four to eight hours. The Quick Charger and Level II chargers were made locally by the Eaton Corporation facility in Arden.
Thanks to all of your efforts in 2013, Clean Cities has hit yet another major milestone. For the first time, we have collectively saved more than a billion gallons in a single year. Whereas not so long ago we were celebrating a billion cumulative gallons, we managed to save that entire amount in 2013 alone. Congratulations!
Our success story this week takes us to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the 469-mile scenic highway that winds its way from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. Thanks to the Department of Energy clean cities national parks initiative, the parks recently added 4 Ford C-MAX hybrid-electric vehicles, and 4 Ford F-250 propane-fueled pickups, to help reduce pollution in the parks.
MIKE MOLLING: I think we need to tell the public what we’re trying to do to conserve energy…and show them that we are actively involved in reducing our carbon footprint...and for them to understand what steps we’re taking…
JOHN DAVIS: The parkway works closely with the land of the sky clean vehicles coalition to promote the use of alternative fuels for both the park staff and the millions who travel this iconic “all-American Road.”
Our success story this week takes us to Asheville, North Carolina which has recently added 4 compressed natural gas refuse trucks to its fleet. They fuel up overnight at these time-fill posts. Working with the Land of the Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition—the city also received funding for 25 CNG pickup trucks-including this Ford F-150 used by the fire department. The city’s Chevrolet Volt extended range electric car uses solar energy to recharge at this public access station. Their fleet also includes Segways and zero emission EVs like this gem. And, residents are taking notice.
MARK STEVENS: it’s just that constant reminder which ultimately we hope will reduce the fuel consumption as well as the general public seeing what we’re doing, and that’s a good thing.
JOHN DAVIS: Asheville also uses B20 BioDiesel to fuel diesel vehicles. All told, a significant step in the green direction for Western North Carolina’s premiere city.
The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center
Alternative Fuels Station Locator
Fuel Economy and Vehicle Comparisons
Fuel Fact of the Week
Fact #875: HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE PENETRATION BY STATE, 2014
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are conventional hybrid vehicles that use a gasoline engine with a hybrid electric drive for superior efficiency; they do not plug-in. This type of hybrid vehicle was introduced to the U.S. market in 1999 with the Honda Insight and followed by the Toyota Prius in 2000. After about 15 years of sales, HEVs have been adopted at varying rates across the United States. California has the highest concentration of HEV registrations with 20.1 HEVs per thousand people. In general, the West Coast and Northeast have the highest concentrations of HEVs per thousand people. Mississippi, Louisiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia have the lowest number of HEV registrations relative to their population with less than 5 per thousand people.
What are the key terms and considerations I should remember when discussing emissions?
When discussing emissions, it is important to use the appropriate terms, know the context, and present a complete picture. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has a number of tools and resources available to understand and calculate the emissions benefits of alternative fuels and vehicles (see below). But first, let’s get back to the basics.