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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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.
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.
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.
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Fact #948:Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Transportation Exceeded those from the Electric Power Sector for the First Time in 38 Years
Beginning in 1978, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electric power sector remained higher than the CO2 emissions produced in the transportation sector (based on 12-month running totals) until February 2016 when transportation was responsible for more emissions. There are several factors that have led to this change. On the transportation side, the recent rise in vehicle miles of travel has led to an increase in fuel consumption and subsequent rise in CO2 emissions. Within the electric power sector, there was a decrease in CO2 emissions from a high of 2,434 million metric tons (MMT) in 2008 to 1,810 MMT in May of 2016, about a 25% reduction. The decline in CO2 emissions in the electric power sector is largely attributable to the decreasing use of coal for power generation.
What idle reduction technologies are available for heavy-duty vehicles?
Heavy-duty vehicle idling, or running a vehicle’s engine while it is not in motion, occurs for a number of reasons, including temperature control during required rest stops, powering electronic equipment, and to avoid cold starting the vehicle. According to Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne), more than 6 billion gallons of diesel and gasoline fuel are wasted by vehicle engine idling—with half from medium- and heavy-duty vehicles alone.