Rural Reimagined

The Power of Collaborative Electrification in Appalachia. Original Article by Faith Martin

There is no place in the world like Appalachia. Rolling mountains. Vibrant rhododendrons. Scenic waterfalls.

Appalachia is magic.

A Region in Distress

Travelers to Appalachia visit to witness the natural wealth of the region – more than just the increase in elevation will take your breath away. After experiencing the signature blue mountaintops, some may even briefly consider abandoning city-life for a simpler way of living.

But life ...

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Electric Vehicle Sales Continue to Charge Ahead in Virginia in 2023

Electric vehicle sales in Virginia continued their rapid acceleration in Virginia in 2023. Registration data compiled by Atlas Public Policy and their AtlasEV Hub for Virginia in 2023 continues to show the growing interest and acceptance of electric vehicles throughout the Commonwealth. In 2023, Virginia had 97,563 battery electric (BEV) or plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) on the road. This is a a 49% increase from the 65,000 BEVs and PHEVs registered in Virginia in 2022.

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Logistics Decarbonization in Strategic Environmental Justice Areas (LODESTAR)

Logistics Decarbonization in Strategic Environmental Justice Areas (LODESTAR), seeks to demonstrate and document the innovative use case for independent contractors to adopt electric delivery vans that serve urban, suburban and rural environmental justice (EJ) areas and provide a holistic solution to distribution center electrification that incorporates electrification of both the freight and distribution activity. LODESTAR will uplift EJ and disadvantaged communities through the Last Mile Leadership (LML) scholarship program that will invest in students and businesses who wish to study ...

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Treasury Releases Proposed Guidance on New Clean Vehicle Credit to Lower Costs for Consumers, Build U.S. Industrial Base, Strengthen Supply Chains

March 31, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS released proposed guidance on the new clean vehicle provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act that will lower costs for consumers, build a resilient industrial base and spur manufacturing in the U.S., and strengthen supply chains with like-minded partners that are vital for energy security. Since the Inflation Reduction Act was enacted, at least $45 billion in private-sector investment has been announced across the U.S. clean vehicle and battery ...

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NGVAmerica Fleet Academy: Start Now. RNG is How.

A four session “live” virtual event series Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET in May and June starting May 19, 2022. Presentations by faculty comprised of NGVAmerica member company experts.

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Learn how RNG-fueled vehicles are an affordable and practical solution to lower fuel costs and reduce emissions impact, how to accurately spec vehicles based on application and need, fueling options, the importance of team training, service and maintenance schedules, safety considerations and best practices as well as insights from ...

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Nikola Motors Partners with Carter Machinery to Offer Fuel Cell and Electric Trucks in Virginia

PHOENIX – July 15, 2021 — Nikola Corporation (NASDAQ: NKLA), a leading designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty commercial battery-electric vehicles (BEV), fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and energy infrastructure solutions, announced today a second phase in establishing a nationwide plan for its Class 8 truck sales and service coverage with the addition of five independent dealers with more than 51 locations in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland.

The five independent dealership additions to the ...

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DEQ Now Accepting Grant Applications for the Clean School Bus Program

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is now accepting applications for battery electric and propane school buses through the Clean School Bus Program. DEQ will award $20 million to Virginia public schools from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust through two rounds of competitive application processes. The grants will fund the price difference between a battery electric bus or a propane bus and equivalent diesel bus, up to $265,000 per electric bus and associated charger and customer-side installation or up to ...

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47 Businesses Call on Virginia Governor to Support Electric Trucks and Buses

Washington, D.C.— Dozens of businesses, including vehicle manufacturing leaders, urged Gov. Ralph Northam to support the electrification of trucks and buses throughout the commonwealth Wednesday. The Electrification Coalition delivered a letter signed by 47 businesses, urging the governor to join in the Multi-State Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Memorandum of Understanding, pledging that at least 30 percent of all new trucks and buses sold in the commonwealth will be zero-emission vehicles by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050. Fifteen ...

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2021 Energy Independence Summit Wrap Up

Virginia Clean Cities and Coalition Stakeholders recently completed a successful round of meetings with Virginia’s Congressional delegation.

Virginia Clean Cities Staff and Stakeholders meeting with Virginia Representative Ben Cline during the 2021 Energy Independence Summit

The Coalition is asking Virginia’s delegation to support the following legislative priorities that will expand the nation’s use of domestically produced alternatives to petroleum:

1. Extend the tax incentives ...

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