Mack Trucks to invest $14.5m to increase medium-duty and electric truck line

Electric box truck image courtesy of Mack Trucks

Governor Glenn Youngkin recently announced that Mack Trucks, part of Swedish-based Volvo Group and one of North America’s leading producers of heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks, will invest $14.5 million to expand its Roanoke County manufacturing operations. The company will expand its current production facility by 72,000-square-feet to increase capacity for its ...

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EV Day at the Capitol Educates Many

On February 8th, 2024, Virginia Clean Cities staff joined partners EVNoire, Drive Electric RVA, Generation 180 and more for Electric Vehicle (EV) Day at the Capitol in Richmond. Representatives from the NAACP, AAA Mid-Atlantic, Virginia State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and environmental organizations also joined the public event. Local EV club Drive Electric RVA organized a ...

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Propane School Buses Love Cold Weather

Press release and image courtesy of Roush Clean Tech.

With millions of Americans facing sub-zero temperatures this winter, school systems need reliable transportation that operates well in cold weather.

Cold Weather Performance

Cold weather should not be a constant barrier to getting children to and from school. Thankfully, the 1,000+ school districts operating propane school buses are consistently and seamlessly transporting 1.3 million ...

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Henrico County Awarded $1.5 Million for EV Charging

Photo courtesy of Blink Charging.

In January 2024, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $622.57 million in grant funding for the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Program to 47 applicants. These awards go to entities that are strategically deploying publicly accessible EV charging and alternative fueling infrastructure.

“Virginia Clean Cities commends all communities and technology providers ...

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Governments and Nonprofits: Direct Pay Tax Credits Now Available!

Qualifying businesses, tax-exempt organizations or entities such as state, local and tribal governments can take advantage of certain tax credits even if they don’t have taxable income through new elective payment and transfer options. These options can be applied to certain clean energy and manufacturing credits under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and CHIPS Act.

A wide range of clean fuel tax credits and clean energy tax credits can be taken directly through the system for cities, governments and nonprofits. ...

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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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17th International Biomass Conference Comes to Virginia in March

Image courtesy of BBI International and Biomass Magazine.

The 17th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo will take place March 4-6, 2024, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA. This dynamic event unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s interconnected biomass utilization industries—biobased power, thermal energy, fuels and chemicals.

Virginia biofuels and bioproducts producers receive free registration to attend. ...

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