EPA DERA Program continues to Drive Down Diesel in Virginia

The EPA’s Diesel Emissions and Reduction Act awarded over $15 million in school bus replacement funding throughout the United States in 2021. The most recent round of rebates awarded $1.53 million across multiple school districts in Virginia to support the transition to propane and battery-electric school buses. Of those funds, $900,000 has been awarded to Petersburg City Public Schools for Electric School Buses. Here are the awarded districts in Virginia.

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Shifting the Transportation Paradigm – How Electric Car Sharing Programs are Expanding Equity and Accessibility to EV Technology

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation account for 29% of total U.S. emissions making the transportation sector the largest contributor of GHGs.  Electric vehicles (EVs), along with other alternative fuels, provide important pathways to reducing emissions that impact our climate and health, however cost and access to EVs and charging infrastructure are challenges, especially for ...

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Technology Happy Hour: Cummins New Power

On February 17th, 2022, Wido Westbroek, Senior Director of Fuel Cell Strategic Projects for Cummins was the featured speaker for the Virginia Clean Cities Technology Happy Hour. Wido, along with support from Anne Oluyombo and Kevin Shaw on the Cummins team, joined Virginia Clean Cities to talk about the great work being done with battery-electric, fuel cell, and hydrogen-production technologies.

Cummins has been a giant in the transportation field for more than 100 years and the Cummins New Power team ...

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2022 Fuel Economy Guide

The 2022 Fuel Economy Guide is out!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) produce the Fuel Economy Guide to help car buyers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets their needs. The Guide is available on the web at fueleconomy.gov.

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SCC Invites Public Comment on Virginia’s Transportation Electrification

In 2021, Virginia Clean Cities participated in the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) first-ever Transportation Electrification Stakeholder Process. A series of five virtual meetings were convened featuring electric utilities, non-profit organizations, state agencies and other EV stakeholders in Virginia.

The process was established by House Bill 2282, which also directs the SCC to “submit a report to the General Assembly, ...

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U.S. DoT Charging Forward Rural EV Infrastructure Funding Matrix now available

This matrix is a list of Federal programs that can fund rural electric vehicle infrastructure, sorted alphabetically by agency. The matrix notes the type of EV activities that are eligible for funding under different programs, as well as the eligible entities.

The matrix will be expanded in future updates of this toolkit to reflect new programs in the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

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Technology Happy Hour: Lonestar Specialty Vehicles

On January 20th, 2022 Chas Mease, EV Fleet Sales for Lonestar Specialty Vehicles was the featured speaker for the Virginia Clean Cities Technology Happy Hour. 

Lonestar Specialty Vehicles, with 24 full-service dealerships across the country, manufactures turnkey electric vehicle solutions for the commercial vehicle market. Lonestar’s terminal tractors (also known as shunt trucks, spotter trucks, yard trucks, yard shifters, yard dogs, yard goats, yard horses, yard birds, yard jockeys, hostlers, or mules) improve productivity, reduce ...

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