NASCAR recently announced that it surpassed 10 million competition miles on Sunoco Green E15, a biofuel blended with 15 percent American-made ethanol. The achievement was celebrated during the NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM race at Phoenix International Raceway. The 10 million miles were accumulated across practice, qualifying and racing laps since the biofuel was adopted by the sport.
Six years ago, NASCAR entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Sunoco and American Ethanol, launching its long-term biofuels program to reduce emissions across its three national series. After an exhaustive analysis, Sunoco formulated Sunoco Green E15 to allow for a seamless transition, and the biofuel made its debut at Daytona International Speedway in 2011. All the ethanol for Green E15 is produced from American-grown corn at Sunoco’s ethanol manufacturing facility in Fulton, N.Y.
“As we approach 10 million miles on Sunoco Green E15 across our three national series, it’s evident that the renewable, higher ethanol blended fuel performs flawlessly against our rigorous racing conditions,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR Chief Operating Officer. “This remarkable milestone is the result of an industry-wide commitment to demonstrate high performance racing with reduced emissions, while educating our fans about the benefits of sustainable and renewable American ethanol.”
Since transitioning to the biofuel, NASCAR has helped validate the fuel’s qualities in front of an audience of millions of NASCAR fans and is helping shift attitudes and behaviors around the use of ethanol. According to new research conducted in July, when compared to non-fans, NASCAR fans are more likely to support the use of ethanol blended gasoline to fuel NASCAR race cars, their own car, and cars on the road today to increase U.S. energy independence. Source: Custom Environment-Related Tracker commissioned by NASCAR and conducted by Toluna (July 2016).
Please join Plug-in NC to celebrate the efforts that are taking place across North Carolina to support electric vehicles. At the 6th annual Plug-in NC summit you will learn about electric vehicle activities occurring across the country and have the opportunity to talk with experts about charging station infrastructure, fleet vehicles (including buses) and electric vehicle policies.
The event is free and breakfast will be provided. Seats are limited and registration is required.
Date: November 15, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center, Chancellor’s Reception Room 220, 2450 Alumni Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
Register Here – http://www.advancedenergy.org/portal/registration/pluginnc_summit_nov2016/
If you have any questions, please contact Kelsy Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.857.9000
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Growth Energy, in partnership with Sheetz, donated two cents from the sale of every gallon of E15 (15% ethanol, 85% unleaded gasoline) to the American Cancer Society.
Throughout the month of October, more than 300 pumps offering E15 with pink nozzle handles were available to consumers throughout the state of North Carolina.
“Sheetz is honored to take part in the Pink Out program and help raise funds for breast cancer research,” said Mike Lorenz, executive vice president for petroleum supply at Sheetz. “We are committed to providing our customers with the best fueling options on the market, and E15 certainly falls into that category. For those who are new to E15, October is a great time to give it a try while contributing to a great cause.”
E15 contains 5% more ethanol than regular gasoline and is approved for use in any car 2001 or newer. This increase in ethanol helps lower vehicle emissions while improving engine performance. More information about the fuel can be found on the About The Tech page.
Sheetz has added E15 pumps in over 60 of their gas stations across North Carolina since the beginning of 2016. They are also this year’s MobileCARE Award winner – Fuel Provider category, for their gas station expansions that have more than doubled the E15 and E85 offerings across the state. Drivers can find Sheetz stations that offer E15 at GetEthanol.com.
Cobb County, Georgia has been leading the charge when it comes to implementation of alternative fuels and more specifically electric vehicles into their fleet. In 2015, the County partnered with a local Nissan dealership to lease 16 Nissan LEAFs to be deployed in several different departments. They estimate that this transition to electric vehicles will save them almost a quarter million dollars and over one million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the life of the vehicles. The vehicles are charging at the newly deployed 25 charging stations across the county. This deployment of 16 all electric vehicles was cited as the “largest implementation in the Southeast” by Nissan North America.
Since this initial push to implement electric vehicles in the fleet, Cobb County has leased an additional 7 Nissan LEAFs to be utilized in the Fire Department. Along with these vehicles, seven more charging stations were installed at the Fire Headquarters. These vehicles are anticipated to save the county another $173,000 and displace over 445,200 gallons of gasoline.
These efforts help to demonstrate the viability and cost-effectiveness of electric vehicles in today’s fleet. We’re excited to hear about Cobb County’s efforts and look forward to hearing many other similar success stories from fleets across the southeast in the near future.
If you have questions about Cobb County’s electric vehicle experience, please contact the Fleet Manager, Al Curtis.
The Southeast AFV Demonstration Initiative (SADI) is a US Department of Energy project focused on the increased adoption of Alternative Fuels in the Southeast region of the United States. Project partners for this grant include Alliance Autogas, ICOM, Palmetto Gas, Penske, Mainstay Fuel Technologies and Johnston North America.
Clean Cities Coalitions throughout South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee will work with partners to provide opportunities for fleets to demonstrate a wide range of alternative fuel vehicles with the intent of providing a hands on learning opportunity for regional organizations to experience these technologies first hand. As a part of the project, education partners will compile best practices, lessons learned and reference a telematics dataset to provide supplementary information for fleets considering alternative fuel technology applications.
For more information please visit SADIdemo.org or contact Mary Sell at email@example.com or 919-558-9400
The Playbook for Sustainable Fleet Management is a comprehensive ‘best practices’ event to help fleet managers and transportation professionals implement clean transportation technologies into their fleets to become more efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective.
The topics of the event will include:
- Motor Pool Management and Right-sizing
- Telematics and Data
- Propane Vehicles and Infrastructure
- Natural Gas Vehicles and Infrastructure
- Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure
Each of these topics will be covered by a North Carolina fleet that has successfully implemented the technologies/practices into their daily operations. Vendors will also be on hand and will be able to answer any questions associated with the technologies.
The Playbook for Sustainable Fleet Management event will also serve as a venue for the NC Clean Energy Technology Center’s 10th Annual MobileCARE Awards. The awards are an opportunity to recognize exemplary individuals and organizations that have successfully reduced transportation related emissions, promoted fuel diversity, and encouraged efficiency through clean transportation technologies. The awardees will be recognized during an awards luncheon ceremony hosted by NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary Walt Gray.
This event will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 10:30am to 2:30pm at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center.
Please join us on October 6th at 2pm EST to hear the latest on the VW EPA settlement with $4.7 billion slated for alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. Be prepared to take advantage of this opportunity. In addition, we will be discussing cutting edge fuels and technologies that some of the top fleets in the country are using today.
The 2014 #1 Best Fleet Winner will be discussing their Smart Cities Program and the $140 million raised through public and private partnerships to support it.
The 2013 #1 Green Fleet Winner will be discussing how to handle big data with new dash boards, as well as their experience using renewable natural gas and renewable diesel fuels.
The 2015 #10 Green Fleet Award Winner will be discussing their experience with renewable diesel fuel.
Additional technologies will be covered.
Sponsored in part by XL Hybrids and Neste.
Register for this upcoming webinar here.
The 4th Annual Eastern North Carolina Sustainability Summit is coming soon! Please join us on Wednesday, October 26th at Halifax Community College from 8:30 am to 5 pm. The event is open to everyone and general registration is FREE thanks to the generosity of partners, grantors, and sponsors.
This Summit is for everyone interested in learning about the concepts and practices of sustainability and how it can improve the economy, create job opportunities, and improve quality of life for communities now while preserving resources for the next generations. It offers sessions from noted speakers and experts on renewable energy, the local food economy and agriculture, water, alternative fuel vehicles, and more.
The event plans to include local food trucks, exhibitors, and an alternative fuel clean vehicle show with automobiles that run on electricity, compressed natural gas, ethanol, propane, and biodiesel from a variety of manufacturers and dealers.
Please register at www.4thencss.eventbrite.com and please share this announcement with your staff and your networks.
Do you know an outstanding person, business, organization, or fleet dedicated to reducing their transportation related emissions? Nominate them for a Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) award! The MobileCARE awards are an effort to recognize exemplary individual and organizational efforts in North Carolina aimed at reducing transportation related emissions, promoting fuel diversity, and encouraging efficiency through clean transportation technologies. Nominations are open until September 21 and winners will be announced in October. To nominate, find out more information, or see previous winners, visit the NC Clean Energy Technology Center’s Mobile CARE Awards page. Questions or completed nominations can be sent to Matt Abele.
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All across the country, EV enthusiasts will come together to celebrate National Drive Electric Week. Join Triangle Clean Cities in Cary to see the latest electric vehicles up close, talk to dealerships and drivers and learn more about the newest technology. Educational tables will be out on display for residents interested in learning more about these new technologies, along with dealers and local EV drivers onsite to answer questions about the driving experience behind the wheel of an electric vehicle.
Event will be from 11 am – 1 pm at the Mayton Inn in downtown Cary 301 S Academy St, Cary, NC. Those interested in learning more can register for the event here, or contact Mary Sell (firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.558.9400) for more information.