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Historic Friendship & Innovation Fuels A Greener Future

With Black History Month soon ending, we wanted to take a moment to remember one historical figure we all learned about in grade school whose impact extended far beyond just peanuts.

Beyond his fame for peanut applications, George Washington Carver’s research and influence extended across the entire industry of agricultural chemistry. His career aim was to give farmers in the South alternatives to cotton and create new markets to break into, and ultimately became an early proponent of environmentalism.

Carver’s commitment to a cleaner, greener planet is paying dividends today, and while many are familiar with much of Carver’s legacy, you may be surprised to learn that he also dabbled in automotive fuels. Carver is widely credited with discovering a method for turning soybeans into oil, which today is a common feedstock for making biodiesel.

His acclaim as an agricultural chemist eventually caught the attention of Henry Ford, another historic innovator, who was turning to agriculture to learn more about biofuels, which, like Carver, he considered the “fuel of the future.”

While Ford was designing early concepts of the Model T car, he sought out Carver’s expertise in agricultural chemistry to help make his biofuel vision a reality. The two developed a friendship and working relationship that would last the rest of their lives, with Ford saying Carver was “the greatest of all my inspiring friends.”

Ford would eventually design a car that could run on ethanol, a renewable biofuel made from plants, and in 1942 after years of correspondence, showcased a vehicle built with a plastic body made from Carver’s soybeans. The hard work, foresight, and resourcefulness he shared with Carver continues to benefit us all today.

All these years later, we’re continuing to build off of Ford and Carver’s automotive and agricultural legacies in the field of biofuels. In fact, ethanol is in 97% of all gasoline sold in the United States. The same fuel that Carver and Ford envisioned is now helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 43% and significantly cutting our reliance on foreign oil.

More and more, drivers are gaining access to fuels with higher blends of ethanol such as E15, which has 5% more of the biofuel than regular gasoline.

By adding more ethanol to our fuel, we’re able to take advantage of all the biofuel has to offer. That translates to lower greenhouse gas emissions and less wear and tear on our engines. It also is higher octane, which means more horsepower at a favorable price point.

All told, E15 is a 21st century fuel that is fit for use in all cars made 2001 and newer. Drivers across America have traveled over 500 million miles on this high-performance fuel.

Carver and Ford would be excited to learn that Americans are using more biofuels than ever before. Their vision of a world powered by ethanol is becoming reality.

To find an E15 retailer near you, visit GetEthanol.com.

2017 Community Asthma Walk

May is Asthma Awareness Month. Join the Mecklenburg County Asthma Coalition (MCAC) in their efforts to raise awareness and support for those affected by asthma by signing up for the 2017 Community Asthma Walk on May 6th.

The walk will begin and end at the Hauser Alumni Pavilion at UNC – Charlotte. Pre-registration is available until May 1. On-site registration will be from 8:00am to 9:00am and the Asthma Walk will start at 10:00am with snacks, fellowship, and tabletops to follow. There will be free parking at the Student Union Deck.

To sponsor or donate to this event contact Kelly Reeves.

For an interactive map including directions to UNC – Charlotte, click here.

Posted by U.S. DOT - Federal Highway Administration

Electric Corridor

Key steps toward accelerating the utilization of electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure needed to support them have been taken in the form of a national network of alternative fuel and electric charging corridors enabling coast to coast zero emission mobility on our nation’s highways.

Forty-eight of the 55 routes (spanning 35 states) that have been designated to accommodate one or more alternative fuel vehicles (including: electric, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas) will support electric vehicles specifically. In North Carolina, I-40 and I-85 will have corridors providing access to public Level 2 or DC Fast Charge stations from Raleigh to Hickory, Black Mountain to Asheville, and Raleigh to Gastonia. These charge stations will be five miles from the highway, with 50 miles between stations.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that road signs along the corridors will reduce range anxiety by pointing out where drivers can stop to charge their electric vehicles.

To learn more about the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) announcement under the U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration, click here.

Posted by Triangle Clean Cities

SADI Alt. Fuels Demo

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 msell@tjcog.org or 919-558-9400

Posted by 100 Best Fleets/NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Webinar

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.

Posted by NC Clean Energy Technology Center

MobileCARE Nominations Open

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.

 

Homepage photo courtesy of NREL.

Posted by NCSU Office of Sustainability

Sustainable Transportation Showcase

On Sept.14, NC State University, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, and Advanced Energy are teaming up to host a Sustainable Transportation Showcase on the Brickyard at North Carolina State University from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. This fun, interactive car and bike show will be an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to encounter sustainable transportation options. The showcase will feature electric, natural gas, propane, and biofuel vehicles along with many other sustainable transportation technologies.  To find out more about the Sustainable Transportation Showcase here.

Posted by NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Become an Affiliate

Are you involved in the clean transportation industry and interested in getting the word out about your efforts?  This is the perfect place to do so.  Fuel What Matters is designed to be a campaign that connects North Carolina citizens with the clean transportation options most applicable to them.  As part of these efforts, we want to highlight your activities and drive some of our traffic to your upcoming events or campaigns.  Featured content of your choice will be featured right here and at the top of our homepage.  The best part: it’s free.  All you need to do is sign up to become an affiliate of the campaign.  To sign up, contact Heather Brutz at hmbrutz@ncsu.edu.

Photo courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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