The NC Clean Energy Technology Center, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition and Triangle J Council of Governments had two Clean Transportation Demonstration Days – one on Oct. 8 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, and the second on Oct. 9 at the NC Highway Patrol Training Academy in Garner, NC.
Clean Transportation Demonstration Days support North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 80 and give government entities across North Carolina information and experience with clean transportation technologies.
Executive Order 80 calls for the State of North Carolina to protect its environment while growing clean energy technologies. The order “affirms North Carolina’s commitment to reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2005 levels, calls for a 40% reduction in energy consumption in state-owned buildings, and calls for an increase in registered, zero-emission vehicles (“ZEVs”) to at least 80,000 – all by year 2025.”
Vendors included Durham County Police, Tesla, Viatec, Alliance AutoGas, Thomas Built, Clipper Creek, Nissan, Ford, Chevrolet, Zero Motorcycles, Blue Arrow Telematics, eBike Central, Altech JEMs, Campbell-Parnell, Polaris GEM, Jaguar and more – displaying electric and propane vehicles of all shapes and sizes, including police cars, a school bus, bucket truck, motorcycles and more – plus idling reduction and telematics equipment.
Participants at the events, who were government and utility entities, listened to classroom instruction including alternative fuel options, telematics, other new technologies, and safety. After the instruction, guests moved to the closed-course race tracks to check out the different technologies and vehicles and test drive.