Tennessee Green Fleets
The Tennessee Green Fleets awards program is a new opportunity for fleets that operate in Tennessee to receive certification for their efforts to reduce petroleum consumption, improve air quality, and save money. East Tennessee Clean Fuels will administer this program and review fleets’ overall operations to assess and score their efforts. Fleets that meet a minimum scoring requirement will be awarded one to three stars based on their efforts.
This awards program certifies fleets based on actual impact. While fleets that achieve at least one star will be recognized, the purpose of the program is to encourage fleets to reach the highest level of recognition, three stars, and continue on their path to fleet sustainability.
Fleet Requirements: Any fleet that is a dues-paying member with either East or Middle-West Tennessee Clean Fuels can have their fleet considered for designation at no cost. Fleets that are not members in either coalition may pay $200 for their fleet’s data to be analyzed and included in the awards program.
Contact us for more information on how to become a Tennessee Green Fleet!
Tennessee Workplace Charging Partnership
The Tennessee Workplace Charging Partnership is a new cooperative of nonprofits, state agencies, and industry partners that are helping and encouraging Tennessee businesses install electric vehicle charging equipment for employee use. The program is in collaboration with the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge and can be considered a first step in moving towards being a part of the DOE program.
Becoming a Workplace Charging Partner is simple. Contact us, or visit www.driveelectrictn.org for more information.
Clean Cities National Parks Initiative with Great Smoky Mountains National Park
In partnership with its two neighboring DOE “Clean Cities” coalitions—the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCleanFuels) and the Land-of-Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition—the Great Smoky Mountains National Park became the first national park in the country to install DC fast chargers for electric vehicles in two of its visitor centers. The park also implemented five gasoline mowers and three new low-speed electric vehicles for localized use as part of the National Park Service’s Climate Friendly Parks program. This project highlights the leadership of the Smoky Mountains National Park in reducing emissions in the park and helping the public join in that effort. View the video about this milestone project on DOE’s Clean Cities TV channel.
SADI: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Demonstration Grant
The SADI Demonstration grant is a U.S. Department of Energy project focused on the increased adoption of alternative fuels throughout the Southeastern United States. Clean Cities coalitions in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee are working with technology partners to provide opportunities for fleets to demonstrate a wide range of alternative fuel vehicles.
Vehicles that will be available in Tennessee include:
- 2015 Ford F-150, propane bi-fuel
- 2015 Ford Explorer Interceptor, propane bi-fuel
- 2015 Ford Transit 15-Passenger, propane bi-fuel
- Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Truck by Parker-Hannifin
- 2014 Cascadia, compressed natural gas
- 2015 Ford Police SUV, propane bi-fuel
- 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit, propane bi-fuel
Contact us today to get more information about a no-cost demonstration vehicle, or get more information at www.sadidemo.org.
Biofuels Outreach Project
This grant, funded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, provides direct support to the state’s efforts to promote and expand the use of biofuels, meaning the ethanol blend E85 and the biodiesel blend B20. Through this grant, Tennessee Clean Fuels works directly with fleet managers to provide information on biofuels, holds workshops and webinars with timely biofuels updates, and promotes the use and expansion of biofuel stations across the state. This also includes outreach and education for the general public.
I-75 Green Corridor Project
In 2009, an ambitious, multi‐state project started in Knoxville, Tennessee through a grant funded by the Department of Energy Clean Cities Program. The I‐75 Green Corridor Project began with the goal of allowing any American driver to traverse any portion of I‐75 and be able to make their entire trip running on either biofuel. The project has significantly increased the availability of the biofuels E85 and B20 along the entire length of Interstate 75, which runs from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at the Canadian border to Miami, Florida. Biofuels stations were added with the intent of filling in gaps in biofuels access along the corridor and adding more stations in metropolitan areas, so that a station of each type could be found no greater than 200 miles apart along the entire length of the interstate.
View the video highlighting this project on DOE’s Clean Cities TV channel
Read more about this project at http://www.cleanfuelscorridor.com/index.html