North Carolina Clean Transportation Tour Coming to Sci-Works

By Staff

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The NC Clean Energy Technology Center is hosting a Clean Transportation Tour that will take place in Concord, Winston-Salem, and Raleigh. The second stop, on October 21st, will be in Winston-Salem.

The tour is an opportunity for invited guest (including corporate executives, fleet managers, elected officials, and other decision makers) to Drive the latest alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. They will gain information to help their organizations make informed decisions about fleet deployment and purchasing in order to increase efficiency and total return on investments. The events will also be used to celebrate emission reduction accomplishments at the 9th annual Mobile CARE & NC Smart Fleet Awards. Position their organizations to thrive in a rapidly changing business landscape.

The NC Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University, with support from the NC Department of Transportation and partners, is organizing this educational workshop tour as part of the $6.2M three-year Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project. According to the center, more than 2.9 million North Carolinians with respiratory and heart-related diseases are at direct risk due to the health effects of poor air quality. Lower carbon fuels, transportation efficiency, and tools to promote changes in driver behavior help reduce emissions and support fuel conservation and diversity. They can also help business and government save money and meet sustainability goals.

On the 21st, the ride and Drive and Displays will feature Tesla, BMW, Nissan, Ford, and neighborhood electric vehicles. It will also feature the first North Carolina appearance of VIA Motors plug-in hybrid electric pickup and the Chevy Silverado & XL Hybrid Chevy Express. There will also be vehicles that oppoerate on natural gas including, a Ford Taurus and a Thomas Built school bus. Ford will also have a propane powered police interceptor.

Winston-Salem’s State Senator Paul Lowe will also be attending. The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating, and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach, and training.

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