Drive Clean Louisville
Drive Clean Louisville is a cross-functional team planning for and exploring opportunities related to electric vehicles and clean fuel transportation for our government and community.
The team develops projects for grant funding and policy development with a focus on reducing tailpipe emissions from light- and heavy-duty mobile sources throughout Louisville/Jefferson County. This includes strategies to increase cleaner alternatives to traditional fossil fuels (i.e. gasoline and diesel) and/or engines that include the most effective emission control technologies.
The Drive Clean Louisville initiative will increase usage and ownership of alternative fuel vehicles and clean engine technologies in Louisville/Jefferson County.
Louisville will be a community that embraces alternative fuel vehicles (AFV), as barriers to AFVs are alleviated for citizens of all income levels. Residents will be more informed about the benefits, both economic and environmental, of AFV usage, and commerce will be powered through clean engines with Louisville Metro Government leading by example through the implementation of a clean fleet.
Send us an email if you have any questions or ideas for Drive Clean Louisville.
Green Fleet Challenge
As Louisville Metro Government seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and meet the national ambient air quality standard for ozone to protect the public’s health, we invite local businesses, companies, and non-profit organizations to join us in our efforts. To achieve these goals, Drive Clean Louisville is launching the Green Fleet Challenge program to collaborate with businesses/organizations to meet these challenges together by collectively increasing the number of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) or plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) in our fleets. For larger entities, we are asking partners to match Louisville Metro Government fleet at least one-to-one. Arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis for an equitable ratio with smaller organizations and businesses.
By partnering with businesses and organizations in Louisville Metro, the Green Fleet Challenge seeks to:
- Improve air quality and overall health for all Louisville residents.
- Increase the use of BEVs and/or PHEVs in LMG’s fleet and those of local businesses and organizations.
- Acknowledge entities that meet this challenge through a recognition program.
- Improve awareness of the availability of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure to help Louisville residents reduce air pollution resulting from our transportation needs.
To participate in the program, businesses and organizations must meet the following criteria:
- Invest in advanced technology vehicles (e.g., BEVs and PHEVs) that result in substantial fuel reductions and improve air quality.
- Participate in outreach and engagement activities that promote the use of cleaner fuel technologies (e.g., provide information about charging station locations, add a charging station for BEVs/PHEVs at your business, share information about air quality etc.).
- Provide information about the business’s overall vision to invest in advanced vehicle technologies (e.g., through strategic plans, sustainability plans, etc.).
Benefits of participating in the program include:
- Recognition in LMG city news and on the Drive Clean Louisville website and other social media outlets as a participant of the Green Fleet Challenge.
- Invitation to participate in the Green Fleet Challenge events.
- Materials showcasing participation in the Green Fleet Challenge.
If you’d like to participate in the Green Fleets Challenge, please submit this short form and our team will be in touch soon. If you’d like to learn more, click on this introductory presentation or email us to find out more about the Green Fleet Challenge.
EV Survey Final Report
In 2017, Louisville Metro Government conducted an Electric Vehicle (EV) Survey to better understand challenges to the promotion and adoption of EVs in Louisville. The survey generated more than 500 responses and identified the cost of purchasing EVs, concerns about driving range, and the availability of charging stations as the largest barriers to increasing EV adoption. Metro Government also created a crowd-sourcing application in conjunction with the survey to identify locations for future charging station infrastructure. More than 200 respondents helped identify dozens of locations around the city, including sites within local parks, high schools, libraries and shopping centers. Metro Government will use this information to explore different ways to incentivize electric vehicle ownership, expand EV charging infrastructure, and increase public outreach about EVs.
On Jan. 4, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleged that the automaker Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act by selling approximately 590,000 diesel vehicles built with software to cheat during federal emission tests. Volkswagen later agreed to two partial settlements in 2016 and a third in 2017, and the U.S. Department of Justice resolved the case after a plea agreement. The three settlements require Volkswagen to spend up to $14.73 billion on customer compensation, pollution mitigation and zero emission vehicle investment. The first partial settlement requires Volkswagen to invest $2 billion in building Zero Emission Vehicle charging infrastructure and promoting Zero Emission Vehicles. To read more about the settlement, click here.
A for-profit company, Electrify America was formed as part of the VW Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Settlement. Under the settlement, Electrify America will “be a catalyst for promoting ZEV adoption by offering transformative customer-centric infrastructure and energy management solutions.” Electrify America will also promote ZEV adoption by investing $2 billion in ZEV infrastructure and education programs throughout the U.S. Learn more about Electrify America here.
Aside from the $12.3 billion consumer compensation and ZEV programs, Volkswagen must also pay $2.7 billion to an Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund. Kentucky expects to receive $20.3 million from the Fund over the course of ten years. Recently, the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet released a proposed Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The plan outlines how Kentucky will use its portion of money from the Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund to reduce NOx emissions. For more information on Kentucky’s proposed Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, click here.
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