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Tennessee Celebrates National Drive Electric Week

NDEW2017 Neyland StadiumIn 2015, the United States imported about 24% of the petroleum it consumed, and transportation was responsible for nearly three-quarters of total U.S. petroleum consumption. Using hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles instead of conventional vehicles can help reduce U.S. reliance on imported petroleum and increase energy security.

EVs can also reduce fuel costs dramatically due to the high efficiency of their electric motors. Depending on how they’re driven, today’s light-duty EVs (or PHEVs in electric mode) can exceed 100 miles per gallon equivalent (mpge).

Lastly, EVs and PHEVs can have significant emissions benefits over conventional vehicles. Although the life cycle emissions of an EV or PHEV depends on the sources of electricity used to charge it, in geographic areas that use relatively low-polluting energy sources for electricity production, plug-in vehicles typically have a large life cycle emissions advantage over similar conventional vehicles running on gasoline or diesel. (For more information, use this calculator to compare life cycle emissions of individual vehicle models in a given location.)

Pictures from #NDES2017 at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, 9/9/17

Pictures from #NDES2017 at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, 9/9/17

Events in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Memphis were held last weekend. Attendees celebrated with various educational outreach activities, including EV parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, and the launch of new public EV charging stations.

If you missed these events, don’t fear! You still have time to attend a final Tennessee-based Drive Electric Week event this Saturday, September 16 in Knoxville from 10AM – 4PM Eastern. The event will take place at the Whole Foods market in Knoxville on Papermill Drive and will feature test drives of a Nissan Leaf as well as ride-alongs in other EVs. To learn more about the event , click here or contact Patrick LaDue at pladue63@gmail.com. By registering for the event at the link above, you will also be entered to win a $250 gift card!

To learn more about National Drive Electric Week events across the nation, click here. We also invite you to connect with TN Clean Fuels, our statewide DOE Clean Cities representatives, to learn more about alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies available in Tennessee.

TDEC Announces Rebates for Buyers, Lessees of Qualifying Electric Vehicles

Limited-time offer will be available for purchases or leases made after June 15

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs today announced it will offer a two-tiered rebate on qualifying electric vehicles that are purchased or leased and registered in the State of Tennessee.

“Electric vehicles are a great alternative for Tennesseans looking to do their part in protecting the air we breathe,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said. “This rebate program is a way to assist consumers making environmentally conscious transportation decisions.”

Electric vehicle dealerships will be responsible for providing the rebate to consumers after such funds are received from the State. The State will rebate $2,500 on zero-emission battery electric vehicles and $1,500 on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles sold or leased (with a three-year minimum lease term) by a Tennessee dealership to Tennessee residents, after a claim is filed by the dealership.

For the purposes of this rebate, battery electric vehicles are defined as fully electric, zero-emission vehicles that have an on-board electrical energy storage device that can be recharged from an external source of electricity. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have zero-emission vehicle range capability and an onboard electrical energy storage device that can be recharged from an external source of electricity. In general, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can be driven using electricity, gasoline or both.

There is currently $682,500 available for this second iteration of the electric vehicle rebate program. The rebate program will go into effect for vehicle purchases or leases made after June 15, 2015. Rebates will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis, and the program will remain active until funds are exhausted.

The following vehicles are eligible to qualify for a rebate:

Battery electric vehicles (BEV) $2,500 Rebate

  • BMW i3 or i3 Rex
  • Chevrolet Spark EV
  • Fiat 500e
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Honda Fit EV
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • Nissan LEAF
  • smartED and Electric Fortwo
  • Tesla Model S
  • Toyota RAV4 EV
  • Volkswagen e-Golf

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) $1,500 Rebate

  • BMW i8
  • Cadillac ELR
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Ford CMAX Energi
  • Ford Fusion Energi
  • Honda Accord Plug-in
  • Porsche 918 Spyder
  • Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
  • Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

For questions or more information, e-mail Alexa Voytek, Program Manager at TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs, at alexa.voytek@tn.gov or call (615) 532-0238.

DOE Initiative Highlights Growth of Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging

In January 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge (the Challenge) to encourage increased access to workplace charging through a partnership of public and private entities and by directly offering employers information and technical assistance. At launch, the Challenge boasted 13 partners.

According to an August 2014 survey of participating partners, access to EV charging has nearly doubled in the last two years under the Challenge, with the number of workplaces offering charging stations increasing 40% in 2013 and 45% in 2014. These partners now provide access to EV charging to more than 600,000 employees at over 300 locations across the country.  Nissan and Schneider Electric have joined the partnership at their Middle Tennessee locations.

As access to workplace charging has increased, the number of Challenge participants has mushroomed more than tenfold, to over 150 partners, and DOE is seeking to grow the Challenge to 500 partners by 2018.

DOE released a progress report in November 2014 with the following impressive results from the Challenge to date:

  • 90% of partners reported that their workplace charging stations were fully occupied 5 days a week.
  • Partner employees are twenty times more likely to drive an EV than the average worker.
  • Employee EV use under the Challenge displaced approximately 370,000 gallons of gasoline between June 2013 and May 2014.

The Challenge is open to employers of “all sizes and industry types in the United States.” Interested organizations can learn more about or join the Challenge here.