Oct 7, 2020
TN! Tomorrow's Webinar: CARTA's leap to Transit Buses, "Driving EV Leadership", Alt Fuels Demonstration Library, KEVA, Solar
WEBINAR: How this American City put EV Buses on the Road

Eventbrite - East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition presents How this American city put EV transit buses on the road: VIRTUAL TOUR - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - Find event and ticket information.

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First of its kind 'Driving EV Leadership' Event

The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCleanFuels), in partnership with, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Field Offices (TDEC) and DriveElectricTN (DET), kicked off National Drive Electric Week in Tennessee.

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Tennessee's First Electric Vehicle Fleet Case Studies, in partnership, with East Tennessee State University's Masters of Business Administration program
In early 2020, DriveElectricTN (DET) project leaders began developing their initiatives and programs for 2020-2021 using a multi-year strategy, called the DET Roadmap that was created and published in 2019 by various stakeholders.

From the strategy, an EV task force team developed, from the Opportunity Area AWARENESS, that focused on Fleet case studies. East Tennessee State University M.B.A. students were asked by DET task force leaders to produce Tennessee's first Electric Vehicle (EV) Fleet Case study. The work began in May 2020 and will be completed by May 2021. This will also be the first DET working partnership with students at a university system.
"We are incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity to work with Dr. Bill Heise, E.T.S.U.'s M.B.A. Program Director and his students," said Virginia Salazar Buda, DET Coordinator. "Our task force team members are looking forward to this first-time experience working with university students where they'll have a unique opportunity to get a real-world working experience through this project," concluded Salazar Buda.

The students at E.T.S.U. will be creating Fleet case studies for Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and Tennessee's first EV school bus in Washington County.
For more information about this project, please call Virginia Salazar Buda,
423-833-8474 or email virginia@driveelectrictn.org.

DriveElectricTN (DET) Task Force team:
  • Virginia Salazar Buda DET Coordinator and EV Fleet Case Study Task Force leader 
  • Kevin Couturier, General Motors (GM), Business Development Manager
  • Chase Milner, First Tennessee Development District, First Tennessee Rural Planning Organization Coordinator 

East Tennessee State University M.B.A team:
  • Dr. William (Bill) Heise, M.B.A. Program Director
  • Taylor Townley, M.B.A. Graduate Assistant
  • Caleb Vrzak. M.B.A. Student
  • Justin Russell. M.B.A. Student
Alt Fuels Demonstration Library Launches Just In Time!

The Alt Fuels Demonstration Library (AFDL), a YouTube Channel project spearheaded by Tennessee Clean Fuels, is live as of September 25, 2020 - just in time to celebrate the beginning of National Drive Electric Week (NDEW)!

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VIDEO: Intro to EVs! Knoxville Electric Vehicle Association

This webinar provides an overview of electric vehicles (EVs), including basic information (EV 101) to a video of the World of EVs from Owners' perspectives.

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Tennessee Environmental Official Praises Electric Vehicles

(TNS) - Electric vehicles comprise less than 1% of all cars, trucks and motorcycles now on the road in the Chattanooga area, but battery-powered vehicles will be key to both Tennessee's environmental and economic future.

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Electric Cars & Plugin Hybrids | Everything EV at MYEV.com

Buying an electric vehicle doesn't have to be so difficult Still have questions? We have answers! Let us help educate you on the benefits of electric vehicle ownership. We expect nothing in return, we're just happy to help and do our part.

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Electrify America Opens 8 Solar-Powered Charging Stations

Electrify America has announced the opening of eight of the thirty planned solar-powered charging stations that are designed to offer EV owners a way to charge at rural California destinations.

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Tesla and Walmart Secure Massive Order

Tesla has secured a massive order of 130 Tesla Semi electric trucks from Walmart Canada. Back in 2017, shortly after the unveiling of the Tesla Semi, Walmart Canada ordered 15 electric trucks from the automaker.

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Thank you,
to the Institute For A Secure & Sustainable Environment (ISSE),
UT, Tickle College of Engineering,
for your support of DriveElectricTN!
Spread the word about our e-mail list
Currently, we’re creating a statewide email communication network a unified front – where EV pioneers and advocates can receive up-to-date information, ideas, stories and relevant resources.

As a part of this network, participants will receive updates about ongoing DET projects and information about to get involved themselves.

You are already on this list, however we want your help by encouraging others to sign up. Please forward this to other enthusiasts and sign up today to be a part of our Tennessee statewide EV story! Virginia is ready to talk to stakeholders to discuss plans for the upcoming year. Please reach out to her at virginia@driveelectrictn.org.
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