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Empire Clean Cities Newsletter

July 27, 2021

ECC Announcements
Introducing "Soy in the City": Biodiesel Education Campaign
Empire Clean Cities is partnering with New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association (NYCSGA) to bring attention to the relationship with upstate New York corn and soybean growers and downstate biofuel and biodiesel fuel users. Through this campaign, we aim to highlight to special connection between stakeholders and share useful information about the viability of bio-based fuels to reduce harmful vehicle emissions and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

This month we are featuring Todd Du Mond from Du Mond FarmsTodd grew up on the family farm and continues to grow the operations and sustainability impacts to this day. Du Mond Farms processes about 2.5 million bushels, which is roughly a sixth of what NY State produces in terms of soybeans. Visit to learn more about Todd, and don't forget to follow Empire Clean Cities on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for more biofuel and #soyinthecity news!
New EV WATTS Data Dashboard
We are excited to announce that the EV WATTS data dashboard has been published! You can access the dashboard through the Energetics website here. 
Data will be updated each quarter with any new data that may have been added to the project. For this reason, please do not bookmark the link to the current dashboard and continue to access it through the Energetics webpage.
Visit the Dashboard
NYC DCAS Offers Public Charging Access at EVSE Sites
The City of New York operates the largest electric vehicle fleet and EV charging network in New York State, with 3,143 plug-in electric and solar on and off-road fleet units and 1,061 EV charging ports. DCAS currently has eight sites open to the general public. To learn more about the stations and how to access them, click here. (Image courtesy of NYC DCAS, NYC Fleet Newsletter, Issue 353.)
2021 Fuel Economy Guide Now Available
The 2021 Fuel Economy Guide is now available online and in print! The Fuel Economy Guide provides detailed fuel economy estimates for MY 2021 light-duty vehicles, along with estimated annual fuel costs and other information for prospective car buyers. The electronic version of the Guide is available here.
Upcoming Events
Webinar: Charge It! Preparing Your Hometown for Electric Transit
When: Wednesday, July 28, 11AM EST

Join Clean Cities coordinators from Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, and Kansas who will share case studies and best practices to help avoid the pitfalls that can impede plans to deploy EVs and develop an equitable charging infrastructure that fits the needs of a smaller transit system. Register here.
What: New York International Auto Show
When: August 20- August 29, 2021

It's on! After a year-long postponement, the New York International Auto Show is back in August 2021 at the Javits Center. The New York International Auto Show showcases more than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers feature the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars-- with the newest and most exciting EV models to date. Learn more here about this year's event.
Empire Clean Cities is looking for electric vehicle enthusiasts and drivers to help us table at the Auto Show! If you are available and would like to join us in spreading the word about EVs to event guests in this year's Electric Vehicle Test Track, please email Lidia Henderson, Program & Communications Manager.
Are you an EVSE network or technology provider? There is still time to join as a vendor at the EV Test Track! Contact Diane Thompson for more information. 
What: NYC Parks 32nd Annual Equipment & Vehicle Show
When: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

NYC Fleet will be hosting the 32nd Annual Equipment and Vehicle Show on Wednesday, September 22nd in Flushing Meadows Park.
All are welcome to this free event. Save the date and stay tuned for more information about our Empire Clean Cities Annual Stakeholder meeting held in conjunction with the day’s activities. Learn more here.
Do you have an upcoming event that you would like us to know about? 
Empire Clean Cities is here to spread the word about alternative fuels and clean air. Contact us with any event inquiries or opportunities!
Funding Opportunities
For a full list of funding opportunities and incentives, visit the 'Incentives' page on our website.
Provides 50/50 matching grants to New York cities, towns, villages, and counties for eligible climate change mitigation, adaptation, and planning and assessment projects. Deadline to apply: July 30th, 2021.
Supports projects that strengthen and modernize port infrastructure and shore-side wind energy projects. Deadline to apply: July 30th, 2021.

The goal of this funding opportunity is to accelerate the development of new or enhance/increase existing anaerobic digestion capacity and infrastructure in the United States. Deadline to apply: October 7th, 2021.

New York State Volkswagen Settlement Funds: Current Programs
Rebate incentive funding is now available for fleets and businesses in NYC Industrial Business Zones (IBZs) for the replacement of older, diesel-fueled trucks with alternative fuel or electric vehicle technologies. Funding available from $12,000 to $185,000 per truck replacement, depending on fuel type and truck class size.
NYTVIP provides vouchers to fleets across New York State for the replacement of older diesel vehicles with the purchase or lease of electric, conventional hybrid electric, compressed natural gas, or propane medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Voucher amounts are based on a percentage of the incremental cost of the vehicle.
Visit Empire Clean Cities VW Settlement page to learn more.
What We're Reading
"State parks to feature electric vehicle charging stations"
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has announced its goal of adding 56 public electric vehicle charging stations to state parks systemwide at Tennessee State Parks.
"$1.5M DOE grant targets cyanobacteria for biofuel production"
A new Department of Energy grant brings together experts from three institutions to parse the metabolism of a blue-green algae that holds great promise for biofuel production.
"Mercedes-Benz to go all-electric by 2030"
German luxury carmaker Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) plans to invest more than $47 billion to develop an all-electric car market by 2030.
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