electric transit bus

The local Knoxville community joined Knoxville Area Transit and other city leaders on Monday to see the electric transit buses that are coming to KAT over the next few years. Standing in front of Everly Park late afternoon, Mayor Madeline Rogero spoke at the unveiling ceremony to explain more about the long process of getting the new electric bus and commending all of the hard work that went into finally being able to show off the history making new bus in Knoxville.

According to WBIR, the city had been considering a nearly $5.5 million resolution to purchase up to 25 ‘zero-emission’ electric buses with charging stations over a period of five years. City leaders later reduced that number down to four buses and then approved the measure to execute an agreement with New Flyer of America.

New Flyer was on-hand with an Excelsior CHARGE and let the crowd take a ride after the announcement. During the ride, a spokesperson from New Flyer explained the ins and outs of the electric bus and answered a few questions from curious passengers. Besides running on an alternative green power, the electric bus features better fuel economy, lower fuel costs, lower maintenance costs, and a quieter ride.

KAT has much more to celebrate as they have recently seen an increase in ridership  (12%) which is bucking the national trend. They also currently have hybrids as 33% of their large bus fleet and  the new all-electric buses will have 388 kWh capacity. Which means those all-electric buses will get nearly 200 miles on a full charge, and save between 100-180 metric tonnes of GHG emissions each year. This will significantly help the city towards its 2030 goal of reducing GHG emissions by 50% from all city operations.

The first all-electric KAT bus will operate along the Sutherland Avenue route, which serves downtown, the UT campus, Mechanicsville, Marble City and Bearden.

vw funding

The Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) is requesting feedback for recently released Request for Information (RFI). The RFI is for the Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment category under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Settlement EMT).


“Your feedback is valuable and can make a significant impact on the design of the VW EVSE funding opportunity, so we’re asking that you review, complete and submit TDEC’s RFI no later than the December 6, 2019, 4 pm CT deadline,” said Jonathan Overly, Executive Director of East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition. “There’s a lot of work ahead of us, but collectively, we can ensure that all considerations are met, before the official solicitation for funding is released, by TDEC, sometime in 2020,” said Overly.


“The requested RFI feedback, in combination with the results from the completed Statewide Electric (EV) Charging Infrastructure Needs Assessment will inform the next steps of the solicitation process,” said Ryan Stanton, TDEC Senior Consultant – Strategic Energy Initiatives. “We ask that when compiling RFI feedback, please review this Needs Assessment, which will be published on TDEC’s Drive Electric Tennessee webpage on November 8th, 2019,” concluded Stanton.


Points to remember:


  • Responses to the RFI should be transmitted electronically to OEP@tn.govin PDF format and must be received by 4:00 pm CT on December 6, 2019.
  • Respondents need not answer every question in the RFI. Please answer any questions that you feel you can relevantly address.


  • This RFI is not a solicitation for projects. Information obtained from this RFI will be used solely for planning purposes. Submitting a response to this RFI is voluntary and is not a prerequisite for responding to any future solicitations issued by TDEC with regard to the State’s allocation under the VW Settlement EMT.


  • TDEC will conduct a comprehensive review and evaluation of all responses.


  • TDEC will continue to release solicitations for funding under the VW Settlement EMT in the coming months.




  • Click hereto learn more about TDEC’s project solicitations under the VW Settlement EMT.



Tennessee Clean Fuel’s (TCF) mission is to connect fleets with the information and relationships needed to switch to alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles and idle reduction technology. Our vision is to reduce emissions and save money across Tennessee.


Tennessee Clean Fuels (TCF) is the home of the East and Middle-West Tennessee Clean Fuel Coalitions. We serve as fleet guides to navigate alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in the 21st century through data-driven fleet analysis and Return of Investment (ROI) processes. Our years of experience and commitment will help guide and build lasting partnerships for your business. Both coalitions that make up TNCleanFuels are nonprofits, and designated participants in U.S. DOE’s Clean Cities Program. For more information, visit http://www.tncleanfuels.org/


Throughout 2018, a core team of stakeholders—including State agencies (TDEC and TDOT), electric utilities, cities, universities, electric vehicle OEMs, businesses, and advocacy groups—worked together on the development of a shared vision for electric transportation in the state, which includes goals and guiding principles for increased electric vehicle adoption over the next 5-10 years. Together, these stakeholders comprise Drive Electric Tennessee, a statewide electric vehicle consortium organized by Navigant Consulting on behalf of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

On January 18, 2019, Drive Electric Tennessee released the first edition of its Electric Vehicle Roadmap for the state. The Roadmap identifies projects and initiatives for local stakeholder implementation that will increase electric vehicle adoption across multiple Tennessee use cases and sectors.

Click here to read the Roadmap. Contact DriveElectricTN@navigant.com to submit feedback or get involved.

workplace charging installation

Medium- and large-sized companies can take advantage of charging station subsidies and guidance offered by the EV technology innovator

Workplace charging is becoming a more and more attractive option for companies and commuters, as the costs associated with these installations fall and the number of people needing to charge their EVs at work increases. To take advantage of the growing demand, and to support the development of EV charging infrastructure, Tesla is offering impressive funding programs for workplace charging installations.

Tesla will cover up to $3000 for the installation of each charger. They’re offering to cover this for Tesla’s own charger type and for Level 2 (J1172) chargers, so long as the Tesla chargers are at least a 1:1 ratio with the L2’s. As for the charging technology itself, it’ll only set you back $600 for each charger installed (a massive savings compared to MSRP). This is great technology offered at a fantastic price point.

As part of the program, businesses will be required to have a licensed electrician visit the proposed site to conduct a survey and provide a quote to Tesla for the overall installation cost. Tesla will review the quote and, if the quote is good, accept it. From there, work can begin on installing the new charging stations, putting companies well on their way to being able to offer charging to any employee with an EV.

Tesla offers a brochure with more details about their program, or you can start a conversation about getting your business involved by sending a message to workplacecharging@tesla.com.

Thanks to Nissan, Calloway Oil of Maryville, TN and Brightfield Transportation Solutions (out of Asheville, NC) there are three new DC fast charge (DCFC) units in the greater Knoxville area that can quickly refuel electric vehicles (EVs). Working with the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, these chargers have been at added in Knoxville,  Maryville and Lenoir City. All three sites are at Calloway Oil’s E‐Z Stop convenience stores (Exxon/Mobil):

  1. 8605 Walbrook Dr, Knoxville, TN 37923
  2. 1758 W. Broadway, Maryville, TN 37803
  3. 1111 US Hwy 321, Lenoir City, TN 37771

A grand opening event was held at the Knoxville location on August 18, 2016 to celebrate both these chargers and additional chargers that have been installed throughout East TN so far this year, thanks to the leadership of Nissan North America.

See the email and press release announcement for the event here.

See the “Resources” tab on this site and the “EV Station Locator” page to see the new sites that also include 4 new DCFC units in the greater Chattanooga area, 1 new unit in Cleveland and 1 new unit in Dandridge, TN. (On that page, use the “more search options” to uncheck the Level 1 and Level 2 chargers so that you can more clearly see the DCFC units across the state).

Several of the units will help enable greater EV travel between Chattanooga and Knoxville, while the Dandridge location is helping fill-in the corridor between Knoxville and the Tri-Cities.