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Waste Management - Success Story

Waste Management’s Gastonia facility received $200,000 in CFAT funds from the NC Clean Energy Technology Center towards its 3S2-Fleet Fueler Twin Compressor Skid.

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Waste Industries - Success Story

In partnership with the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center’s Clean Fuel and Advanced Technology Project (CFAT), Waste Industries has successfully converted an additional (4) vehicles within their fleet to use compressed natural gas exclusively. The fleet had a phased implementation of these vehicles, and as of August 2015, all vehicles are being utilized for daily applications.

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UNC Charlotte - Success Story

To date, the University operates a fleet that includes 85 electric vehicles and 59 flex fuel
vehicles. UNC Charlotte has committed to E85 and electric as its two alternative fuel options, and directly informs its decisions to purchase alternative fuel vehicles though maintenance cost tracking that is specific to individual vehicles.

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The Maintenance Team - Success Story

The Maintenance Team, a North Carolina based commercial property maintenance company, has successfully converted over 30% of their fleet to using an alternative fuel source with LPG conversions within their Charlotte-Raleigh market.

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Stevens Sausage - Success Story

Stevens Sausage plans to utilize the conversion to propane to become almost entirely independent of gasoline and diesel. In order to further develop business in N.C., Stevens Sausage is strategically cutting costs. To support this effort the company has focused on converting their fleet to run on propane.

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Novozymes - Success Story

Novozymes believes the country will benefit from an increased use of renewable fuels in our cars and trucks. Novozymes employs 150 scientists globally to research and develop world-leading enzymes for converting biomass to conventional and advanced biofuels.

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Greenleaf Nursery - Success Story

With grant funding support from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center’s
(NCCETC) Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Program (CFAT), Greenleaf is making strides to reduce its carbon footprint and tailpipe emissions by converting 11 of its vehicles to a bi-fuel propane system.

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Gaston Country Public Works - Success Story

Gaston County Public Works is focused on reducing fuel costs with propane autogas. As a
result of their initial positive experiences with the low-carbon fuel, the Public Works Department decided to double-down on the use of propane auto gas in their fleet by arranging for additional
vehicle conversions. Gaston County’s first round of vehicle conversions included sixteen existing and new vehicles. Like the majority of fleets, Gaston County opted for a bi-fuel system meaning that their vehicles would be able to switch between gasoline and propane- even while driving.

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Freightliner (Daimler North America) - Success Story

Freightliner is one of the leading producers of clean transportation technology, making strides
both in alternative fuel vehicles and in fuel economy improvements for conventional diesel engines. Using BlueTec Emissions Technology for heavy-duty vehicles and Selective Catalytic Reduction systems on medium-duty vehicles, Freightliner has made great increases in fuel economy over the past several years. Their natural gas and hybrid electric vehicles are produced at their North Carolina facilities and have been a great success both for Freightliner and their customers, who provided part of the impetus for them to make alternative fuel vehicles.

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