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​Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte Announce Electric Vehicle Decal Competition for Local College Students 


​Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte announced Thursday that they are now accepting entries for the Leading the Charge electric vehicle decal design competition.

The first-time competition is open to local college students in Mecklenburg County. The selected design will be placed on all city and county low-emission vehicles and the designer will be awarded $5,000.

"The city is all in on climate action, including work towards fueling our fleet by 100% zero-carbon sources by 2030 and contributing to a healthier, more sustainable Charlotte. We are leading the way with low and no emission vehicles and want to get the community excited and involved," said Sarah Hazel, chief sustainability and resiliency officer. "The final product from this decal competition will help demonstrate our commitment to a low-carbon future for all."

"Mecklenburg County is committed to transitioning all County facilities and fleet to net-zero carbon energy sources by 2035.  By giving everyone in the County the opportunity to express their creativity, this high-visibility competition will help educate the community around low-carbon vehicles in both the City and County fleet," said Erin Stanforth, Sustainability and Resiliency Manager for Mecklenburg County.

Information Sessions Planned

To help answer any questions about the competition, city and county staff will host two virtual question and answer sessions on Dec. 6, 2021 and Jan. 19, 2022.

The deadline for contest entry is Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m.

The winning design will be announced on Feb. 14. The decal will be placed on city and county low-emission fleet vehicles beginning in spring 2022.

For more information, including decal size, format and colors, visit the Leading the Charge website.

About the City of Charlotte

The City of Charlotte provides services to more than 870,000 residents. The city's priorities are workforce and business development; transportation, planning and the environment; safe communities; and great neighborhoods. Charlotte is No. 6 on U.S. News & World Report's 150 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2020-21. For the latest news and updates about city government, visit the citywide newsroom at, and follow @CLTgov on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Mecklenburg County
Mecklenburg County provides the following types of services to its residents: protection for both people and property, recreation and cultural activities and human services including social services, public health, mental health, and environmental health. The County represents a partnership of the people, elected officials, County employees and citizen advisors all working together to serve Mecklenburg County residents by helping improve their lives and community.