These decals, designed by an area college student, will be placed on all low-emission vehicles in the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. - Photo: City of Charlotte

These decals, designed by an area college student, will be placed on all low-emission vehicles in the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Photo: City of Charlotte

Low-emission vehicles in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, are getting a new look. Decals featuring a leaf outlined in a road design that say "road to a cleaner future" will be placed on the sides of all city and county low-emission vehicles, according to a press release.

The design comes from Asher Queen, a student at the University of North Carolina--Charlotte. The city and county held a "Leading the Charge" EV decal design competition for local college students. Queen will be awarded $5,000.

In his design, titled "C a Cleaner Future," Queen angled a stylized green leaf upward at 30 degrees to signify the city's aspiration to create a zero-carbon fleet by 2030 and the county's commitment to transition its fleet to net-zero carbon energy sources by 2035.

"Asher's design of a leaf surrounded by a road shows both the City and the County are on a road to a cleaner future. Mecklenburg County is committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2035 and reduction in carbon emissions cannot be achieved without effective collaboration between City and County entities," said Erin Stanforth, Sustainability & Resiliency Manager for Mecklenburg County.

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