Goals and Accomplishments
Clean Cities is on track to meet its goal of saving 2.5 billion gallons of petroleum per year by 2020. To achieve this goal, Clean Cities employs three strategies:
- Replace petroleum with alternative and renewable fuels, including natural gas, propane, electricity, E85, biodiesel, and hydrogen
- Reduce petroleum consumption through technologies and strategies that improve fuel efficiency
- Eliminate petroleum use through idle reduction and other fuel-saving technologies and practices.
Impacts of Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technologies
Clean Cities coalitions and stakeholders have saved more than 7.5 billion gallons of petroleum since the program's inception in 1993. Clean Cities has helped deploy hundreds of thousands of alternative fuel vehicles and the fueling stations that serve a growing market. The program has also aided in the elimination of millions of hours of vehicle idling and helped accelerate the entry of new transportation technologies into the marketplace.
Clean Cities Cumulative Petroleum Savings
Since its inception in 1993, Clean Cities has eliminated the need for nearly 6.5 billion gallons* of petroleum through alternative fuel use, fuel economy improvements, idle-reduction measures, and other strategies. Source: Clean Cities annual metrics reports
*Petroleum savings include both gasoline and diesel fuel. Savings are measured in gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs), representing a quantity of fuel with the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline.
Petroleum Savings by Technology Type
In 2013, Clean Cities saved 462 million gallons of petroleum with the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Source: Clean Cities annual metrics reports
|Technology Type||Petroleum Reduced|
|Alternative Fuels & Vehicles||389700000|
|HEVs, PHEVs, & EVs||73100000|
|Vehicle Miles Traveled||37100000|
|Vehicle Type||Petroleum Reduced|
Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Vehicle Inventory
Coalitions have made great strides in deploying alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in the United States. In 2013, more than 592,000 of the AFVs on the road were deployed with help from Clean Cities efforts. Source: Clean Cities annual metrics reports
U.S. Alternative Fueling Station Inventory
Today's drivers can find thousands of fueling stations across the country that provide natural gas, electricity, ethanol, and other alternative fuels. Source: Alternative Fuels Data Center
Clean Cities marked a major milestone in 2013, celebrating 20 years of progress in cutting petroleum use in transportation.
Since 1993, Clean Cities has funded more than 500 transportation projects nationwide through a competitive application process. Clean Cities has distributed $377 million in project awards, which have leveraged an additional $740 million in matching funds and in-kind contributions from other organizations in the public and private sectors.
Learn more about Clean Cities' strategies and goals in the five-year strategic plan.
National Award Recipients
The U.S. Department of Energy recognizes the accomplishments of Clean Cities coalitions and stakeholders through the Clean Cities Hall of Fame.