The Clean Cities Blog helps Clean Cities coordinators and stakeholders access information about alternative transportation topics that affect their coalitions around the United States.
Alternative Fueling Station Locator Overhaul Boasts Improved User Interface
March 19, 2018
The updated Station Locator offers new features and an improved user interface built on the same reliable, comprehensive, and fuel-neutral data that our partners have come to trust.
Platooning Trucks to Cut Cost and Improve Efficiency
Feb. 21, 2018
At first glance, platooning doesn’t look like much—just a few tractor-trailers driving down the highway a bit closer together than we’re used to. But, what is actually happening is much more complex and presents the opportunity for significant safety, energy efficiency, and cost benefits. Early studies have shown that 65% of current long-haul truck miles could potentially be platooned, reducing total truck fuel consumption by 4%.
Nearly Half of All New Cars Sold In 2017 Achieved Fuel Economy Above 30 Miles per Gallon
Feb. 8, 2018
In 2017, about 46% of all new cars achieved 30 miles per gallon (mpg) or higher while the number of cars exceeding 50 mpg rose to about 5%. For light trucks, almost two-thirds achieved fuel economy above 20 mpg and less than one percent fell below 15 mpg.
New Initiatives Will Use Supercomputers to Improve Transportation Energy Efficiency
Jan. 11, 2018
Did you know, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Laboratories are home to 32 of the fastest supercomputers on Earth? Scientists and researchers at the national labs use these supercomputers to accelerate research by creating models from complex data sets. Now, two new Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) initiatives - High Performance Computing for Mobility (HPC4Mobility) and Big Data Solutions for Mobility–will utilize the computing capabilities of the national labs to find solutions to real-world transportation energy challenges
Webinar and Handbook Offer Guidance for CNG Vehicle Maintenance Facilities
Jan. 10, 2018
The new resources cover primary considerations and safety standards for compressed natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities.
4 Tips to Improve Electric Vehicle Battery Range this Winter
Dec. 13, 2017
Follow these tips to stay warm and get the most out of your EV battery this winter.
2018 Fuel Economy Guide Helps Consumers Save Money
Dec. 11, 2017
Just in time for the New Year, the 2018 Fuel Economy Guide is now available at FuelEconomy.gov.
Study Captures Consumers’ Pulse on Plug-In Electric Vehicle Preferences
Dec. 4, 2017
A new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory aims to provide current insights into the American public's sentiments on plug-in electric vehicles.
New Resources Offer Insights for Tackling Transportation Project Challenges
Nov. 8, 2017
Two new technical reports from the Vehicle Technologies Office’s Technology Integration program aim to increase project success by providing stakeholders with insights into anticipating, mitigating, and avoiding common problems.
Winter Driving Tips to Stay Warm and Save Fuel
Nov. 2, 2017
Early season snowfalls mean it’s time to brush off our cars and brush up on tips to save fuel economy in winter.