Clean Cities Funded Projects

Clean Cities has awarded nearly $400 million through its funding opportunities for hundreds of projects across the country that reduce petroleum use in transportation. These project awards contribute to Clean Cities' primary goal of reducing petroleum use in the U.S. by 2.5 billion gallons per year by 2020.

Clean Cities funded projects have included:

  • Introducing all-electric and hybrid electric vehicles into public and private fleet
  • The conversion of conventional vehicles to run on natural gas and propane
  • Installing refueling infrastructure
  • The installation of idle-reduction equipment in school buses and tractor trailers
  • Developing E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) fueling stations along busy transportation corridors.
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Clean Cities has distributed close to $400 million in project awards, which have leveraged nearly $800 million in additional matching funds.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects

Two projects were selected under Area 3 of the 2016 Vehicle Technologies Multi-topic funding opportunity announcement. These projects will be awarded in 2017 and will significantly accelerate the use of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles that operate on alternative fuels, as well as the supporting fueling infrastructure. Led by community-based partnerships between state and local governments and key private sector stakeholders, these projects will help catalyze alternative fuel use nationwide through the collection and sharing of best practices and lessons learned.

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Alternative Fuel Vehicle Workplace Safety Programs

Two projects were selected under Area 10 of the 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement. These projects will provide safety training and guidance related to maintenance and garage facility upgrades and building modifications that will support the use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). The projects are focused only on facilities with Energy Policy Act (EPAct) defined natural gas, propane, and hydrogen vehicle refueling infrastructure.

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EV Everywhere Plugā€In Electric Vehicle Local Showcases

Three projects were selected under Area 1 of the 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement. These projects will promote and demonstrate plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) use by establishing local showcases that provide a hands-on consumer experience and in-depth education in a conveniently located, brand-neutral setting. The projects will help promote the use of PEVs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on petroleum in transportation.

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Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy announced awards for two projects totaling $2.9 million to support aggregate purchasing models for plug-in electric and other alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, subsystems, components, alternative fuels, and refueling/charging infrastructure. Through these two awards, the Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance and CALSTART will coordinate aggregate purchasing among national and regional partners to maximize their collective buying power. These projects will address two major barriers to the growth in production and sales of alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technologies: manufacturers' uncertainty around demand and buyers' high up-front costs. Awardees will work with fleets and other buyers to consolidate orders and develop best practices for procurement aggregating initiatives.

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Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives

In 2015, Clean Cities distributed 11 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiative Project Awards totaling $6 million. These projects will help improve potential buyers' experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), support training, and integrate alternative fuels into emergency planning.

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Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards

In 2013, Clean Cities distributed 20 Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards totaling $11.1 million. These projects will help communities increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles.

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Electric Vehicle Community Readiness

In 2011, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced awards for 16 electric vehicle projects totaling $8.5 million. These projects in 24 states and the District of Columbia helped communities prepare for PEVs and charging infrastructure. Through these awards, local public-private partnerships collaborated on plans to deploy electric vehicles, a strategy that helps reduce U.S. petroleum dependency and build a clean transportation future. Depending on local needs, each awardee created a PEV community readiness plan that includes activities such as streamlining permitting processes, revising codes, training emergency personnel, educating the public, and developing incentives.

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards

In 2009, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the selection of 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that were funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These projects have sped the transformation of the nation's vehicle fleet, putting more than 9,000 alternative fuel and energy efficient vehicles on the road, and established 542 refueling locations across the country. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has estimated they will help displace approximately 38 million gallons of petroleum per year.

In 2009, DOE also announced the recipients of 23 cost-shared grants for Petroleum Reduction Technologies Projects for the Transportation Sector (Areas of Interest 1-3). The project awards, which totaled approximately $13.6 million, funded infrastructure, vehicle, and educational projects that increase availability and awareness of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles. Grants provided a more than two-to-one leverage in funding, meaning every federal dollar spent was matched by at least two dollars from the project partners.

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