Funded Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded nearly $425 million through its funding opportunities for hundreds of projects across the country to implement alternative fuels and energy-efficient vehicle technologies. These project awards contribute to Clean Cities' mission of advancing affordable, domestic transportation fuels and fuel-saving technologies and practices.

Funded projects have included:

  • Introducing all-electric and hybrid electric vehicles into public and private fleets
  • Implementing alternative fuel vehicles and refueling infrastructure
  • Installing idle-reduction equipment in school buses and tractor trailers
  • Developing E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) fueling stations along busy transportation corridors
  • Providing resiliency planning through diversified vehicle and fueling options.
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DOE VTO transportation projects are competitively awarded and cost-shared. Coalition-supported projects have historically leveraged almost 2:1 in matching funds and in-kind contributions from private and public sector partners.

2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects

Sixteen projects were selected under Technology Integration (Area of Interest 3) of the 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide funding opportunity announcement. The projects will bring together key stakeholders, including Clean Cities coalitions, in partnerships to provide data on the impact of mobility services and solutions through real-world testing and validation. The data, analysis, and insights from this work will help inform mobility research needs as well as near- and long-term transportation planning that maximizes energy efficiency and affordability.

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2017 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects

Two projects were selected under a 2017 vehicle technologies-focused funding opportunity. The topic is focused on accelerating adoption of commercially available advanced electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles and supporting infrastructure through community-based partnerships among state and local governments and the private sector. These projects will reduce conventional fuel consumption, increase local fuel diversification, and catalyze the adoption of clean transportation technologies in other communities through the sharing of best practices and the collection and sharing of data.

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2016 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 were 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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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 conserve fuel.

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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 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, DOE 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 conserve fuel 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, DOE announced the selection of 25 cost-share projects under Clean Cities that were funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 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. DOE has estimated they will conserve approximately 38 million gallons of conventional fuel 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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