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The U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office has funded hundreds of projects across the country that advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies.

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Project Initiative/Award Awardee Status Date
Acadia National Park National Parks Initiative Maine Clean Communities Complete Sep 2015

States impacted:

  • Maine

Acadia National Park

At Acadia National Park, visitors and staff can travel among park destinations, inns, campgrounds, and neighboring communities on buses powered by alternative fuels. The park worked with Maine Clean Communities to introduce eight alternative and fuel-efficient vehicles to replace existing vehicles. Acadia National Park also installed two public electric vehicle charging stations.

Learn more about the National Parks Initiative.

Partners

  • Maine Clean Communities
Accelerating Alternative Fuel Adoption in Mid-America 2017 Community-Based Advanced Transportation Projects Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc. In progress Oct 2017

States impacted:

  • Kansas
  • Missouri

Accelerating Alternative Fuel Adoption in Mid-America

The Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) aims to support the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles and establish new compressed natural gas, propane, and electric alternative fueling infrastructure on major travel corridors in Kansas and Missouri. The new alternative fueling infrastructure will fill crucial gaps along major shipping corridors and help overcome a significant barrier to alternative fuel vehicle adoption.

As of 2019, MEC and its project partners have developed one propane station and one 12-stall electric charging station, conducted four workshops, converted 5 gasoline trucks to CNG, and replaced eighteen diesel trucks and four diesel shuttles with natural gas vehicles. The workshops serve to connect stakeholder with resources, build community support for projects, and identify potential partners for future alternative fuel vehicle adoption. The project will also generate best practices documents, case studies, and deployment guides to leverage community-based business and community relationships to accelerate adoption and awareness of alternative fuels.

Learn more about the 2017 Community-Based Advanced Transportation Projects.

$3,803,793 Award

$3,826,624 Local matching funds

Partners

  • City of Kansas City, MO.
  • Stirk Compressed Natural Gas
  • City of El Dorado
  • 24/7 Travel Stores
  • Kansas City International Airport
  • Grain Valley School District
  • Sparq Natural Gas
  • Garden City
  • Blue Springs School District
Accelerating Alternatives for Minnesota Drivers Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest Complete Jan 2013

States impacted:

  • Minnesota

Accelerating Alternatives for Minnesota Drivers

The Accelerating Alternatives for Minnesota Drivers project provided safety and technical assistance and training related to plug-in vehicle (PEV) and natural gas fueling infrastructure; established the Minnesota Natural Gas Vehicle Workgroup and created a strategic plan for statewide natural gas vehicle implementation; establish a Minnesota green fleet recognition program; and created the DriveElectricMN.org website as an online resource for electric vehicle (EV) users (and potential EV users) in Minnesota.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards.

$248,788 Award

$26,658 Local matching funds

Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets Adoption and Growth Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, Inc. Complete Jan 2013

States impacted:

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets Adoption and Growth

The Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets Adoption and Growth project in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and northern Virginia developed recommendations for uniform fire and building codes for alternative fueling infrastructure; established signage for each alternative fuel that is uniform across the project region; conducted workshops and webinars to disseminate alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) information to fleets; and provided a platform for sharing best practices among AFV users and potential users.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards.

$500,000 Award

$156,152 Local matching funds

Partners

  • Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition
  • Virginia Clean Cities
  • State of Maryland Clean Cities
Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets in Florida Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards University of Central Florida Complete Jan 2013

States impacted:

  • Florida

Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets in Florida

The Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets in Florida project developed model codes, ordinances, purchasing guidelines, and incentives; conduct safety and training programs for first responders, service technicians, mechanics, code officials, fleet managers, and key decision makers; and develop a strategic plan for the coordinated deployment of alternative fueling infrastructure across Florida.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards.

$500,000 Award

Partners

  • Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition
  • Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition
  • Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition
Advancing New Mexico's Alternative Fuels Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Energy Conservation and Management Division Complete Jan 2013

States impacted:

  • New Mexico

Advancing New Mexico's Alternative Fuels

The Advancing New Mexico's Alternative Fuels project will work with the Governor's office and other appropriate entities to address alternative fuel vehicle road signage issues; provide recommendations to streamline alternative fuel infrastructure construction regulations, including zoning, codes, and permitting restrictions; help fleets across the state develop petroleum reduction plans; and expand compressed natural gas and propane vehicle safety and training initiatives.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards.

$500,000 Award

$363,070 Local matching funds

Partners

  • Land of Enchantment Clean Cities (New Mexico)
Advancing PEV Adoption In New England Plug‐In Electric Vehicle Local Showcases Plug In America Complete Oct 2016

States impacted:

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Advancing PEV Adoption In New England

Plug In America (PIA) partnered with Clean Cities Coalitions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont to boost consumer awareness and adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The project worked to overcome consumer confusion through educational ride and drive events and PEV showcase events that connected potential PEV owners with local dealers. PIA also explored and tested methods for educating car dealerships and salespeople in order to improve the PEV purchase experience for consumers.

The project succeeded in designing and implementing 42 PEV showcase events that delivered a total of 1,750 individual test ride and drive experiences which exposed over 72,500 individuals to PEVs. These showcases were a combination of community, workplace, and fleet events. Each event included a pre-drive and post-drive survey; the results of which proved the ride and drive experience resulted in a shift toward greater consumer awareness of PEVs. PIA also developed training content and conducted three in-dealership PEV training sessions in the Boston, Massachusetts areas. These sessions included instruction on how to access and use the PEV Dealer Dashboard, a tool that shares information on PEV incentives, utility rates, equipment options and qualified charging station installers.

Learn more about the Plug‐In Electric Vehicle Local Showcases.

$500,000 Award

$500,000 Local matching funds

Advancing platooning with advanced driver-assisted systems control integration and assessment 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects Cummins Inc. In progress Oct 2018

States impacted:

  • Colorado
  • Indiana
  • South Carolina

Advancing platooning with advanced driver-assisted systems control integration and assessment

This project will identify barriers in baseline platooning systems and explore solutions to overcome these barriers. The project will instrument trucks with Cummins ADEPT features and other subsystems required for effective completion of project. The project will also define routes, collect and analyze data for two- and three-truck platooning configurations. The project will identify barriers and potential solutions.

Learn more about the 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects.

$2,500,000 Award

$2,500,000 Local matching funds

Advancing transportation hubs' efficiency using novel analytics (ATHENA) 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects National Renewable Energy Laboratory In progress Sep 2018

States impacted:

  • Colorado
  • Texas

Advancing transportation hubs' efficiency using novel analytics (ATHENA)

This project will use novel analytics to advance transportation efficiency at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Learn more about the 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects.

$5,000,000 Award

$1,384,014 Local matching funds

Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives National Association of Regional Councils Complete Mar 2016

States impacted:

  • Arizona
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington

Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance

The Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance (AATA), also known as Fleets for the Future (F4F), worked to eliminate barriers to alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure adoption in public and private fleets by consolidating bulk equipment orders and streamlining the procurement process. The project was led by the National Association of Regional Councils who worked with multiple project partners and stakeholders in 11 states to develop fuel neutral best practices, cooperative procurement agreement templates, and design a web-based toolkit to educate fleets and procurement officers. The partners used outreach and education to share information about these resources to motivate fleet managers and consumers to purchase alternative fuel vehicles, equipment, and infrastructure.

As of 2018, the F4F team wrote 5 best practices guides, a multi-step strategic procurement process guide, and created a national procurement plan for the public sector. All of these publications are available on the project’s website. The project also resulted in 5 regional pilot procurement initiatives in Kansas City, Missouri; Boston, Massachusetts; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. Each regional pilot was associated with training opportunities for regional councils and fleets to address the unique barriers and procurement needs. Over 33,000 people were reached through these in-person events and over 3,000 people were reached through webinar participation.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives.

$1,758,599 Award

$466,052 Local matching funds

Partners

  • National Association of Regional Councils
  • Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Metro Area Planning Council
  • North Central Texas Council Of Governments
  • Pima Association of Governments
  • Electrification Coalition
  • Meister Consultants Group
  • Yborra & Associates, LLC
  • ICM Inc.
  • Propane Education & Research Council
  • Clean Communities of Central New York (Syracuse)
  • Metropolitan Energy Center
  • Utah Clean Cities
  • Western Washington Clean Cities
  • Clean Fuels Ohio