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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) 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
Shenandoah National Park National Parks Initiative Virginia Clean Cities Complete Sep 2015

States impacted:

  • Virginia

Shenandoah National Park

To help keep views along scenic Skyline Drive clear, in 2012 Shenandoah National Park acquired a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, an all-electric vehicle, and three electric vehicle chargers. Working in conjunction with Virginia Clean Cities on ways to reduce emissions, Shenandoah added 12 propane lawn mowers to replace existing gas models. The park continues to use the electric vehicle and chargers that were funded by the National Parks Initiative.

Learn more about the National Parks Initiative.

Partners

  • Virginia Clean Cities
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore National Parks Initiative Complete Sep 2015

States impacted:

  • Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

In 2013, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore added one propane pickup truck and three plug-in electric vehicles to its fleet and installed four electric vehicle charging stations and an air pump that will allow drivers to keep their tires properly inflated. These measures will reduce the environmental impact of the park's fleet by about 15%, as compared to a 2010 baseline. The new vehicles and infrastructure will help educate the park's 1.3 million visitors about alternative fuels and fuel-efficient driving. Working with Michigan's Clean Energy Coalition, the park developed an extensive training and outreach program to educate staff, concessioners, and visitors on the benefits of idle reduction.

Learn more about the National Parks Initiative.

Smart Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Station Deployment 2019 Commercial Trucks and Off-Road Applications Gas Technology Institute In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Texas

Smart Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Station Deployment

The overall goal of the smart compressed natural gas (CNG) station deployment project is to develop an advanced vehicle and station solution for maximizing a CNG fill with or without pre-cooling of the natural gas. The project includes the development, demonstration, and field deployment of sensors, software, and communication systems on multiple smart vehicles and dispensers, programmed with an advanced control algorithm to maximize full fills. In addition, several of the demonstration locations include CNG pre-cooling to help overcome the heat of compression during a fill that causes CNG tanks to reach their pressure limit before they are full. The combination of these technologies helps solve the issue of elevated pressures from heat of compression that result in natural gas vehicles being under-filled and alleviates driver uncertainty about the vehicle's remaining range.

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2020 Annual Report or Annual Merit Review presentation.

Learn more about the 2019 Commercial Trucks and Off-Road Applications.

$404,000 award from DOE

$757,000 matching funds (cost share)

Solutions for curbside-charging electric vehicles for planned urban growth 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects University of North Carolina at Charlotte In progress Oct 2018

States impacted:

  • North Carolina

Solutions for curbside-charging electric vehicles for planned urban growth

The objective of this project is to design, test, and evaluate a solution for a scalable curbside electric vehicle charging station solution utilizing existing infrastructure to meet the growing market demands for electric vehicles. Project results and the resulting concept will be broadly disseminated to ensure a meaningful and lasting market impact.

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

$943,000 award from DOE

$943,000 matching funds (cost share)

Southeast AFV Demonstration Initiative (SADI) Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives Triangle J Council of Governments In progress Mar 2015

States impacted:

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

Southeast AFV Demonstration Initiative (SADI)

The Southeast AFV Demonstration Initiative (SADI) will carry out a multi-fuel, multi-state vehicle demonstration program complete with vehicles, driver education and marketing strategies to help incorporate alternative fuels into new fleets and industry sectors in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This project will focus on non-existent or under-utilized markets for compressed natural gas, propane, electric, E85 and biodiesel in the transportation sector, targeting applications such as school buses, delivery vehicles, state/local government, and commuter vehicles. The project seeks to both reach a considerable number of drivers/fleet operators and ensure that adequate fueling infrastructure is in place to allow for continued use after the project ends.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives.

$450,000 award from DOE

$376,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition (Western North Carolina)
  • Palmetto Clean Fuels Coalition
  • East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
Southeast Alternative Fuel Deployment Partnership 2017 Community-Based Advanced Transportation Projects Center for Transportation and the Environment In progress Oct 2017

States impacted:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina

Southeast Alternative Fuel Deployment Partnership

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is partnering with the Clean Cities Coalition Network and fleets in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina to support the integration of a variety of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and fueling infrastructure. CTE and its partners will offset the initial capital cost of AFVs and infrastructure, promote opportunities for collaboration and strategic partnerships among alternative fuel market players, and support the development of alternative fuel corridors.

As of 2019, CTE has incentivized the purchase or installation of approximately 194 alternative fuel vehicles for six public and private fleets. The vehicles are a mix of compressed natural gas (CNG), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and electric. CTE is currently evaluating initial key performance indicators related to operations and maintenance for these vehicles and will publish a report upon completion. Additionally, CTE identified gaps in EV, CNG, and LNG infrastructure along key highway corridors in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. This information will be used to determine locations of future alternative fueling infrastructure.

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

$4,622,000 award from DOE

$6,259,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Clean Cities-Georgia
  • Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Palmetto Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Southern Company Energy Innovation Center
  • Southern Company Gas
  • SCE&G
  • UPS
  • Waste Management
  • DeKalb County
  • City of Atlanta
  • ACE Environmental
  • McAbee Trucking
  • Consolidated Pipe
Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy Complete Dec 2009

States impacted:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia

Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program

The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program is a large-scale alternative fuel project aimed at building propane infrastructure in the Southeast United States and encouraging public and private fleets to adopt propane. The program converted 1,189 vehicles from conventional gasoline to run on propane, and opened 11 propane Autogas refueling stations in 10 southeastern states. This resulted in millions of gallons of petroleum displacement. In addition, a wide-ranging communications campaign was launched to increase awareness and usage of propane in the Southeast.

Learn more about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards.

$8,605,000 award from DOE

$10,449,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • American Alternative Fuel
  • Alliance Autogas (Blossman)
  • Force 911
  • Baker Equipment
  • Brooks Chevrolet
  • Bus Group
  • German Motor Works
  • Greenville County
  • Light N Up; Peninsula Propane
  • Propane Education and Research Council (PERC)
  • Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University
  • Palmetto State Clean Cities
  • Clean Cities Atlanta
  • Georgia Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuels Partnership
  • Mississippi Economic Development Partnership
  • Gold Coast Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Maryland Clean Cities
  • Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy
Southeast Regional Alternative Fuels Market Initiatives Program Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards Center for Transportation and the Environment (Atlanta) Complete Jan 2013

States impacted:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

Southeast Regional Alternative Fuels Market Initiatives Program

The Southeast Regional Alternative Fuels Market Initiatives Program, which includes Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee, will provide first responder and vehicle maintenance technician training; develop Alternative Fuels Readiness Workbooks to guide alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) deployment readiness; assist municipalities with AFV readiness; and create and provide procurement policies and incentive models.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards.

$471,000 award from DOE

$92,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Clean Cities-Georgia
  • Palmetto Clean Fuels Coalition
  • East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Middle-West Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
Southeast Regional Readiness Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Center for Transportation and the Environment Complete Sep 2011

States impacted:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina

Southeast Regional Readiness

The primary objective of the project was to establish a comprehensive, tri-state (Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina) readiness and deployment strategy for EVs and EV infrastructure and begin implementation of the community-based Southeast Regional EV Deployment Readiness Plan.

Learn more about the Electric Vehicle Community Readiness.

$540,000 award from DOE

$195,000 matching funds (cost share)

Statewide Alternative Fuel Resiliency Workplan 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Energy In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Florida

Statewide Alternative Fuel Resiliency Workplan

Florida experiences the most hurricane landfalls, third most tornado events, and fifth most wildfires by acreage in the country. The objective of the project is to complete a comprehensive Statewide Alternative Fuel Resiliency Plan that utilizes multiple alternative fuels to provide redundancy, and therefore resilience, in Florida's transportation fuels. The project helps develop a best practice resiliency guide for alternative fuels for transportation as well as stationary alternative fuel generators, and documents lessons learned. The best practice guide provides insight regarding using alternative fuel vehicles as emergency response vehicles, alternative fuel supply chain strengths and weaknesses, and utilizing alternative fuel generators for emergency management facilities.

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2020 Annual Report or Annual Merit Review presentation.

Learn more about the 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research.

$700,000 award from DOE

$1,028,000 matching funds (cost share)