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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
St. Louis Vehicle Electrification Rides for Seniors (SiLVERS) 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects Forth In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Missouri

St. Louis Vehicle Electrification Rides for Seniors (SiLVERS)

St. Louis, Missouri, is a diverse Midwestern city that has encountered a half-century of economic downturn, with its population diminishing from 850,000 to 300,000 since 1950. Additionally, with no local or state incentives for electric vehicles (EVs), access to both EVs and charging infrastructure has been limited. The overall goal of the St. Louis Vehicle Electrification Rides for Seniors (SiLVERS) project is to increase EV adoption and reduce transportation-related operating expenses for social service agencies in low-income communities. The project seeks to increase EV adoption by validating that EV fleets can save social service agencies money on transportation operation costs while improving service delivery, providing access to electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) for employees and community members, and developing tools and best practices for use by community-based organizations and social service agencies nationwide, allowing them to replicate this approach.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$500,000 award from DOE

$532,000 matching funds (cost share)

Technology integration to gain commercial efficiency for the urban goods delivery system, meet future demand for city passenger and delivery load/unload spaces, and reduce energy consumption 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects University of Washington In progress Oct 2018

States impacted:

  • Washington

Technology integration to gain commercial efficiency for the urban goods delivery system, meet future demand for city passenger and delivery load/unload spaces, and reduce energy consumption

The objectives of this project are to research, develop, and demonstrate data processing techniques, models, simulations, smart phone applications, and a visual-confirmation system for efficient urban goods delivery.

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

$1,500,000 award from DOE

$640,000 matching funds (cost share)

Texas Alternative Fuels Pilot Project American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards Railroad Commission of Texas Complete Feb 2010

States impacted:

  • New Mexico
  • Texas

Texas Alternative Fuels Pilot Project

The Texas Alternative Fuels Pilot Project was led by the Railroad Commission of Texas. The Commission partnered with 45 qualified school districts and other public entities across the state of Texas to fund the total incremental cost of 608 vehicles, including propane and natural gas school buses, medium-duty trucks and vans, and light-duty vehicles through grants. To enhance the project’s sustainability, the Commission also awarded grants to install or upgrade 31propane or natural gas refueling stations on properties owned by partner fleets. The stations allowed the fleets to lower their costs by buying fuel in bulk, receive federal motor fuel excise tax credits, and refuel at the times most convenient to their schedules. Concurrently, the Commission designed and implemented a two-part public education program for Clean Cities stakeholders, fleet operators, and the general public involving all of the Clean Cities coalitions in Texas.

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

$12,633,000 award from DOE

$38,655,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Alvin ISD
  • Angleton ISD
  • City of Arlington
  • Austin ISD
  • Barbers Hill ISD
  • Capitol Area Rural Transportation System
  • City of Cedar Park
  • Conroe ISD
  • Dallas County
  • Dallas County Schools
  • Dickinson ISD
  • Eanes ISD
  • City of El Paso
  • Friendswood ISD
  • City of Garland
  • Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
  • Greater East End Management District
  • Gregory-Portland ISD
  • City of Haltom City
  • Houston ISD
  • Houston Gateway Academy
  • Humble ISD
  • City of Lake Jackson
  • City of Laredo
  • Leander ISD
  • Manor ISD
  • Midland ISD
  • New Braunfels ISD
  • Northside ISD
  • Orange County
  • Prosper ISD
  • Ramirez Common School District
  • City of San Antonio
  • Sheldon ISD
  • Silsbee ISD
  • South Texas ISD
  • Southwest ISD
  • Splendora ISD
  • City of Temple
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • City of Tyler
  • Williamson County
  • Ysleta ISD
  • Railroad Commission of Texas
Texas River Cities Plug-In Vehicle Initiative Electric Vehicle Community Readiness City of Austin, Austin Energy Complete Sep 2011

States impacted:

  • Texas

Texas River Cities Plug-In Vehicle Initiative

The project developed a plan and template that supports regional stakeholders in the development and implementation of local codes, expedited permitting and inspections, and processes and procedures to enable efficient and cost-effective placement of charging infrastructure in the area between San Antonio and Georgetown, Texas.

Learn more about the Electric Vehicle Community Readiness.

$500,000 award from DOE

$294,000 matching funds (cost share)

Texas Triangle Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies Complete Sep 2011

States impacted:

  • Texas

Texas Triangle Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness

This project focused on a plan for plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure between the "Texas Triangle" cities of Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston/Galveston, and Austin/San Antonio along with topical areas of statewide application.

Learn more about the Electric Vehicle Community Readiness.

$500,000 award from DOE

$37,000 matching funds (cost share)

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Curriculum Development and Outreach Initiative Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives West Virginia University Research Corporation In progress Mar 2015

States impacted:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Indiana
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Curriculum Development and Outreach Initiative

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Curriculum Development and Outreach Initiative will develop curricula and conduct training related to alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles for a wide range of individuals and organizations. This project will focus on developing curricula that does not yet exist in critical areas, such as for recycling operators and repair facilities. The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium will conduct marketing and outreach activities to promote this training and support U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) Clean Cities coalitions' work to promote AFV deployment. Through online courses and train-the-trainer workshops, this project will have a national impact and establish resources that will last beyond the project's completion.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives.

$800,000 award from DOE

$202,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
  • East Bay Clean Cities Coalition (Oakland)
  • Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition
  • Greater Long Island Clean Cities
  • State of West Virginia Clean Cities
  • Utah Clean Cities
The Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility Project 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Forth In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Oregon

The Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility Project

Supplemental mobility services such as carsharing offer significant opportunities for benefits to rural communities. Due to low population density, lack of charging infrastructure, lack of familiarity with carsharing or electric vehicles, and longer driving distances, carsharing has not been well established in rural communities. The Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility Project (CRuSE) introduces an all-electric carshare program in Hood River, Oregon. The carshare, consisting of five electric vehicles placed with dedicated electric vehicle charging stations at five distinct sites, helps provide access to several groups of users including city employees, affordable housing residents, tourists, and the local community population. This project will develop, demonstrate, and refine an affordable, accessible, sustainable, and replicable financial model for electric carsharing in rural Hood River, Oregon. The overall project goals of the CRuSE Project are to demonstrate that round trip electric vehicle carsharing can serve rural communities—including low-income residents—in an effective and financially sustainable way, and to develop the tools and voice to educate, encourage and replicate carsharing in other rural communities. The project team will collect a broad variety of data from users, carshare vehicles, and charging stations to assess the impact of the project on energy use and greenhouse gas emissions as well as local knowledge of electric vehicles.

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.

$549,000 award from DOE

$605,000 matching funds (cost share)

The Midwest DRIVES Initiative Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives Clean Fuels Ohio Complete Aug 2015

States impacted:

  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Ohio

The Midwest DRIVES Initiative

The Midwest DRIVES Initiative: Demonstrating Reliable Innovative Energy Solutions Project will reduce barriers to Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) deployment in a 4 state area by offering a wide range of medium-term (30-90 day average) AFV demonstrations to fleets. Through these demonstrations, fleets will gain operational experience and the project can collect data to provide validation for AFV purchases. Based on this data, the project will perform analyses and create case studies to reveal cost-and fuel-saving opportunities relative to conventional vehicle models. Using these analyses, case studies, and information about financial incentives and leasing models, the project will present fleet education and outreach programming so similar fleets across the nation can gain confidence in AFV adoption.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives.

$500,000 award from DOE

$511,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition
  • Drive Clean Indiana
  • Detroit Area Clean Cities
  • Ann Arbor Clean Cities Coalition
  • Clean Fuels Ohio
The Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards Clean Fuels Ohio Complete Feb 2010

States impacted:

  • Kentucky
  • Ohio

The Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership

The Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership (OATP) involved diverse partners from across Ohio, including city and county government, private and non-profit fleets, and other industry partners in a broad-based project to help transform Ohio's transportation sector. Funds for this project were used for the purchase or conversion of 313 alternative fuel vehicles including compressed natural gas vehicles, propane vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and dedicated electric vehicles. In addition, 77 unique refueling stations were built. These included electric vehicle recharging locations, compressed natural gas stations, and propane stations.

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

$11,042,000 award from DOE

$20,860,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • 350Green/Car Charging
  • Ansonia Local School District
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
  • City of Akron
  • City of Bowling Green
  • City of Centerville
  • City of Cincinnati
  • City of Columbus
  • City of Dayton
  • City of Dublin
  • City of Hamilton
  • City of Logan
  • Clean Energy
  • Cleveland Ace Taxi Service
  • Columbus Green Cabs
  • Columbus Regional Airport Authority
  • Dillon Transport
  • The Electrical Trades Center
  • Energy Optimizers
  • FirstEnergy
  • Franklin County
  • Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Friends Business Source
  • Frito-Lay
  • FMT, Inc.
  • Hamilton County
  • Heritage Day Health Center
  • Industrial Fluid Management
  • Kirk Energy
  • Kramer Enterprises
  • Mayer
  • Melink
  • Montgomery Conty SWCD
  • Moyer Industries Inc
  • Northwest State Community College
  • Ohio Agricultural and Research and Development Center
  • Ohio State University
  • Peabody Landscape Group
  • Pike-Delta-York Local Schools
  • Rumpke
  • SARTA
  • Sharp Community Resources
  • Staples
  • Streakers Tractor Sales
  • Tipp City
  • Toledo Convention Center
  • Vectren
  • Vermont Energy Investment Corp
  • Zanesville Energy (Quasar)
  • Clean Fuels Ohio
Training for Cost-Effective Code-Compliant Maintenance Facilities Alternative Fuel Vehicle Workplace Safety Programs Gas Technology Institute Complete Oct 2016

States impacted:

  • Illinois

Training for Cost-Effective Code-Compliant Maintenance Facilities

The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is developing guidance on cost-effective and practical solutions to the permitting of fleet maintenance and repair facilities. The guidance will aid facility owners, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ’s), designers, fire officials, and other stakeholders in interpreting and understanding regulatory requirements of needed modifications to maintenance facilities. GTI is working with industry experts to address necessary maintenance facility and garage upgrades for three major alternative fuels currently being used in heavy duty vehicles: compressed natural gas, hydrogen, and propane. The guidance will address gas detection, ventilation, electrical classification compliance, heating devices, alarm system configuration, and behavior of lighter-than-air fuels.

As of 2019, GTI has developed multiple reports, safety technology summaries, code reports, best practice documents, presentation materials, and videos for each of the three gaseous fuels. These materials are available to the public through the project’s website that features an interactive diagram of a maintenance garage. Using these materials, GTI has conducted online outreach and hosted workshops across the country including at multiple large conferences in Chicago, Illinois; Emeryville, California; Los Angeles, California and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Workplace Safety Programs.

$750,000 award from DOE

$85,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Clean Energy Fuels
  • Frontier Energy
  • Superior Energy Systems
  • Marathon Technical Services
  • Chicago Area Clean Cities