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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
R.O.A.D.M.A.P: Rural Open Access Development Mobility Action Plan 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Rural Action In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Ohio

R.O.A.D.M.A.P: Rural Open Access Development Mobility Action Plan

Rural communities are disproportionately impacted by current gaps in the transportation system, which limit access to opportunities such as health care, jobs, and social services. There is also a high concentration of poor, elderly, and zero-vehicle households in rural areas. The R.O.A.D.M.A.P. project aims to better understand how advanced vehicle technologies function in these rural settings and to enhance awareness of innovative solutions with the potential to fill transportation gaps sustainably. The objective of R.O.A.D.M.A.P. is to develop, demonstrate, and refine affordable, accessible, sustainable, and replicable mobility service-enabled electric vehicle shuttle service applications in rural Appalachian Ohio. The team analyzes data from several deployments of electric and automated vehicles across transit and private vehicle operations and develops insights that inform the team's Rural Mobility Action Plan. The project includes data collection and analysis to understand the energy efficiency and greenhouse gas impacts of the electric shuttle in providing rural transportation access.

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.

$881,000 award from DOE

$902,000 matching funds (cost share)

Electric First/Last Mile On-Demand Shuttle Service for Rural Communities in Central Texas 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance (Central Texas) In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Texas

Electric First/Last Mile On-Demand Shuttle Service for Rural Communities in Central Texas

The baseline for rural transportation in Bastrop, Texas, and in many other rural communities, is the limited availability of mobility services to connect rural residents and visitors to existing rural transit and destinations within their communities. Rural communities do not have the suite of mobility options typically found in urban areas, and this is an opportunity to tailor low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV)-based mobility as a service (MaaS) to provide an affordable, practical, efficient, zero-emission, and fun way to enhance access. LSEVs use a fraction of the energy of conventional vehicles yet are capable of providing the same level of service for the intended market and service area. LSEVs run on 72 V systems that can be charged with 110 V outlets. The objective of this project is to develop, demonstrate, and refine affordable, accessible, sustainable, and replicable mobility service-enabled electric vehicle shuttle service applications in rural central Texas, supported by data collection, analysis, sharing, and public dissemination of results.

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.

$712,000 award from DOE

$812,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance (Central Texas)
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)

Electric Vehicle Widescale Analysis for Tomorrow's Transportation Solutions (EV WATTS) 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Akimeka, LLC In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Maryland

Electric Vehicle Widescale Analysis for Tomorrow's Transportation Solutions (EV WATTS)

With the rapid increase in vehicle electrification, there is a need for up-to-date, publicly available national data on the usage of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), also referred to as charging stations. This data must be analyzed to understand end-user charging and driving patterns as well as vehicle and infrastructure performance to inform DOE's research planning. As part of this project, Energetics works with project partners to collect PEV and EVSE usage data from a wide range of fleet types and charging venues across the United States. The objectives of this project are to collect, validate, collate, analyze, summarize, and publicly release real-world use data and datasets from PEVs and EVSE to inform future research and deployment planning efforts. All datasets and reported results provide anonymize data to protect sensitive information.

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.

$3,999,000 award from DOE

Partners

  • Palmetto Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Drive Clean Colorado, a Clean Cities Coalition
  • Clean Cities-Georgia
Electrifying Terminal Trucks in Un-Incentivized Markets 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Kansas City Regional Clean Cities In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Missouri

Electrifying Terminal Trucks in Un-Incentivized Markets

The objectives of this project are to demonstrate the feasibility of electrification for freight yard and terminal fleets through pilot projects with three fleets and to generate outreach documents that can be used regionally and nationally to promote electrification in other terminal fleets. Through observation, interviews, and data capture, Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) validates the speed with which fleets earn back the capital costs of replacing diesel terminal tractors with electric models, generates case studies that can be used throughout industrial markets in Clean Cities territories, and puts four Orange EV T-Series all-electric terminal trucks into permanent service within the regional territory. As part of this project, MEC is creating a deployment guide based on the real-world data and experiences of pilot fleets in Chicago and Kansas City so fleet operators across the country can make the move to clean, efficient freight handling.

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.

$780,000 award from DOE

$1,002,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Kansas City Regional Clean Cities
Developing an EV Demonstration Testbed in the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee, an Economically Distressed Rural Region 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Tennessee Technological University In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Tennessee

Developing an EV Demonstration Testbed in the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee, an Economically Distressed Rural Region

Electric vehicles (EVs) are promising solutions for rural mobility due to lower fuel and maintenance costs. Rural areas and associated rural clusters in the United States are facing numerous challenges in adopting EVs and developing EV charging station networks due to low population density, lack of EV charging infrastructure, limited-to-no EV experience, and low consumer awareness. The objective of this project is to develop a rural EV testbed to demonstrate and evaluate the applications of EVs over a diverse range of activities, serving the rural and largely economically distressed Upper Cumberland region in Tennessee. This helps potential fleet owners and the public at large make informed decisions about EV adoption before making significant financial investments. This project serves as a proof-of-concept implementation to support knowledge gaining and transfer as well as outreach and education on EVs for rural applications. It also complements DOE's existing EV dataset with detailed EV operation and use data dedicated specifically to the challenges and needs associated with rural communities.

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.

$780,000 award from DOE

$780,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition