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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
Creating an Alternative Fuel Vehicle Training Network for Florida Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives University of Central Florida In progress Mar 2015

States impacted:

  • Florida

Creating an Alternative Fuel Vehicle Training Network for Florida

The Creating an Alternative Fuel Vehicle Training Network for Florida project will establish an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) training network for the state of Florida that adapts safety and technical training based on existing curricula for local needs. This project will establish training on electric drive, CNG and propane vehicles for first responders, college instructors, tow-truck operators, and salvage/recycling operators. Hands-on training will be supported with vehicles provided by the National Association of Fleet Managers. The project intends to integrate first responder training into standard curriculum in partnership with the Florida Department of Education and the State Fire Marshall.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives.

$600,000 award from DOE

$150,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition
  • Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition
  • Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition
Decentralized Mobility Ecosystem: Market Solutions for 21st Century Electrified Mobility 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Clean Fuels Ohio In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Ohio

Decentralized Mobility Ecosystem: Market Solutions for 21st Century Electrified Mobility

This project demonstrates an operationally and economically beneficial model for electric vehicle (EV) adoption and charging station deployment by transportation service fleets, such as taxis, carsharing fleets, and transportation network companies (TNCs), and by major parking providers, such as universities, airports, hotels, and corporate campuses. The decentralized mobility ecosystem hubs deployed in this project minimize the financial risks of EV usage for drivers (both commercial drivers and the general public) while strategically locating mobility hubs to maximize EV utilization across multiple use cases (taxi, TNC, delivery, carsharing). This innovative project addresses the main operational and economic barriers to vehicle electrification in the mobility and transportation services sectors. Additionally, the project is designed to create and disseminate a complete "Replication Playbook" geared toward transportation fleet or parking service providers. The playbook includes a fully framed business plan, design and engineering plans, new commercialized software applications and tools for turn-key scaling, and marketing tools.

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.

$620,000 award from DOE

$722,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Clean Fuels Ohio
DeKalb County / Metropolitan Atlanta Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicle Project American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards Clean Cities-Georgia Complete Mar 2010

States impacted:

  • Georgia
  • Texas

DeKalb County / Metropolitan Atlanta Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicle Project

This project was designed to increase the use of alternative fueled and advanced technology vehicles in Metro Atlanta as a means of reducing U.S. dependence on imported petroleum, increasing fuel economy, and reducing emissions. The project provided infrastructure that supports the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. As a result of the project, the region has gained a landfill gas conversion facility to produce renewable energy at a DeKalb County landfill, five publicly accessible Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations, and one upgraded station to accommodate additional CNG fueling capacity. More than 200 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles have also been deployed by Metro Atlanta-based companies, as well as city and county governments. In addition to the environmental and health benefits, this project has helped maintain Atlanta's competitiveness as various groups continue work to attract new businesses and jobs.

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

$14,983,000 award from DOE

$24,681,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • DeKalb County
  • American Fueling Systems
  • PS Energy Group; City of Atlanta
  • Coca-Cola Refreshments
  • UPS
  • The Parking Spot
  • Atlanta Airport Marriott
  • Atlanta Airport Renaissance
  • Snapping Shoals EMC
  • Atlanta Gas Light
  • Clean Cities-Georgia
Delivering Clean Air in Denver: Propane Trucks and Infrastructure in Mail Delivery Application 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects Drive Clean Colorado, a Clean Cities Coalition In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Colorado

Delivering Clean Air in Denver: Propane Trucks and Infrastructure in Mail Delivery Application

This project purchases and deploys five propane-powered delivery trucks along with propane fueling infrastructure in the metro Denver area. The trucks are Ford's Class 7 (F-750) straight box trucks with Roush CleanTech's ultra-low (.02) NOx 7.3L V8 propane engines, commercially available across the United States, and certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB). The demonstration fleet, Hi-Pro, Inc., is located in Commerce City, a close suburb of Denver. This fleet moves mail from the United States Postal Service (USPS) main hub to the individual post offices daily. Hi-Pro, Inc., has a fleet of 35 vehicles in Colorado; five diesel trucks are being replaced by the trucks purchased as part of this project. By demonstrating the advantages of propane as a clean and cost-effective alternative to diesel and its viability in the test fleet, the project shares data, best practices, and lessons learned to catalyze other fleets nationwide to adopt propane trucks for mail delivery (and other applications). By reducing the risk of first adoption, the potential exists to transform the USPS mail delivery system into a low-carbon national fleet.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$500,000 award from DOE

$500,000 matching funds (cost share)

Demonstrating Electric Shuttles for the New Orleans Region 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects Tulane University In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Louisiana

Demonstrating Electric Shuttles for the New Orleans Region

The recent availability of the all-electric Grande West Vicinity LT-E electric shuttle bus gives the operators of fleets of medium-size shuttle buses an electric vehicle (EV) alternative. Tulane University has operated diesel vehicles on shuttle routes between the university's Uptown, Downtown, Elmwood, and University Square campuses, and to shopping and entertainment venues in and around the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area. This project replaces five diesel buses in the current fleet with all-electric Grande West Vicinity LT-E electric shuttle buses and develops an EV charging station area in a university-owned parking lot to serve the EV shuttles. This project aims to provide fleet operators in the region—particularly the many operators of medium-size transit vehicles—with a local example of the viability and value of all-electric vehicles, and to share locally-based information on EV infrastructure development and EV operation and maintenance costs.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$738,000 award from DOE

$829,000 matching funds (cost share)

Denali National Park and Preserve National Parks Initiative Complete Sep 2015

States impacted:

  • Alaska

Denali National Park and Preserve

The most visited park in Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve covers 6 million acres, located 300 miles south of the Arctic Circle. In 2013, the iconic park acquired one plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and one photovoltaic-powered charging station to help reduce emissions in Denali’s "Front Country," home to several campgrounds, visitor centers, and administration facilities. The PEV replaced a gasoline-powered vehicle typically driven short distances. The charging station, constructed by local students, paves the way for expanded use of PEVs in the area and helps educate park visitors on the importance of shifting to domestic energy sources and advanced vehicle technologies and reducing emissions.

Learn more about the National Parks Initiative.

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
Developing Replicable, Innovative Variants for Engagement for EVs in the USA (DRIVE Electric USA) 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Developing Replicable, Innovative Variants for Engagement for EVs in the USA (DRIVE Electric USA)

The goal of DRIVE Electric USA (DEUSA) is to greatly accelerate statewide, state-led "Drive Electric" initiatives in multiple states by educating consumers, utilities, utility regulators, and government officials; engaging auto dealers and fleet leaders; conducting EV infrastructure planning; and developing local EV chapters. All of this is occurring under the banner of branded, statewide EV initiatives, guided by each state's stakeholders. DEUSA is creating a Replication Playbook based on outputs and lessons learned that incorporates results from the project work and highlights specific successes from all the participating states. The project conducts EV infrastructure planning sessions for corridors and urban and rural areas, including a focus on disadvantaged and limited-income communities, builds relationships with dozens of utilities and utility regulators, and creates incentives and investment opportunities.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$1,802,000 award from DOE

$1,810,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Clean Cities-Georgia
  • Wisconsin Clean Cities
Development of a National Liquid Propane (Autogas) Refueling Network, Clean School Bus/Vehicle Incentive, and Green Jobs Outreach Program American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards Texas State Technical College—Waco Complete Dec 2009

States impacted:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Development of a National Liquid Propane (Autogas) Refueling Network, Clean School Bus/Vehicle Incentive, and Green Jobs Outreach Program

The project involved the installation of liquid propane (Autogas) refueling infrastructure in U.S. metropolitan areas. The project also supported the purchase of new and retrofitted LPG buses, vans, and trucks. Finally, the project provided an innovative outreach program designed specifically for veterans and out of work or at risk service technicians to provide training to work in the alternative fuels industry. The program concluded with 85 operational refueling sites, 684 LPG vehicles, and many successful training sessions.

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

$12,334,000 award from DOE

$42,151,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • CleanFUEL Holdings
  • Ferrellgas
  • Menards
  • Public Solutions Group
  • Texas State Technical College—Waco
Drive Electric Florida Electric Vehicle Community Readiness South Florida Regional Planning Council Complete Sep 2011

States impacted:

  • Florida

Drive Electric Florida

The project prepared the South Florida region's communities for successful and accelerated deployment of plug-in electric vehicles and infrastructure. This project developed a plan to address technical, commercial, market and regulatory barriers to support EV infrastructure and vehicle adoption.

Learn more about the Electric Vehicle Community Readiness.

$500,000 award from DOE