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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
Developing an Electric Vehicle Demonstration Test-bed in the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee, an Economically Distressed Rural Region 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Tennessee Technological University In progress Aug 2019

States impacted:

  • Tennessee

Developing an Electric Vehicle Demonstration Test-bed in the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee, an Economically Distressed Rural Region

Learn more about the 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research.

$779,823 Award

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.

$12,333,940 Award

$42,151,401 Local matching funds

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

Drive Electric Ohio Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Clean Fuels Ohio Complete Sep 2011

States impacted:

  • Ohio

Drive Electric Ohio

The project expanded on Ohio's current plug-in electric vehicle readiness activities and produce a replicable deployment plan for plug-in electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, safety trainings, consumer education, marketing, and associated policy solutions.

Learn more about the Electric Vehicle Community Readiness.

$500,000 Award

$100,724 Local matching funds

Partners

  • Clean Fuels Ohio
Drive Electric Orlando Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Office of Energy In progress Mar 2015

States impacted:

  • Florida

Drive Electric Orlando

The Drive Electric Orlando project is a large-scale effort to address one of the core barriers to widespread plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) adoption: increasing consumer familiarity with the technology. Over the two-year project period, this project will allow thousands of visitors from across the United States to rent a PEV in Orlando. The project taps into the largest rental car market in the country by providing PEVs for a multi-day test drive. In addition to making the vehicles available, the project will use incentives such as equitable rental rates and theme park incentives to promote these rentals.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives.

$400,000 Award

$449,060 Local matching funds

Partners

  • Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition
Drive Oregon Plug‐In Electric Vehicle Local Showcases Forth Complete Oct 2016

States impacted:

  • Oregon
  • Washington

Drive Oregon

This project will demonstrate a wide variety of plug‐in electric vehicles (PEVs) through public ride-and-drives and offer the opportunity for short-term extended test drives in key markets throughout Oregon and Washington.

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

$993,450 Award

$1,296,790 Local matching funds

Drones, delivery robots, driverless cars, and intelligent curbs for increasing energy productivity of first- and last-mile goods movement 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects Carnegie Mellon University In progress Oct 2018

States impacted:

  • Pennsylvania

Drones, delivery robots, driverless cars, and intelligent curbs for increasing energy productivity of first- and last-mile goods movement

The objective of the project is to use empirical testing, life-cycle assessment, and systems analysis to research and demonstrate an energy productivity of goods delivery improvement with drones, delivery robots, and driverless cars of at least 20% compared to a baseline network. In addition, the research will develop proof-of-concept testing, model, and simulation for a smart curb space as an intelligently-managed urban delivery zone for improved energy productivity and sustainability, with a goal of demonstrating at least an additional 10% improvement in energy productivity.

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

$1,502,632 Award

$375,658 Local matching funds

East Zion National Park Electric Vehicle Shuttle System Plan 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Utah Clean Cities In progress Aug 2019

States impacted:

  • Utah

East Zion National Park Electric Vehicle Shuttle System Plan

Learn more about the 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research.

$780,000 Award

Partners

  • Utah Clean Cities
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 Aug 2019

States impacted:

  • Texas

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

Learn more about the 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research.

$811,588 Award

Partners

  • Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance (Central Texas)
Electric Last Mile Project 2017 Community-Based Advanced Transportation Projects Pecan Street Inc Complete Oct 2017

States impacted:

  • Texas

Electric Last Mile Project

Pecan Street Inc. is evaluating the use of a private fleet of low-speed, six-person, electric shuttles for first- and last-mile transit connections in three Austin, Texas neighborhoods. The project aims to demonstrate the value of public-private partnerships in rapidly and cost-effectively increasing the usage of public transportation.

As of 2018, the Electric Last Mile Project has successfully tested the use of electric shuttles for eight months, providing a total of 29,206 rides. The project has created a telematics kit that monitors vehicle operations and occupancy, a mobile trip request app and website, and laid the groundwork for future implementation of an autonomous shuttle. During the test period Pecan Street Inc. used surveys, individual interviews, community charrettes, and hardware installed on the vehicles to collect data on consumer engagement, vehicle performance, traffic impacts, and pricing structures. This data will be used to develop best practices for communities interested in using public-private partnerships for first and last-mile transit solutions.

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

$1,000,000 Award

$1,000,000 Local matching funds

Partners

  • Capitol Metro
  • Electric Cab of North America