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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
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
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 2019, the Electric Last Mile Project has successfully tested the use of electric shuttles for eight months, providing a total of 29,206 rides. 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 has resulted in a categorization chart that can be used by communities interested in using autonomous shuttles and public-private partnerships for first and last-mile transit solutions. The project also 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.

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
Electric Vehicle Preparedness Toolkit and Expanded Online EV Training Courses to provide Nationwide, Multi-Disciplinary Community Outreach Education 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects National Fire Protection Association In progress Sep 2020

States impacted:

  • Massachusetts

Electric Vehicle Preparedness Toolkit and Expanded Online EV Training Courses to provide Nationwide, Multi-Disciplinary Community Outreach Education

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$678,087 Award

Electrify Heartland Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Metropolitan Energy Information Center, Inc. Complete Oct 2015

States impacted:

  • Kansas
  • Missouri

Electrify Heartland

This project developed phased EV infrastructure installation plans for the Kansas City metropolitan area and for smaller communities, including the travel corridors between them. It developed and implemented replicable actions for adoption by individual municipalities in the areas of planning, zoning, construction, permitting, and fleet policies.

Learn more about the Electric Vehicle Community Readiness.

$441,178 Award

Electrifying Terminal Trucks in Unincentivized Markets 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Kansas City Regional Clean Cities In progress Aug 2019

States impacted:

  • Missouri

Electrifying Terminal Trucks in Unincentivized Markets

Learn more about the 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research.

$780,000 Award

Partners

  • Kansas City Regional Clean Cities
Energizing Oregon Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Oregon Business Development Department Complete Sep 2011

States impacted:

  • Oregon

Energizing Oregon

The project developed a comprehensive strategic plug-in electric vehicle market and community plan to address next-generation deployment strategies. The plan served as a roadmap to achieve Oregon's goal of 30,000 PEVs by 2015.

Learn more about the Electric Vehicle Community Readiness.

$485,000 Award

$88,923 Local matching funds