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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
Golden Gate National Recreation Area National Parks Initiative San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition Complete Sep 2015

States impacted:

  • California

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

In 2012, the expansive Golden Gate National Recreation Area switched from higher-emission vehicles to five new electric vehicles (EVs). Golden Gate, which partnered with San Francisco Clean Cities, also installed five EV chargers and implemented a biodiesel project for heavy-duty vehicles.

Learn more about the National Parks Initiative.

Partners

  • San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition
Grand Teton National Park National Parks Initiative Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities Coalition Complete Sep 2015

States impacted:

  • Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park

In 2014, Grand Teton National Park added one plug-in electric hybrid vehicle to its fleet and installed three electric vehicle charging stations. The park also added five hybrid electric vehicles to its fleet in 2011. The installation of the charging stations supports an initiative to grow a larger regional electric vehicle infrastructure network. This initiative will introduce quick-charge stations and electric vehicle use to the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and set the stage for government agencies, local business, residents, and visitors to begin using charging stations throughout the area. Working with Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition, the park has launched an extensive education and outreach effort designed to eliminate unnecessary engine idling, reduce fuel consumption, and improve local air quality.

Learn more about the National Parks Initiative.

Partners

  • Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities Coalition
Great Smoky Mountains National Park National Parks Initiative East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition Complete Sep 2015

States impacted:

  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park worked with East Tennessee Clean Fuels and the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles coalition to shift to domestic fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. In 2013, the park replaced three gasoline pickup trucks with all-electric vehicles, converted five gasoline mowers to operate on propane, and installed four publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations. In 2015, the park added four propane pickup trucks and installed two propane refueling stations. These activities are estimated to help the park reduce its annual emissions by almost 40 million tons of CO2 and displace the use of nearly 8,900 gasoline-gallon equivalents of petroleum per year. Great Smoky Mountains National Park continues to operate one propane pickup truck and three all-electric vehicles funded by the National Parks Initiative.

Learn more about the National Parks Initiative.

Partners

  • East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition (Western North Carolina)
Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Demonstrations for Freight and Mobility Solutions 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Clean Fuels Ohio In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Ohio

Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Demonstrations for Freight and Mobility Solutions

While adoption of light-duty electric vehicles (EVs) has increased and more models have become commercially available, medium-duty (MD) and heavy-duty (HD) EVs have not seen the same widespread success. MD and HD EVs offer tremendous potential economic benefits to fleets and wider energy and environmental benefits to communities. This project confronts that disparity to highlight the importance and uses of MD and HD EVs. Clean Fuels Ohio designed this project to prove the operational and financial effectiveness of MD and HD EVs in fleets and communities that had not previously used this technology. Through diverse partnerships, the project utilizes commercially available EVs, electric vehicle supply equipment, facilities, and app platforms to ensure seamless technology deployment and showcase significant return on investment. As part of this project, Clean Fuels Ohio and partners operate three demonstration projects of MD and HD EVs with the goal of leading to Class 4–8 EV adoption in various fleet applications across the country.

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.

$779,000 award from DOE

$780,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Clean Fuels Ohio
  • Wisconsin Clean Cities
Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Drayage Truck Replacement Program American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards South Coast Air Quality Management District Complete Dec 2009

States impacted:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Indiana

Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Drayage Truck Replacement Program

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Drayage Truck Replacement Program addressed a significant need to reduce diesel emissions and associated public health risks from goods movement at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The two Ports, located adjacent to one another, constitute America’s largest port complex and are ranked among the busiest container ports in the world. This project replaced 219 older, heavy-duty diesel trucks servicing the Ports or other goods movement operations in the region with new natural gas trucks powered by ultra-clean natural gas engines. The project also included education, outreach, and training activities to promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles.

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

$9,408,000 award from DOE

$24,332,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • California Air Resources Board
  • California Energy Commission
  • Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District
Helping Rural Counties Transition to Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects Transportation Energy Partnership In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Alabama
  • District of Columbia
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Helping Rural Counties Transition to Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles

The objective of the Helping Rural Counties Transition to Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles project is to create models for effectively transferring advanced clean fuel and vehicle technologies to underserved county governments and rural communities and to share those models and lessons learned through a nationally distributed Replication Playbook. Rural county governments often lack the staff capacity to learn about new technologies, implement new training and maintenance systems, and educate their workforces. The lack of funding and financing options, combined with staff capacity to research and pursue existing incentives, can also be a significant barrier to exploring alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles. Transportation Energy Partners is coordinating and supporting Clean Cities coalitions in eight states as they work with rural county leaders to overcome these and other barriers and find models that work for increasing adoption of cleaner fuels and vehicles.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$1,079,000 award from DOE

$1,082,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Drive Clean Indiana
  • Wisconsin Clean Cities
High-dimensional data-driven energy optimization for multi-modal transit agencies 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority In progress Oct 2018

States impacted:

  • Tennessee

High-dimensional data-driven energy optimization for multi-modal transit agencies

The objective of the project is to develop and demonstrate a replicable data collection and training framework that supports energy consumption prediction that will enable real-time energy consumption and mobility optimization.

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

$761,000 award from DOE

$191,000 matching funds (cost share)

Holistic and Energy-Efficient Rural County Mobility Platform (RAMP) 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Carnegie Mellon University In progress Jan 2020

States impacted:

  • Pennsylvania

Holistic and Energy-Efficient Rural County Mobility Platform (RAMP)

Rural America, representing 97% of the U.S. land area, is home to 15% of the total U.S. population. Rural trips for commuting, shopping, health care, and community-based services have become increasingly longer in the past few decades. The project develops a holistic approach to address the mobility challenges in Greene County, a typical rural county in Southwestern Pennsylvania bordering West Virginia, and this approach can be replicable to all rural counties in the United States. Key to this is developing a capability that does not now exist in the United States, namely a "Rural County Mobility Platform" (RAMP) consisting of both an online platform and phone-based system for trip reservations, structured shuttle services, volunteer management, volunteer-request matching, and mobility information dissemination. This project helps in developing methods and algorithms to pilot a new hybrid service consisting of two complementary components: a volunteer-based ridesharing system and a highly structured shuttle service (not a typical fixed route, with flag stops). It also includes a new capability for more efficient data-driven operations of the existing Greene County Transportation Program and Waynesburg University shuttle services. Ultimately, the project will improve the overall energy efficiency of the local transportation system in meeting rural transportation needs.

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.

$1,000,000 award from DOE

$1,038,000 matching funds (cost share)

Hybrid Electric School Buses Provide New Horsepower for Kentucky American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards Kentucky Department of Education Complete Dec 2009

States impacted:

  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio

Hybrid Electric School Buses Provide New Horsepower for Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) incorporated hybrid electric technology as a specification in the bus procurement process available to all 174 school districts in the state. This effort resulted in the purchase of 157 hybrid electric school buses over the course of this project. In addition, the project supported education and outreach targeting the general public, teachers, local officials, first responders, local media, and others.

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

$12,980,000 award from DOE

$15,336,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Kentucky Department of Education
I-40 Collaboration of Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards Indian Nations Council of Governments In progress Jan 2013

States impacted:

  • Arkansas
  • Oklahoma

I-40 Collaboration of Clean Cities

The I-40 Collaboration of Clean Cities, a partnership across Arkansas and Oklahoma, recommended building codes to accommodate alternative fueling stations; created a guide for building compressed natural gas and propane alternative fueling infrastructure and electric vehicle charging installation; and developed and conducted training programs regarding alternative fuel vehicle conversions, equipment safety, and fueling infrastructure inspection.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards.

$750,000 award from DOE

$16,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Arkansas Clean Cities
  • Central Oklahoma Clean Cities (Oklahoma City)
  • Tulsa Clean Cities