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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
Idaho Petroleum Reduction Leadership Project American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards Treasure Valley Clean Cities Complete Jan 2010

States impacted:

  • Idaho

Idaho Petroleum Reduction Leadership Project

The purpose of the Idaho Petroleum Reduction Leadership Project was to assist with the establishment of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel availability and use in the State of Idaho. Republic Services achieved a significant reduction in diesel fuel by converting a portion of their trash and recycling truck fleet in the Boise area to CNG fuel, as well as installing CNG fueling infrastructure at the company's fleet facilities in Boise and Nampa. The project resulted in the establishment of the first permanent public CNG fueling facilities in Idaho. It also included conducting outreach efforts to encourage other fleet operators and the public in the Boise area to use CNG.

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

$5,520,000 award from DOE

$6,839,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Treasure Valley Clean Cities
Improved safety and reduced cost in handling and transporting reclaimed lithium-ion batteries 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects OnTo Technology LLC In progress Sep 2018

States impacted:

  • Oregon

Improved safety and reduced cost in handling and transporting reclaimed lithium-ion batteries

This project will pursue improved safety and reduced cost associated with handling and transporting reclaimed lithium-ion batteries.

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

$500,000 award from DOE

Independence National Historical Park National Parks Initiative Complete Sep 2015

States impacted:

  • Pennsylvania

Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park, the home of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, tells the story of ideas that have shaped our nation. In 2015, the park replaced six of its conventional mowers with propane mowers, as well as three of its conventional refuse-collection vehicles with those that run on electricity. Over the course of the next 10 years, the park expects to save nearly $20,000, all while demonstrating how these technologies are helping to protect one of America's most important historic sites.

Learn more about the National Parks Initiative.

Initiative for Resiliency in Energy through Vehicles (iREV) Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives National Association of State Energy Officials In progress Mar 2015

States impacted:

  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Initiative for Resiliency in Energy through Vehicles (iREV)

The Initiative for Resiliency in Energy through Vehicles (iREV) project aims to bolster emergency management and response through utilizing existing AFV fleet vehicles for emergency situations. The project addresses this need by equipping emergency planners with the tools, information, and intra- and inter-state coordination strategies necessary to incorporate alternative fuels into emergency management and preparedness operations, including state and local energy security and assurance efforts. The National Association of State Energy Officials will work with its network of State Energy Offices, the National Governors Association and the International Emergency Managers Association to help incorporate alternative fuel and advanced vehicles into multiple emergency preparedness plans that address varied geographies and potential incidents.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives.

$800,000 award from DOE

$201,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition
  • Massachusetts Clean Cities
  • Empire Clean Cities
  • Clean Communities of Central New York (Syracuse)
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation
Integrated Fuel Cell Electric Powertrain Demonstration 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects Cummins Inc. In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • California
  • Indiana
  • Ohio

Integrated Fuel Cell Electric Powertrain Demonstration

Heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicles still face technological and market challenges that need to be overcome to advance the adoption and commercialization of hydrogen technologies. In particular, the integration and packaging of the different components of a fuel cell electric powertrain is complex and remains costly. In addition, hydrogen fuel prices remain high, the cost of fuel cell stacks and hydrogen fuel storage solutions is still high, and there is a need to increase hydrogen storage energy density. Cummins proposes to design, build, test, and demonstrate a fuel cell electric powertrain for heavy-duty trucks and buses that can help reduce costs and advance the commercialization of hydrogen vehicles. The proposed fuel cell powertrain technology offers the following benefits: 1) Vertically integrated powertrain, 2) Modular and scalable, 3) Highly integrated and manufacturable, 4) Increased driving range, 5) Increased fuel economy, 6) Rapid refueling, 7) 1:1 replacement of conventional vehicles, and 8) Total cost of ownership reduction.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$3,443,000 award from DOE

$3,766,000 matching funds (cost share)

Integrating micro-transit with public transit for coordinated multi-modal movement of people 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects Ford Motor Company In progress Sep 2018

States impacted:

  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Washington

Integrating micro-transit with public transit for coordinated multi-modal movement of people

This project will explore micro-transit solutions for public transit resulting in coordinated multi-modal movement of people.

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

$2,000,000 award from DOE

$500,000 matching funds (cost share)

Integration of Smart Ridesharing into an Existing Electric Vehicle Carsharing Service in the San Joaquin Valley 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research University of California: Davis In progress Jan 2020

States impacted:

  • California

Integration of Smart Ridesharing into an Existing Electric Vehicle Carsharing Service in the San Joaquin Valley

In California's Central Valley, high auto ownership costs, limited transit service, and increasing housing costs are an accessibility triple threat for low-income populations in rural communities. These residents need more affordable, clean, safe, and reliable travel modes that fill the wide accessibility gaps between existing transit service and personal vehicle ownership. Many of these residents struggle to access essential opportunities (education and jobs) and essential services (health care, recreation, and healthy food). In rural communities, high-quality transit services (fixed route and dial-a-ride) are challenging to provide because of low-density, dispersed development patterns. These conditions provide an opportunity to meet local needs with highly efficient alternative fuel vehicles. The project involves a volunteer ride program (Míoride) using electric vehicles from a local electric vehicle carsharing organization (Míocar). Volunteer drivers use the electric vehicles to provide critical rideshare services for low-income communities in rural Tulare and Kern Counties in exchange for use of the electric vehicles for their own transportation needs, demonstrating the value of these vehicles in effectively meeting the needs of rural communities. The project team is collecting operational data from the vehicles and charging stations to assess the energy efficiency of the rideshare system.

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.

$750,000 award from DOE

$753,000 matching funds (cost share)

Lake Michigan Corridor Alternative Fuel Implementation Initiative Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards Institute of Gas Technology Inc. (IGT) Complete Jan 2013

States impacted:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Wisconsin

Lake Michigan Corridor Alternative Fuel Implementation Initiative

The Lake Michigan Corridor Alternative Fuel Implementation Initiative, which includes southeastern Wisconsin, greater Chicago, and Northern Indiana, will work to make existing municipal fueling stations available to other fleets; create vehicle conversion inspection criteria; and train and educate fuel retailers, first responders, vehicle mechanics, code officials, measurement agencies, and fleet operators.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards.

$764,000 award from DOE

$56,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Chicago Area Clean Cities
  • Drive Clean Indiana
  • Wisconsin Clean Cities
Leadership of Employers for Electrification Program (LEEP) 2021 Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projects Forth In progress Nov 2021

States impacted:

  • Oregon

Leadership of Employers for Electrification Program (LEEP)

Learn more about the 2021 Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projects.

$4,000,000 award from DOE

Long Island Regional Energy Collaborative "Promoting a Green Economy through Clean Transportation Alternatives" American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards Greater Long Island Clean Cities Complete Dec 2009

States impacted:

  • New York

Long Island Regional Energy Collaborative "Promoting a Green Economy through Clean Transportation Alternatives"

Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition, along with its partners, promoted the use of a variety of alternative fuels for vehicles, which has allowed the low-carbon vehicle industry to grow and expand throughout Long Island. The program offered businesses and municipalities the flexibility to use alternatives that meet specific business needs. The project supported the installation of four CNG stations and 157 alternative fuel vehicles throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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

$14,994,000 award from DOE

$20,115,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Suffolk County
  • Town of Oyster Bay
  • Town of Hempstead
  • Town of Smithtown
  • Village of East Rockaway
  • Town of Huntington
  • Manhattan Beer Distributors
  • Rides Unlimited of Nassau/Suffolk
  • Family Essential Enterprises
  • V. Garofalo Carting, Inc.
  • National Grid
  • Engineered Energy Solutions
  • Greater Long Island Clean Cities