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Project Initiative/Award Awardee Status Date
U.S. Fuels Across America’s Highways - Michigan to Montana (M2M) 2016 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects Gas Technology Institute In progress May 2017

States impacted:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin

U.S. Fuels Across America’s Highways - Michigan to Montana (M2M)

The Gas Technology Institute is collaborating with regional stakeholders to create an alternative fuel corridor along Interstate 94 from Port Huron, Michigan to Billings, Montana. The U.S. Fuels Across America’s Highways – Michigan to Montana (M2M) project will develop fueling infrastructure for electric, compressed natural gas (CNG), and propane vehicles, accelerate the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles, and establish community-based partnerships to support the corridor.

As of 2019, the M2M team has conducted a needs analysis to identify fueling gaps along the M2M corridor, coordinated with state officials to install Alternative Fuel Corridor signage in Michigan and Minnesota, and conducted outreach at two dozen events. The project has installed a combination of DC fast chargers and Level 2 chargers in Tomah, Wisconsin and Moorhead, MN; begun site planning for three publicly accessible CNG stations in Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois; and assisted CTS in adding 10 additional CNG trucks to their fleet. The project will result in a total of approximately 15 new fueling stations including electric, CNG, and propane stations and approximately 60 CNG long-haul trucks that will support stations along the corridor.

Learn more about the 2016 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects.

$4,999,983 Award

$5,256,189 Local matching funds

Partners

  • American Lung Association
  • Chicago Area Clean Cities
  • Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities
  • Drive Clean Indiana
  • Wisconsin Clean Cities
  • Trillium CNG
  • Kwik Trip
  • Contract Transport Services, LLC
  • ZEF Energy
  • Minnesota Clean Cities Coalition
  • North Dakota Clean Cities
  • Ozinga ReadyMix
WestSmartEV: Western Smart Plug-in Electric Vehicle Community Partnership 2016 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects PacifiCorp Complete Jan 2017

States impacted:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

WestSmartEV: Western Smart Plug-in Electric Vehicle Community Partnership

Through the WestSmart EV project, Pacificorp aims to double the growth rate for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in their electric service territory from 20% to 40%. Pacificorp and their partners plan to accomplish this by pairing PEV adoption programs with the development of a large-scale charging network in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. The project will install charging stations along interstate corridors and at workplaces, incentivize conversion of fleet vehicles to PEVs, coordinate outreach and Smart Mobility programs with community partners, and collect data from these activities to develop new tools for utility integration of charging infrastructure.

As of 2019, WestSmart EV has installed 43 DC fast chargers along interstate corridors, 836 level 2 chargers, and incentivized 99 PEVs. Additionally, the project has launched a PEV ride hailing program with Lyft in Salt Lake City, Utah and Park City, Utah and coordinated on data collection with several major charging station networks. When completed, the project will result in DC fast chargers being installed every 50-100 miles for over 1,500 miles of interstate highways and approximately 600 level 2 chargers being installed at workplaces.

Learn more about the 2016 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects.

$3,532,333 Award

$8,061,287 Local matching funds

Partners

  • Utah Clean Cities
  • Utah Clean Cities
  • Utah State University Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • University of Utah
  • State of Utah Office of Energy Development
  • Breathe Utah
  • Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities Coalition
  • Treasure Valley Clean Cities
  • Rogue Valley Clean Cities
  • University of Nevada
  • Forth