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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
CORWest: Supporting Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Along Rural Corridors in the Intermountain West 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Utah Clean Cities In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

CORWest: Supporting Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Along Rural Corridors in the Intermountain West

CORWest is a highly collaborative eight-state partnership working with Clean Cities networks and state agencies. The project designs and expands the existing alternative fuel corridors with electric charging in the Intermountain West, supports electric vehicle (EV) access into high-visitation areas throughout rural America, and offers regional transportation solutions to gateway communities through public/private partnerships. The objective of the project is to increase transportation efficiency and enable widespread access to affordable alternative fuels by supporting the EV market and deploying electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) throughout the Intermountain West.

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.

$670,000 award from DOE

$670,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Utah Clean Cities
  • Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities Coalition
Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Deployment—Data Collection 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research CALSTART, Inc. In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • California

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Deployment—Data Collection

Data on medium- and heavy-duty (MD and HD) battery-electric vehicles are lacking and yet very much needed as the trend towards transportation electrification is accelerating. This project directly addresses this problem by collecting, consolidating, organizing, and making available to DOE national laboratory researchers a large set of data from a wide range of electric MD and HD vehicles operating under different conditions. The usage data and datasets encompass approximately 200 diverse vehicle sizes, types, settings, and operating conditions. The primary focus is data collection and analysis for electric MD and HD vehicles (transit buses, school buses, trucks, and off-road equipment). This project is an effort to leverage any recently collected data while strategically planning for and collecting new data from upcoming electric vehicle deployment projects across the nation. The data and the extensive research facilitated by its consolidation help inform the industry, legislators/regulators, researchers, planners, and end-users about future deployments, energy demands, and user trends.

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.

$2,167,000 award from DOE

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)

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)

Decentralized Mobility Ecosystem: Market Solutions for 21st Century Electrified Mobility 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Clean Fuels Ohio In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Ohio

Decentralized Mobility Ecosystem: Market Solutions for 21st Century Electrified Mobility

This project demonstrates an operationally and economically beneficial model for electric vehicle (EV) adoption and charging station deployment by transportation service fleets, such as taxis, carsharing fleets, and transportation network companies (TNCs), and by major parking providers, such as universities, airports, hotels, and corporate campuses. The decentralized mobility ecosystem hubs deployed in this project minimize the financial risks of EV usage for drivers (both commercial drivers and the general public) while strategically locating mobility hubs to maximize EV utilization across multiple use cases (taxi, TNC, delivery, carsharing). This innovative project addresses the main operational and economic barriers to vehicle electrification in the mobility and transportation services sectors. Additionally, the project is designed to create and disseminate a complete "Replication Playbook" geared toward transportation fleet or parking service providers. The playbook includes a fully framed business plan, design and engineering plans, new commercialized software applications and tools for turn-key scaling, and marketing tools.

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.

$620,000 award from DOE

$722,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Clean Fuels Ohio
Mid-Atlantic Electric School Bus Experience Project 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Virginia Clean Cities In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia

Mid-Atlantic Electric School Bus Experience Project

The Mid-Atlantic Electric School Bus Experience Project (MEEP) provides electric school buses for short-term demonstrations at no charge for selected school fleets in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Electric school buses are an exciting tool for school districts as they can reduce operating costs, improve local air quality, achieve sustainability goals, and protect the health of children. The objective of the project is to provide local school districts (school administrators, mechanics, drivers, faculty, and students) with experience operating electric school buses in their fleets and to generate detailed, in-use data and information to allow other school districts to make future procurement decisions.

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.

$670,000 award from DOE

$998,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Virginia Clean Cities
The Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility Project 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Forth In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Oregon

The Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility Project

Supplemental mobility services such as carsharing offer significant opportunities for benefits to rural communities. Due to low population density, lack of charging infrastructure, lack of familiarity with carsharing or electric vehicles, and longer driving distances, carsharing has not been well established in rural communities. The Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility Project (CRuSE) introduces an all-electric carshare program in Hood River, Oregon. The carshare, consisting of five electric vehicles placed with dedicated electric vehicle charging stations at five distinct sites, helps provide access to several groups of users including city employees, affordable housing residents, tourists, and the local community population. This project will develop, demonstrate, and refine an affordable, accessible, sustainable, and replicable financial model for electric carsharing in rural Hood River, Oregon. The overall project goals of the CRuSE Project are to demonstrate that round trip electric vehicle carsharing can serve rural communities—including low-income residents—in an effective and financially sustainable way, and to develop the tools and voice to educate, encourage and replicate carsharing in other rural communities. The project team will collect a broad variety of data from users, carshare vehicles, and charging stations to assess the impact of the project on energy use and greenhouse gas emissions as well as local knowledge of electric vehicles.

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.

$549,000 award from DOE

$605,000 matching funds (cost share)

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

States impacted:

  • Utah

EVZion: East Zion National Park Electric Vehicle Shuttle System Plan

EVZion demonstrates a small-scale, environmentally sound, zero-emission, electric vehicle shuttle system through a small gateway community and the east entrance of Zion National Park (ZNP). This high-tech, electric shuttle pilot and demonstration project involves national laboratory data collection, industry partner road testing in extreme climate fluctuations, and local community leadership. This nationally recognized project is intended to support the sustainability goals of ZNP along with the economic and environmental resilience objectives of rural gateway communities. EVZion is designed for universal scalability with deployment in other high-traffic, environmentally sensitive national and state parks throughout the United States. This pilot proposes positive strategies and smart mobility solutions through the design of an electrified and resilient park touring transportation 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.

$655,000 award from DOE

$782,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Utah Clean Cities
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
Carolina Alternative Fuel Infrastructure for Storm Resilience Plan 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research E4 Carolinas, Inc. In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

Carolina Alternative Fuel Infrastructure for Storm Resilience Plan

North Carolina and South Carolina are highly susceptible to severe weather, ranked among the top six states for hurricane occurrence by the National Hurricane Center (data for 1851 to 2010). Tropical storms and hurricanes occur frequently along their Atlantic Coast. This project engages appropriate Carolina alternative fuel vehicle stakeholders. They undertake planning, training, and implementation to create an integrated Carolina plan to employ alternative fuel vehicles in enhancing resilience during, and recovery from, infrastructure disruption. The plan helps to establish emergency procedures, training, and best practices for the diversification of, and access to, alternative fuels to expedite storm recovery, increase disruption resilience, and ensure that alternative fuel supplies are reliable during times when conventional fuel supplies are susceptible to disruption.

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.

$827,000 award from DOE

$856,000 matching funds (cost share)