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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
Developing an EV Demonstration Testbed in the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee, an Economically Distressed Rural Region 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Tennessee Technological University In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Tennessee

Developing an EV Demonstration Testbed in the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee, an Economically Distressed Rural Region

Electric vehicles (EVs) are promising solutions for rural mobility due to lower fuel and maintenance costs. Rural areas and associated rural clusters in the United States are facing numerous challenges in adopting EVs and developing EV charging station networks due to low population density, lack of EV charging infrastructure, limited-to-no EV experience, and low consumer awareness. The objective of this project is to develop a rural EV testbed to demonstrate and evaluate the applications of EVs over a diverse range of activities, serving the rural and largely economically distressed Upper Cumberland region in Tennessee. This helps potential fleet owners and the public at large make informed decisions about EV adoption before making significant financial investments. This project serves as a proof-of-concept implementation to support knowledge gaining and transfer as well as outreach and education on EVs for rural applications. It also complements DOE's existing EV dataset with detailed EV operation and use data dedicated specifically to the challenges and needs associated with rural communities.

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.

$780,000 award from DOE

$780,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
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)

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
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)

R.O.A.D.M.A.P: Rural Open Access Development Mobility Action Plan 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Rural Action In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Ohio

R.O.A.D.M.A.P: Rural Open Access Development Mobility Action Plan

Rural communities are disproportionately impacted by current gaps in the transportation system, which limit access to opportunities such as health care, jobs, and social services. There is also a high concentration of poor, elderly, and zero-vehicle households in rural areas. The R.O.A.D.M.A.P. project aims to better understand how advanced vehicle technologies function in these rural settings and to enhance awareness of innovative solutions with the potential to fill transportation gaps sustainably. The objective of R.O.A.D.M.A.P. is to develop, demonstrate, and refine affordable, accessible, sustainable, and replicable mobility service-enabled electric vehicle shuttle service applications in rural Appalachian Ohio. The team analyzes data from several deployments of electric and automated vehicles across transit and private vehicle operations and develops insights that inform the team's Rural Mobility Action Plan. The project includes data collection and analysis to understand the energy efficiency and greenhouse gas impacts of the electric shuttle in providing rural transportation access.

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.

$881,000 award from DOE

$902,000 matching funds (cost share)

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 Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Texas

Electric First/Last Mile On-Demand Shuttle Service for Rural Communities in Central Texas

The baseline for rural transportation in Bastrop, Texas, and in many other rural communities, is the limited availability of mobility services to connect rural residents and visitors to existing rural transit and destinations within their communities. Rural communities do not have the suite of mobility options typically found in urban areas, and this is an opportunity to tailor low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV)-based mobility as a service (MaaS) to provide an affordable, practical, efficient, zero-emission, and fun way to enhance access. LSEVs use a fraction of the energy of conventional vehicles yet are capable of providing the same level of service for the intended market and service area. LSEVs run on 72 V systems that can be charged with 110 V outlets. The objective of this project is to develop, demonstrate, and refine affordable, accessible, sustainable, and replicable mobility service-enabled electric vehicle shuttle service applications in rural central Texas, supported by data collection, analysis, sharing, and public dissemination of results.

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.

$712,000 award from DOE

$812,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance (Central Texas)
Statewide Alternative Fuel Resiliency Workplan 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Energy In progress Oct 2019

States impacted:

  • Florida

Statewide Alternative Fuel Resiliency Workplan

Florida experiences the most hurricane landfalls, third most tornado events, and fifth most wildfires by acreage in the country. The objective of the project is to complete a comprehensive Statewide Alternative Fuel Resiliency Plan that utilizes multiple alternative fuels to provide redundancy, and therefore resilience, in Florida's transportation fuels. The project helps develop a best practice resiliency guide for alternative fuels for transportation as well as stationary alternative fuel generators, and documents lessons learned. The best practice guide provides insight regarding using alternative fuel vehicles as emergency response vehicles, alternative fuel supply chain strengths and weaknesses, and utilizing alternative fuel generators for emergency management facilities.

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.

$700,000 award from DOE

$1,028,000 matching funds (cost share)