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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
Mid-Atlantic Electrification Partnership 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Virginia

Mid-Atlantic Electrification Partnership

The objective of the Mid-Atlantic Electrification Partnership is to enable a regional ecosystem in Virginia (VA), District of Columbia (DC), Maryland (MD), and West Virginia (WV) allowing all sizes of electric vehicle (EV) use for fleets, Transportation Network Companies, and consumers. This ecosystem project connects the Capital Region's cities, employs multiple EV and infrastructure sub-projects, and includes multimodal hubs such as airports, seaports, mass transit hubs, and logistics centers while addressing equity issues of populations near these hubs and within cities and towns.

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$5,388,000 award from DOE

$8,893,000 matching funds (cost share)

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.

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$3,443,000 award from DOE

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

Delivering Clean Air in Denver: Propane Trucks and Infrastructure in Mail Delivery Application 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects Drive Clean Colorado, a Clean Cities Coalition In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Colorado

Delivering Clean Air in Denver: Propane Trucks and Infrastructure in Mail Delivery Application

This project purchases and deploys five propane-powered delivery trucks along with propane fueling infrastructure in the metro Denver area. The trucks are Ford's Class 7 (F-750) straight box trucks with Roush CleanTech's ultra-low (.02) NOx 7.3L V8 propane engines, commercially available across the United States, and certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB). The demonstration fleet, Hi-Pro, Inc., is located in Commerce City, a close suburb of Denver. This fleet moves mail from the United States Postal Service (USPS) main hub to the individual post offices daily. Hi-Pro, Inc., has a fleet of 35 vehicles in Colorado; five diesel trucks are being replaced by the trucks purchased as part of this project. By demonstrating the advantages of propane as a clean and cost-effective alternative to diesel and its viability in the test fleet, the project shares data, best practices, and lessons learned to catalyze other fleets nationwide to adopt propane trucks for mail delivery (and other applications). By reducing the risk of first adoption, the potential exists to transform the USPS mail delivery system into a low-carbon national fleet.

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$500,000 award from DOE

$500,000 matching funds (cost share)

Cold-Weather Operation, Observation, and Learning Electric Vehicles (COOL EVs) 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects American Lung Association In progress Sep 2020

States impacted:

  • Minnesota

Cold-Weather Operation, Observation, and Learning Electric Vehicles (COOL EVs)

The Cold-Weather Operation, Observation and Learning with Electric Vehicles (COOL EVs) project will support the deployment of four medium- and heavy-duty battery electric vehicles (EVs) in three community fleets in Minnesota. This project is strategically designed to overcome the challenges of cold weather operation, which is crucial to advance EV fleet applications. The four all-electric vehicles included in this application are two box trucks with different applications, a medium-duty passenger van, and a school bus. The fleets will share some resources, including training, technology, and project management support.

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$997,000 award from DOE

Partners

  • Eureka Recycling
  • Eastern Carver School District
  • Xcel Energy
  • Minnesota Clean Cities Coalition
Waste Not, Want Hot? 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects ROUSH Industries In progress Sep 2020

States impacted:

  • Michigan

Waste Not, Want Hot?

This project investigates more sustainable opportunities to keep buses warm by developing and demonstrating a propane-powered cabin heating system for battery-electric buses.

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$1,354,000 award from DOE

Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Community Mobility Network 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects American Lung Association In progress Sep 2020

States impacted:

  • Minnesota

Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Community Mobility Network

The objective of the Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Community Mobility Network Project is to deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging and electric vehicles along with providing supporting outreach and education, creating a community-focused mobility network that reduces barriers to EV adoption. The EV Spot Network (formerly referred to as the Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network) will have three unique aspects:

  • EV Spot Charging: The charging hubs will be located on public roadways throughout Saint Paul and Minneapolis and operated by the cities. Each charging hub will be available for users to plug in the shared electric vehicles as well as for the public to charge privately owned electric vehicles.

  • Evie Carsharing Service: HOURCAR, a local carsharing nonprofit, will operate the new carsharing service called Evie. For the first time in the Twin Cities, this carsharing service will use a one-way, semi free-floating model.

  • Multifamily EV Carshare Pilot: 50 charging stations and shared electric vehicles at 25 multifamily sites.

The project will deploy electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and electric vehicles in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and surrounding suburbs. The EVSE deployments include both Level 2 chargers as well as DC fast chargers. The vehicle deployments provide a public carsharing program and dedicated carsharing access at multi-unit dwellings. The project will also host ride and drive events as well as community events to foster a community-focused EV network.

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$6,654,000 award from DOE

Partners

  • City of Saint Paul
  • City of Minneapolis
  • East Metro Strong
  • HOURCAR
  • Xcel Energy
  • Minnesota Clean Cities Coalition
Demonstrating Electric Shuttles for the New Orleans Region 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects Tulane University In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Louisiana

Demonstrating Electric Shuttles for the New Orleans Region

The recent availability of the all-electric Grande West Vicinity LT-E electric shuttle bus gives the operators of fleets of medium-size shuttle buses an electric vehicle (EV) alternative. Tulane University has operated diesel vehicles on shuttle routes between the university's Uptown, Downtown, Elmwood, and University Square campuses, and to shopping and entertainment venues in and around the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area. This project replaces five diesel buses in the current fleet with all-electric Grande West Vicinity LT-E electric shuttle buses and develops an EV charging station area in a university-owned parking lot to serve the EV shuttles. This project aims to provide fleet operators in the region—particularly the many operators of medium-size transit vehicles—with a local example of the viability and value of all-electric vehicles, and to share locally-based information on EV infrastructure development and EV operation and maintenance costs.

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$738,000 award from DOE

$829,000 matching funds (cost share)

WestSmart EV@Scale: Western Smart Plug-in Electric Vehicle Community Partnership 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects PacifiCorp In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

WestSmart EV@Scale: Western Smart Plug-in Electric Vehicle Community Partnership

The objective of the WestSmart EV@Scale project is to identify pathways to accelerate use of EVs. The pathways will be evaluated by researchers through the analysis of EV infrastructure gaps, EV workforce development training, EV infrastructure deployment and data gathering, freight and port load, and grid evaluations. WestSmart EV@Scale leverages lessons learned and best practices from the tremendous success of the WestSmartEV project in Utah. It facilitates successful expansion into a regional program covering portions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Arizona—covering all major corridors in and out of California. It encompasses five critical EV application focus areas of: Destination Highways (National Park and Recreation), Underserved Regions (EV Training, Rural Transit Hub, Electric Car Share at Affordable Housing), Urban Mobility (Transportation Network Company, Intermodal Hub), Freight (Airport, Inland Port), and Community/Workplace (Mobility Hub, Workplace Charging).

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$6,041,000 award from DOE

$8,061,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities Coalition
VoICE-MR: Vocation Integrated Cost Estimation for Maintenance and Repair of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV) 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects West Virginia University Research Corporation In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • California
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia

VoICE-MR: Vocation Integrated Cost Estimation for Maintenance and Repair of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV)

West Virginia University, multiple Clean Cities coalitions, and Wale Associates, Inc., are partnering to develop a tool to estimate the vocation dependent variations in maintenance costs of heavy- and medium-duty vehicles fueled by alternative fuels, including natural gas, propane, and electricity. Vocation Integrated Cost Estimate (VoICE) for maintenance and repair (MR) compares cost estimates of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) with conventional diesel vehicles of the same vocation to illustrate vocation-specific benefits of adopting AFVs. The study addresses medium- and heavy-duty vehicles operating in urban delivery, port drayage, school bus, refuse truck, and transit bus applications. The overall goal of the cost model estimate tool is to build a user-friendly application for fleets operating nationwide. The study will model the maintenance costs of AFVs as a function of duty cycle parameters, which is a critical knowledge gap for fleets that would consider adopting AFVs to replace conventional diesels.

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$1,086,000 award from DOE

$1,091,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region
Field Demonstration of a Near-Zero, Tier 5 Compliant, Natural Gas Hybrid Line-Haul Locomotive 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects Gas Technology Institute In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Utah

Field Demonstration of a Near-Zero, Tier 5 Compliant, Natural Gas Hybrid Line-Haul Locomotive

Currently, railroads are operating inefficient legacy diesel locomotives with emissions substantially higher than proposed Tier 5 requirements that are costly to maintain. Reducing criteria pollutants is of critical importance because rail yards tend to be in areas where underserved populations have some of the poorest air quality. In this project, Gas Technology Institute (GTI), in collaboration with OptiFuel Systems, LLC, and other partners, is conducting a field demonstration of a 4,300 horsepower, Tier 5-compliant, hybrid line-haul locomotive that can operate on compressed or renewable natural gas (CNG/RNG) with near-zero emissions. GTI has a multi-engine approach that increases fuel efficiency by 20% and, with the use of RNG, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%. The utilization of proven, commercially available equipment (i.e., engines, CNG storage, CNG refueling) and usage of domestic CNG and RNG has both emissions and cost advantages for the railroad industry.

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$2,600,000 award from DOE

$2,600,000 matching funds (cost share)