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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
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.

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2021 Annual Report.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$3,443,000 award from DOE

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

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.

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2021 Annual Report or Annual Merit Review presentation.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$5,388,000 award from DOE

$8,893,000 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.

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2021 Annual Report or Annual Merit Review presentation.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$997,000 award from DOE

Partners

  • Eureka Recycling
  • Eastern Carver School District
  • Xcel Energy
  • Minnesota Clean Cities Coalition
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.

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2021 Annual Report or Annual Merit Review presentation.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$500,000 award from DOE

$500,000 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).

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2021 Annual Report or Annual Merit Review presentation.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$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.

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2021 Annual Report or Annual Merit Review presentation.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$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.

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2021 Annual Report.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$2,600,000 award from DOE

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

Pilot Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Deployment for Municipal Solid Waste Collection 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects The Department of Solid Waste Services for the Municipality of Anchorage In progress Sep 2020

States impacted:

  • Alaska

Pilot Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Deployment for Municipal Solid Waste Collection

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Department of Solid Waste Services (SWS) for the Municipality of Anchorage is implementing a pilot demonstration of two heavy-duty electric refuse trucks and an electric box truck. In addition, SWS will partner with the Alaska Energy Authority and eCamion, Inc., to install and test a battery-tied fast charging station that will charge both refuse trucks while mitigating costly demand charges.

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2021 Annual Report or Annual Merit Review presentation.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$16,000 award from DOE

$551,000 matching funds (cost share)

Zero Emission Freight Future 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects Clean Fuels Ohio In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania

Zero Emission Freight Future

The goal of this project is to prove the operational and financial effectiveness of medium-duty (MD) and heavy-duty (HD) electric vehicles (EVs) in commercial fleets. Through diverse partnerships, the project employs commercially available EVs, electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), facilities, and app-platforms to ensure technology deployment and to showcase significant return on investment. While original equipment manufacturer (OEM) models are newly becoming available, many fleet questions remain about the real-world operational and economic viability of MD and HD EVs. This project is designed to provide fleets the real-world experience needed to answer these questions for themselves and disseminate this information from trusted fleet and Clean Cities coalition peers. Clean Fuels Ohio is partnering with OEMs and EVSE equipment providers to operate three demonstration projects of MD and HD EVs (refuse truck, delivery trucks) with a goal of spurring Class 4-8 EV adoption in fleet applications nationwide.

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2021 Annual Report or Annual Merit Review presentation.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$868,000 award from DOE

$869,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Clean Fuels Ohio
  • Wisconsin Clean Cities
Developing Replicable, Innovative Variants for Engagement for EVs in the USA (DRIVE Electric USA) 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Developing Replicable, Innovative Variants for Engagement for EVs in the USA (DRIVE Electric USA)

The goal of DRIVE Electric USA (DEUSA) is to greatly accelerate statewide, state-led "Drive Electric" initiatives in multiple states by educating consumers, utilities, utility regulators, and government officials; engaging auto dealers and fleet leaders; conducting EV infrastructure planning; and developing local EV chapters. All of this is occurring under the banner of branded, statewide EV initiatives, guided by each state's stakeholders. DEUSA is creating a Replication Playbook based on outputs and lessons learned that incorporates results from the project work and highlights specific successes from all the participating states. The project conducts EV infrastructure planning sessions for corridors and urban and rural areas, including a focus on disadvantaged and limited-income communities, builds relationships with dozens of utilities and utility regulators, and creates incentives and investment opportunities.

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2021 Annual Report or Annual Merit Review presentation.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$1,802,000 award from DOE

$1,810,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Clean Cities-Georgia
  • Wisconsin Clean Cities