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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
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.

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.

$738,000 award from DOE

$829,000 matching funds (cost share)

Partners

  • Entergy