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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.


Project Initiative/Award Awardee Status Date
Helping Rural Counties Transition to Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects Transportation Energy Partnership In progress Oct 2020

States impacted:

  • Alabama
  • District of Columbia
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Helping Rural Counties Transition to Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles

The objective of the Helping Rural Counties Transition to Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles project is to create models for effectively transferring advanced clean fuel and vehicle technologies to underserved county governments and rural communities and to share those models and lessons learned through a nationally distributed Replication Playbook. Rural county governments often lack the staff capacity to learn about new technologies, implement new training and maintenance systems, and educate their workforces. The lack of funding and financing options, combined with staff capacity to research and pursue existing incentives, can also be a significant barrier to exploring alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles. Transportation Energy Partners is coordinating and supporting Clean Cities coalitions in eight states as they work with rural county leaders to overcome these and other barriers and find models that work for increasing adoption of cleaner fuels and vehicles.

For more information on this project, check the Technology Integration 2021 Annual Report or the 2022 Annual Merit Review presentation and the 2023 Annual Merit Review presentation.

Learn more about the 2020 Innovative Vehicle Technologies Projects.

$1,079,000 award from DOE

$1,082,000 matching funds (cost share)


  • Drive Clean Indiana
  • Wisconsin Clean Cities