DoE to invest nearly US$300m in clean vehicles initiatives

The 25 cost-share clean vehicles projects that will benefit from the funding could place 9000 alterative fuel and energy efficient vehicles on US roads and establish 542 refuelling locations across the USA.

“The Clean Cities programme is helping give state and local governments the tools they need to build a greener transport system that will create new jobs and help to put America on the path to a clean energy future,” says Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

The programme will fund hybrids, electric vehicles, plug-in electric hybrids, hydraulic hybrids and compressed natural gas vehicles. It will also support a refuelling infrastructure for alternative fuels such as biofuels and natural gas.

DoE has published a map showing the geographical distribution of the Clean Cities awards.

The clean vehicles projects are:

  • North Central Texas Council of Governments’ North Central Texas Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology. The project will deploy refuelling stations and alternative fuel vehicles in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Total DoE award: US$13,181,171
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District’s UPS Ontario-Las Vegas LNG Corridor Expansion Project. The project will complete a long-planned regional liquid natural gas (LNG) fuelling corridor across the south-western USA, making the final connection between the existing public access LNG fuel infrastructure in Southern California and the LNG fuel stations being developed in Utah. Total DoE award: US$5,591,611
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Drayage Truck Replacement Initiative. The project will replace 180 diesel drayage trucks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with LNG trucks. Total DoE award: US$9,408,389
  • San Bernardino Associated Governments’ J.B. Hunt LNG Truck Project: Made in America Initiative. The project will deploy 262 heavy-duty LNG trucks in Southern California and construct two LNG refuelling stations in San Bernardino and South Gate (South Los Angeles) to support J.B. Hunt’s initial LNG truck operations, and will allow the fleet to add additional LNG vehicles in the future.Total DoE award: US$9,950,708
  • Maryland Energy Administration’s Maryland Hybrid Truck Goods Movement Initiative. The project will implement the largest collaborative hybrid truck project in the nation. The initiative will provide financial and technical assistance to many large fleets including: ARAMARK, Efficiency Enterprises, Nestle Water Company, Sysco, and UPS to purchase 150 hybrid electric vehicles. Total DoE award: US$5,924,190
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s Statewide Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program for CNG, LPG, EV, and HEV Vehicles and Fueling Stations Initiative. The project will utilise multiple alternative fuels and technologies in multiple sectors across the state. Alternative fuel and/or hybrid school buses, municipal vehicles, urban delivery, and utility vehicles will be deployed throughout the state. Total DoE award: US$13,299,101
  • Clean Fuels Ohio’s Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership (OATP). The project will include the purchase and conversion of 283 alternative fuel vehicles for numerous fleets including taxis, cities, schools, and delivery vehicles. In addition to the alternative fuel vehicles, 15 alternative fuelling and service stations will be constructed. Total DoE award: US$11,041,500
  • Utah Clean Cities Coalition’s Clean Cities Transportation Sector Petroleum Reduction Technologies Program. The initiative includes 16 new compressed natural gas (CNG) public fuelling facilities, upgrades to 24 CNG public fuelling facilities, three new liquid/compressed natural gas facilities, three new biodiesel public refueling stations, and increases the number of natural gas vehicles operating in Utah by 678. Total DoE award: US$14,908,648
  • Clean Energy Coalition’s CEC Michigan Green Fleets Initiative. The project will increase the use of natural gas, electric and hybrid electric vehicles in 13 sites throughout Michigan. A total of 271 alternative fuel vehicles and 19 alternative fuelling sites will be added throughout the state. Total DoE award: US$14,970,144
  • Railroad Commission of Texas’ Texas Propane Fleet Pilot Program. The project will deploy 882 propane vehicles, including 245 propane school buses, 24 medium-duty propane trucks and vans, and 613 propane-fuelled light-duty vehicles for 40 school districts and public agencies. To support the vehicles, 35 propane refuelling stations will be constructed. Total DoE award: US$12,633,080
  • City of Chicago, Department of Environment’s Chicago Area Alternative Fuels Deployment Project. The project will deploy 554 alternative fuel and hybrid electric vehicles and install 153 alternative fuelling and electric vehicle charging stations throughout the Chicago region. Total DoE award: US$14,999,658
  • Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Puget Sound Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Project. The project will expand the use of alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technology to create a regional sustainable market for renewable alternative fuels with the lowest lifecycle emissions, such as biogas made from waste products and solar energy, to power electric vehicles; enhance the local economy; and elevate public awareness. Total DoE award: US$14,999,927
  • Texas State Technical College’s Development of a National Liquid Propane (Autogas) Refueling Network, Clean School Bus/Vehicle Incentive & Green Jobs Outreach Program. The project will result in the development of approximately 184 liquid propane auto gas refuelling stations in the following major metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Seattle, Orlando, San Diego, St. Louis, San Antonio/Austin, and Oklahoma City as well as a refuelling corridor along I-10 in Louisiana (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles). Total DoE award: US$12,299,828
  • New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition’s New Jersey Compressed Natural Gas Refuse Trucks, Shuttle Buses and Infrastructure. The project will deploy 277 heavy-duty natural gas refuse trucks and shuttle buses and four new CNG fuelling stations throughout Newark, Camden, Trenton, Atlantic City, and Egg Harbor Township. Total DoE award: US$14,997,240
  • Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition’s Long Island Regional Energy Collaborative Promoting a Green Economy through Clean Alternatives. The project will deploy five CNG stations and 87 heavy-duty trucks throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. The alternative fuel stations will be accessible to the public and include the installation of five new compressed natural gas fuelling stations. Total DoE award: US$14,994,183
  • DeKalb County’s DeKalb County/Metropolitan Atlanta Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicle Project. The project will convert local landfill gas (LFG), a renewable fuel source, to compressed natural gas and develop five CNG fuelling stations throughout the metro-Atlanta area. The project also includes construction of a B20 station. Total DoE award: US$14,983,167
  • Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s Paving the Way with Propane: The AutoGas Corridor Development Program. The project is aimed at building the infrastructure to encourage public and private vehicle operators to convert existing vehicles from conventional petrol to clean propane. The initiative includes 17 new propane fuelling stations along high traffic roadways from Washington, D.C. to Florida to Mississippi to create the nation’s first propane corridor. Total DoE award: US$8,605,100
  • State of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program. The project will deploy 502 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles through 119 public and private fleets throughout the state. The program includes the installation of 10 alternative fuel refuelling sites (two B20, one Electric Recharging, and seven CNG). Total DoE award: US$15,000,000
  • Southern CA Assoc. of Governments Clean Cities Coalition’s Expanding California’s E85 Ethanol Fueling Infrastructure. The project will add 55 E85 fuelling stations throughout California. The stations will be placed in the areas with the highest concentration of flex-fuel vehicles. Total DoE award: US$6,917,200
  • The Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition’s Idaho Petroleum Reduction Leadership Project. The project will replace 28 heavy-duty diesel refuse trucks with CNG trucks. A CNG fuelling station will be constructed at two of the recipient’s, Allied Waste, locations. Total DoE award: US$5,519,862
  • Metropolitan Energy Information Center’s Midwest Region Alternative Fuels Project. The project will include 27 alternative fuel stations (16 CNG, 7 B20/E85, one B20, three Electric Charging) and deploy 373 alternative fuel and advance technology vehicles (235 CNG, 58 HEV, two LPG, two EV). The stations will provide additional CNG fuelling in cities and along the Interstate corridors that pass through Kansas City – East to West on I-70 and North to South on I-35. Total DoE award: US$14,999,905
  • Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, Inc.’s Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project. The project will deploy multiple fuels and technologies. Vehicles to be deployed include 163 CNG, the vast majority for high mileage taxis and 18 heavy-duty LNG refuse trucks. Infrastructure to be deployed includes three CNG stations, one combined B20/CNG/Electric station, one L/CNG station, one hydrogen station, and seven electric chargers. Total DoE award: US$13,195,000
  • State of Indiana’s: Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance Comprehensive Alternative Fuels Implementation Plan. The project will implement propane, compressed natural gas, and hybrid vehicles from light- to heavy-duty and includes infrastructure for CNG and E85 vehicles. The project incorporates more than 900 alternative fuel vehicles and 13 fuelling sites. Total DoE award: US$10,125,000
  • Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition’s Hybrid Electric School Buses Provide New Horsepower for Kentucky. The project will replace 190 older diesel school buses with hybrid electric school buses to be used in school districts throughout Kentucky. Total DoE award: US$12,980,000
  • Triangle J Council of Governments’ Carolinas Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative. The project will include vehicles and fuelling infrastructure for electric, hybrid-electric, compressed natural gas, propane, E85, and biodiesel fuels and technologies to be deployed throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. The project includes 45 E85 and B20 stations, 8 propane stations, and 132 electric vehicle recharging sites. New vehicles to be deployed include 55 CNG vehicles, 363 propane vehicles, 89 hybrid electric vehicles, and 56 neighbourhood electric vehicles. Total DoE award: US$12,975,388