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    NGVi Natural Gas Training Moves Online Due to COVID-19 Concerns

    Discount codes available for Louisiana Fleets

    The continued support of our Louisiana natural gas fleets is important to us at Louisiana Clean Fuels. As such, LCF is working with NGVi to offer Natural Gas Vehicle training within Louisiana to our stakeholder natural gas fleets. We value the safety and health of our stakeholders, so we have made the difficult decision to move our in-person training courses to online and virtual formats.

    Please note that the previously in-person courses offered on August 4-7 and September 29-30 are CANCELLED and will only be available in the online or virtual formats.

    These classes offer advanced training for skilled workers to help them qualify for high-paying jobs that are in high demand by dealers, OEMs and national fleets. Louisiana Clean Fuels and Cummins Westport understand how important these training classes are and are sponsoring the Level 2 and Level 3 classes respectively. These sponsorships are allowing us to provide a $100 discount to the first five individuals from Louisiana fleets to register for each of these virtual classes.

    These essential courses cover three levels of natural gas vehicle training: NGV Essentials and Safety Practices (Level 1), CNG Fuel System Inspector Training (Level 2), and Heavy-Duty NGV Maintenance and Diagnostics Training (Level 3), in addition to CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification.

    Discounts for Louisiana natural gas fleets are available! See SESSION COSTS below for details.

    Level One: NGV Essentials and Safety Practices

    Self-Paced Pre-Requisite Course

    This is a one-day training course that offers a clear understanding of natural gas, its properties and characteristics, the differences between that and diesel/gasoline, fuel system components, the safety considerations in the facility, etc. This course is offered as a prerequisite to the higher-level training courses, or as a stand-alone course through the e-learning program. Students will receive a login and password and will have 30 days to access and complete the training.

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

    • Technicians who will perform basic preventive maintenance on natural gas vehicles (oil changes, tire rotations, etc.)
    • Technicians who will perform mandated CNG fuel system inspections
    • Technicians who will perform NGV diagnostics and repair procedures
    • All employees involved in NGV fleet operations
    • Fleet or dealer service managers and supervisors
    • Corporate/agency safety managers
    • Risk management staff


    REGISTER FOR LEVEL 1 TRAINING

    Level Two: CNG Fuel System Inspector Training

    Date Options: Sep 16 - Sep 17 | Oct 7 - Oct 8 | Nov 18 - Nov 19

    This is a two-day training course that prepares technicians to adequately and safely conduct the fuel system inspections that are required every 3 years, 36,000 miles, at the time of any onboard fire or accident over 5mph. This course also helps prepare the technicians to sit for the certification exam to become certified fuel system inspectors.

    PREREQUISITES

    Level 1: NGV Essentials and Safety Practices

    WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND?

    Experienced vehicle technicians employed by fleets or dealerships who are:

    • Responsible for performing CNG fuel system inspections; or
    • Preparing to take the CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification exam; or
    • Planning to renew their CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification; or
    • Seeking to refresh knowledge on CNG fuel system inspections.
    • Fleet managers and supervisors, safety managers and risk management staff are welcome to contact us to discuss available training options.


    LOUISIANA FLEET DISCOUNT

    LCF is sponsoring the Level 2 training classes for our stakeholder fleets! The first 5 Louisiana fleets to register for the Level 2 course qualify for an additional $100 discount, courtesy of LCF’s sponsorship. Please call LCF (225-342-7972) or email [email protected] for the limited discount code - please put "NGVi Training Discount" in the subject line of your email. All stakeholders may receive a 10% discount when using the discount code CC2020 to register. Multiple discount codes may be stacked.

    REGISTER FOR LEVEL 2 TRAINING

    CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification

    NGVi’s certification exam can be taken in conjunction with any CNG Fuel System Inspector training course. Each student will have up to 3 hours to complete the exam and will receive their results within two weeks via email. If the student successfully passed the exam, their certification packet will be mailed out right away.

    REGISTER FOR CERTIFICATION EXAM

    Level Three: Heavy-Duty NGV Maintenance and Diagnostics Training

    Oct 20 - Oct 21

    The number one challenge facing heavy-duty NGV technicians is how to distinguish between a fuel quality problem, a fuel system problem or an engine problem. This course is the only training available that treats these three elements as a system and helps technicians understand how they are interrelated. Emphasis is placed on the safety knowledge and repair practices that are unique for Cummins heavy-duty natural gas engines.

    The course covers the components of all CNG fuel systems (regardless of manufacturer), as well as all Cummins 6.7 Liter, 9 Liter and 12 Liter natural gas engines.

    The course includes operational theory with more than a dozen hands-on exercises. It is a perfect prerequisite to fuel system or engine manufacturer training. This course also helps prepare technicians for the ASE H1 exam.

    Prerequisites

    Level 1: NGV Essentials and Safety Practices

    Who Should Attend?

    • Technicians with at least basic skills in heavy-duty vehicle repair, who will be maintaining, diagnosing and repairing NGVs.
      Technicians familiar with the basic operation of vehicle diagnostic equipment.

    Louisiana Fleet Discount

    Cummins is sponsoring the Level 3 training classes for our stakeholder fleets! The first 5 Louisiana fleets to register for the Level 3 course with discount code CUMMINS100 qualify for an additional $100 discount, courtesy of Cummins’ sponsorship. All stakeholders may receive a 10% discount when using the discount code CC2020 to register. Multiple discount codes may be stacked.

    REGISTER FOR LEVEL 3 TRAINING

    Session Costs*

    • Level 1: NGV Essentials & Safety Practices: $495
    • Level 2: CNG Fuel System Inspector Training: $895
      • The first 5 Louisiana fleets to register for the Level 2 course qualify for an additional $100 discount, courtesy of LCF’s sponsorship. Please call LCF (225-342-7972) or email Victoria Herrmann at [email protected] for the limited discount code - please put "NGVi Training Discount" in the subject line.
    • Exam: CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification: $295
    • Level 3: Heavy-Duty NGV Maintenance and Diagnostics Training: $1,695
      • The first 5 Louisiana fleets to register for the Level 3 course with discount code CUMMINS100 qualify for an additional $100 discount, courtesy of Cummins Westport’s sponsorship.

    *All stakeholders may receive a 10% discount when using the discount code CC2020 to register. Multiple discount codes may be stacked.

    How to Register



    Virtual vs. E-Learning

    What is Virtual Training?

    Virtual training is instructor-led training in a virtual classroom. You will experience the same high-quality learning with expert instructors and updated content that NGVi has been delivering since 1989 -- from the comfort of your own space. 

    How Does It Work? 

    Technicians participate in real-time over the internet through our virtual classroom platform on designated class dates. Class times include multiple breaks and an allotted lunchtime. Prior to accessing the virtual classroom, technicians must complete the prerequisite NGV Essentials and Safety Practices, which is delivered on-demand through our e-learning platform.

    What is E-Learning?

    Our interactive e-learning courses are professionally developed and produced, and the content is identical to our live training. Once your enrollment is confirmed, the training is available on-demand 24/7 so you can learn at your own pace.

    How Does It Work?

    Technicians receive a login and password that allows them access to the learning management system for up to 30 days. They can work their way through individual modules at their convenience, and once the post-test has been passed, they will access their certificate of completion to print immediately.


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    FOTW #1144: U.S. Energy Savings Due to Light-Duty Plug-In Electric Vehicle Use Estimated at 44.8 Trillion Btu in 2019

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    Due to their efficiency, plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) reduce the amount of energy used by light-duty vehicles compared to their internal combustion engine counterparts. Estimates show that the energy savings in the United States due to light-duty PEVs in 2019 was 44.8 trillion Btu, up 47% from 2018. The reduction of energy use by plug-in electric vehicles translates to a savings of 470 million gallons of gasoline in 2019.

    Notes: Gasoline conversion to Btu using gross heating value 125,000 Btu/gallon. Electricity conversion to Btu using 3,412 Btu/kWh.

    Source: Argonne National Laboratory, Assessment of Light-Duty Plug-In Electric Vehicles in the United States, 2010 – 2019, June 2020.

    Fact #1144 Dataset

    READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE


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    EV Sales Trends: Covid-19 Implications

    By Samantha Breaux and Jacob Holt, LCF Interns

    It is no question that the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the world’s economy this year. Across the globe, countries are struggling to stimulate their economies and return to normalcy. What does this mean for electric vehicle (EV) sales in the coming years? A few reports, including one from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, have suggested that sales will fall throughout the 2020 year but ultimately return to new growth by 2021.

    COVID-19 Forecasted Impact on EV Sales

    Between April and May, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the country, research companies began looking into the short and long-term implications of the economic downturn on EV sales. Wood Mackenzie was one of the first to comment, predicting a 43% drop in sales by the end of 2020. A few weeks later, Bloomberg New Energy Finance posted three potential scenarios for EV sales, deciding that the most likely outcome is that 2020 global sales fall 18%. Both companies have suggested that sales will begin to grow in 2021, returning to the 2019 value by 2025. Long term trends suggest this will result in an unchanged trajectory compared to those developed pre-pandemic. Perhaps the most optimistic projection comes from the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Global EV Outlook 2020, which estimates that EV sales of passenger and commercial light-duty vehicles will remain broadly at 2019 levels, based on sales data from January to April 2020.

    Explanations for Decrease in EV Sales

    Other experts have turned to platforms, such as Green Car Reports, to discuss possible causes for the expected decrease in sales. One common explanation is that the economic downturn has resulted in consumer uncertainty surrounding future income and economic stability. Car purchases represent a large financial investment that buyers are unwilling to take right now.

    Automakers will also be responsible for the forecasted decrease in sales as delays in highly anticipated EV releases are expected. Due to pandemic-related shutdowns and poor economic conditions, many companies have delayed the release of their electric vehicles. This includes the Ford Mustang Mach-E and GM’s electric vehicles. Along with this, the Trump administration announced its Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) rule in late March requiring a 1.5% annual improvement in fleet emissions from 2021 to 2026. This standard is relaxed from the previous 5% annual increase requirement, and it loosens industry incentives to meet emission standards through EV or hybrid vehicles. This federal policy that undercuts California’s authority to maintain more stringent emissions standards has been challenged in courts by a group of 23 states, beginning in September 2019. As these policy disputes are resolved, the impact of the resulting emissions policies will become more predictable.

    Opportunities for an Increase in EV Sales

    Though companies across the industry agree that EV sales will take a hit this year, there are notable opportunities for an increase in sales due to the global pandemic and resulting economic downturn. As Advanced Clean Tech (ACT) News points out, traditional truck makers have existing product lines that cannot support themselves when experiencing cash flow issues from closures and low demand. Electric truck startups, however, often ride on venture capital. They don’t have physical capital to support today, so they are less likely to be impacted by economic slowdown. Instead, companies can focus on research and intellectual property development while production is halted. Other company incentives to start or continue EV development include low interest rates when borrowing money. This gives fleets a lower-cost opportunity to take a chance and begin familiarizing themselves with electric vehicles.

    It is also important to note that several automakers have already expressed their desires to be carbon neutral. This is led by government incentives, such as those announced by France to support sales of lower-emission vehicles with coronavirus corporate bailout money, as well as a recent shift in investor attitudes. As companies begin seeing the positive economic impacts of carbon-neutrality, the shift towards electrification of vehicles will continue.

    What This Means for Louisiana

    Specifically in Louisiana, economists are discussing what could be an economic downturn worse than the one experienced after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In 2005, our state’s unemployment rate peaked at about 242,330 citizens, but this number was surpassed in April of this year for a peak unemployment of 291,286 people. Based on this, it is reasonable to predict that the decline in EV sales will be seen in Louisiana as well because consumer income stability has been impacted. By applying the global trend predicted by BloombergNEF and Wood Mackenzie, Louisiana Clean Fuels has forecasted that the projected EV ownership by 2040 in Louisiana will fall from 1.6 million to 1.55 million EVs. This number still represents nearly half of all vehicle registrations in Louisiana by 2040, in line with current overall US projections. This means a relatively low-impact for the long-term electrification of transportation, but short-term sales may be more seriously burdened.

    Figure 1: Long term EV ownership projections in Louisiana show a period of exponential growth that begins near 2030, despite potential drops in EV sales this year due to COVID-19. Long term estimates are impacted by many factors that are relatively unpredictable, but most models show this trend in long term growth globally.

    By 2024 and using the BNEF estimates, total EV ownership in Louisiana could be as low as 5,000 EV, or half of what pre-COVID projections show; however, this number is still twice as many EVs as the 2,400 registered in Louisiana in 2019, and BNEF projections estimate that the exponentially increasing trend in EV sales will continue by 2025 as battery costs decrease and range and consumer confidence increase. Light-duty commercial or government fleets in Louisiana are best poised to avoid these short term impacts by seeking incentives to offset the cost of EV charging equipment. If the best case scenario projected by the IEA is achieved instead, there will be no significant decrease in EV sales, and short term impacts to Louisiana would be minimal.

    Figure 2: This middle case for short term EV ownership projections represents the BNEF estimate that EV sales will drop 18% in 2020 and recover to 2019 levels by 2025. While 2024 levels in Louisiana are about half of what we expected before COVID-19, this still represents a doubling of EV in the state, and the exponential growth of sales will likely resume by 2025.

    Learn More

    To learn more about post-pandemic projections, please visit the following sites:

    https://www.woodmac.com/press-releases/global-electric-vehicle-sales-to-drop-43-in-2020/

    https://about.bnef.com/blog/electric-vehicle-sales-to-fall-18-in-2020-but-long-term-prospects-remain-undimmed/

    https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1127796_will-oil-prices-and-post-pandemic-hesitation-hit-ev-sales-harder-than-general-market

    https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1127654_trump-epa-lowers-gas-mileage-targets-increases-vehicle-emissions

    https://www.act-news.com/news/electric-trucks-present-a-covid-19-opportunity/

    https://www.iea.org/reports/global-ev-outlook-2020

     


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    Legislative Update: Moving Forward Act

    The Clean Fuels Community’s Guide to the Moving Forward Act 

    H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, is a $1.5 trillion plan to overhaul American infrastructure, with provisions including improvements for roads and bridges, transit systems, housing, schools, the U.S. Postal Service, drinking water systems, broadband, and clean energy. As of July 1, 2020, the Act has passed the House of Representatives.

    The bill’s provisions related to clean energy include a large amount of funding and incentives dedicated to facilitating the purchase of clean fuels and vehicles and the development of alternative fueling infrastructure. Important provisions are highlighted below.

    Key Funding and Grants:

    • The Act authorizes $50 million for the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, the program to which Louisiana Clean Fuels belongs, for fiscal year 2021. The authorization would increase each year to $100 million by 2025.
    • The Act provides $350 million a year in competitive grants for alternative fueling infrastructure. 
      • The primary criteria for grant selection is the extent to which the infrastructure would decrease GHG emissions and air pollution. Infrastructure must also be on established FHWA corridors.
      • Grant recipients are also not permitted to charge fees for use of a project assisted by the grant.
    • The Act establishes competitive Community Climate Innovation grants of $250 million per year for local investments in innovative strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
      • In addition to effective GHG emission reduction, prioritized projects are ones that are cost-effective, provide diverse transportation options, and consider accessibility, environmental justice, and equity. 
    • The Act authorizes $3.5 billion per year through 2025 for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants, which can be used broadly at the local level to implement strategies to advance alternative fuels, vehicles, and infrastructure.
    • The Act requires the Postal Service to replace at least 75% of its fleet with electric or zero emission vehicles and authorizes at least $6 billion for the purchase of new vehicles.
      • Post Offices open to the public would also be required to install EV charging stations by 2026.

     

    Key Tax Incentives:

    • The Act extends the tax incentives for biodiesel and for natural gas and propane.
      • The Act extends the production tax credit (PTC), which allows energy producers to claim a credit based on the amount of energy derived from renewable energy resources, for facilities beginning construction by the end of 2025.
      • The investment tax credit (ITC) allows taxpayers to claim a 30% credit of the cost of qualified energy property. The Act extends this credit to properties beginning construction by the end of 2025, and then phases out over the next few years. Biogas producers will be newly eligible for this credit where they produce biogas with at least 52% methane for productive use, such as electricity generation. 
      • Income and excise tax credits will be extended for biodiesel and biodiesel mixtures at $1.00 per gallon through 2022, and the credit phases down to $0.75 in 2023, $0.50 in 2024, expiring in 2025 at $0.33.
      • The Alternative Fuel Excise Tax Credit will be extended for alternative fuels and alternative fuel mixtures at the pre-expiration level of $0.50 per gallon through 2022 and phased down to $0.38 in 2023, $0.25 in 2024, and $0.17 in 2025 when it expires.
    • The Act extends the tax credit for alternative fueling infrastructure through 2025 and expands the credit for electric charging infrastructure by allowing a 20% credit for expenses in excess of $100,000. 
      • This expansion would begin in 2021. 
      • Though the EV infrastructure credit is uncapped, the vehicle refueling property must be intended for general public use and allow for payments with a credit card or charge no fee, or it must be intended for exclusive use by government and commercial fleets.
    • The Act increases the production cap for the electric vehicle tax credit to 600,000 per manufacturer.
      • Under the current plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit, once a manufacturer sells 200,000 plug-in electric vehicles, the tax credit available to purchasers begins to phase out, becoming lower each quarter and expiring after five quarters.
      • Under the new provision, the tax credit will be reduced by $500 when the manufacturer has sold 200,000 to 600,000 vehicles (the transition period). The credit phases out in the second quarter after a manufacturer sells 600,000 vehicles. When phase out begins, the credit is reduced by 50% for one quarter, and then expires.
    • The Act authorizes tax credit for zero emission heavy vehicles and buses.
      • Manufacturers will receive credit for the sale of zero emission heavy vehicles (at least 14,000 pounds) from the date of enactment through the end of 2025. The credit is 10% of the sales price, capped at $100,000 per sale. 
      • To be eligible, vehicles must be for domestic use and be powered by an electric motor and no internal combustion engine.
    • The Act creates a new tax credit for buyers of used plug-in electric vehicles.
      • The base credit is $1,250 for qualified EVs, and possible additional incentive for battery capacity. The credit is capped at 30% of the sale price.
      • Buyers with up to $30,000 ($60,000 married filing jointly) adjusted gross income (AGI) can claim the full credit. For buyers with more than $30,000 AGI, the credit is reduced by $250 for every $1,000 over $30,000.
      • Assuming the Act passes, qualifying for the credit may prove difficult. Used EVs must meet existing requirements for new EVs, be under $25,000, be a model year within two years prior to the date of sale, and be purchased from a dealership. Further, the credit only applies to the first resale, and sales between relatives have further restrictions. 

     

    Key Programs Created or Expanded:

    • The Act reauthorizes DERA, the diesel emissions reduction program, at $500 million a year. 
      • The DERA is an existing program administered by the EPA that funds projects aimed at diesel emissions reduction.
    • The Act reauthorizes the Clean School Bus Program at $65 million a year through 2025.
      • $15 million is designated for replacing or retrofitting buses that serve disadvantaged communities.
    • The Act establishes a pilot program for the electrification of certain refrigerated vehicles. The program would provide grants, rebates, or low-cost loans to eligible entities.
    • The Act creates a $500 million a year Zero Emissions Ports Infrastructure Program. 
      • The program is funded through 2030 and assists ports and port users in replacing cargo handling equipment, port harbor craft, drayage trucks, and other equipment with clean or zero emissions technology.
      • A minimum of 25% of this funding will go to areas in non-attainment status.
      • A portion of this funding will also be used to help ports develop clean microgrids that directly power their facilities with cleaner energy.

     

    Several other bills have been introduced with clean energy and alternative fuels in mind. America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (S.2302) would fund alternative fueling infrastructure and reauthorize the DERA program. It has been introduced in the Senate. Similarly, the Clean Corridors Act of 2019 (S.674, H.R.2616) would award grants to government entities and planning organizations for the installation of electric vehicle charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors, like the one in Louisiana. The bill has been introduced in both the House and Senate. 

    The Moving Forward Act has been characterized as the House’s first offer in infrastructure-related negotiations. While smaller bills like the Clean Corridors Act or the Transportation Infrastructure Act may be passed on their own, a larger infrastructure package like the Moving Forward Act may be drafted by the Senate as a counteroffer to the House’s act, or sweeping reforms beneficial to the alternative fuels sector may wait until Congress’s next session. In either case, it seems there will be some federal aid for alternative fuels infrastructure in the near future. 

    Sources:

    House Summary of each section of the Moving Forward Act

    National Law Review: House of Representatives Passes Sweeping Infrastructure Bill

    Forbes: Moving Forward Act is a $1.5 Trillion Congressional Bill that Loves Electric Vehicles

    American Biomass Council: Moving Forward Act can Boost Biogas Industry




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    Louisiana Clean Fuels Seeks Nominations for the Katry Martin Award

    Awards Ceremony to be held November 5, 2020, at the LCF 20th Anniversary Gala and Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards

    Every two years, LCF honors one person whose kindness, positive attitude, and passion for alternative fuels sets them apart from their peers. The award's namesake, Katry Martin, served as the Executive Director of St. Landry Parish Solid Waste. Under his leadership, St Landry Parish was the first landfill in Louisiana to successfully commission, operate and monetize Environmental Attributes. While many others talked about the merits of carbon offsets, St. Landry Parish planned and executed. Additionally, St. Landry Parish was one of the first to build, own and operate a Renewable Natural Gas (CNG) Project at the landfill. This project is the template for smaller RNG (CNG) Projects on a global basis. Katry was revered for being a visionary who was also able to take his ideas and put them into practice.

    LCF awarded Katry and St. Landry with the Innovative Project award at our 15th Anniversary Celebration in 2015, something that he was extremely proud of. Anyone who met him knew him to be a kind, humble, and passionate man who was responsible for dreaming up and making St. Landry's groundbreaking RNG facility a reality. Katry passed away on October 10, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer. The Katry Martin Award serves as a chance for LCF to honor his legacy and recognize his contributions to alternative fuels.

    Winner of the First-Ever Katry Martin Award in 2018:  Faltery "F.J." Jolivette

    Anyone who has ever met F.J. will understand why he was selected to honor his former boss as the first-ever winner of the Katry Martin Award. His kindness, humility, and passion for his job set him apart from his peers and endear him to everyone he meets. As the operator of St. Landry Parish Solid Waste's landfill gas to renewable natural gas facility, F.J. has been an integral part of the renewable natural gas industry for many years. His incredible work at St. Landry has been recognized across the nation and internationally – he once gave a presentation in Africa on the use of landfill gas as a vehicle fuel! His industry leadership has kept St. Landry's project thriving since 2012, and he truly exemplifies the qualities that were so well-loved in Katry Martin.

     

    LCF is asking for nominations of one individual in Louisiana whose character and contribution to Clean Cities, alternative fuels, petroleum and/or emissions reduction honors the legacy and spirit of Katry Martin.

    Nominations for the 2020 Katry Martin Award are due Friday, September 4, 2020.

    submit a nomination

    Note: Louisiana Clean Fuels staff are not eligible for this award.


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    LCF Staff Pick: Top 5 tools on the AFDC

    By Samantha Breax, LCF Intern

    Whether you’re working at home, looking for data from the office, or interested in starting your alternative fuel journey, the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides free access to all of the tools you need. As an unbiased resource from the US Department of Energy, AFDC offers calculators, interactive maps, and data searches to assist fleets, fuel providers, and the everyday driver in advancing alternative fuel and energy-efficient efforts.

    To access their entire collection of tools, visit https://afdc.energy.gov/tools.

    Here are five of our favorite AFDC tools:

    1) Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection Tool (EVI-Pro) Lite

    This calculator provides an estimate of how many public electric vehicle chargers would be necessary in a given state/urban area to support EV adoption. Along with its recommendation, it provides the number of currently available chargers and next-steps for new stations.

    View the EVI-Pro Lite Tool

    2) Alternative Fueling Station Locator

    The Alternative Fueling Station map shows public fueling stations across the United States and Canada. It includes mapping for all alternative fuels, including electric, CNG, LNG, propane, biodiesel, hydrogen, and ethanol. For private fleets, private fueling stations can also be located, along with unavailable and planned stations, by using the advanced filters option. The route mapping feature allows you to plan travel with fueling stops in mind.

    View the Station Locator

    3) Vehicle Cost Calculator

    This tool allows you to compare the cost of ownership, annual fuel and electricity use, and expected emissions between up to 8 vehicles simultaneously. Basic information about your driving habits is used to calculate costs and emissions for makes and models of most vehicles manufactured since 2005.

    View the vehicle cost calculator

    4) AFLEET tool 

    The AFLEET tool uses data from Argonne National Labs’ GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) to calculate a fleet’s petroleum use, greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, and cost of ownership. The spreadsheet uses simple inputs such as vehicle type, year, and mileage to calculate emissions per year and per vehicle lifetime. The most recent version allows for analysis of off-road equipment as well as light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles. This tool is for those who are comfortable with and are well versed in Excel. If you would like assistance with this tool, please email us at [email protected].

    View the AFLEET tool


    5) State Information

    The State Information data search pulls information for your state about laws and incentives, fueling stations, Clean Cities Coalitions, fuel prices, vehicle emissions, and more. It contains links to other tools provided by AFDC, such as the Clean Cities Coalitions Locator and Laws and Incentives Search, acting as a one-stop shop for all state-wide information. 

    View state information

    learn more on the AFDC website


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    Baton Rouge Bikeshare Program Seeing Success Despite COVID-19

    By Olivia Montgomery, LCF Intern

    Across the country, cities are rethinking the way they invest in transportation infrastructure. Baton Rouge in particular has joined a growing list of cities investing in bikeshare programs, one piece of a larger trend of services known as shared micromobility, which generally refers to share programs offering bikes, scooters, or e-bikes. Gotcha bikes, offered in the Baton Rouge area, are e-bikes that allow the rider to pedal or coast with the electric motor.

    From a sustainability perspective, these programs offer a great way to reduce automobile use by providing a quick and easy means of transportation for those rides that are too short for a drive and too long for a conventional bike. More broadly, bikeshare programs also offer economic benefits in that they can encourage economic development in certain areas, expand the reach of current public transit options, and improve public health.

    How to Ride

    As of July 2019, Gotcha bikes are available to rent on a pay-per-minute basis in Baton Rouge. Riders can download the Gotcha app to sign up, find docking station locations, and scan the bike to pay and ride. Once finished, riders can deposit the bike at any other station in the city. There are 17 locations downtown, in addition to stations near LSU, Southern University, and the Perkins Road overpass. The cost to rent is currently a $2 fee, plus $.10 per minute, or riders can purchase yearly or monthly subscriptions.

    Current Success

    According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials, the number of shared micromobility rides doubled from 2017 to 2018. Today, COVID-19 seems to be aiding the trend of growth. Nationwide, cities have closed streets or limited their capacity to create more space for socially distanced foot and bike traffic and to reduce reliance upon crowded public transit, naturally creating more demand for bikeshare rides.

    Though Baton Rouge has not made major changes to traffic flow, the impact of COVID-19 on bikeshare rides is similar in the capital area. On May 4, 2020, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s newsletter reported “Ridership is up 213% overall even though LSU students are no longer on campus. Trips per day had grown to nearly 600 on April 26, when the bikeshare company reported its latest activity. Weekly active riders soared to 1,500 in late April from less than 100 before COVID-19.”

    Some see this moment as an opportunity for changes that last beyond the pandemic. Former New York City transit commissioner Jannette Sadik-Kahn recently stated that this is a “once-in-a-lifetime chance to change course and repair the damage from a century of car-focused streets.” Coincidentally, one challenge Baton Rouge faces in growing its bikeshare program is the lack of comfortable bike paths and trails throughout the city. In fact, there are few, if any, comfortable trails connecting the clusters of docking stations throughout the city (i.e. LSU or Southern to downtown). Further, the City’s Bike Share Business and Implementation Plan includes expanding docking locations into different areas in a series of phases. However, one must ask how beneficial bikeshare access will be in areas with no sidewalks or bike lanes.

    Considering the increased demand for bikeshare rides, further strengthened by the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time for Baton Rouge streets to become more bike-friendly. Over time, as shared micromobility increases, the positive impact on the city’s carbon emissions, car-congested streets, and more will become apparent.

    For more information, check out the following resources:

    Baton Rouge Ride Gotcha

    Baton Rouge's bike-sharing program sees dramatic uptick in ridership amid coronavirus pandemic

    COVID-19 Reveals How Micromobility Can Build Resilient Cities

    Webinars on COVID-19 and Micromobility

    Biking Provides a Critical Lifeline During the Coronavirus Crisis 


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    FOTW #1138: New Light-Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy in the United States Has Nearly Doubled Since 1975

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    From 1975 to 2019, fuel economy for all new light-duty vehicles produced for sale in the United States has increased from an average of 13.1 miles per gallon (mpg) to 25.5 mpg, a 95% increase. This is a significant improvement considering the new vehicle mix has recently shifted heavily towards SUVs and pickups, which generally have lower fuel economy than cars. The car SUV category showed the most improvement from 1975 to 2019 with a 143% increase in fuel economy. Cars, truck SUVs and vans each increased by more than 100% in that same time frame, while pickups increased by 63%.

    Note: Data for 2019 are preliminary. Data are production weighted. The “Car SUV” category includes 2-wheel drive SUV with inertia weight of 4,000 lb. or less.

    Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2019 EPA Automotive Trends Report, EPA-420-R-20-006, March 2020.

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    Wheels Keep Turning on Innovations for More Efficient and Clean Vehicles

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    While approximately 30% of today’s new cars can boast fuel economy of at least 30 miles per gallon, there is still the opportunity for further efficiency gains. In addition, while trucks make up just 4% of all U.S. automobiles, they account for more than 25% of transportation-related fuel consumption, and diesel averages 44 cents more per gallon than gasoline.

    Top scientists, engineers, and analysts with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative are examining how simultaneous improvements to fuels and engines can improve efficiency and reduce emissions and costs of the entire on-road fleet, including light-duty (LD), medium-duty (MD), and heavy-duty (HD) internal combustion vehicles that are likely to make up the majority of the U.S. automotive market for decades to come.

    After completing a major body of research focused on turbocharged spark ignition engines in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, Co-Optima’s FY2019 LD research and development (R&D) shifted focus to multimode solutions that employ multiple engine operating modes to maximize engine efficiency and fuel economy. A new report highlights the most significant Co-Optima R&D accomplishments from FY 2019, with details on findings that straddle LD, MD, and HD technologies.

    Co-Optima is jointly sponsored by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies and Vehicle Technologies offices. Partners include nine National Laboratories, along with more than 20 university and industry partners.

    Get more details on the report and learn more about the Co-Optima initiative.

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    SWEPCO's Level 2 Home EV Charging Station Rebate Program

    Electric vehicle owners in Southwestern Electric Power Company's (SWEPCO) territory could receive payment for installing a Level 2 electric vehicle charger in their homes. SWEPCO is now offering a new $250 rebate for their residential customers "who own or rent a single-family home" and "install an ENERGY STAR-certified Level 2 EV Charging Station." Currently, the rebate is available for SWEPCO customers in Louisiana and Texas, and SWEPCO is hoping to offer the rebate to Arkansas customers in the future.

    To qualify for the rebate, customers must install the ENERGY STAR-certified Level 2 charging station and save their receipt for proof of purchase. According to SWEPCO, qualifying ENERGY STAR-certified Level 2 EV Charging Stations can be purchased "online, from a local retailer or a dealership." You can learn more about ENERGY STAR-certified chargers on the ENERGY STAR website.

    Important to note are the rules of the rebate program, which can be found on SWEPCO's website. These rules specify that the rebate is limited to two Level 2 EV Charging Station per home and that funding is limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The rebate also only applies to charging stations installed in 2020, and application information "must be submitted within 30 days of equipment installation and set up."

    SWEPCO customers who wish to learn more about the rebate program can find more information on SWEPCO's Rebate Program page. Customers wishing to claim the rebate should fill out SWEPCO's online application.

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