Louisiana Clean Fuels Coordinator, Ann Vail, Inducted into Clean Cities Hall of Fame

U.S. Department of Energy Honors Louisiana Leader for Advancing Affordable, Domestic Fuels and Technologies in Transportation

BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored Louisiana Clean Fuels Coordinator Ann Vail for her dedication and outstanding accomplishments in working to advance alternative fuels and advanced vehicles in transportation. DOE’s National Clean Cities Director Dennis Smith and Co-Director Linda Bluestein inducted Vail into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 7, while at the Florida Solar Energy Center, where representatives from nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions from across the country gathered for the 2018 Clean Cities Coordinator Training Workshop.

Vail has been the coordinator of the Louisiana Clean Fuels coalition for nearly a decade, and her accomplishments during that time have been extensive. In 2016 alone, her coalition had an impact in energy use greater than 8.5 million gasoline gallon equivalents and averted more than 48,800 tons of emissions through projects focused on alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, idle reduction, and fuel economy improvements.

“Her enthusiasm for the work makes us all strive to do better … be better.” Smith said.

As a coordinator, Vail has garnered the support of both the state and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuels Partnership. Shortly after assuming the role as coordinator, she successfully expanded the coalition’s territory in Louisiana and has expertly guided Louisiana Clean Fuels' stakeholder base through dramatic growth. This has led to significant gains in reported alternative fuel use from mere thousands in 2012 to upwards of 8 million gallons per year. She has also been a staunch advocate of ensuring the continued operation of a landfill gas operation in Louisiana.

More recently, Vail has been actively involved with the state of Louisiana’s planning efforts for the Volkswagen Settlement, including extending her expertise to their state website, mitigation plan, and public notices. 

From left to right: Dennis Smith, Linda Bluestien, Ann Vail, Mark Smith.

Louisiana Clean Fuels is a designated member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions. Clean Cities coalitions foster the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies. For more information, visit and

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The U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and MathWorks Launch EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2018 –The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks today announced the launch of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, the latest DOE-sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) revealing the 12 competing universities and the Chevrolet Blazer as the vehicle platform selected for the competition. 

The headline sponsors are the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors, and MathWorks, and the challenge is managed by Argonne National Laboratory, making EcoCAR the ultimate training ground for future leaders in the automotive industry.  

“The future of transportation and mobility is evolving and bringing forth new technologies, challenges, and opportunities” said Acting Assistant Secretary, Cathy Tripodi. “The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge allows students to develop innovative technologies to keep America at the forefront of this changing landscape and provide consumers convenient, cost-effective options for personal mobility.”

EcoCAR is a collegiate automotive competition aimed at developing a highly skilled, domestic workforce by providing hands-on experience designing and building next-generation mobility solutions to meet our nation’s future energy and mobility challenges. Participating teams will apply advanced propulsion systems, electrification, SAE Level 2 automation, and vehicle connectivity to improve the energy efficiency of a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer - all while balancing factors such as emissions, safety, utility, and consumer acceptability.  SAE Level 2 automation refers to a vehicle that combines automated functions, like acceleration and steering, but the driver must remain engaged with the driving task and monitor the environment at all times.

EcoCAR teams will use onboard sensors and wireless communication from the vehicles surrounding environment to improve overall operation efficiency in the connected urban environment of the future. 

General Motors will provide each team with a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, which they have four years to design, integrate and refine into a new, advanced technology, energy-efficient mobility solution for the carsharing market. Teams will follow a real-world vehicle development process to meet rigorous technical constraints throughout the four-year competition, which will conclude in the summer of 2022.

“We continue to support EcoCAR because students gain tremendous technical insights, leadership skills and hands-on experience while competing in AVTCs,” said Dan Nicholson, GM vice president, Global Propulsion Systems. “The challenges and solutions these students will develop working with their Chevrolet Blazers align with GM’s path to zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.”

A foundational principle of EcoCAR is the use of Model-Based Design, a mathematical and visual design approach using MATLAB and Simulink that enables users to quickly and cost-effectively manage projects, collaborate on designs, and develop complex embedded systems.

“EcoCAR serves as an experimental laboratory, where students get to play and learn with real world tools and technologies that will help them secure jobs and build careers,” said Lauren Tabolinsky, academic program manager, MathWorks. “We are excited to once again partner with the DOE and GM in supporting this next generation of engineers as they adopt multi-disciplinary design and development approaches to experiment, fine-tune and succeed in this challenge.”

To be successful, universities will need to recruit a diverse team of students and faculty, spanning many engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, computer and software engineering, as well as communications, marketing and project management. This multi-disciplinary emphasis imitates a real-world automotive industry environment and provides graduates the technical and leadership skills needed to enter the field fully prepared for careers that will help shape the energy and mobility industry for years to come.

The participating universities include:

  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL)
  • Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA)
  • McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
  • Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS)
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)

“EcoCAR puts students in the driver’s seat of their education by providing hands-on, technical training mirroring the real-world product development process of a General Motors vehicle,” said Kristen Wahl, director of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) program at Argonne National Laboratory. “In the face of increasing global competition, EcoCAR showcases North America’s best and brightest students in STEM and exemplifies American competitiveness in automotive engineering.”

EcoCAR builds on a proud 30-year history of DOE AVTCs that exemplify the power of public-private partnerships in providing invaluable hands-on skills to promising, young minds ready to enter the workforce. AVTCs influence and shape engineering curriculum at the university level to cultivate future transportation leaders and enhance the North American engineering workforce.

Other participating sponsors include: NXP Semiconductors, Inc.; National Science Foundation; Intel Corporation; American Axle Manufacturing; Robert Bosch, LLC; PACCAR, Inc.; dSPACE, Inc.; Siemens PLM Software; Denso International America; Horiba; Delphi Technologies; California Air Resources Board; Proterra, Inc; tesa Tape; Vector North America, Inc.; The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.

For more information about the student engineering program, the participating schools or the competition sponsors, please visit

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2018 Louisiana Clean Fuels Award Ceremony

2018 LCF Fall Stakeholder Meeting and Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards

LCF is happy to share the award winners from the Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards with you! 

2018 Top Performing Fleets:

Ferrel Gas - 975.9 tons of GHG Emissions Reduced in 2017

Ivan Smith Furniture - 191.1 tons of GHG Emissions Reducted in 2017

St. Landry Parish Solid Waste - 1,748.1 tons of GHG Emissions Reduced in 2017

Waste Management - 276.2 tons of GHG Emissions Reduced in 2017 

2018 Rising Star:

Stone Oil

2018 Clean Fuel Champion:

Republic Services

2018 Trail Blazer:


2018 Utility of the Year:


Top Performing School District:

Lafourche Parish School District

2018 Katry Martin Award:

F.J. Jolivette - St. Landry Parish Solid Waste







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David Schaller with North American Council for Freight Efficiency to speak at LCF Fall Stakeholder Meeting | Oct 25th

"I don't like to save money" said no one, ever.

The trucking industry runs on efficiency, whether it is the efficiency to extend the range of an alternative fueled vehicle or one of the many ways that diesel powered trucks can raise their MPG’s (aerodynamics, powertrains, idle reduction, tires, inflation systems…).  The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is focused on helping fleets and dealers create more efficient operations.  Dave Schaller will be speaking at our Fall Stakeholder Meeting regarding the reports, tools and benchmarking that NACFE makes available to the transportation industry.  In 2017 for example, NACFE conducted a “Run On Less” demonstration with 7 fleets that utilized only production options on tractors and trailers that averaged 10.1 MPG over the course of 17 days.  Recent NACFE reports cover areas such as electric vehicles, platooning and solar panels.  

Attend the Louisiana Clean Fuels Fall Stakeholder Meeting on October 25th in Baton Rouge and find out how NACFE can help you rapidly benchmark your fleet to cut your fuel expenses.

This event is free and open to the public. LMTA and LCF Members encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required.


Learn more about NACFE

Helping fleets Run On Less

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EPA's Clean Diesel School Bus Rebate Program is open for application!

2018 EPA School Bus Rebate Program

Over $9 million available

Application Submission Deadline Approaching

November 6, 2018

EPA to offer rebates in addition to grants to reduce harmful emissions from older, dirtier diesel vehicles. The rebate program has funded vehicle replacements or retrofits for over one thousand vehicles to date. Typically, the rebate application period opens in the fall and projects are completed in less than one year.

2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Program

School buses travel over four billion miles each year, providing the safest transportation to and from school for more than 25 million American children every day. However, diesel exhaust from these buses has a negative impact on human health, especially for children, who have a faster breathing rate than adults and whose lungs are not yet fully developed.

The 2018 School Bus Rebate Program will offer over $9 million to public and private fleet owners for the replacement of old diesel school buses with new buses certified to EPA’s cleanest emission standards. EPA will award selected applicants $15,000-20,000 per bus for scrapping and replacing old buses. 

Important Dates

Activity Date
2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Program opens. EPA begins accepting applications with scans of titles and registrations submitted to Monday, October 1, 2018
Webinar for applicants:
Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
Access Code: 210 7951#
Thursday, October 11, 2018
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET 
Deadline for submitting application questions to helpline Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Deadline for emailing applications with scans of bus titles and registrations to
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

4 p.m. ET

Official selection letters emailed to selectees  and wait-list posted online January 2019 (estimated)
Deadline for submitting copies of purchase orders for replacement buses April 2019 (estimated)
Deadline for submitting documentation of delivery of replacement buses and scrappage of old buses. EPA will send rebate payment within one month of receipt of complete materials.  September 2019

Rebate Application Form and Supporting Documents

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be updated weekly during the application period. Questions and answers submitted through October 30, including those from the webinar, will be added to this document.

Eligible Entities

  • Regional, state, or tribal agency that has jurisdiction over transportation and air quality, including school districts and municipalities
  • Private entities that operate school buses under a contract with an entity listed above
  • Fleets with up to 100 school buses may submit one application listing up to 10 buses for scrappage and replacement
  • Fleets with more than 100 school buses may submit up to two rebate applications, each listing up to 10 different buses for scrappage and replacement

Selection Process

  • Applicants will be selected in a lottery, with at least one selectee from each state/territory represented in the applicant pool.

Eligible Old School Buses to be Replaced

  • Used to transport 10+ pre-primary, primary, or secondary school students to school or homes
  • Driven 10k or more miles over the last 12 months or in use 3+ days/week during the school year
  • Owned by applicant without any active liens
  • Class 3-8 diesel-powered buses [greater than 10,000 lb Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)]
  • Buses powered by 2006 or older model year engines must be replaced with buses powered by a 2017 or newer model year engine
  • Engine and chassis must be scrapped before receiving rebate payment

Eligible Replacement Buses

  • Powered by a 2017 or newer model year engine. Eligible replacement buses may operate on diesel, gasoline, battery, or alternative fuels.
  • Operate in a similar manner and over similar routes as the bus being replaced
  • Be purchased, not leased or leased-to-own 
  • Rebate reimbursement is $15,000 for replacement buses between 10,001-19,500 lbs. GVWR and $20,000 for replacement buses with GVWR of 19,501 lbs. or higher

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DOE Teams Up to Advance Natural Gas Vehicle Research

Natural Gas Powered Heavy Duty TruckLiterally and figuratively, vehicles are driving the U.S. economy. Vehicles transport 11 billion tons of freight annually, which is about $35 billion worth of goods each day,[1] and Americans drive more than 3 trillion vehicle-miles per year.[2]  As the transportation sector continues to grow, diversified affordable solutions will ensure resiliency and affordability, while meeting increasing energy demands. Natural gas is poised to play a key role as a versatile, low-emission fuel and is an increasingly attractive alternative to conventional diesel fuel.

To help advance natural gas vehicle technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), California Energy Commission, and South Coast Air Quality Management District have partnered to launch a research effort to drive past technical barriers to the increased use of natural gas for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles.

As part of this effort, NREL issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to award up to $11 million for projects that focus on: (1) reducing the cost natural gas vehicles, (2) increasing vehicle efficiency, and (3) advancing new innovative medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engine designs. This RFP builds on the lessons-learned from the partners’ broad experiences in natural gas vehicle technologies.

Projects selected through this solicitation will complement Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) research started in FY 2017 to improve the performance, reliability, durability, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency of natural gas vehicles. VTO’s work and the RFP announced today build are informed through stakeholder outreach and workshops to identify key research needs. Cost-effectively achieving diesel-like efficiency in natural gas engines, while meeting emissions standards, will improve the viability of natural gas fueled medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

For more information about the RFP, please visit.


[1] Bureau of Transportation Statistics, DOT, Transportation Statistics Annual Report 2017, Table 3-1. )

[2] Transportation Energy Data Book 36th Edition, ORNL, 2017. Table 3.7 Shares of Highway Vehicle-Miles Traveled by Vehicle Type, 1970-2015.

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FOTW #1046: The Average Household Vehicle Was Driven 10,200 Miles in 2017

The average of all household vehicles driven in 2017 was 10,200 miles. Newer vehicles are typically driven more miles than older vehicles. Vehicles with ages of one to five years all average over 12,000 miles per year. The vehicles that are over nine years old average 7,800 miles per year.

Average annual miles per vehicle by vehicle age in 2017

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, National Household Travel Survey website, accessed June 6, 2018.

Fact #1046 Dataset

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Transportation Analysis Fact of the Week #1045

77%-82% of Energy Put into an Electric Car is Used to Move the Car Down the Road

Unlike conventionally fueled vehicles, electric vehicles experience a loss of energy during “refueling,” with an energy loss of about 16% from the wall power to the battery during charging. However, electric vehicles are otherwise highly efficient delivering 60%-65% of the energy from the wall power to the road even before energy is reclaimed through regenerative braking. When energy gains from regenerative braking are included, the amount of energy used for traveling down the road can rise to more than 80% in the EPA-combined city and highway driving cycle.

Energy Requirements for Combined City/Highway Driving - Electric Vehicles

Source: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Fuel Economy Guide website.

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EERE Fact of the Week #1044

Transportation Analysis Fact of the Week #1044

August 27, 2018

12-30% of Energy Put into a Conventional Car is Used to Move the Car Down the Road

Not all of the fuel that is put into a car's fuel tank is used to move the car down the road. In fact, only 12-30% of the energy put into a conventional car is use d for that purpose. The rest of the energy is lost to engine inefficiencies or used to power accessories. The amount of energy loss varies depending on the type of driving – city, highway, or combined city and highway. The engine losses, such as exhaust heat and pumping, are higher for city driving than for highway driving. There are no idle losses in highway driving, but losses due to wind resistance and rolling resistance are higher for highway driving than city driving. All in all, there is great potential to improve vehicle fuel efficiencies with advanced technologies, such as hybridization, that address these losses.

Energy Requirements for Combined City/Highway Driving

Source: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Fuel Economy Guide website.

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Louisiana DC Fast Charging Corridor Master Plan


To create a statewide master plan for a DC Fast Charging network along our interstate corridors that also meets the standards for the FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridors signage.


On November 30, 2017, Louisiana submitted its proposal to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for alternative fuel corridors. The state submitted proposals for three fuels along specific sections of our interstate system. On March 8, 2018, the state received notification of the approved signage-ready and signage-pending corridors. The fuels that received approval for corridors signage in Louisiana are CNG, Propane and LNG. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) will now begin work with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD) to have the necessary signage produced so that the corridor is clearly marked.

The Opportunity:

The only fuel that did not qualify for signage was charging for electric vehicles. Under the FHWA guidelines, DC Fast Chargers must be spaced a maximum of 50 miles apart, each within 5 miles of the interstate in order for the corridor to be eligible for signage. To jump start the development of an electric charging corridor along our interstate system, LCF proposes creating a DC Fast Charging Master Plan for the state of Louisiana.

The Plan:

LCF has assembled a team of data experts, OEMs, EVSE experts, electric utilities and MPOs to begin work on a two-part plan. The first part of the Master Plan is to create the business case for potential DC Fast Charging sites that is backed up with comprehensive data which will aid in identifying the best locations for DC Fast Chargers along our interstates. LCF will collect highway data, economic data of the potential sites, and vehicle data from multiple sources along with existing infrastructure. The data will be used to conduct analyses and modeling that will reveal optimal DC Fast Charging sites in Louisiana.

The second part of the Master Plan process is to conduct regional outreach meetings in the different planning commission / MPO territories across the state. Both LCF and LDEQ will host these round table meetings with area businesses, utilities, and elected officials in order to facilitate local acceptance and demand for EVSE charging infrastructure along their critical corridors.

EVSE Site Ranking Criteria

LCF will prioritize locations around the state for possible DC Fast Charging EVSE installations utilizing the Sawatch EVSE siting analytics and site ranking criteria such as, but not limited to:

  • Access to shopping and dining
  • Access to a recreational facility
  • Safety (well-lit, low-crime)
  • Electrical Capacity (408 volt, 3-phase power)
  • Within 5-miles of an Interstate
  • Preferred by utility service provider
  • Preferred by local government
  • Co-located with other Public EVSE
  • Co-located with Tesla Charging
  • Co-located with a hotel
  • Publicly accessible parking garages

How can you help?

Sponsors are being sought to fund the Louisiana Statewide DC Fast Charging Corridor Master Plan. All funds will go directly to paying for Phase 1 of the plan: acquisition of data sets and fees paid to LCF’s contractors for the modeling and analysis of potential sites along our interstate corridor. The completed plan will provide a business case for potential DC Fast Charging host sites. All sponsors will get access to the final plan for three months before the Master Plan is published. Additionally, entities from all sponsorship levels will be invited to participate in the Master Plan committee meetings, regional outreach meetings, and will receive recognition in all press releases and events related to promotion of and/or completion of the study.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Kilowatt Sponsors


Sponsorships for the Master Plan are available in 4 levels:

Terawatt: $50,000 +

  • Top-level logo positioning on cover page of the study
  • Top-level membership with LCF for one year ($5,000 value)
  • Speaking opportunity and top-level sponsorship at the 2018 Fall Clean Fuel Leader Awards or the January 2019 Annual Stakeholder Meeting

Gigawatt: $25,000 +

  • Secondary-level logo positioning on cover page of the study
  • Platinum-level membership with LCF for one year ($2,500 value)
  • Free lunch sponsorship of LCF event of your choice ($300 value)

Megawatt: $10,000 +

  • Tertiary-level logo positioning on cover page of the study
  • Gold-level membership with LCF for one year ($1,000 value)

Kilowatt: $5,000 +

  • Company name listed as a sponsor in the study
  • Silver-level membership in LCF for one year ($500 value)
  • Free exhibit space at an LCF event of your choice ($150 value)

Two ways to donate:

1. PayPal

2. Check
Please make checks payable to Louisiana Clean Fuels and mail to PO Box 1771, Baton Rouge, LA 70821. Please indicate sponsorship level on the check.

More information is available upon request. Email:

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