Transportation Analysis Fact of the Week #1087: Non-Hybrid Stop/Start Systems Were Installed on 35.7% of All Light-Duty Trucks Produced in Model Year 2018

    Source: EERE Fact of the Week

    Stop/start systems are designed to conserve fuel by reducing idle time when a vehicle is stopped. In city driving, where traffic lights are frequent, the stop/start system will shut down the engine as the vehicle comes to a stop and will automatically restart the engine when the brake pedal is released. Hybrid vehicles have always done this but, in recent years, manufacturers have been installing stop/start systems on greater numbers of non-hybrid vehicles as well. In 2012, less than one percent of all cars and light-duty trucks were produced with a non-hybrid stop/start system. Through 2015, cars had the greatest share of stop/start systems installed. After 2015, the greatest share of start/stop systems was installed on light-duty trucks, rising to 35.7% of all light-duty trucks produced in model year (MY) 2018.

    Notes: Data for 2018 are preliminary. The car category includes cars and car sport-utility vehicles. The light-duty truck category includes pickups, vans, and truck sport utility vehicles.

    Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The 2018 EPA Automotive Trends Report: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Fuel Economy, and Technology since 1975, EPA-420-R-19-002, March 2019.

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    LCF Hosts First Responder Training Course for St. George Fire Department

    On May 22 - 24th, 2019, Louisiana Clean Fuels Executive Director and Coordinator Ann Vail hosted a first responder training course for the St. George fire department. The course was designed to teach firefighters how to deal with alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in the event of an emergency situation.

    The course, which covered natural gas, propane, and electric vehicles, was designed to be an introductory and awareness class to help firefighters identify the different types of vehicles and learn about the properties of the various fuels, and the course also included some information on how to handle these kinds of fuels and vehicles. Ann taught three courses a day for three days. The classes were a success; the St. George fire department sent firefighters from four stations in shifts throughout the day with approximately 15 people attending each class.

    It is vital for first responders to have an understanding of AFVs in the event of an emergency. Individual fuels and AFVs have varying safety procedures that can change the way first responders handle the situation. What might be safe for a diesel vehicle in the event of an accident could be a dangerous situation for an AFV and vice versa, and this course was designed to fill in some of those gaps and teach the firefighters some best practices for handling these fuels and vehicle.

    See our First Responder Training May 2019 photo album!

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    Transportation Analysis Fact of the Week #1086: Seventy-five Percent of Plug-in Vehicles Sold in the United States in 2018 Were Made in the United States

    Source: EERE Fact of the Week

    For every year except 2011, the United States has produced the majority of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) sold in the United States. In 2018, the United States produced 75%, Japan 9%, and Germany 5%, while the remaining eight countries listed produced a combined 11%. In 2011, 55% of the PEVs sold in the United States were produced in Japan, 43% in the United States, and 2% in France.

    Note: PEV sales began in December 2010, thus 2011 was the first full year of sales. PEV include both all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Includes sales of light-duty vehicles only.

    Source: Argonne National Laboratory, Assessment of Light-Duty Plug-In Electric Vehicles in the United States, 2010–2018, ANL/ESD-19/2, March 2019.

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    LCF Member Spotlight: SWEPCO

    The Southwestern Electric Power Corporation (SWEPCO) is a subsidiary of American Electric Power. SWEPCO is an electric utility that services customers in northwestern and central Louisiana, western Arkansas, East Texas and the Panhandle area of North Texas.

    Originally formed in 1912 as the Southwestern Gas and Electric Company, SWEPCO originally offered gas, ice, water, and streetcars as part of their operations. Today, SWEPCO serves over 500,000 customers across three states.

    In addition to providing electric power and resources for their consumers, SWEPCO also has several Community Initiatives to make connections with communities and people throughout their territories. SWEPCO says on their website, “In 1934 one of our company leaders wrote, ‘We are a citizen of each community we serve and take an active part in its affairs. Like any other citizen, we want our neighbors to think well of us.’"

    As part of their Community Initiative, SWEPCO partners with nonprofits “whose focus is improving the quality of life,” and the company also offers workshops, initiatives, and educational resources to teachers and students. In addition, SWEPCO offers payment assistance programs like the Neighbor to Neighbor Fund wherein customers can donate funds to help pay the electric bills of low-income customers.

    In addition to its community outreach, SWEPCO also has several important initiatives and activities going on in Louisiana and its other territories in 2019:

    • In January of this year, SWEPCO’s commercial energy efficiency program enabled the Strand Theater in Shreveport, LA to switch to LED light bulbs through a $13,000 incentive. Jeff Thigpen, SWEPCO energy efficiency and consumer program coordinator, said of the project, “This project is meaningful to SWEPCO not only because it helps a valuable customer lower their bill; but, also because we are helping a historical building upgrade to a modern, energy efficient technology.”
    • Also in January of 2019, SWEPCO received national recognition for their Arkansas-based Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recognized SWEPCO’s program with an Exemplary Program Award for “its effectiveness and innovation in helping residential customers achieve greater levels of energy efficiency.” In addition, SWEPCO was named a 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award winner for the fifth year in a row. This year, the award recognizes Energy Efficiency Program Delivery, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.
    • In May 2019, SWEPCO awarded $44,315.52 to Champion Home Builders for “an energy-saving light installation at its newest manufacturing facility in Leesville, Louisiana.” The money was earned through one of SWEPCO’s incentive programs, and Champion Home Builders is using the money to fund LED light installations in the new facility they are constructing. “This project is part of SWEPCO’s Commercial Solutions Program, which was developed to pay monetary incentives to commercial customers for new construction and retrofit installation of a wide range of measures that reduce demand and save energy. Incentives are based on deemed savings, or the verified demand and energy savings that occur at the customer's site.”


    SWEPCO is a Champion member of Louisiana Clean Fuels, and we are grateful for their support and the initiatives they are taking to improve our state. SWEPCO has sponsored our DC Fast Charging Master Plan in an effort to help promote the improvement of EV charging infrastructure in Louisiana. SWEPCO will also be working with LCF this summer to host an EV roundtable even with local leaders to discuss EV charging.

    To learn more about SWEPCO and its initiatives, visit the SWEPCO website.

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    The Clean Cities Coalition 2017 Activity Report is available now!

    The Clean Cities Coalitions 2017 Activity Report, in which the 2017 annual reports submitted by all coalitions are compiled and summarized, is now available! This assemblage of data is an important, quantified indicator of the Clean Cities coalitions' impact nationwide.

    Offerings from the report include key findings, alternative fuel vehicle use, idle reduction activities, fuel economy improvement work, and programs to reduce vehicle miles traveled. Analysis of these data determines how broadly energy use in the U.S. has shifted as a result of coalition activities.

    A compilation of data from this report, along with reports from previous years, can be accessed on the AFDC Maps and Data page. Previous years’ reports can be downloaded on the AFDC Publications page.

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    Transportation Analysis Fact of the Week #1084: Since 2013 U.S. Crude Oil Imports Have Been Less Than 10.2 Million Barrels Per Day

    Source: EERE Fact of the Week

    Imports of crude oil to the United States in 2018 were 9.93 million barrels per day (mmbd), a 28% decrease from the highest import level in 2005-2006. Seventy-one percent of crude oil imports in 2018 came from non-OPEC sources, such as Canada (45%). Since 2013, the amount of crude oil imported has consistently been about 9-10 mmbd. Increased domestic production of crude oil is a contributing factor.

    Note: OPEC is the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries.

    Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 37.1, Oak Ridge, TN, 2019.
    Original source: Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review.

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