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    Energy Department Announces Phase 1 Winners of Battery Recycling Prize

    Originally posted by the DOE EERE | September 25, 2019 | Original Article

    Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 15 winners of Phase 1 of the Battery Recycling Prize, a prize that aims to reclaim and recycle critical materials (e.g., cobalt and lithium) from lithium-based battery technology. For a total of $1 million in prizes, these projects focus on cost-effective recycling processes to recover as much economic value as possible from spent lithium-ion batteries.  Lithium-ion batteries power our daily lives, from consumer electronics to electric vehicles, but only five percent of spent lithium-ion batteries in the United States are recycled.

    "This prize encourages American entrepreneurs, like these prize winners, to find innovative solutions to collecting, storing, and transporting discarded lithium-ion batteries for eventual recycling," said Daniel R Simmons, DOE’s Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "The goal of these efforts is to develop technologies to profitably capture 90% of all lithium based battery technologies in the United States and recover 90% of the key materials from the collected batteries. These efforts will reduce our dependence on foreign sources of critical materials, strengthening America’s economic growth and energy security."

    As demand for consumer products – such as electric vehicles, cell phones, and tablets – rises, the recovery and reuse of critical materials from spent and discarded lithium-ion batteries will be an essential component of any strategy to reduce product costs and reliance on foreign sources.

    The Phase 1 winners will each receive $67,000. 

    Collection:

    • Holman Parts Distribution (Pennsauken, NJ)
    • Powering the Future (Glendale, WI)
    • Store Packs Umicore (Raleigh, NC)
    • LIBIoT - Lithium-Ion Battery collection using the Internet-of-Things (Albany, NY)

    Separation & Sorting:

    • Admiral Instruments (Tempe, AZ)
    • Li Industries (Blacksburg, VA)
    • OnTo Technology (Bend, OR)
    • Titan AES (Somerville, MA)

    Safe Storage & Transport:

    • EEDD (Huntstville, AL)
    • Team RRCO (Madison, AL)

    Reverse Logistics:

    • Renewance (Chicago, IL)
    • Smartville (San Diego, CA)

    Other Innovation Ideas:

    • SNT Laser Focused (Oklahoma City, OK)
    • Team EVBs (Seattle, WA)
    • Team Portables (Seattle, WA)

     

    The Energy Department is leading the charge in reducing U.S. dependence on cobalt and lithium (two critical materials used in lithium-ion battery manufacturing) by reducing the amount of these materials needed for battery production and recycling the materials that are already in use. The Department’s work is described in the Research Plan to Reduce, Recycle, and Recover Critical Materials in Lithium-ion Batteries. The President’s Executive Order 13817 identifies the need for “developing critical minerals recycling and reprocessing technologies” as part of a broader strategy to “ensure secure and reliable supplies of critical minerals.”

    The $5.5-million, three-phased Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize was announced by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in January 2019. The prize is sponsored by the Vehicle Technologies Office and the Advanced Manufacturing Office. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) serves as the administrator of the Prize. To learn more about the Battery Recycling Prize, please visit AmericanMadeChallenges.org/BatteryRecycling.  

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    FOTW #1104: Eighty-Four Million Shared Bike and Scooter Trips in U.S. in 2018

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

    In recent years, the deployment of micromobility sharing services (bikes and scooters) has expanded rapidly in cities across the United States. According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), the number of shared bike trips in the 100 largest U.S. cities increased from 321,000 in 2010 to 45.5 million in 2018. Shared scooter trips were added to the NACTO study in 2018. There were 38.5 million shared scooter trips in 2018, representing 46% of the 84 million shared micromobility trips taken last year.

    Note: Shared micromobility refers to small fleets of fully or partially human-powered vehicles including bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters. Data includes systems with over 150 bikes or scooters and only includes data reported by the 100 largest cities by population. Data does not include private or closed campus systems like those operating on university campuses. For more detail, see the full report here.

    Source: National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Shared Micromobility in the U.S.: 2018, April 2019.

    Fact #1104 Dataset

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    Advancing U.S. Battery Manufacturing and a Domestic Critical Minerals Supply Chains

    Originally posted by Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary for EERE | October 4, 2019 | EERE | Original Article

    Affordable lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized the world by powering our mobile electronics and with the potential of electric vehicles, demand for batteries is expected to rapidly grow. As we look to the opportunity of domestic battery manufacturing as this market grows, one challenge for the United States is that the United States is not a large producer of minerals such as lithium, manganese, cobalt, or graphite—all important components of today’s lithium-ion batteries.  

    The United States is import-reliant (imports are greater than 50 percent of annual consumption) for 31 of the 35 minerals designated as critical by the Department of the Interior.[1] For 14 critical minerals, The U.S. has no domestic production and relies completely on imports.[2] 

    America’s lack of secure critical minerals supply chains is a concern for the administration. This is why President Trump issued Executive Order 13817, “A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals.”

    DOE has an important role to play to help ensure a reliable supply of critical minerals, especially those used in battery manufacturing. One example of the critical minerals work the sponsored by EERE, in the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), an Energy Innovation Hub funded by the Advanced Manufacturing Office at $25 million per year, pursues R&D across the critical mineral supply chain, from separations and processing to reuse and recycling. CMI is a public-private partnership that is led by Ames National Laboratory and includes partners from other national laboratories (partners with Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory), 13 U.S. corporations, and six universities.

    Since its inception in 2013, CMI has issued 120 invention disclosures, filed 56 patent applications, received 10 patents, and licensed 8 technologies to U.S. companies. This includes 3D printing of rare-earth magnets to reduce manufacturing wastes, a cerium-aluminum alloy for use in lightweight automobiles and aircraft, and membrane solvent extraction for rare-earth separations.

    Another example of efforts by DOE to improve access to critical minerals is the establishment of the ReCell Lithium Battery Recycling R&D Center earlier this year. The ReCell Center is focused on cost-effective recycling processes to recover lithium battery critical materials and is led by Argonne National Laboratory, along with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and three universities. The work is focused on four research areas: design for recycling, recovery of other materials, direct recycling or cathode-to-cathode recovery, and reintroduction of recycled materials.

    The goal of the ReCell Center is to develop technologies to profitably capture 90 percent of all lithium based battery technologies in the United States and recover 90 percent of the key materials from the collected batteries.

    To achieve these goals and improve our access to these critical materials, we’ll need to draw on our American innovation. On September 25, we announced the winners of the Phase 1 Battery Recycling Challenge,[3] part of the American Made Grand Challenges program. The prize aims to reclaim and recycle critical materials from lithium-based battery technology. For a total of $1 million in prizes, these projects focus on cost-effective recycling processes to recover as much economic value as possible from spent lithium-ion batteries.

    Over the past 10 years, DOE-funded research has helped reduce the cost of lithium-ion batteries by 80 percent, lowering the cost of electric vehicle battery packs to $185/kWh. While battery materials recycling is improving, battery technology cost and performance needs to be improved. Near-term opportunities exist to develop innovative technologies that have the potential to significantly reduce battery cost and help achieve the operational performance needed for EVs to achieve cost competitiveness with gasoline vehicles.

    Given the importance of domestic manufacturing, DOE is also investigating the manufacturing improvements necessary to enable more battery manufacturing in the United States. With commercial lithium-ion technology, the goal is to maximize active anode and cathode material to increase the overall energy density of the cells.

    For next-generation batteries, DOE is investigating manufacturing improvements to enable solid state electrolytes. Solid electrolyte materials are non-flammable, and they allow more robust cell operation and the integration of metal-based anodes needed to achieve DOE’s aggressive cost, energy density, and cycle life targets. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office recently announced $15 million for 15 new awards to develop materials for solid state materials, diagnostic and modeling tools to enable solid state batteries.[4]

    Extensive battery research and development is one example of how DOE-funded research is helping address the challenge of battery manufacturing and critical minerals. To continue driving down costs for consumers and businesses, we must ensure that the United States has a sustainable supply chain of materials and the Department of Energy will continue to work to work at all stages of the supply to improve access to cutting-edge energy technologies for all Americans.   

     

    [1] https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/18/2018-10667/final-list-of-critical-minerals-2018

    [2] U.S. Geological Survey, “Mineral Commodity Summaries 2018,” 2018, https://doi.org/10.3133/70194932

    [3] https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-announces-phase-1-winners-battery-recycling-prize

    [4] https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-announces-59-million-and-43-projects-accelerate-advanced-vehicle-technologies-research

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    Sustainable Transportation Drives Smart Energy Choices

    Originally posted by Michael Berube, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation | Department of Energy EERE | October 7, 2019 | Original Article

    Transportation is a critical part of almost every person’s daily life. We rely on transportation to get us to our jobs, to get family to school, to get the food we eat from farms across the country to local stores, and to supply the businesses that drive our economy. It is easy to take it for granted. But when there are even small hiccups in our complex transportation system, they are felt quickly. Today, transportation is the second highest expense for an American household, after housing itself, and requires almost 30% of all the energy we use as a country.

    This complex system is undergoing fundamental changes that are already being experienced by consumers, businesses, and those that have long provided the cars, trucks and transit services we use. We have many new choices from electric cars to e-scooters to ride-hailing services. In the future, we will likely have a range of automated and connected vehicle technologies as well.

    The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Sustainable Transportation Office is focused on ensuring that as the transportation system transforms, we have affordable, clean, efficient, and domestic energy options that give families and businesses greater choice in how they meet their mobility needs. With three key sustainable transportation offices, EERE funds cutting edge research and development (R&D) at universities, National Labs, entrepreneurs, and industry that will help transform the transportation sector and improve the performance of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. Committed to a comprehensive energy strategy, DOE’s transformation portfolio includes solutions from biofuels and hydrogen to autonomous vehicles and everything in between.

    Our Bioenergy Technologies Office focuses on R&D to enable cost-competitive, renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. Using new biological and chemical processes, this office is literally transforming waste into fuels that can power our cars, trucks, and planes.

    Fuel cells efficiently convert fuel into electricity, using clean domestic resources that we can produce in abundance – including hydrogen produced from renewables power, bio-based fuels, and natural gas. Our Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies Office supports R&D to reduce the cost of producing hydrogen from these diverse domestic resources and of cutting edge fuel cell technologies for both transportation and stationary applications.

    Our Vehicle Technologies Office supports R&D of advanced transportation technologies to provide lower cost and efficient advanced technology options to move people and goods across America. It is inventing the next generation of batteries and leading the charge to recycle those batteries. We are harnessing the fastest super-computers in the world and using artificial intelligence to invent all new, light-weight materials and develop engines that are more efficient than engineers ever dreamed possible.

    Our transportation system is undergoing a period of dramatic change. This disruption is brought about by new technologies and business models, shared mobility, mobility-on-demand, e-commerce, connected and automated vehicles, and new fuels and powertrains. Transportation connects people and transportation connects goods and services. EERE is committed to providing consumers with efficient, effective, clean transportation options that meet all of their mobility needs.

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    U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Army Collaborate to Develop Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology for Emergency Disaster Relief

    Source: US Department of Energy EERE Vehicle Technologies Office | October 8, 2019 | Original Article

    In recognition of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announces a collaboration with the Department of Defense's (DOD's) U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop and demonstrate "H2Rescue"—a hydrogen fuel cell-powered emergency relief truck. This collaboration will enable increased resilience and clean energy capability for first responders conducting emergency relief and disaster management efforts. It will include a feasibility study and the development of a joint plan for demonstration to ensure the truck meets the needs of users in the emergency management field.

    Over the last year, fires in California and various hurricanes on the East Coast and in the Caribbean, including the recent Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, have prompted interest in specialty disaster and emergency relief vehicles. The H2Rescue relief truck is a fuel cell/battery hybrid truck that first responders and the military can drive to disaster mitigation sites. It can provide sufficient hydrogen to provide power, heat, and even potable water for up to 24 to 72 hours.

    This announcement supports DOE's [email protected] initiative that enables affordable and reliable hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors. Collaborative opportunities to develop and demonstrate a first-of-its-kind emergency relief truck like the one announced today can help identify technological gaps that feed back to DOE's [email protected] R&D in heavy- and medium-duty transportation applications.

    The Army Corps of Engineers, with contributions from the EERE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office and DOD, will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) on H2Rescue this fall. The RFP will be available on FedBizOpps.com.

    Learn more about EERE's [email protected] initiative and how it’s helping to enable affordable, clean, and resilient hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

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    LOUISIANA CLEAN FUELS’ CLEAN FUEL LEADER AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    October 14, 2019 | Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) announced the winners of the Clean Fuel Leader Awards on Wednesday evening, October 9, 2019, at a welcome reception held in conjunction with the Clean Fuels Summit. LCF, a designated US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, awards outstanding alternative fuel users in the organization’s territory each year. These awards recognize the exceptional achievements of Louisiana Clean Fuels stakeholders who have been working tirelessly to reduce petroleum consumption and emissions. 

    Ann Vail, Executive Director of LCF said, “This year I was overwhelmed by the level of cooperation and leadership we saw from our stakeholders. We are honored and humbled by their achievements to preserve our natural resources, reduce harmful emissions, and protect our nation’s energy security through the use of domestically produced alternative fuels and advanced technologies.”

    Steven Carville (Republic Services) and Ann Vail (Louisiana Clean Fuels)Republic Services received the highest honor, Clean Fuel Champion, for reducing more than 19,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018. Republic Services utilizes compressed natural gas (CNG) in LCF’s territory to fuel their refuse trucks. In addition, Republic Services reduces their emissions and fuel usage through other methods, including idle reduction, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction, and fuel economy improvements. The award was accepted by Steven Carville on behalf of Republic Services (pictured left).

    “We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Sharon Mann, General Manager for Republic Services. “Our company is dedicated to the environment, and we are very proud of this accomplishment. We are dedicated to continuing to help our environment and looking forward to continuing our commitment along with saving the planet.”

    United Parcel Service (UPS) received the Clean Fuel Champion Runner-Up award for the second-highest reduction of greenhouse gas emissions with over 800 tons reduced. UPS operates biodiesel, propane and natural gas vehicles within LCF’s territory, and the company has a major focus on corporate sustainability efforts. According to their sustainability report, their sustainability goals include sourcing 40% of their ground fuel from “low carbon or alternative fuels by 2025” and having 25% of their annual vehicle purchases be alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

    Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) was honored for their Corporate Leadership in recognition of their efforts to support the development of an electric vehicle charging Chelsea Adcock (SWEPCO) and Ann Vail (Louisiana Clean Fuels)corridor along our interstate highways. Their support of the Louisiana Clean Fuels DC Fast Charging Master Plan, Louisiana Electric Vehicle Road Show, and their efforts to rally their community leaders and the major utilities in the state to submit proposals for funding for chargers from the state’s Volkswagen Settlement plan.

    “We’re proud to partner with Louisiana Clean Fuels and honored to receive the 2019 Corporate Leadership Award,” said Chelsea Adcock, Consumer Programs Marketing Coordinator for SWEPCO, who accepted the award on SWEPCO’s behalf (pictured right). “LCF has been a valuable resource as we determine the most effective and efficient way to bring electric vehicle infrastructure and hopefully, Electric Vehicle Alternative Fuels Corridors to Northwest Louisiana and its residents.”

    The Paretti Family of Dealerships was recognized with the Dealership of the Year award for their continued work in promoting electric vehicles and their active participation in LCF’s events throughout the year. The Paretti Family of Dealerships has been a prominent sponsor of LCF’s Louisiana Electric Vehicle Roadshow in addition to showing their Jaguar I-PACE at several Road Show and National Drive Electric Week events.

    “The Paretti Family of Dealerships is committed to the sustainability and the future of electrification transportation,” said Mike Rase, Vice President of the Paretti Family of Dealerships.” As we look at Jaguar and Land Rover’s long range production forecasts it’s easy to see that EV’s are here to stay.  In fact, we have invested over $100,000 in EV infrastructure alone not to mention the training of multiple EV Specialists as well as technicians. It’s an honor to be receiving this special award.”

    Waste Management’s Fleet was recognized as having the Largest Growth by Volume of alternative fuel usage. They grew their natural gas usage by more than 300,000 GGEs in 2018. The Most Improved Fleet Award went to Eagle Distributing of Shreveport for growing their alternative fuel usage by in 2018 by ten times over the previous year.

    Dr. Chuck Carr Brown (LDEQ) and Ann Vail (Louisiana Clean Fuels)Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown was recognized for his Leadership in Public Service, with special recognition of LDEQ’s diligent work on the Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement as well as their efforts with alternative fuel corridors. Louisiana has been one of the first states in the country to both implement and fund diesel emission reduction projects under the VW Settlement and to successfully work with their DOTD to get the major interstates approved for signage and get that signage installed under the FHWA’s Alternative Fuel Corridors program. Ann Vail presented the award to Dr. Brown (pictured left) at the reception.

    “LDEQ supports the work Louisiana Clean Fuels does to promote the use of alternative fuels and zero emissions vehicles in our state,” Dr. Brown said. “We are all working toward a cleaner environment, and we have made great progress in Louisiana. LCF’s efforts have been key to achieving those gains.”

    Other awards were given out as follows:

    • Both Stone Oil and AmeriGas were awarded the “Top in Class” award for their Idle Reduction programs. Stone Oil reduces the emissions of marine vessels while they are docked in their ports by allowing the vessels to plug in to “shore power” and turn off their diesel engines. AmeriGas’s own idle reduction policies and equipment reduced the amount of fuel they wasted when the vehicles were parked, resulting in the largest fuel savings for any on-road fleet in our territory.
    • Ferrel Gas was honored for reducing the most Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by simply optimizing their routes. This resulted in a massive reduction of fuel use for the company, not only reducing their fuel cost but also reducing the emissions that would have been emitted by driving the longer routes.
    • Commuter Krewe was honored for their work to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles driving in the Baton Rouge area. Carpooling reduces the number of vehicles on the road and consequently helps reduce traffic congestion and vehicular emissions.
    • The Entergy E-Tech program was awarded “Most Innovative Incentive Program” for their electrification rebate program for their utility customers. Entergy customers can easily apply for a rebate by simply replacing large gaseous equipment with electric ones (ex: electric forklifts) or by installing electric vehicle charging stations (level 2 or 3).

    The following were also recognized for their efforts in reducing emissions and conserving fuel:

    • Best Performing Municipality without Transit: St. Landry Parish
    • Best Performing Municipality with Transit: Shreveport (SporTran)
    • Best Performing School District: East Baton Rouge Parish
    • Most CNG Used: Republic Services
    • Most Propane Used: UPS
    • Most E85 Used: LDEQ
    • Most Renewable Natural Gas Used: Waste Connections
    • Most Electric Used: SporTran
    • Above and Beyond Award: Jeff Cantin, President of Solar Alternatives
    • Community Spirit Award: Louisiana Tesla Owners and Dreamers Facebook Group

    LCF Executive Director Ann Vail presented the awards and announced the winners at the event, which was sponsored by ROUSH CleanTech. LCF is proud to honor these outstanding organizations and to recognize the achievements of clean fuel stakeholders who have gone above and beyond in reaching their environmental and transportation goals.

    For more information, please visit www.louisianacleanfuels.orgSee all photos from the event here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hD8Z-aXHEg6NfwkJzq0siKZtDfxnFW_V?usp=sharing

    Contact: Victoria Herrmann | [email protected] | 225-342-7972

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    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:  Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. We are a non-profit organization serving both public and private fleets for over 19 years. Our mission is to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Louisiana’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles. In 2018, Executive Director Ann Vail was inducted into the hall of fame. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.


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    2019 DERA School Bus Rebates Program Applications Now Open!

    Deadline to Apply - October 30, 2019 (3 p.m. CST)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of approximately $10 million in rebates to public school bus fleet owners to help them replace older school buses. Upgrading buses with older engines reduces diesel emissions and improves air quality. Tomorrow marks the start of Children’s Health Month, and today’s announcement is an important part of the agency’s commitment to protecting children’s health and their future.

    Activity Date
    2019 DERA School Bus Rebate program opens. EPA begins accepting applications with scans of titles and registrations submitted to [email protected]. Monday, September 30, 2019
    Webinar for applicants:
    Monday, October 7, 2019
    3 p.m. ET
    Deadline for emailing applications with scans of bus titles and registrations to [email protected]
    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    4 p.m. ET

    Official selection letters emailed to selectees and list of applicants that were not selected posted online January 2020
    Deadline for submitting copies of purchase orders for replacement buses April 2020 (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 2020 (estimated)

     

    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

     

    This is the seventh rebate program to fund cleaner school buses offered under Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) appropriations. Nearly 30,000 buses across the country have already been made cleaner as a result of DERA funding. 

    To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, selection process and informational webinar dates, visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates. Questions about applying may be directed to [email protected]. Louisiana school districts seaking assistance with their proposals can reach out to us at Louisiana Clean Fuels. Call 225-342-7972 and leave a message for either Ann or Tyler.

    For more information on this program or other clean fuels funding opportunities, visit LCF's Funding page.

     

    Source: EPA News Release


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    National Drive Electric Week Recap - It's Electrifying!

    National Drive Electric Week has come and gone once again, and this year’s iteration was, simply put, electrifying! The Louisiana Clean Fuels staff found ourselves at three amazing NDEW events over the course of the week, and we had a fantastic time test driving EVs and speaking with the public about how amazing driving electric can be!

    We kicked off the week on Saturday, September 14th with SWEPCO at their NDEW event in Shreveport. Ann showed off her new Tesla Model S while Tyler showed off his plug-in hybrid electric Honda Clarity, and we had a great time surveying attendees about their thoughts on electric vehicles. Representatives from Audi Shreveport brought along an Audi e-Tron for attendees to view and test drive, and Tyler was even able to take this luxury electric vehicle for a spin. The event also featured a Jaguar I-PACE and a BMW i3, along with a hybrid Ford Fusion that stopped by for a spell. Attendees and participants beat the heat by test driving and riding these amazing EVs, and everyone seemed to have a great time learning about electric vehicles. The SWEPCO team did a fantastic job organizing this event, and it was awesome getting to meet up with them to talk about and promote EVs!

    That same evening, one of our interns, Jacob, attended a NDEW event hosted by the Lafayette Main Public Library. Jeff LeBlanc with Bayou Electric Vehicles, a group of EV enthusiasts who promote the benefits of electric vehicles in Acadiana, organized an impressive showing of cars including several Teslas, a Jaguar I-PACE, a Chevy Volt, and a VW e-Golf. EV owners swapped tips on which wheel covers worked better or how to get those few extra miles out of a single charge. We all listened in awe as one owner told us about his carefully-planned, cross-country trip back home to Louisiana after purchasing his VW e-Golf. Those who experienced the Tesla Model 3 P’s dual-motor 450hp returned with even more questions like, “How does a car go that fast?” or “Where can I buy one?

    For our NDEW finale, we found our way back to the greater Baton Rouge area to host our final event at Tanger Outlet Mall in Gonzales. This event featured an electric vehicle showcase of over 20 vehicles along with representatives from Entergy eTech, the Commuter Krewe, Paretti Jaguar and Land Rover of Baton Rouge, and Tesla who came out to show their support for NDEW. Over 100 people found their way through our showcase, asking questions about EVs and expressing their appreciation for the vehicles on display.

    Eddy and Robert of Paretti Jaguar and Land Rover of Baton Rouge were kind enough to bring out their impressive Jaguar I-PACE – which won 2019 World Car of the Year, 2019 World Car Design of the Year, and 2019 World Green Car at the World Car Awards this year – to show off to attendees and EV owners alike, and Entergy e-Tech brought along their Chevy Volt with its Entergy wrap. The Commuter Krewe brought along a game for the kids to play and did a drawing for a gift card to Main Event in Baton Rouge for attendees who signed up for their ride-share program.

    Attendees were able to walk along the line of EVs, talking to owners and asking questions about the specific vehicles. Tyler was able to sooth some range anxiety for a woman who commutes regularly to Shreveport. After speaking with him at the event, she told us, “I’m going to Shreveport to buy an electric vehicle, and I want them to know you sent me!” The various Teslas on display seemed to be a big hit with some boys who visited the event after a sporting event. “I want one!” one boy said while climbing out of Ann’s Tesla; Tyler echoed, “Me too!”

    We at LCF had a great time spreading the word about electric vehicles during #NDEW2019, and we can’t wait to make next year’s National Drive Electric Week even better! Thanks so much to everyone who helped to put on these events or who came out to show their support!

    This year's National Drive Electric Week events were organized in conjunction with our Louisiana Electric Vehicle Roadshow, which we're hosting in along with the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership.

    If you missed the fun and don’t want to wait until next year’s NDEW, the EV Roadshow continues on October 10th when LCF and SLCFP are coming together for our Clean Fuels Summit at NOLA Motorsports Park! In addition to featuring updates on the latest innovative clean fleet technologies and products from alternative fuel leaders, this event also features an exclusive Ride & Drive on the NOLA Motorsports Track! Learn more and register at www.CleanFuelsSummit.com!

    Check out our photo galleries to see more pictures from our 2019 NDEW events:

    NDEW Gonzales Photos NDEW Shreveport and Lafayette Photos

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