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    Energy Department Request for Information in Support of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Research and Development

    Originally posted by the US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is announcing a request for information (RFI) from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to medium- and heavy-duty freight trucking. Affordable freight movement is essential for the nation’s economy. Trucks carry over 70% of the nation’s freight on a tonnage basis and 73% of freight on a value basis.[1] There are new opportunities in all commercial vehicle classes to increase efficiency and to introduce alternative fuel sources such as electricity, natural gas, biofuels, and hydrogen.

    The RFI is being issued by EERE’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO). Through this RFI, DOE is soliciting input in five categories:  

    1. Freight Operational Efficiency and Systems
    2. Internal Combustion Engine, Powertrain, Fuels and Emssions Control
    3. Batteries, Electrification, and Charging of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks
    4. Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Trucks
    5. Other Important Considerations

    DOE is planning a public workshop in the December 2020 timeframe to share the key findings of the request for information with outside stakeholders. The request for information and workshop discussions will help identify gaps and barriers to commercializing new technologies, and help inform DOE’s R&D and competitive funding strategy into the next ten years.

    This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications. Responses to this RFI must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) on November 9, 2020. Learn more about RFI response guidelines.

    [1]U.S. Department of Transportation, 2015. 2012 Commodity Flow Survey, table 1b, https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2015/econ/ec12tcf-us.pdf.


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    Masks On, EVs Out: Louisiana Clean Fuels Hosts Safe and Fun Celebration for National Drive Electric Week 2020!

    COVID-19 couldn’t put a damper on our EV enthusiasm! Despite continued pandemic concerns, this year’s National Drive Electric Week event on October 3rd at Tanger Outlet Mall in Gonzales had an excellent turn-out with masks, social distancing, and a noticeable lack of vehicle emissions. It was our first in-person event since the Clean Fuels Golf Classic in March -- which took place just as pandemic closures hit Louisiana -- and the Louisiana Clean Fuels staff stepped up to the plate with enthusiasm. With beautiful weather and lots of friendly (masked) faces, the event was a great success. 

    There were over a dozen vehicles lined up in an EV Alley in front of Tanger, including all four Tesla models, both the Chevy Bolt and Volt, a Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, and a Jaguar IPACE, and the owners of these vehicles reported over 326,000 collective electric miles driven. We were happy to see our friends from the Tesla Louisiana Owners and Dreamers Facebook Group turn out in droves once again to support our EV outreach efforts for NDEW! These fabulous Tesla owners love driving electric and are always happy to show off their EVs and discuss all the fun benefits of owning a Tesla.

    One of the highlights of the event was seeing several Tesla Model Ys - Tesla’s newest EV - on display, including one set up in camping mode; attendees were able to see the Model Y with the tent hitched up to the back of the vehicle, showing off the shady sitting area for any enthusiastic campers or tailgaters. After seeing the display, Tyler, LCF’s Co-Coordinator whose love for Tesla is well-known, said wistfully, “Okay, now I definitely want a Model Y.” There was also a splendid Jaguar IPACE on display courtesy of the Paretti Family of Dealerships, a big supporter of LCF and our EV outreach efforts. A big thanks to all of the EV owners who brought out their vehicles and their enthusiasm for conversation!

    We had a great time speaking with attendees about electric vehicles, with many attendees asking questions about NDEW, the benefits of EVs, and Louisiana Clean Fuels. Many expressed appreciation for the vehicles on display and spent time mingling with the volunteer EV owners. One attendee approached LCF staff to compliment a talkative EV owner, saying, “He knows everything about all the Tesla models! He had a ton of great information for us!”

    Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s NDEW event was packed full of EV newbies and enthusiasts alike. After a mostly event-less, quarantined summer down here in Louisiana and across the world, it almost seemed as if everyone was particularly happy to get out and participate in a safe social event to celebrate sustainability and cleaner driving.

    We at LCF had a fantastic time spreading the word about electric vehicles during #NDEW2020, 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 the event or who came out to show their support!

    Check out our photo gallery to see some pictures from our 2020 NDEW event:

    NDEW 2020 PHOTO Gallery


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    Assistant Secretary Simmons to Host Facebook Live Broadcast on National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day

    Originally posted by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | October 5, 2020

    On October 8, 2020, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) Assistant Secretary, Daniel R Simmons, will host a Facebook Live broadcast at 2 p.m. ET. October 8, chosen to represent the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008), is National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, an opportunity to celebrate all the progress that has been made in the field. As part of that celebration, Assistant Secretary Simmons' broadcast will discuss contributions by EERE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and the [email protected] initiative, and will include a special announcement. Be sure to tune in via EERE's Facebook page.


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    2020 DERA School Bus Rebates Program Applications Being Accepted

    Deadline to Apply - October 30, 2020 (4 p.m. ET)

    The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2010 (PDF) allows 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 2,000 vehicles. Typically, the rebate application period opens in the fall and projects are completed in less than one year.

    EPA is excited to announce a funding opportunity for school bus fleets that serve public schools. EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is accepting applications nationwide for rebates to assist in replacing older, dirtier diesel school buses with new school buses certified to EPA's cleanest emission standards. EPA anticipates awarding over $10 million in this funding opportunity. Selected applicants that scrap and replace their old diesel buses will receive a rebate of $20,000-$65,000 per bus depending on the fuel type of the replacement bus.

    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.

    Important Dates

    Activity Date
    2020 DERA School Bus Rebates program opens. EPA begins accepting applications with scans of titles and registrations submitted to [email protected] Thursday, October 1, 2020
    Webinar for applicants:
    Click here to join webinar
    Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
    Access Code: 562 579 487#
    Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    3 p.m. ET
    Deadline for emailing applications with scans of bus titles and registrations to [email protected]
    Friday, October 30, 2020
    4 p.m. ET
    Official selection letters emailed to selectees and list of applicants that were not selected posted online January - February 2021 (Estimated)
    Deadline for submitting copies of purchase orders for replacement buses April 2021 (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 2021 (Estimated)


    Rebate Application Form and Supporting Documents

    The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be updated weekly during the application period. Questions submitted to [email protected] through October 22, including those from the webinar, will be added to this document.

    Eligible Old School Buses to be Replaced

    • Used to transport 10+ pre-primary, primary, or secondary school students to or from schools
    • Driven 10,000 or more miles over either the last 12 months or calendar year in 2019, or have been in use 3+ days/week between 9/1/2019 and 2/29/2020
    • Owned by applicant without any active liens
    • Class 3-8 diesel-powered buses [greater than 10,000 lb Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)]
    • Buses must be powered by 2006 or older model year engines
    • Engine and chassis must be scrapped before receiving rebate payment

    Eligible Replacement Buses

    • May not be ordered prior to receiving signed EPA selection letter
    • Powered by a 2017 or newer model year engine.
    • 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 based on the fuel type of the replacement bus:
      • $20,000 for diesel and gasoline
      • $25,000 for propane
      • $30,000 for CNG/LNG
      • $65,000 for battery or hydrogen electric
      • Maximum rebate funding amount per application is $300,000

    If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

    VISIT THE SCHOOL BUS REBATES: DIESEL EMISSIONS REDUCTION ACT (DERA) WEB PAGE


    Webinar

    2020 School Bus Rebates Program

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

    Go to the following link a few minutes before the webinar starts: 2020 School Bus Rebates Webinar.

    Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
    Access Code: 562 579 487#

    Webinar Highlights:

    • Program Overview
    • Eligibility (applicants & vehicles)
    • Process and Timeline
    • Additional Tips
    • Question & Answer Period

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