FOTW# 1166: Model Year 2020 Light-Duty Vehicles Offered Consumers a Wide Range of Fuel Economy Choices

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

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes a minimum and maximum combined city/highway fuel economy for each vehicle size class. Their data shows that, in most cases, there is a wide range of fuel economies for consumers to consider when purchasing a new vehicle. For model year 2020, the midsize car class had the widest range in fuel economy, spanning from 12 to 141 MPG/MPGe*. The vehicle classes that have maximum fuel economy ratings topping one hundred MPG reflect the inclusion of all-electric models. These models have much higher efficiency than conventional vehicles. The median fuel economy of all vehicle classes falls into a much narrower band ranging from 19 to 28 MPG/MPGe*.

    * Plug-in electric vehicles are measured in miles per gallon equivalent or MPGe where 1 gallon of gasoline is equal to the energy in 33.7 kW-hrs of electricity.

    Note: Includes light-duty vehicles of all fuel types. For plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, a composite gasoline-electric MPGe was used.

    Source: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Fuel Economy website. Data accessed October 30, 2020.

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    Clean Transportation Wins Big in Year-End Legislation

    Originally posted by Transportation Energy Partners

    The clean transportation energy industry won several important victories this week as the House and Senate reached an agreement on the FY2021 spending and COVID-19 stimulus bill. Both the House and Senate approved the bill Monday, which as of this morning, was awaiting the president's signature.

    Here are some key clean transportation energy aspects, compiled by our friends at Transportation Energy Partners.

    Specifically, the bill:

    • Extends key alternative fuel tax incentives through 2021, including tax credits for natural gas and propane, the credit for alternative fuel infrastructure, and the credit for qualified fuel cell vehicles.
    • Includes $40 million for the DOE Clean Cities program and $20 million for another round of Electric Vehicle Community Partnership grants.
    • Directs the DOE to develop a plan for establishing a Clean School Bus Grant Program that would prioritize school districts serving disadvantaged communities and located in air quality nonattainment areas.
    • Includes $90 million for the EPA Diesel Emission Reduction grants.
    • Provides $125 million for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low and No Emission bus grants and encourages the program to support a variety of different fuel types that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Directs the Federal Highway Administration to approve CMAQ funding for clean vehicle projects using the previous criteria (final assembly in the United States) and it directs the agency to review and respond to Buy America waiver requests within 60 days of submission.
    • Includes language stating that DOT Surface Transportation Block Grants can be used by States to install charging infrastructure on FHWA designated alternative fuel corridors.
    • Enables the Secretary of Agriculture to make payments to U.S. producers of advanced biofuel, biomass-based diesel, cellulosic biofuel, conventional biofuel, or renewable fuel to help compensate for unexpected market losses resulting from COVID–19

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    Governor's Climate Initiatives Task Force Meets | LCF Coordinator Named to Transportation Committee

    By Emily Devereaux, LCF Intern

    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards established the Climate Initiatives Task Force in November 2020 with Executive Order 2020-18 to investigate and make recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Louisiana. The task force will integrate strategies and recommendations from a diverse group of experts to achieve this goal while simultaneously preserving Louisiana’s economic competitiveness and growth. The task force also looks forward to working with the government, colleges, universities, the private sector, and all Louisianians to promote an inclusive environment.

    The goal of the task force is to help Louisiana achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 after achieving set benchmarks in 2025 and 2030. The first at-large meeting outlined the climate crisis and its implications for the Gulf Coast Region, the structure and next steps of the task force, and the structured decision-making process to facilitate its goals. To start, the task force recognized the potential risks for urban infrastructure, health risks, and increased flooding in coastal and low-lying regions as a consequence of the climate crisis. Decisions will be supported by an analysis of various solutions, desired outcomes, and responses to legal mandates and the integration of science and policy. The task force will also be supported by a number of relevant committees, including the Transportation Committee.

    The Transportation Committee of the Climate Initiatives Task Force held their first meeting on December 1st to discuss the foundational steps of the committee, which will help to propel the work that has just begun. Louisiana Clean Fuels Executive Director Ann Vail is a member of this committee and is excited to help shape a greener future for Louisiana. The primary objectives of this committee will be to reduce emissions specifically in the transportation sector, maintain the viability of transportation providers, and increase access to reliable, efficient, and affordable transportation options. Additionally, the committee recognizes the necessity to move away from oil-based fuels and will consider how to prepare the EV grid for these industry shifts. The committee will also promote education about emissions and transportation efficacy as well as other strategies mentioned in the discussion of the fundamental objectives, which can be found in the recording of the meeting

    Public Comment:

    Please share your thoughts on how Louisiana can reach its goal of Net Zero by 2050. All public comment should be sent to: [email protected]  In the subject line of your email, please include reference to the Climate Initiatives Task Force and any specific agenda item # from the meeting you are commenting on. The body of your message should include your name and address before you comment. 

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    LCF's 2020 Annual Report | Responses due March 30, 2021


    By sharing your fleet's alternative fuel usage and fuel saving measures with us, we can in turn, share the aggregated emission reduction numbers with policy makers and elected officials - giving them a better understanding of the scope of alternative fuel use in our state as well as the resulting air quality benefits of different technologies, fuels, and policies.

    This data is more important than ever considering that the state has set a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goal of NetZero by 2050 and the Governor's Climate Initiatives Task Force has just begun work on a plan to achieve that goal. Getting an accurate baseline as well as an understanding of which technologies are most effective at reducing GHGs is critical. Plus, the only way to get recognition at our Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards is to participate in our Annual Report!

    In 2020, did you...

    • Purchase or operate Propane, CNG, LNG, Electric or PHEV vehicles?
    • Use Biodiesel, RNG or other renewable alternative fuel in your vehicles?
    • Start or continue an idle reduction program?
    • Add aerodynamics to your vehicles?
    • Shorten your routes to save fuel?
    • Replace an older vehicle with a smaller or more fuel efficient vehicle?
    • Build or operate an Electric Vehicle charging station or an alternative fuel fueling station (such as CNG, Propane, Bio Diesel or LNG).

    If you answered YES to any of these questions, then we want to hear from you!

    *All data submitted will be confidential and only reported on in aggregate with data from fleets across our territory.

    Four ways to participate:

    1. SURVEY:

    The survey asks guiding questions for information about the amount and type of alternative fuels you have used, how many and what type of alternative fuel vehicles you own, and any alternative fuels or emissions-reducing projects you were involved with throughout 2020.



    If you have a small fleet or not much has changed since 2019, we can verify your information based on last year’s data over the phone or via email. Schedule a time for a call with Ann or Tyler.


    Prefer spreadsheets? Fill in your 2020 information on our annual report spreadsheet instead. Find a downloadable version of our spreadsheet here, then submit to Ann or Tyler via email.


    4. *NEW* Green Fleets Participation:

    If you would like to participate in the Louisiana Green Fleets Program, you can submit Green Fleets data instead of Annual Report data. Participation in the Green Fleets Program requires more data from you but also makes your fleet eligible for Green Fleets Certification, which you can read more about at the link below.


    Deadline to submit your data:  March 30, 2021

    Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards

    Want recognition for your work to reduce your fuel consumption and lower operating costs and emissions through alternative fuels? The only way to enter is by participating in our Annual Report! These Awards recognize the achievements of clean fuel stakeholders who have gone above and beyond in reaching their environmental and transportation goals. The 2021 Annual Clean Fuel Leader awards will be held in the fall of 2021 at a location and date TBD. To ensure that you don't miss any events or critical updates from LCF, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter. Read about our 2020 Clean Fuel Leader Award winners on the LCF blog.

    Want to learn more about the Report?

    View our informational webinar on the Annual Report where we go through the information we’re asking for, explain the different ways you can submit your fleet information, explain how we use the information, and give you an opportunity to ask questions.


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    2021 Fuel Economy Guide Now Available

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have just released the 2021 Fuel Economy Guide. The Guide provides detailed fuel economy estimates for model year 2021 light-duty vehicles, along with estimated annual fuel costs and other information for prospective car buyers.

    2021 Fuel Economy Guide

    • Enhanced Electronic Access: The 2021 Fuel Economy Guide will be published in electronic format only. You can download the latest Fuel Economy Guide from the website at and print copies from the electronic file as needed. The online Guide will be updated periodically to include newly released vehicle models and current fuel cost estimates.

    The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency’s website helps consumers choose the most fuel efficient vehicle that meets their needs. In addition to providing the Fuel Economy Guide, includes lists of the Top Ten 2021 Fuel Sippers and the 2021 Most Efficient Vehicles by EPA Size Class. The website features updated fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1984, allows side-by-side vehicle comparisons, and offers tips to help consumers save money and fuel. The website also includes NHTSA safety ratings, tax incentives, and a variety of tools to help consumers save money and make informed decisions about fuel economy.

    Check out the 2021 Fuel Economy Guide

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    DOE Announces $60 Million to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research and $35 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development

    Originally posted by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | VTO Original Article | Bioenergy Original Article

    Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $60 million in new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research and up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development. The vehicle technologies funding supports research that will lead to more affordable, efficient, and secure transportation energy. The bioenergy technologies funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports the White House priority for advancing the domestic bioeconomy, as well as the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s goals of improving the performance and lowering the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts.


    Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this funding opportunity supports priorities in batteries and electrification, advanced engine and fuel technologies, materials, and new mobility technologies. Topic areas include:

    Batteries and Electrification (Up to $35 million)

    • Advanced liquid electrolytes for lithium-ion cells under extreme conditions, such as extreme fast charging, and mechanical, thermal, or electrical abuse
    • Novel liquid electrolytes for lithium-sulfur cells that improve the overall stability and performance of these cells
    • Lithium-sulfur and lithium-air battery cell development
    • High-power-density traction inverters for use in light-, medium-, or heavy-duty vehicle applications

    Advanced Combustion Engines and Fuels (Up to $5 million)

    • Development of simulation tools that couple engine combustion with aftertreatment systems to enable optimization of light- or heavy-duty aftertreatment systems for near-zero exhaust emission while maintaining or improving engine efficiency.

    Materials Technology (Up to $11.5 million)

    • Production demonstration of lightweight multi-material passenger vehicle glider systems.

    New Mobility Systems (Up to $17.5 million)

    • Cooperative driving automation in vehicles enabled by low-cost infrastructure upgrades or novel applications
    • New mobility systems technologies or practices demonstrated in real-world transportation systems.

    Transportation and Energy Analysis (Up to $1.2 million)

    Some of these topics also support DOE’s Energy Storage Grand Challenge, which draws on the extensive research capabilities of the DOE National Laboratories as well as universities and industry to accelerate the development of energy-storage technologies and sustain American global leadership in the energy storage technologies of the future.

    The application process will include two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on February 5, 2021, and full applications are due on April 7, 2021.

    For more information and application requirements, please visit the EERE Program Information Center and

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    Topic Areas include:

    • Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to Enable Production of Conversion-Ready Feedstocks (up to $15M):
      • Measurement of variability of key MSW characteristics within and across unique MSW streams
      • Development of novel methods for rapid/real-time measurements.
    • Algae Productivity Exceeding Expectations (APEX) (up to $20M):
      • Improvements in productivity with traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) supply
      • Improvements in productivity with Direct Air Capture (DAC) of CO2 from ambient air.

    The Feedstock Technologies Topic Area will focus on the characterization of MSW streams. Projects will work on understanding MSW variability and informing the steps necessary to produce conversion-ready feedstock. The Advanced Algal Systems Topic Area looks to improve seasonal productivity of algae via a diverse portfolio of strains and improvement approaches. Projects will develop tools to accelerate current and future strain and cultivation improvements.

    The application process will include two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on February 1, 2021, and full applications are due on April 5, 2021.

    For more information, please visit the EERE Program Information Center and

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    How Might Electric Vehicles Affect Electrical Loads? Expanded Online Tool Provides Quick Answer

    By Juliane Ding, LCF Intern

    With the rising popularity of Electric Vehicles, the tools have advanced to handle the demand for accommodating the sheer number of EV’s. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a laboratory under the U.S Department of Energy with the mission to advance energy efficiency and sustainable transportation. Their research has helped the electric vehicle expansion to continue smoothly into the future as continuous growth has been pursued. 

    NREL states, “As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to grow in popularity, utilities and community planners are increasingly focused on building resilient energy systems that can support the added electrical load from EV charging.” 

    As planners focus on multiple factors that impact a consumer’s charging experience, adapting is now easier with a new tool that has been developed.

    NREL researchers have expanded the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection (EVI-Pro) Lite tool to include more analytic capabilities.

    Previously, the tool developed by the NREL and California Energy Commission was limited to allowing users to estimate how many chargers and what kind of chargers a city, region, or state may need to support an influx of EVs. 

    “In an added online application, those same users can take it a step further to predict how that added EV charging will impact electricity demand, or load shapes, in their area at any given time” states NREL.

    Learn more about recent expansions to the EVI-Pro Lite tool in an NREL news story.

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