Blog

    FOTW# 1167: Median Driving Range of All-Electric Vehicles Tops 250 Miles for Model Year 2020

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

    Since 2011, significant improvements in battery technologies and overall EV efficiency have led to an expanding number of EV models and increased driving ranges. The median EPA estimated range for all EV models offered in the 2020 model year exceeded 250 miles. The 2020 model year also marked the first year that an EV achieved an EPA estimated maximum range of more than 400 miles.

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

    Fact #1167 Dataset

    READ the origial article


    Read More

    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.

    Fact #1166 Dataset

    Read the Original Article


    Read More

    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

    Read More

    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 FuelEconomy.gov website at https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/guides.shtml 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.

    Fueleconomy.gov

    The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency’s FuelEconomy.gov website helps consumers choose the most fuel efficient vehicle that meets their needs. In addition to providing the Fuel Economy Guide, FuelEconomy.gov 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


    Read More

    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.

    VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES FUNDING

    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 Grants.gov

    Read the original article

    BIOENERGY FUNDING

    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 Grants.gov.

    Read the original article


    Read More

    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.


    Read More

    On GivingTuesday, Support a Cleaner, More Breathable Louisiana

    Louisiana Clean Fuels Celebrates GivingTuesday, joining millions around the world participating in the global generosity movement on December 1, 2020.

    This GivingTuesday, Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) will inspire generosity by showcasing our 2021 initiatives to support lowering emissions and alternative fuel usage in Louisiana.

    GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 1, 2020, and throughout the year.

    DONATE NOW

    BECOME A MEMBER

    LCF works to help public and private fleets and consumers implement clean transportation projects. We build partnerships with local and statewide organizations in the public and private sectors to adopt:

    • Alternative and renewable fuels
    • Idle-reduction measures
    • Fuel economy improvements
    • New transportation technologies, as they emerge.


    This GivingTuesday, we are asking for donations of any kind to help us fund our efforts in 2021. Like most organizations, we have struggled in 2020 with funding, virtual events, and working from home. We need support now more than ever to keep working towards clean transportation in the state of Louisiana.

    In 2021, we plan to focus on certain initiatives in order to best help our state:

    Every donation, every membership goes towards funding our ability to work towards these initiatives and other clean transportation projects in Louisiana. Please consider donating or becoming an individual or organization member of LCF to show your generosity and commitment to keeping our beautiful state clean and breathable.

    GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 as a simple idea: to create a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

    People demonstrate generosity in many ways on GivingTuesday. Whether it’s helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving to causes we care about, every act of generosity counts. GivingTuesday has raised billions of dollars for critical causes around the world and gets 21 billion impressions on social media from people and organizations speaking up for the causes that matter to them and encouraging others to get involved in their communities.

    "GivingTuesday inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to drive progress around the causes they care about, not just on one day but throughout the year." said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO, and co-founder. "With country and community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, GivingTuesday is creating a shared space where we can see the radical implications of a more generous world."

    Those who are interested in learning about LCF’s 2021 Initiatives or becoming an  LCF member can visit www.louisianacleanfuels.org/join. For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesday on Twitter.


    Read More

    FOTW# 1161: A Tool is Available for Estimating Charging Loads from Plug-In Electric Vehicles

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

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has recently upgraded their Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection (EVI-Pro) Lite tool to inform industry stakeholders about the electricity needed to charge plug-in vehicles. Within the tool, users can customize to their own specifications for:

    • Location (city and state)
    • Number of plug-in vehicles
    • Average daily miles per vehicle
    • Average ambient temperature
    • All-electric vehicle share
    • Vehicle type
    • Share of workplace/home charging
    • Charging levels
    • Charging time of day.

    Real-world travel data from consumers are used to model future requirements for residential, workplace, and public charging under different scenarios. The model results for the electric load profile for a fleet of 1,000 plug-in vehicles in Indianapolis, IN, are shown below as an example. EVI-Pro Lite is also useful for estimating the number of electric vehicle chargers needed in an area to sustain a certain number of plug-in vehicles.

    Example of EVI-Pro Lite Results

    Note: EVI-Pro Lite has been developed through a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the California Energy Commission, with additional support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office. Load profile analysis capabilities in EVI-Pro Lite have been developed through a collaborative effort between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University.

    Source: Alternative Fuels Data Center, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection (EVI-Pro) Lite.

    Fact #1161 Dataset

    Read the original article


    Read More

    It's the LCF Membership Dues Drive!

    Your membership supports our coalition's mission and 2021 programmatic goals.

    Louisiana Clean Fuels is a member-supported Clean Cities Coalition that values the contributions of its members and partners. We invite you to become part of our coalition and join or renew your membership with LCF today.

    Louisiana Clean Fuels depends on the support of our members for the work we do to foster Louisiana's economic, environmental, and energy security. This support is vital for us to continue our efforts to reduce emissions and promote fuel-efficient technologies and alternative fuel usage in our state.

    Become part of the solution! Join or renew your membership with us to help support our 2021 initiatives:

    Increase awareness of emerging mobility technologies and their potential impacts on climate and air quality goals.
    Through webinars, regional workshops and outreach events

    Increase the efficiency of public and private fleets
    Through our Green Fleets Certification program, demonstration projects, and alternative fuel suitability analysis

    Encourage investment in renewable through analysis and education
    With projects like our "Waste to Fuel" initiative to reduce methane emissions in Louisiana

    Support our alternative fuel fleets and early adopters
    By conducting Listening Sessions, hosting technical training, and collaborating with members on grant proposals and funding opportunities

    Improve our state’s fueling infrastructure
    By working with our stakeholders to both bring awareness to and improve our alternative fuel corridors.

    Support and empower our first responders
    By continuing to offer critical safety training to Louisiana first responders

    Join Now


    Read More

    Fourteen States combine efforts to “DRIVE Electric USA”

    Accelerating the Adoption of Electric Vehicles

    DRIVE Electric USA will fully develop 14 state-based “Drive Electric” programs that will engage individuals, utilities, legislators, dealerships and others towards removing adoption barriers and accelerating plug-in electric vehicle use in our states.

    Louisiana Clean Fuels is proud to be a part of the DRIVE Electric USA project funded by the US Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. The project is running from October 2020 through December 2023 and is comprised of a group of diverse stakeholders, including Clean Cities Coalitions from fourteen states, electric vehicle and EVSE OEMs, and other committed partners who are dedicated to raising awareness and adoption of EVs across the United States. We will use our states as great and dissimilar examples of how to successfully build statewide, successful EV efforts to drive the purchase and use of EVs of all sizes and by general citizens and fleets.

    DRIVE Electric Participating States

    In order to accomplish this goal, project leaders and implementers will educate consumers, utilities, utility regulators, and government officials while engaging auto dealers and fleet leaders, conducting EV infrastructure planning, and developing local EV chapters. All of this will occur under the banner of each branded, statewide EV initiative which will be guided by that state’s stakeholders; Louisiana's branch of this project is called DRIVE Electric Louisiana. Additionally, a 28-member Project Advisory Committee (PAC) will provide input and guide the coalitions and their statewide efforts to break down barriers as quickly as we can towards accelerating EV adoption in our states.

    In addition to accelerating EV adoption, the project will advance state-of-the-art, innovative approaches to reduce interrelated EV market barriers and plans to create a “Replication Playbook” that other states can utilize to further their own initiatives. The activities, outputs and outcomes in the project are built on seven “Priority Areas” of focused work:

    1. Create and strengthen branded, statewide “Drive Electric” programs in each state, and build capacity into those programs through funded time
    2. Educate consumers by developing multiple, local EV “chapters” in all states
    3. Directly engage and educate all of our utilities and regulators
    4. Advance infrastructure in all states via statewide corridor, regional and community EVSE planning, including a focus on limited-income communities
    5. Educate state and local government officials about EV policy best practices
    6. Engage dealerships & OEMS to develop state-based, preferred EV dealer programs including light-duty and medium/heavy-duty OEMs
    7. Significantly increase fleet EV adoption across many types of fleets and sizes of vehicles

    The team’s goals are anchored in creating or strengthening state-based EV initiatives in the following 14 states (after each state, the Clean Cities Program that is leading that state’s efforts are listed):

    1. AlabamaAlabama Clean Fuels Coalition
    2. ColoradoDenver Metro Clean Cities Coalition
    3. FloridaCentral Florida Clean Cities Coalition
    4. GeorgiaClean Cities-Georgia
    5. KansasKansas City Regional Clean Cities
    6. LouisianaLouisiana Clean Fuels
    7. MissouriSt. Louis Clean Cities
    8. North CarolinaTriangle Clean Cities
    9. OhioClean Fuels Ohio
    10. PennsylvaniaEastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation
    11. TennesseeEast Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
    12. UtahUtah Clean Cities
    13. VirginiaVirginia Clean Cities
    14. WisconsinWisconsin Clean Cities

    Learn more at www.driveelectricusa.org. More information about DRIVE Electric Louisiana is coming soon.


    Read More