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    Louisiana Clean Fuels Annual Meeting Gets Rave Reviews from Attendees

    The Future of Transportation is Now

    On Wednesday, February 10th, Louisiana Clean Fuels invited all stakeholders to gather virtually for our 2021 Annual Stakeholder Meeting. Even without the typical networking lunch and king cake break, this year’s meeting was as interesting as ever, covering topics such as upcoming funding opportunities, LCF’s 2021 programs and projects, how our state is working towards its goal of Net Zero by 2050, and the carbon intensity of renewable fuels. Attendees from the meeting shared their immediate impression of the day's presentations with enthusiastic requests for a link to the recording and copies of presentations. One attendee raved, "The webinar yesterday was one of the best yet. I have been quoting Dr Brown and RMI all day.” Another attendee told us, "That was one of most interesting 2+ hour meetings I have ever attended”.

    LCF was joined by Britta Gross (Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute), Dr. Terrence Chambers (Director of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Center at University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Dr. Chuck Carr Brown (Secretary of Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality), Sam Lehr (Manager of Sustainability and Markets Policy at Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas), and Troy Shoen (Senior Marketing Manager for Renewable Energy Group). If you missed out on the live webinar, you can watch the recording on our YouTube channel

    Meeting Summary

    Louisiana Clean Fuels Executive Director, Ann Vail, kicked off the meeting on February 12, 2021, by giving a summary of LCF’s plans for 2021. Some of these include new and ongoing educational projects such as: the expansion of our Green Fleets program, Ann’s participation in the Transportation Committee for the Climate Initiative Task Force, the official launch of our Drive Electric Louisiana program (funded through a Department of Energy grant), our 2nd Annual Clean Fuels Classic golf tournament to be held in October 2021, a 2-day Virtual Clean Fuels Summit scheduled for June 15-15, 2021, and finally, the continuation of our focus on providing safety training for Louisiana first responders. Ann emphasized that, much like 2020, this year holds uncertainty as to when we can hold in-person networking events again. The valuable experience LCF staff have gained by hosting virtual events and webinars has put the coalition in a strong position to maintain their high standards of supporting its partners and stakeholders.

    Following our LCF update, Britta Gross kicked off the guest speaker presentations with a discussion on carbon emissions and EV implementation. As
    she explained, the United States is the top emitter of carbon from transportation, and “... for the U.S., what this means is that we can’t address carbon emissions unless we address transportation.” This seems like a daunting task, but it is exactly what Louisiana Clean Fuels, and other Clean Cities Coalitions, are working on every day. To contain global warming to 1.5 degrees, we must reduce 45% of transportation emissions by 2030, Britta explained during her presentation. For Louisiana, this means a total of 625,000 EVs operating in the next 10 years, a considerable increase from the 3,000 EVs registered in the state as of last year. As Britta discussed, many sectors are pushing for EVs, including government, banking, and car industries, but there is still a lot of work to be done. 

    Dr. Terrence Chambers and Dr. Chuck Carr Brown also joined LCF for the Stakeholder Meeting to talk about the Louisiana Governor’s Climate Task Force. Both Mr. Chambers and Dr. Brown sit on the task force, working to identify ways to achieve the climate goals of Net Zero by 2050 set by Governor Edwards. Dr. Chambers provided a detailed overview of how the task force is set up, gave a timeline for the group’s activities, and shared information on how the public can participate by sharing detailed project ideas on how our state can attain Net Zero through an online survey portal that opened on February 24th and closes on April 30, 2021. 

    While the goals are ambitious, the state of Louisiana is prepared to achieve them. As Dr. Brown pointed out, Louisiana is in a very unique position to address emissions while remaining successful. The road to renewable energy is a long one, and in the meantime, we will need a cleaner energy source to bridge the gap from fossil fuels to renewable energy. “Natural gas will be that gap, and it gives all the oil and gas producers in the state of Louisiana an opportunity to remain economically viable until they can bring their pieces of the puzzle to the plate,” said Dr. Brown. Other factors that can contribute to reducing Louisiana’s emissions include carbon capture and storage, cap and trade policies, and transitioning away from coal use. To read more about the Climate Initiatives Task Force, see our recent blog here

    Finally, Troy Shoen and Sam Lehr wrapped up our speaker presentations with discussions on renewable energy. Renewable fuels are a great way to reduce carbon emissions with little additional cost to a fleet. Many renewable fuels are used as ‘drop-in fuels,’ or fuels that can be used with existing petroleum infrastructure. These fuels can help diesel fleets reduce their emissions without having to replace all their vehicles. Shoen is a Senior Marketing Manager for Renewable Energy Group (REG), which owns and operates a biodiesel facility in Geismar, Louisiana. As Shoen explained during his presentation, biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from biological fats and oils such as used cooking oil. Louisiana is a large producer of renewable biodiesel and also a top 10 consumer. The state legislature’s support is a major part of this, with a Louisiana mandate requiring 2% of all diesel sold in the state to contain biodiesel. As Shoen mentioned, this likely all led to REG’s recent announcement to expand the Geismar facility production capacity by 250 million gallons of biodiesel per year. Our second speaker on renewable fuel was Sam Lehr, a Manager of Sustainability and Markets Policy at the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. Renewable natural gas is a gas derived from renewable resources such as food waste, wastewater, agricultural waste, and landfill gas. Lehr’s discussion on feedstock availability in the US and West South Central region informed us that  RNG from within the region can supply 10% of current natural gas demand in Louisiana. This is a significant amount that can help Louisiana achieve some of the emission reduction goals set by the Governor’s Climate Initiative Task Force.

    Louisiana Clean Fuels would like to thank all of our stakeholders for attending and our guest speakers for participating in our 2021 Annual Stakeholder Meeting. This year, we are looking forward to the new technologies and programs that will shape the future of transportation. If you missed the meeting, a recording is available on LCF’s YouTube channel. After you watch the recording (or if you attended the meeting live), please let us know what you think of the presentations by participating in a short survey.

    If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Louisiana Clean Fuels, please check out our website: www.louisianacleanfuels.org

    Thank you to REG and RNG Coalition for participating in this year’s meeting as well as for their continued support to Louisiana Clean Fuels as members.


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    Louisiana Clean Fuels 2020 Year in Review

    The last year has been a challenging one, at best. We had originally planned to celebrate our 20th Anniversary all year long with fun and innovative networking events that highlighted the accomplishments of our stakeholders. Then in March, just days after our Clean Fuels Classic, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to shift our priorities and adapt. But amidst the chaos, 2020 brought new lessons and experiences, many of which have given us the tools and skills to improve and grow with the coming year. So it is with renewed hope for the future that we look back over our many experiences and accomplishments of the last year.

    First-Ever Clean Fuels Classic Golf Tournament

    On March 13, 2020, LCF held our inaugural Clean Fuels Classic golf tournament. Stakeholders and guests gathered for drinks, lunch, and a fun time at Pelican Point Golf & Country Club in Gonzales, LA, playing for various prizes, including the chance to drive home in an all-electric Jaguar I-PACE from presenting sponsor Paretti Family of Dealerships. Players participated in a scramble-style tournament, enjoying excellent on-course food and Bloody Marys provided by our sponsors. The day ended with an awards ceremony sponsored by ROUSH CleanTech, during which LCF raffled off fun prizes for attendees to win. The tournament kicked off LCF’s yearlong celebration of our 20th anniversary, and it was also our last in-person event before Louisiana’s stay-at-home orders shut down the state on March 16th. The course at Pelican Point was a hit with all of our golfers and we are proud to announce that the second Clean Fuels Classic will be held on October 11, 2021.

    LCF 20th Anniversary

    In April 2000, Louisiana Clean Fuels - then known as the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition - was designated as a Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition. In celebration of our 20th anniversary, LCF planned for 2020 to be a year of exciting alternative fuel events, educational outreach, and promotion, but everything changed when the pandemic struck. Despite this significant roadblock, we managed to pivot our anniversary plans and work toward a year that was both safe and celebratory. Throughout the latter half of the summer, our Executive Director worked with a film crew to produce promotional videos and a PSA for the coalition. They interviewed alternative fuel stakeholders from across the state and local leaders to show off LCF’s myriad alternative fuel and emissions reduction contributions in Louisiana over the past two decades.

    Clean Fuel Leader Awards & Virtual Gala

    November saw the culmination of LCF’s anniversary celebration with our annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards at a 20th Anniversary Gala sponsored by the Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO). A small group of award winners and representatives gathered for a masked and distanced ceremony at The Estuary at the Water Campus in Baton Rouge. Republic Services took home the highest award, Clean Fuel Champion, for the third year in a row for their continued hard work toward reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. LCF awarded the second-ever Katry Martin Award to Scott Barrios of Entergy for “his enthusiasm, thirst for knowledge, and unlimited energy [which] he puts toward helping to pave the way for clean fuels for Louisiana, especially electric technologies.” Awards were also presented to Capital Area Transit System (CATS), Fuels Fix, United Parcel Service (UPS), and the City of Lake Charles, among others. Sponsored by Atmos Energy, the event also featured recorded performances by Louisiana singer, songwriter, and fiddler Amanda Shaw and a special supportive message from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. A recording of the event premiered on our YouTube channel the following evening to more than 100 virtual viewers. LCF was delighted to recognize these amazing fleets for their invaluable work towards a cleaner, more sustainable future for transportation in Louisiana.

    Alternative Fuel Corridors

    Towards the end of 2019, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality applied for Alternative Fuel Corridor designation for several sections of highway in Louisiana to be recognized as EV charging corridors. Utilizing our DC Fast Charging Master Plan, LCF worked with LDEQ throughout 2019 to help the department decide on the most beneficial locations for DC Fast Chargers in the state with the goal of spurring the creation of our interstate EV charging network. In July 2020, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officially designated a section of I-10 as “corridor-ready” for EV charging, with another section of I-10 and a section of I-12 marked “corridor-pending.” We anticipate that the remaining VW Settlement awards will result in our state having nearly complete electric vehicle corridors on I-10, I-20 and I-49.

    Webinar Wednesdays

    With the onset of the pandemic and its accompanying regulations in Louisiana, we had to pivot our outreach plans for the year from in-person to virtual. Thus, LCF’s Webinar Wednesdays series was born, an educational webinar series dedicated to providing information about alternative fuels to various audiences. Alternative fuel experts, fleets, and Clean Cities personnel gathered virtually to present on such topics as First Steps for Fleets Interested in EVs, Preparing Utilities for EVs, Work Trucks Market Watch, and Pro Tips for CNG Fleets. This webinar series saw over 450 attendees and has accrued over 200 views on our YouTube channel, and continues to serve as a convenient way for viewers to learn more about alternative energy in the transportation sector.

    Executive Director appointed to Climate Task Force Transportation Committee & Awarded Benjamin Watson Leadership Award

    Throughout 2020, LCF’s staff worked diligently to cope with the pandemic while we continued our normal outreach and fleet support. Amidst all of this hard work, our Executive Director, Ann Vail, received recognition for her efforts to go above and beyond in the name of Clean Cities. In August, Ann was presented the Benjamin Watson Leadership Award by the Clean Cities Coordinator Council, an award given once a year in honor of a long-time coordinator who enriched the Clean Cities community with their spirit and engaging personality. “Ann Vail’s inspirational energy, passion, and skill at overcoming challenges led her fellow Clean Cities coordinators to select her for the Benjamin Watson Inspirational Award, which recognizes coordinators who embody the heart and attitude of Benjamin Watson,” said a Clean Cities press release. Ann, who is also a member of the Clean Cities Hall of Fame, was delighted to be honored by her peers in appreciation of her efforts to promote the mission of Clean Cities and assist fellow coalitions in their clean fuel efforts. That same month, Ann was also appointed to the Transportation Committee of the Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force established by Governor John Bel Edwards. 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. Ann is incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to have a larger role in moving Louisiana toward a climate-positive future.

    While 2020 certainly provided a myriad of challenges for us as a coalition, it took a lot of work and dedication from LCF staff to achieve our goals and maximize our potential. The year was an excellent time for us to revise our online platforms and improve our virtual content as we worked from our separate home desks and held meetings via Zoom. Though it wasn’t the yearlong celebration we initially hoped for, we made the best of 2020 and our 20th Anniversary, keeping safe while still recognizing our two decades of clean fuel achievements. This pandemic may not be ending anytime soon, but LCF is ready to spring right into 2021 and continue our dedication to serving our fleets and promoting clean air and fuels for our state.


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    Louisiana Green Fleets Program to recognize fleets on emissions reduction efforts

    Louisiana’s two Clean Cities coalitions combine programs to create one statewide Green Fleets Certification.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

         

    February 1, 2021 - Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) and Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership (SLCFP) are partnering on a single, statewide Green Fleets Certification Program, which will recognize Louisiana fleets on their environmental efforts toward reducing transportation emissions. Previously, each coalition had its own fleet certification program. The combined effort will simplify the certification process for fleets that operate in both regions of the state.

    The Louisiana Green Fleets Program is designed to assist fleets in deploying solutions that improve the economic and environmental performance of vehicle operations. This free program provides enrolled fleets with emissions analysis for their on-road and some off-road vehicles used throughout Louisiana. The analysis evaluates a fleet’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, pollutant emissions, and percentage of petroleum use along with their percentage of alternative fuel vehicles. Participating fleets are certified on a 5-star scale based on their efforts. Following certification, fleets also receive a report including custom solutions on how to further their environmental efforts

    Certified Green Fleets receive unique education opportunities, grant funding assistance, and vendors offering advanced fuel and vehicle technologies. Additionally, fleets also receive a custom public relations kit to help promote their fleet's environmental achievements.

    Enrolling is simple, free, and has no obligations. Any Louisiana fleet that wishes to apply must submit certain baseline data as well as data on specific efficiency and alternative fuel technologies deployed in their fleet operations. The Louisiana Green Fleets program utilizes its own variation of the U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory’s Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool.  The AFLEET-based model is used to subtract the “actual” emissions of the candidate fleet’s conventional- and alternative-fuel fleet from the “expected” emissions of the candidate’s fleet if it were only composed of conventional-fuel vehicles to calculate net emissions savings.

    The 2021 enrollment period for Louisiana Green Fleets is open now and will close on March 1, 2021. To enroll, please email [email protected] to get started. Visit louisianagreenfleets.weebly.com for more information.

    For more information:

    LCF: Victoria Herrmann, Communications Coordinator | [email protected] | 225-342-7972

    SLCFP: Stephanie Steele, Communications & Outreach | [email protected] | 504-483-8522

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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. The mission of LCF is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. LCF provides technical support, education, and funding assistance to both public and private fleets who wish to implement clean transportation projects.The LCF territory covers all of Louisiana with the exception of the 8 parishes in the SLCFP territory. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

    About Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership: SLCFP provides education, technical assistance, funding information and other services to help vehicle fleet managers and personnel incorporate cleaner transportation options into their operations. SLCFP is supported by the Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources’ Technology Assessment Division and is housed at the Regional Planning Commission serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa parishes.


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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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    Progress in electric vehicle range and emissions

    Originally posted to Fuels Fix | Original Article

    Demystifying emissions comparisons and the viability of electric vehicles for Louisiana residents and businesses with new data and research.

    Just 10 years ago, the electric vehicle industry began expanding and limited research was available about the vehicle benefits, capabilities, or impacts. Over the last few years, EV production has been a rapidly changing industry as car manufacturers address climate concerns and customer needs. With new technology and years of progress, our knowledge on EVs has developed, and new research can provide us with the answers to our previous concerns or misconceptions. 

    EV Well-to-Wheel Emissions Misconceptions

    Vehicle emissions can be broken into two categories: air pollutants and greenhouse gases. When comparing these emissions, there are two forms of analysis: direct and well-to-wheels. Direct emissions are those coming from the use of the vehicle and are also known as tailpipe emissions. The operation of electric vehicles (EVs) produces no tailpipe emissions, but there are still emissions associated with these vehicles. Well-to-wheel emissions include all emissions related to fuel production, processing, distribution, and use. For gasoline vehicles, well-to-wheel emissions come from the extraction, refining, and distribution of petroleum, while electric vehicle emissions are produced by the electric power plants and the extraction and processing of the primary energy sources used for electricity production. The actual amount of emissions associated with EVs is dependent on the makeup of the electricity grid where the vehicle is charged. 

    One misconception when discussing well-to-wheel emissions from electric vehicles is that electric grids with primary sources of electricity coming from fossil fuels will result in higher emissions for EVs than the average gasoline vehicle. While the exact emissions data does depend on the electricity sources, well-to-wheel emissions of electric vehicles are generally still significantly cleaner than gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles. This is largely due to their fuel economies: EVs convert over 77% of the electrical energy from the grid to power while conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 12-30% of the energy from gasoline to power. According to Argonne National Lab’s Assessment of Light-Duty Plug-In Electric Vehicles in the United States, this efficiency resulted in energy savings from light-duty plug-in electric vehicles of 44.8 trillion Btu, or 470 million gallons of gasoline in 2019 alone. 

    In Louisiana, our reliance on fossil fuels for energy can result in slightly higher electricity emissions than other renewable-based states. Based on the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s analysis on the electricity generation in Louisiana, approximately 72% of our state’s energy comes from natural gas. While the emissions levels for natural gas are much greater than what is possible with renewable energy sources, it still has much lower greenhouse gas emissions than coal or oil. This results in significantly lower emissions for electric vehicles in Louisiana than gasoline vehicles, and this trend will continue as our energy generation becomes cleaner.


    Image: Per vehicle emissions based on Louisiana’s power mix (Source: https://afdc.energy.gov/vehicles/electric_emissions.html)

    For further analysis on EV emissions in Louisiana, the U.S. Department of Energy has created a ‘Beyond Tailpipe Emissions Calculator’ which allows users to choose an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, input their location by zip code, and compare total well-to-wheels emissions of their car to the average new gasoline vehicle. Using this for a 2020 Chevy Bolt in Baton Rouge, the electric vehicle’s emissions are estimated to be 120 grams of CO2 per mile (gCO2/mi) while the average new gasoline vehicle emissions are estimated as 410 gCO2/mi. 

    EV Battery Emissions and Progress 

    Another topic that is recently evolving in relation to electric vehicle emissions is the impacts of battery production. Different studies, summarized by the International Council on Clean Transportation in 2018, have shown different emissions impacts, ranging from 56 to 494 kg CO2e/kWh with an average estimation at 150 kg CO2e/kWh. This translates to about 56 gCO2/mi. Based on the reports mentioned previously, gasoline vehicles are responsible for about 100-290 gCO2/mi more than EVs. 

    The International Energy Agency conducted its own study on a ten-year comparative life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions analysis based on 2018 data in their recently released Global EV Outlook 2020. Their comparison shows that batteries represent about a third of electric vehicles’ lifetime emissions; however, the total CO2 emissions of the ten-year life-cycle for a battery electric vehicle (BEV) with an 80kWh capacity (or about 370 mi. range) is currently approximately 20% less than the emissions of a comparable internal combustion vehicle life-cycle. Thus, while EV batteries are still associated with substantial emissions, it does not outweigh the benefits of reduced emissions associated with the use of EVs. As battery technology and recycling improve and EV designs become more efficient and cost-effective, the life-cycle emissions of an EV are expected to continue to decrease, while increasing costs of achieving better fuel efficiency in combustion vehicles will limit reductions to GHG emissions in the future.

    (Comparative life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions over ten year lifetime of an average mid-size car by powertrain, 2018, IEA, Paris, International Energy Agency Global EV Outlook 2020)

    However, there are still negatives associated with the production of EV batteries. As of now, most batteries for EVs (along with other electronic devices like your cell phone), are made from lithium, a naturally-occurring mineral found within the earth. To extract lithium, a lot of water is needed and unfortunately, the most lithium-rich spot in the world, South America’s Lithium Triangle also happens to be one of the driest. In parts of Chile, 65% of all of the region’s water is going to mining activities, and this has a harsh impact on local farmers. Locals are also often underrepresented in the mining process, as large companies come in and extract resources from their land with little or no pay. It is no doubt that these lithium batteries are essential in the electrification of vehicles, and thus the fight against global warming and pollution, but lithium cannot be considered a just solution if the industry continues to contribute to water depletion and global extractivism.

    EV Range Anxiety 

    Range anxiety, or the fear that your EV will run out of power because it has a shorter range on a full charge than a conventional vehicle on a full tank of gas, is one of the most common concerns for interested EV buyers. While it is true that EVs have a shorter range than conventional vehicles, there are a few things to note that can help mitigate consumer range anxiety. 

    The average American driver drives about 37 miles per day. Most EV drivers begin their daily commute with a full charge after charging overnight. With the shortest range on a full charge at about 57 miles for older EV vehicles and a modern range at about 200 miles, it is unlikely that an EV driver would be stranded without a charge on an average day. 
    Even in the last two model years, ranges of electric sedans, wagons, and SUVs have increased by an average of 5-10% over the previous year, based on data of 74 commercially-available all-electric vehicles from AFDC’s alternative fuel vehicle search. The chart below shows that the average range of an EV sedan or SUV is now above 240 miles with many sedans approaching 400 miles.

    Further, while EV infrastructure scarcity is a legitimate issue, EV charging stations are on the rise in many regions, in part thanks to increased incentives and funding sources like the VW Mitigation Trust. In the last few years, Louisiana has installed enough EV charging stations along I-10 to complete a short FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridor and designate the rest of I-10 and I-12 as pending corridors. However, many owners of newer EVs with ranges of 300+ miles find that they rarely need to charge in public. By adding EV charging stations at places of work, the charging needs of people with older EVs with shorter ranges would be satisfied. 

    Ultimately, most EV owners charge at home with Level 2 chargers. These chargers can cost as little as $1,000, and state tax credits and utility incentives can lower that cost. But if needed, tools like the Alternative Fuels Data Center Fueling Station Locator can also assist in finding EV charging stations in the United States and Canada.

    Louisiana Clean Fuels and Electric Vehicles

    As a Clean Cities coalition, Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) works with businesses, municipalities, and individuals looking to make the transition to alternative fuels vehicles, including electric vehicles. We provide technical assistance on matters including which vehicles to purchase, feasibility analysis, charging infrastructure placement and installation, and available funding. Our history of successful partnerships in Louisiana includes support for public and private fleets as well as serving as subject matter experts (SME) for our stakeholders, state legislators and policymakers. 

    In summary, electric vehicles are a viable cleaner option that is not only gaining in popularity but is constantly improving. States, local municipalities, businesses, and utilities who educate themselves and actively prepare for this near seismic shift in our transportation systems will be better positioned to capitalize on the benefits of electric vehicles while avoiding the pitfalls that result from lack of preparation. 

    How to Learn More About Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure Needs

    This fall, LCF is hosting several webinars designed to inform elected officials, utilities, regulators and fleets – large and small – on the various EV related topics from “EV Market Watch” where we delve into market trends and show the variety of currently available EV work trucks, to advanced topics like our webinar on Multi-port, 1+MW Charging System for Medium- and Heavy-Duty EVs. Visit our website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay informed about alternative fuels projects and programs as well as ways to reduce your emissions through technology and proven fleet management practices.

    Resources:

    Emissions from Hybrid and Plug-In Electric Vehicles

    Emissions Associated with Electric Vehicle Charging: Impact of Electricity Generation Mix, Charging Infrastructure Availability, and Vehicle Type

    Louisiana State Profile and Energy Estimates

    EV Sales Trends: COVID-19 Implications

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