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.

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    VTO’s 2020 Annual Merit Review Report Released

    Vehicle Technologies Office | November 10, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office’s (VTO’s) 2020 Annual Merit Review Report is now available. VTO’s 2020 Annual Merit Review (AMR) was held virtually from June 1–4, 2020, where VTO’s portfolio was reviewed by panels of experts from industry, government, academia, and non-profits. The report details reviewer text responses and scores, including numeric scores for each technical session as well as text and graphical summaries of reviewer responses for each individual reviewed project, based on project presentations and posters presented by the principal investigators.

    The objective of the VTO AMR is to review VTO’s accomplishments from previous months and its plans for the future, and gather stakeholder input with a structured and formal methodology. The meeting also provided attendees a forum for technology information transfer.

    VTO will hold its 2021 AMR from June 21–24, 2021, in Washington, DC. For more information, please see

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    FOTW# 1159: Shared Micromobility Trips Grew by 62% in 2019

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

    The number of micromobility trips grew 62% from 2018 to 2019 due to the large increase in scooter trips. Shared micromobility refers to small fleets of fully or partially human-powered vehicles including bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters. Trips on scooters more than doubled from 2018 to 2019 while bike trips increased by 3% and e-bike trips increased 54%. Data collection by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) began in 2010 and included only bike trips until 2018.

    Note: Data includes systems with over 150 bikes or scooters and includes only data reported by large cities. Data does not include private or closed campus systems like those operating on university campuses. For more detail, see the source report.

    Source: National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Shared Micromobility in the U.S.: 2019, Summer 2020.

    Fact #1159 Dataset

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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,

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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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    FOTW #1151: Lithium-Ion Battery Capacity for New All-Electric Vehicles Sold in the United States Reached a Record High in 2019

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

    With a 1% increase in sales and increasing battery pack size, all-electric vehicles (EVs) captured a record amount of total plug-in vehicle battery capacity sold in 2019, 17.4 gigawatt-hours. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) accounted for a smaller portion of total plug-in vehicle battery capacity due to their lower sales volumes and because they require smaller battery packs than EVs, since they have gasoline-powered engines to extend total vehicle range. PHEV sales decreased 32% from 2018 to 2019, about the same as the decrease in PHEV battery capacity. Calendar year 2018 was the first full year of Tesla Model 3 sales, which accounted for the large increase in total battery capacity between 2017 and 2018.

    Source: Argonne National Laboratory, Assessment of Light-Duty Plug-In Electric Vehicles in the United States, 2010 – 2019, June 2020.

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    Notice of Intent to Issue a Vehicle Technologies Funding Opportunity

    Originally posted by the DOE EERE

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office has published a notice of intent to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled "Fiscal Year 2020 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research FOA." The FOA will support a broad portfolio of advanced vehicle technologies that can strengthen national security, enable future economic growth, support American energy dominance, and increase transportation affordability for all Americans. This FOA may include the following topics:

    • Lithium-Ion Batteries using Silicon-Based Anode
    • Low Cost Electric Traction Drive Systems Using No Heavy Rare Earth Materials
    • Utility Managed Smart Charging
    • Platinum Group Metals Content Reduction to Enable Cost-Effective Aftertreatment for Gasoline and Diesel Engines
    • Improved Efficiency of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Natural Gas and Propane (LPG) Engines
    • Energy-Efficient Off-Road Technologies Directly Applicable to Agriculture Sector and/or Other Off-Road Vehicles
    • Lightweight and High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites for Vehicle Applications
    • Energy Efficient Mobility Systems
    • Technology Integration
    • Transportation and Energy Analysis

    The Vehicle Technologies’ portfolio includes advanced batteries, electric drive systems; smart charging technologies; energy efficient mobility technologies and systems; advanced combustion engines and fuels; materials for vehicle light-weighting; technology integration, which includes work with the national network of Clean Cities coalitions; and transportation and energy analysis.

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