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    LCF Staff Pick: Top 5 tools on the AFDC

    By Samantha Breax, LCF Intern

    Whether you’re working at home, looking for data from the office, or interested in starting your alternative fuel journey, the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides free access to all of the tools you need. As an unbiased resource from the US Department of Energy, AFDC offers calculators, interactive maps, and data searches to assist fleets, fuel providers, and the everyday driver in advancing alternative fuel and energy-efficient efforts.

    To access their entire collection of tools, visit https://afdc.energy.gov/tools.

    Here are five of our favorite AFDC tools:

    1) Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection Tool (EVI-Pro) Lite

    This calculator provides an estimate of how many public electric vehicle chargers would be necessary in a given state/urban area to support EV adoption. Along with its recommendation, it provides the number of currently available chargers and next-steps for new stations.

    View the EVI-Pro Lite Tool

    2) Alternative Fueling Station Locator

    The Alternative Fueling Station map shows public fueling stations across the United States and Canada. It includes mapping for all alternative fuels, including electric, CNG, LNG, propane, biodiesel, hydrogen, and ethanol. For private fleets, private fueling stations can also be located, along with unavailable and planned stations, by using the advanced filters option. The route mapping feature allows you to plan travel with fueling stops in mind.

    View the Station Locator

    3) Vehicle Cost Calculator

    This tool allows you to compare the cost of ownership, annual fuel and electricity use, and expected emissions between up to 8 vehicles simultaneously. Basic information about your driving habits is used to calculate costs and emissions for makes and models of most vehicles manufactured since 2005.

    View the vehicle cost calculator

    4) AFLEET tool 

    The AFLEET tool uses data from Argonne National Labs’ GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) to calculate a fleet’s petroleum use, greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, and cost of ownership. The spreadsheet uses simple inputs such as vehicle type, year, and mileage to calculate emissions per year and per vehicle lifetime. The most recent version allows for analysis of off-road equipment as well as light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles. This tool is for those who are comfortable with and are well versed in Excel. If you would like assistance with this tool, please email us at [email protected].

    View the AFLEET tool


    5) State Information

    The State Information data search pulls information for your state about laws and incentives, fueling stations, Clean Cities Coalitions, fuel prices, vehicle emissions, and more. It contains links to other tools provided by AFDC, such as the Clean Cities Coalitions Locator and Laws and Incentives Search, acting as a one-stop shop for all state-wide information. 

    View state information

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    FOTW #1138: New Light-Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy in the United States Has Nearly Doubled Since 1975

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

    From 1975 to 2019, fuel economy for all new light-duty vehicles produced for sale in the United States has increased from an average of 13.1 miles per gallon (mpg) to 25.5 mpg, a 95% increase. This is a significant improvement considering the new vehicle mix has recently shifted heavily towards SUVs and pickups, which generally have lower fuel economy than cars. The car SUV category showed the most improvement from 1975 to 2019 with a 143% increase in fuel economy. Cars, truck SUVs and vans each increased by more than 100% in that same time frame, while pickups increased by 63%.

    Note: Data for 2019 are preliminary. Data are production weighted. The “Car SUV” category includes 2-wheel drive SUV with inertia weight of 4,000 lb. or less.

    Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2019 EPA Automotive Trends Report, EPA-420-R-20-006, March 2020.

    Fact #1138 Dataset

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    Wheels Keep Turning on Innovations for More Efficient and Clean Vehicles

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

    While approximately 30% of today’s new cars can boast fuel economy of at least 30 miles per gallon, there is still the opportunity for further efficiency gains. In addition, while trucks make up just 4% of all U.S. automobiles, they account for more than 25% of transportation-related fuel consumption, and diesel averages 44 cents more per gallon than gasoline.

    Top scientists, engineers, and analysts with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative are examining how simultaneous improvements to fuels and engines can improve efficiency and reduce emissions and costs of the entire on-road fleet, including light-duty (LD), medium-duty (MD), and heavy-duty (HD) internal combustion vehicles that are likely to make up the majority of the U.S. automotive market for decades to come.

    After completing a major body of research focused on turbocharged spark ignition engines in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, Co-Optima’s FY2019 LD research and development (R&D) shifted focus to multimode solutions that employ multiple engine operating modes to maximize engine efficiency and fuel economy. A new report highlights the most significant Co-Optima R&D accomplishments from FY 2019, with details on findings that straddle LD, MD, and HD technologies.

    Co-Optima is jointly sponsored by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies and Vehicle Technologies offices. Partners include nine National Laboratories, along with more than 20 university and industry partners.

    Get more details on the report and learn more about the Co-Optima initiative.

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    FOTW #1135: Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards Finalized Through 2026

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

    On March 31, 2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted the final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule, which finalizes the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards through 2026. Estimates of CAFE requirements for cars reach 47.7 miles per gallon (mpg) in 2026 and for light trucks reach 34.1 mpg.

    Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient 'SAFE' Vehicles Rule, Final Rule, Tables II-15 and II-16.

    Fact #1135 Dataset

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    FOTW #1131: Average Fuel Economy for Model Year 2019 Light-Duty Vehicles Was 95% Better than Model Year 1975

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

    The average production-weighted fuel economy for all new light-duty vehicles in model year (MY) 2019 was 95% better than in MY 1975, while average horsepower was 78% higher and weight was 1% higher. From the late 1980s to the mid-2000s, fuel economy generally declined while horsepower and weight increased. Since 2004, due to technical innovations, fuel economy and horsepower have increased while vehicle weight has stayed about the same.

    Note: Data for 2019 are preliminary. All data are production weighted.

    Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2019 EPA Automotive Trends Report, EPA-420-R-20-006, March 2020

    Fact #1131 Dataset

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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.

    View the Notice of Intent


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