Clean Fuels Ohio joins two new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) funded projects as a formal Clean Cities subcontractor. CFO joins “VoICE-MR: Vocation Integrated Cost Estimation for Maintenance and Repair of Alternative Fuel Vehicles”led by West Virginia University and “Rural Reimagined: Building an EV Ecosystem and Green Economy for Transforming Lives in Economically Distressed Appalachia” led by Tennessee Technological University.

VoICE-MR: Vocation Integrated Cost Estimation for Maintenance and Repair of Alternative Fuel Vehicles”

West Virginia University’s (WVU) Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions (CAFEE) is leading a study, VoICE-MR, to estimate the vocation dependent maintenance costs of heavy- and medium-duty vehicles fueled by alternative fuels that include natural gas, propane, electric and high biodiesel blends and compare those with conventional diesel vehicles. The study will specifically deal with medium- and heavy-duty vehicles operating in urban delivery, port drayage, school buses, refuse trucks and transit bus vocations. VoICE-MR aims to categorize vehicle maintenance cost based on different components of the vehicle namely: a) engine, b) transmission, c) fuel system, d) brake system and e) emissions control system and associated sensors.

The study seeks to further classify the type of maintenance as i) periodic, ii) preventative and iii) repair or corrective maintenance costs. Data collected will form the basis of modelling the maintenance cost of AFV’s as a function of vocation-specific duty cycle. WVU CAFEE is leveraging resources from an ongoing study in California to collect additional information related to maintenance cost and fleet-specific maintenance practices of alternative fueled vehicles (AFV) and diesel-powered vehicles. The biggest impact of VoICE-MR is that it will provide the fleets a model to estimate the cost of ownership of AFVs in the medium- and heavy-duty segments and be able to compare the cost to a conventional diesel vehicle. Clean Fuels Ohio’s key role in the project will be to join other Clean Cities partners to assist with the data gathering and results dissemination phases of the study.

Rural Reimagined: Building an EV Ecosystem and Green Economy for Transforming Lives in Economically Distressed Appalachia

Tennessee Technological University, in partnership with 5 Clean Cities Coalitions including Clean Fuels Ohio, has been awarded a project by the U.S. Department of Energy to expand clean and affordable mobility options to underserved communities in the most economically distressed Appalachian region. This project aims to build the underpinnings of a comprehensive EV ecosystem and green economy by developing needed charging infrastructure and adopting and demonstrating various cost-effective EVs in diverse applications. Additionally, by partnering with broad EV stakeholders, the project will create outreach, training, and education opportunities to the residents from the rural and low-income communities to promote the awareness of EVs and clean energy job opportunities in the EV sector.

The project goal is accomplished via 5 major project components including multi-layer charging infrastructure development, EV acquisition and demonstration, data collection and analysis, information exchange, outreach and education, and workforce training and economic development. The impacts of the project include:

  • Helping rural residents, fleet owners, and government agencies to accelerate EV adoption in the Appalachian region of 5 states,
  • Supporting the transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to a clean energy economy and creating new job opportunities in the EV sector,
  • Reducing fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and improving fuel diversity, environmental quality, and public health,
  • Improving mobility equity, and
  • Facilitating collaborative opportunities between universities, automotive EV OEMs, EV charging station suppliers, and other stakeholders on workforce training to serve rapidly growing EV industry and clean energy economy.