NGV UPTIME Analysis: In 2021, Clean Fuels Ohio made significant progress with NGV and diesel vehicle maintenance data collection and analysis from freight and goods movement trucking fleet partners across the country. The project has secured ~1,500 vehicles worth of natural gas and diesel vehicle maintenance data/costs (via VMRS codes) and plans to wrap up data collection efforts in Q1 of 2022.
Energetics, the project’s data analysis partner, conducted initial analyses of vehicle characteristics such as vehicle makes, model years, and engine size and developed initial vehicle maintenance metrics including highest recorded mileage for different model year trucks and average number of repairs between natural gas and diesel vehicles. CFO and Energetics met with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to determine an efficient pathway to provide an anonymized version of the dataset for further analysis and cleaning. Overall, Clean Fuels Ohio achieved its milestones to collect vehicle maintenance data, conduct initial data cleaning/quality review, develop preliminary version of the maintenance repair code decoder, and formalize a process to share anonymized data with NREL.
Decentralized Mobility Ecosystem: In 2021, Clean Fuels Ohio worked with partners Columbus Yellow Cab (CYC), Mobikit, and HTNB on the deployment of the project’s decentralized EV mobility hub ecosystem in central Ohio. The project finalized mobility hub site design, planning for site electrical needs, and EVSE hardware selection. While the second year of the project will be extended due to the delivery delay of EVSE hardware, the project team executed the other project milestones.
CFO worked with CYC to refine the development of the EV reservation app for taxi drivers and eventually other EV drivers. CFO also worked with CYC to develop a Community Engagement and Marketing Plan to execute in 2022. Clean Fuels Ohio continues to achieve its milestones to deploy mobility hubs at the Short North and three Columbus Metropolitan Library branches, launch the mobile EV reservation platform for the public, market the EV mobility hubs to relevant user audiences, and draft a replication playbook and toolkit for dissemination efforts.
Heavy Duty EV Demonstrations for Freight and Mobility Solutions: This year, Clean Fuels Ohio worked with the project’s three fleet demonstration partners, Two Men and a Truck, DHL Supply Chain, and Columbus Yellow Cab, to finalize deployments of three different Class 4-8 EV applications. CFO worked with project partner Sawatch Labs, to develop the medium-/heavy-duty (MD/HD) electric vehicle analysis/modeling tool – a key milestone and output for this project.
Throughout the year, Sawatch utilized existing telematics data from several MD/HD vehicle fleets to influence telematics improvements and further develop the modeling tool to vet the collected data for three vehicle applications (EV yard-hostler, EV box/moving truck, EV micro-mobility/paratransit van) on the modeling platform. Sawatch plans to move to more complex loading models and identification to finalize the tool and CFO plans to continue coordinating OEM and fleet data collection efforts to further add input into the modeling tool. Clean Fuels Ohio achieved its Year 2 milestones to identify and address data gaps and telematics improvements, collect EV deployment data from fleets and OEM partners, and develop the MD/HD EV Modeling & Analysis Tool with Sawatch Labs.
EV WATTS: In 2021, Clean Fuels Ohio continued to support Energetics with administration of the project’s Clean Cities coalition partners scope of work to collect nationwide PEV and EVSE data from data partners. This data will analyze and inform future research and deployment planning.
CFO, along with the other Clean Cities partners, continued supporting the project by securing data sharing agreements from a diverse set of EVSE/PEV data partners from across the country (i.e. municipalities, utilities, and private sector businesses) coordinating data transfers from existing secured partners, and collecting new data by coordinating project-installed telematics devices to PEV fleets and individual owners. To-date, Clean Fuels Ohio has contributed 250 PEVs and ~900 EVSE ports worth of data to the EV WATTS project. The project’s EV WATTS dashboard with the latest collected and analyzed data is publicly available at https://www.energetics.com/evwatts.
DRIVE Electric USA: DRIVE Electric USA, primed by East Tennessee Clean Fuels, kicked off project work this year with a project team consisting of Clean Cities Coalitions from 14 states, electric vehicle and EVSE OEMs, and other committed partners throughout the country. The goal in each project state is to raise awareness and adoption of EVs across the United States through the development of work in 7 priority areas.
In Year 1 of the project, Clean Cities Coalitions propped up Statewide Branded EV initiatives – including two grassroots Drive Electric chapters per state – hosted consumer education events, created a branded web platform for each initiative, and established a group of stakeholders to develop an EV adoption and awareness plan tailored to each individual state.
Additionally, project partners convened with utilities in each state, developed local and state policy plans and policymaker education priorities around EV promotion and adoption, developed state-specific EV Dealer Engagement Action Plans, and began convening with fleets to spur fleet adoption of electric vehicles. This work took place across the 14 states involved in the project.
DRIVE Electric USA is looking forward to building on project work completed during Year 1 and expanding the reach of the Statewide Branded Initiatives in 2022.
Zero Emission Freight Future: Zero Emission Freight Future (ZEFF) began work in 2021. ZEFF is designed to demonstrate the viability of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles (EVs) in new fleets and communities. The project’s demonstration partners, Bimbo Bakery, City of Columbus, and PITT OHIO, will showcase Class 4-8 EVs that have tremendous potential for wider adoption and highlight visible fleets in freight/goods movement, logistics, and government. This project is designed as the real-world proof demonstrating the operational and financial performance while conducting analysis on operations performance, costs, maintenance, and environmental benefits of medium- and heavy-duty EVs.
CFO has received vehicle and EVSE spec sheets and finalized specifications with Bimbo and their vendors: Motiv Power Systems as the conversation kit manufacturer and Fontaine Modification to perform the upfit of the vehicle for Bimbo Bakery. This information was used to develop the fleet deployment plan.
PITT OHIO is purchasing a VRN Electric Truck from Volvo Trucks as well as a DC Fast Charging station from Gilbarco to be deployed and installed at their Parma, OH distribution center. PITT OHIO has worked closely with Clean Fuels Ohio, Volvo, and Gilbarco to determine specifications for final EV and EVSE purchase and deployment.
The City of Columbus released a formal Request for Proposal for vendors to supply an all-electric refuse truck to their city fleet. The City Council approved the purchase of a Lion Electric EV Refuse Truck on December 6, 2021.
Drive Clean Rural USA: Drive Clean Rural USA, a partnership between Transportation Energy Partners and 7 Clean Cities Coalitions, is designed to create models for effectively transferring advanced clean fuel and vehicle technologies to underserved county governments and rural communities. The project encompasses 3 stages of work: outreach and education, technical assistance, and dissemination of project findings.
CFO and the other 6 Clean Cities partners began outreach to county governments and communities this year, with the goal of identifying 24 county governments to receive technical assistance through workshops, fleet assessments, and vehicle demonstrations. In addition to outreach, each Clean Cities Coalition began hosting some of the required outreach events, in the form of webinars, in-person meetings, and conferences.
The selection of county governments and the rest of the outreach events will happen in Q1 and Q2 of 2022, as Year 1 of the project extends through June 2022.