The U.S. Department of Energy is to provide up to $4.5 million in grants to expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles through the Clean Cities program, including vehicles using natural gas. Through consumer outreach, training, and strategic planning, these investments will increase America’s economic, energy, and environmental security.
This funding will support seven to fifteen deployment projects in three major areas: on-the-road demonstrations, safety-related training, and emergency preparedness.
The first area of funding focuses on increasing the number of drivers that can experience alternative fuel vehicles first-hand. Projects in this area will help potential buyers drive these vehicles for extended periods of time and gather data about their experiences. By increasing access to these vehicles through car-sharing, rental car, and commercial fleet leasing programs, more drivers will understand their benefits and be more likely to purchase them.
Projects under the second area of funding will develop and/or deliver training on alternative fuel vehicles to emergency first responders, public safety officials, and automotive technicians. This area may fund in-person workshops and online training courses to educate these vital personnel on safely handling and responding to incidents involving alternative fuel vehicles.
The third area of funding will support efforts to incorporate alternative fuels into city, state, and regional emergency management plans. Because natural disasters often interrupt gasoline and diesel fuel supplies, alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure can be valuable resources for disaster relief and emergency response teams.
Applicants must register with and submit application materials through the Funding Opportunity Exchange, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s application portal. Funding reference DEFOA0000951.
(Source: US DOE)