DOE Clean Cities and Communities Coalition

communitiesETCF is a designated DOE Clean Cities and Communities Coalition. These Coalitions support the nation’s energy and economic security by building partnerships to advance affordable domestic transportation fuels, energy-efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. They also serve as the foundation of Clean Cities by implementing transportation projects in communities nationwide. Clean Cities and Communities Coalitions foster community-based partnerships through local Coalitions that work with stakeholders such as vehicle fleets, utilities, local governments, fuel providers, equipment manufacturers, and community organizations. Funding from this program is utilized in multiple projects and events that ETCF is involved in, such as Driving EV Leadership workshops, Vehicle and Station cost tracking, and many outreach, training, and awareness events.

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The Equitable Mobility Powering Opportunities for Workplace Electrification Readiness (EMPOWER) project is working to build a nationwide, sustainable workplace charging program. Clean Cities Coalitions and utility partners across 30 states will tackle direct outreach to employers and workplaces with the goal of engaging more than 2,000 employers and gaining more than 650 employer commitments to adopt workplace charging programs and install charging ports at their workplaces with the end goal of catalyzing more than 3,500 electric vehicle charging port installations (in Tennessee, those numbers are 30 workplace commitments and 24 installs). Through EMPOWER, ETCF provides no-cost technical assistance and consultation to businesses/workplaces to help with every step of the process of installing workplace charging units.

Project Leads: Danniel Siksay, Darcy Ayers, Lily Lovingood, & Katie Davis
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Clean Cities Energy & Environmental Justice Initiative (CCEEJI) is a collaboration between DOE, its national laboratories, and Clean Cities and Communities Coalitions meant to help realize the goals of the Justice40 Initiative. This pilot program was designed to help ensure that benefits from historic federal investments in clean transportation reach underserved and overburdened communities through a cohort of 17 Coalitions. Building on three decades worth of experience in clean transportation, the CCEEJI program uses training seminars, workshops, and other resources to help participating Coalitions better understand how to take a community-first approach to developing transportation projects. To further local work, each Coalition brought on a Community Engagement Liaison whose work is focused on implementing learned strategies on a community level. Through CCEEJI, ETCF is building a network of community-based partners who are working to expand locally relevant new mobility choices, increase understanding of fuel-saving technologies, and co-create clean transportation solutions in an equitable way.

Project Leads: Wesleigh Wright & Lily Lovingood
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gumbo ev logoGuaranteeing Access to Underserved and Marginalized Populations by Building Employment Opportunities (GUMBO) is a project led by the Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) Coalition with the overall goal of developing a curriculum for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) technicians to educate and train a qualified workforce. LCF will partner with Cerritos College and the Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) with the support of eight additional Clean Cities Coalitions and community partners to engage underrepresented and under-supported populations in skill building, education, and training that will allow them to enter the workforce and earn a life-sustaining wage. The EVSE installation, maintenance, and repair programs will be piloted in Louisiana and replicated across the country to allow individuals from disadvantaged communities to earn high-demand credentials in EV charging equipment installation, operations, and maintenance while supporting the nationwide rollout of National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) programs.

Project Leads: Wesleigh Wright & Danniel Siksay

Medium Duty eTruck

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The Medium Duty e-Truck project is a two-state project (Tennessee and Texas), led by the University of Texas and Tennessee Tech University, that aims to evaluate the performance of medium-duty electric trucks in various applications to a diverse range of trucking fleets. The project will focus on fleets with daily, return-to-base, urban and regional trucking operations with routes under 100 miles. Each fleet will have the opportunity to borrow the truck for up to one month at no cost, as a way to help fleet owners gain necessary electric truck knowledge and experience to allow them to make informed decisions regarding electric truck adoption in their fleets. The project will also provide important data to DOE on charging, routing, and fleet needs in order to be able to utilize more electric trucks in the future.

Project Leads: Mark Finlay & Jenni Kidd
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NFPA Electric Vehicle Community Preparedness

ev communitylogo rgb finalThis project is a joint initiative between the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and DOE Clean Cities Coalitions. The “Ready for EVs” workshops have been created to help communities come together, discuss, and create a plan for  electrification. These workshops seek to gather a diverse selection of local community leaders in the interest of developing a plan to accelerate EV adoption. Participants will plan and outline a timeline that reflects the current state of their community and choose the action steps they can take now to support EV adoption for the coming years, leveraging newly created connections from the session and new knowledge provided by NFPA and Clean Cities experts.

Project Lead: Darcy Ayers
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Rural Reimagined

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The objective of this DOE-funded project is to build the underpinnings of a comprehensive EV ecosystem and green economy in the most economically distressed Appalachian region to transform the lives of rural and low-income communities through strong regional collaboration. This project aims to provide clean and affordable mobility options to underserved communities by developing needed charging infrastructure, and adopting and demonstrating various cost-effective EVs in diverse applications. In addition, by partnering with a broad set of EV stakeholders, this project aims to create outreach, training, and education opportunities to residents in rural and low-income Appalachian communities to kick-start electric vehicle adoption and clean-energy job opportunities where it is needed most.

Project Lead: Jenni Kidd & Lizzy Gaviria
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Drive Electric USA (1 & 2)

deusa logo final+r png smallDrive Electric USA (DEUSA) is a DOE-funded project that consists of partnerships across 14 states with the goal of developing statewide, branded EV initiatives. Clean Cities Coalition leaders partner with electric utilities, state agencies, NGOs, municipalities, and more to develop sustainable partnerships to advance EV efforts into the foreseeable future. The project focuses on seven “Priority Areas” of work that are deemed the most important barriers to EV purchasing: 1) Building statewide, branded initiatives (Develop a statewide Roadmap or Plan); 2) Consumer Education & Chapter Development; 3) Engaging Electric Utilities & Regulators; 4) EV Charging Infrastructure & Planning; 5) Educating State & Local Government Officials; 6) Dealer Engagement (Develop “Certified EV Dealer” Programs); 7) Fleet Engagement & EV Adoption. DEUSA2 was funded as a continuation/expansion of the work started in the original DEUSA project, with 12 new states and the District of Columbia being included in the new project.

Project Leads: Jonathan Overly, Jenni Kidd, & Valerie Farmer
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Tennessee Tech University’s Second-Life Battery in Mobile EV Charging Application for Rural Transportation (SMART) project aims to address the urgent need to develop affordable Mobile Charging Systems (MCS) that can be deployed in rural America on a large scale by utilizing second-life batteries retired from EVs. The project objectives are to 1) design, develop, demonstrate, and validate four types of cost-effective MCSs to reduce upfront investment costs; 2) create and demonstrate first-of-the-kind affordable, resilient, and sustainable rural EV infrastructure in a multi-state region (TN, OH, VA, KY, WV, KS, and TX) by seamlessly integrating affordable MCSs into the existing charging network to support electrification in underserved rural communities; 3) collect and analyze the first-hand data of second-life-battery-integrated MCSs to assess the potential market and benefits; 4) create outreach, training, and education opportunities to help a broad range of EV stakeholders make informed decisions in adopting second-life-battery-powered MCSs and develop economically viable charging stations.

Project Lead: Mark Finlay, Lizzy Gaviria, & Jenni Kidd
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