I-40 Alternative Fuels Corridor Implementation Plan

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The DCFC and CNG maps as of 2021, that show the “corridor-pending” and “corridor-ready” sections.

East Tennessee Clean Fuels was thrilled to work with TDOT (Long Range Planning Division) and further the work of the predecessor project along I-40 that included Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The effort focused primarily on compressed natural gas (CNG) and DC fast charging (DCFC) for electric vehicles. The project work occurred in 2022 and 2023 – a very busy time for anyone in the electric and alt-fuels world due to unprecedented federal funding opportunities flowing. This includes the BIL’s “National EV Infrastructure,” or NEVI, funding that flowed to TDOT, and which hastened some of the work in the project so that our team could provide as much assistance as possible to the TDOT team in advance of their release of the TN NEVI funding program (which opened on August 7, 2023).

The major products that were outputs of this project include the following:


Tennessee Workplace Charging Partnership

COs-CumminsFiltrationThe Tennessee Workplace Charging Partnership is a new cooperative of nonprofits, state agencies, and industry partners that are helping and encouraging Tennessee businesses install electric vehicle charging equipment for employee use. The program is in collaboration with the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge and can be considered a first step in moving towards being a part of the DOE program.

Becoming a Workplace Charging Partner is simple. Contact us, or visit www.driveelectrictn.org for more information.


Clean Cities National Parks Initiative with Great Smoky Mountains National Park

grsm_ribboncuttingIn partnership with its two neighboring DOE “Clean Cities” coalitions—the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCleanFuels) and the Land-of-Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition—the Great Smoky Mountains National Park became the first national park in the country to install DC fast chargers for electric vehicles in two of its visitor centers.  The park also implemented five gasoline mowers and three new low-speed electric vehicles for localized use as part of the National Park Service’s Climate Friendly Parks program.  This project highlights the leadership of the Smoky Mountains National Park in reducing emissions in the park and helping the public join in that effort.   View the video about this milestone project on DOE’s Clean Cities TV channel.

SADI: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Demonstration Grant

pasted image 0-5The SADI Demonstration grant is a U.S. Department of Energy project focused on the increased adoption of alternative fuels throughout the Southeastern United States. Clean Cities coalitions in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee are working with technology partners to provide opportunities for fleets to demonstrate a wide range of alternative fuel vehicles.

Vehicles that will be available in Tennessee include:

  • 2015 Ford F-150, propane bi-fuel
  • 2015 Ford Explorer Interceptor, propane bi-fuel
  • 2015 Ford Transit 15-Passenger, propane bi-fuel
  • Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Truck by Parker-Hannifin
  • 2014 Cascadia, compressed natural gas
  • 2015 Ford Police SUV, propane bi-fuel
  • 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit, propane bi-fuel

Contact us today to get more information about a no-cost demonstration vehicle, or get more information at www.sadidemo.org.

Biofuels Outreach Project

BiofuelsPumpThis grant, funded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, provides direct support to the state’s efforts to promote and expand the use of biofuels, meaning the ethanol blend E85 and the biodiesel blend B20. Through this grant, Tennessee Clean Fuels works directly with fleet managers to provide information on biofuels, holds workshops and webinars with timely biofuels updates, and promotes the use and expansion of biofuel stations across the state. This also includes outreach and education for the general public.

I-75 Green Corridor Project

In 2009, an ambitious, multi‐state project started in Knoxville, Tennessee through a grant funded by the Department of Energy Clean Cities Program.  The I‐75 Green Corridor Project began with the goal of allowing any American driver to traverse any portion of I‐75 and be able to make their entire trip running on either biofuel. The project has significantly increased the availability of the biofuels E85 and B20 along the entire length of Interstate 75, which runs from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at the Canadian border to Miami, Florida. Biofuels stations were added with the intent of filling in gaps in biofuels access along the corridor and adding more stations in metropolitan areas, so that a station of each type could be found no greater than 200 miles apart along the entire length of the interstate.


View the video highlighting this project on DOE’s Clean Cities TV channel

Read more about this project at http://www.cleanfuelscorridor.com/index.html

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