The Dept. of Energy is supporting twenty new projects that aim to develop the infrastructure, training, and regional planning needed to support demand for cars and trucks that run on natural gas, electricity, and propane. Cumulatively, the Energy Department is investing about $11 million in these projects.
Through DOE’s Clean Cities initiative, the projects deal with such important elements as providing safety and technical training for fleet operators, mechanics, first responders, and code officials. Support is also aimed at streamlining permitting and procurement processes and helping public and private fleets integrate petroleum reduction strategies into their operations.
For example, the City of Austin, Texas, has been selected for an award of $500,000 to streamline infrastructure procurement, conduct electric and natural gas vehicle safety training, host workshops to help fleet users in the San Antonio and Austin region, and organize training seminars on multi-family housing and workplace electric vehicle charging.
Kansas City, Missouri also benefits with its Metropolitan Energy Center leveraging a federal $815,000 investment to support vocational training programs for code officials and fleet managers, including managers at local colleges and technical schools. A Green Fleet Technical Assistance and Certification program will also be launched for the region. Click here for a full list of funded programs.