The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding US$18m to five alternative fuel technologies projects, and a total of $16.6m of the grants are for projects related to electric vehicles.
Blue Bird Body Company (Fort Valley, GA) will receive $4.9 million to develop and demonstrate a battery-powered electric school bus that improves propulsion energy efficiency by 20-30 percent and that can connect to the electric grid (vehicle-to-grid).
Odyne Systems, LLC (Pewaukee, WI) will receive $2.9 million to develop and demonstrate plug-in hybrid work trucks (class 7) that reduce fuel consumption by more than 50 percent and eliminate fuel consumption during stationary operations.
Blossman Services (Swannanoa, NC) will receive $2 million to develop a 4.3L propane direct injection engine and emission control system that will be demonstrated on a package delivery vehicle. Direct injection engine technology offers improved performance and saves fuel.
PacifiCorp (Portland, OR) will receive $3.9 million to accelerate PEV adoption by developing electric highway corridors along I-15, I-80, I-70, and I-84 in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
The Gas Technology Institute of Illinois will get $4.9m to deploy alternative-fuel stations, including EV charging stations, along the I-94 freeway from Michigan to North Dakota.
Source: US Department of Energy