With the support of $10.125 million from the USDOE Clean Cities Program, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and more $13.6 million, in match from partner organizations, the Greater Indiana Clean Cities and the Indiana Office of Energy Development put more than 350 alternative fuel vehicles on the road and deployed 121 alternative fueling stations upon the completion of the project period which ended December 31, 2013.
The nine project partners are using a variety of technologies and fuels in both light and heavy-duty vehicles, including natural gas, propane, hybrid electric drive, and E85. Annually, since 2011, project partners displace the equivalent of over one million gallons of foreign sourced fuel per year.
The success of this cost-share deployment project has resulted in additional local investment. For example, the City of Indianapolis, which deployed 11 propane and 25 hybrid vehicles under the project, has pledged to move their entire fleet to alternative fuels by 2025. The Indiana Department of Transportation has deployed an additional 1000 propane vehicles and 33 compressed natural gas trucks, saving Indiana tax payers over $1,500,000, in fueling costs, since the first vehicle deployment in 2011.
Some partners are also investigating innovative fueling technologies. AmpCNG, a National Clean Fleets Partner, received funding for a natural gas fueling station under this project. With this access to fuel, AmpCNG converted a fleet of 42 Class 8 trucks they operate for Fair Oaks Dairy to compressed natural gas, saving millions of gallons of foreign sourced fuel annually. The station is fueled from methane collected in an anaerobic digester from the dairy’s agricultural waste. After switching to renewable natural gas, the trucks will emit 80 percent fewer greenhouse gases over their lifecycle than comparable diesel trucks.
The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) develops and deploys efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.
Interested in learning if your fleet can benefit from switching to natural gas as a transportation fuel, contact Kellie Walsh at Kellie@greaterindiana.com