TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs is proud to be a supporter of the following three initiatives, which are paving the way towards making transportation within the State of Tennessee more sustainable:
Tennessee Workplace Charging Partnership
In August, Drive Electric TN, a Tennessee Clean Fuels initiative, was launched. The project aims to spur the growth, adoption and deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the State of Tennessee. One particular focus of this initiative is to promote the new Tennessee Workplace Charging Partnership, in addition to the national version, known as the U.S. DOE EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge. These challenges are open to employers of all sizes and industry types in the U.S. whose charging stations are primarily for or include the opportunity for employees to use them. Companies that take on the challenge commit to install charging for PEVs at their worksites, thus playing a critical role in helping to build the nation’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure. By signing on as a partner, employers gain statewide or national recognition, access to a peer-to-peer information exchange network on best practices and lessons learned, as well as direct technical assistance and access to related informational U.S. DOE resources.
Now in its second full year, the DOE Workplace Charging Challenge program’s initial goal was to increase the number of employers that offer electric vehicle charging tenfold by 2018. So far, over 300 work sites across the country have signed up to participate. Within the State of Tennessee program, the following companies and local governments have signed or are planning to sign on as Tennessee Workplace Charging Partners:
- Schneider Electric
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Nissan North America
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
- Cummins Filtration
- City of Knoxville
- City of Kingsport
For more information on the Tennessee Workplace Charging Partnership, and to see case studies of active partners, be sure to check out http://driveelectrictn.org/tn-workplace-charging-partners/.
Southeast AFV Demonstration Initiative
The East TN Clean Fuels Coalition is a partner in the forthcoming “Southeast AFV Demonstration Initiative” grant (SADI), along with the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. The project seeks to incorporate alternative fuels into new fleets and industry sectors by focusing on non-existent or under-utilized markets for alternative fuels.
The SADI initiative will make several alternative fuel vehicles (propane, CNG, and electric-powered) available for Tennessee fleets to borrow for periods ranging from several days to several weeks. By allowing fleets to test out these vehicles at no cost, the project will educate and market alternative fuel vehicles to a considerable number of prospective drivers/fleet operators. In the coming months, ETCleanFuels will provide more details and begin the process of registering fleets that are interested. The following vehicles are expected to be available for Tennessee fleets to borrow:
- EV = a 2015 Nissan Leaf
- Propane = a bi-fuel liquid-injection Ford Police Interceptor Utility, and a bi-fuel vapor-injection Dodge Charger
- CNG = a dedicated Chevy Cruze, two Freightliner Cascadia day cabs, and one Freightliner straight truck
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Light Electric Vehicle Education and Research Center
Light electric vehicles (LEVs), which consist of low speed EVs, such as electric bicycles or scooters, are an understudied yet critical alternative fuel vehicle (AFV), as they represent the largest growth segment of AFVs in history, with over 150 million sold in the last decade.
The University of Knoxville’s Light Electric Vehicle Education and Research Center focuses its research on the role of LEVs in urban mobility, including the variables associated with LEV adoption, system integration, societal impacts, and related policy. This research center is initiating the formation of an international cooperative research center, focused on LEVs. For more information, visit http://tesp.engr.utk.edu/lever.php.