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This is the August 2015 issue of the Transportation and Hydrogen Newsletter.

August 28, 2015

Photo of a model van on top of a U.S. map.

Information about states' alternative fuels and other data are easily found on the State Information website.
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State-Specific Fuel and Vehicle Data at Your Fingertips
The revamped State Information pages on the AFDC website are an excellent source of facts and figures about alternative fuels and advanced vehicles in any state. By selecting a state on the site's map, information about laws, incentives, fueling stations, fuel prices, and more is instantly available.

Also, alternative transportation projects in any state can be quickly identified and nearby Clean Cities coalitions and other reliable resources can be located. Videos of state-specific success stories and case studies are provided.

Fleet Operators and Truck Manufacturers Join Forces

Members of the 21st Century Truck Partnership and the Clean Cities National Clean Fleets Partnership met recently to explore common challenges and opportunities. NREL's truck industry partners, including original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, fleets, national labs, Clean Cities coalitions, the Energy Department, the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Army's Tank Automotive Research and Development Engineering Center, discussed how NREL's advanced data collection and analysis capabilities can best support collaboration in high-impact R&D and deployment strategies, especially as related to proposed new EPA standards of up to 24% improvement in heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency by 2027.

Analysis Steers Sustainable Transportation Deployment

NREL analytical expertise connects the dots between vehicles, fuels, and infrastructure deployment, illuminating solutions with the greatest potential for energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction. Recent studies examine infrastructure requirements of widespread alternative fuel deployment, factors influencing fuel-purchasing decisions, and how infrastructure availability impacts fuel cell electric vehicle adoption. Decision-makers also use NREL analysis tools to plan and implement sustainable transportation initiatives, such as integrated networks that connect cars, power grids, and renewable energy sources.

Fleet Tools Pinpoint Savings for Indianapolis

NREL's fleet tools can pinpoint fuel efficiency and emissions-reduction strategies that also support operational goals and the bottom line. NREL recently helped the City of Indianapolis examine the fuel consumption of its refuse haulers, then fed the data into its Fleet DNA database. The DRIVE and FASTSim analysis tools were used to identify energy-saving opportunities. Based on NREL's findings, the city worked with Allison Transmission to change the vehicles' transmission calibration, resulting in fuel economy improvements up to 8%.

Crosscutting Expertise Puts More Green Vehicles on the Road

Automakers, commercial fleet operators, component manufacturers, and government agencies turn to NREL to help put more green vehicles on the road. The lab's independent analyses and evaluations pinpoint fuel-efficient and low-emission strategies to support economic and operational objectives, while breaking down barriers to widespread adoption. NREL provides integrated, unbiased, sustainable transportation deployment expertise encompassing alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and related infrastructure.

Learn more about opportunities to collaborate with NREL on sustainable transportation solutions.