The US Department of Energy (DOE) has given $7.4 million to seven projects to create infrastructure plans for hydrogen corridors and medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across 23 states.
Additionally, DOE stated its intention to distribute financing to remove obstacles to a cleaner, safer, more accessible, and more dependable Made in America EV charging network in conjunction with the US Department of Transportation through the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation.
The initiatives supported by the DOE will concentrate on electrification strategies for vital and busy domestic freight corridors, such as those that serve Northern and Southern California, the Eastern Seaboard, the Northeast, the Southwest, and a large portion of the Midwest.
The projects will quicken the rollout of medium- and heavy-duty EV charging and refueling infrastructure to cut emissions from freight corridors and the depots, ports, and other facilities those corridors service. They are managed by DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO).
Selected projects illustrate how these freight corridor designs affect and benefit underprivileged areas, supporting DOE’s Justice40 priorities. Along with helping underserved parts of major American cities including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, and Salt Lake City, the initiatives would also help to enhance the quality of the air overall.
The selected projects are:
- CALSTART: East Coast Commercial ZEV Corridor. This project will launch an intensive strategic planning effort to spur the deployment of commercial medium- and heavy-duty (MHD) zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure through the development of an East Coast Commercial ZEV Corridor along the I-95 freight corridor from Georgia to New Jersey.
- Cummins Inc.: MD-HD ZEV Infrastructure Planning with Focus on I-80 Midwest Corridor. This project will develop an extensive two-phase MD-HD EV Charging and H2 Fueling Plan for the Midwest I-80 corridor serving Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio, to support 30% of the MD-HD fleet using ZEV technologies by 2035.
- Gas Technology Institute: Houston to Los Angeles (H2LA)–I-10 Hydrogen Corridor Project. This project will develop a flexible and scalable blueprint plan for an investment-ready hydrogen fueling and heavy-duty freight truck network from Houston to LA (H2LA) along I-10, including the Texas Triangle region, and in the process develop methodology for future corridor plans across the country.
- Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator: First to Last Mile: Creating an Integrated Goods Movement Charging Network around the I-710 Corridor. This project will create a plan for innovative infrastructure solutions at industrial facilities and commercial zones along critical freight arteries feeding into Southern California’s I-710 freeway. The project will explore how private sector fleets can establish an integrated network that leverages existing industrial and commercial real estate assets while providing greatest benefit to municipalities and communities.
- National Grid: Northeast Electric Highways Study. This project will forecast electric charging demand at traffic stops on freight corridors across Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to help inform a blueprint for future large-scale, least-cost deployment of commercial EV charging and serve as an exemplar for other regions.
- Rocky Mountain Institute: San Francisco and Bay Area Regional Medium-and Heavy-Duty Electrification Roadmap. This project will create a roadmap for charging infrastructure to support the full electrification of three key trucking market segments—drayage, regional haul, and long-haul—in the Bay Area of California.
- Utah State University: Wasatch Front Multi-Modal Corridor Electrification Plan – Greater Salt Lake City Region. This project will develop a community, state and industry supported action plan that will improve air quality in the underserved communities most impacted by high-density medium- and heavy-duty traffic in the greater Salt Lake City region.