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Working to lower the costs of adoption of NGVs and NGV fueling infrastructure

In early 2010, the City of Chicago and GTI began the Chicago Area Alternative Fuel Deployment Project, an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded program through the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities Program. The project received approximately $15 million in grant funds and leverage those funds with approximately $24 million in recipient cost share. The project included an amazing variety of project partners (large and small private companies, municipalities, non-profits, and utilities) and alternative fuels/advanced vehicle technologies (electric vehicles, compressed natural gas, propane, E-85, and hybrid technologies). By embracing all types of partners and fuels, these ambitious projects were able build sustainable clean vehicle programs that optimized petroleum displacement and environmental benefits. Chicago’s transportation landscape was transformed by the addition of green vehicles and fueling stations that helped to promote energy security, reduce transportation costs, and clean the air:

  • Over 400 clean vehicles and over 225 alternative fueling stations were deployed
  • Over 7.5 million gallons of gasoline were displaced with domestically produced fuels or reductions in fuel use
  • The emissions reductions from using clean fuels were equivalent to removing 3,750 cars from the road
  • The clean fuels, such as CNG and electricity, and hybrid vehicles saved local fleets $8 million in fuel costs
  • The $39 million ($15 million in federal funds and $24 million in project partner funds) in project funds fueled additional investments by local companies totaling well over $15 million

    Other areas of focus for GTI’s research teams include reductions in the cost of installing fueling stations, improving key station components and subsystems (e.g., dispensers, compressors, and storage), and making home fueling technologies affordable. Dispenser developments include efforts to address the need to safely and completely fill compressed natural gas vehicles using GTI-patented underfill compensation methods. GTI is also developing innovative approaches for large-scale bulk storage of compressed natural gas that can be used for NGV stations and other distributed natural gas storage uses.

  • Changing Our Fuels to Change Our Future: How One Grant Transformed Chicago’s Transportation Landscape
  • Changing Our Fuels to Change Our Future: Alternative Fuels Deployment Project Ad