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Clean Cities

Clean Cities

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative advances the nation's economic, environmental and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies.

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory provide support to Clean Cities by producing the National Idling Reduction Network News and conducting studies and outreach activities about the effects of idling on fuel use and air quality.

Argonne also manages the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP) to provide the automotive and energy sectors with skilled and knowledgeable talent to help shape the future of on-road transportation, data and expertise to support community rollout of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure and idle reduction research and outreach tools.



An Assessment of Causes of PEV Success across U.S. Metro Areas
Using 2014 U.S. light duty PEV registrations by make and model, this paper assesses the causes of Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) success across U.S. states focusing on areas that had incentive and utility programs supporting PEV adoption. Paper from 2016 Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition in Montréal, Canada.

Case Study -- Propane School Bus Fleets
Argonne-authored study conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program highlights five school districts that used propane-fueled school buses successfully.

Comparison of Value Retention of Plug-in Vehicles and Conventional Vehicles and Potential Contributing Factors
Plug-in Electric vehicle (PEVs) value retention rate (the ratio of resale value to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, MSRP) has been reported to be lower than that of their conventional and hybrid electric (HEV) counterparts by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and Kelley Blue Book (KBB). Based on a series of reports published by NADA, this study analyses the retention rates of selected PEV models and compares them with conventional and HEV models by vehicle size class taking into account federal and state incentives. Paper from 2016 Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition in Montréal, Canada.

Implications of Successes and Failures of BEV-Focused Incentive Support for PEVs in the U.S., Canada and Europe
An international comparative analysis of causes of variation of PEV sales rates per capita in selected U.S. states, Canadian provinces, and European Nations is conducted. 2014-15 light-duty PEV registrations/sales by make and model are examined, drawing heavily on 2014 data for aggregate comparisons. States, provinces, and nations with PEV success, but with widely varying PEV purchase incentives and charging infrastructure installations are examined. The paper focuses particularly presence or absence of long daily distance charging options for PEVs. Paper from 2016 Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition in Montréal, Canada.

Plug-in Vehicle Attributes’ Influence on U.S. Sales in 2014 in States without Preferential Incentives for ZEVs
Influence of vehicle attributes on U.S. sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) — plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in year 2014 are analyzed. Attributes examined are price-related market segment, acceleration, range, and number of driven wheels. Paper and presentation from 2016 Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition in Montréal, Canada.