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Clean Cities Coalition Expands, Validates EV Charging Infrastructure

February 2024

Expanding Coalition Reach in the Southeast

US Department of Energy has funded Clean Cities Georgia’s SE-CCC Expansion project, according to a recent DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Funding Opportunity Announcement. East TN Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCF) will participate as a super sub-awardee and contract directly with other participating Coalitions for their roles in this project. ETCF expects to see ~$230,000 in income that will stay with the Coalition over the next two years.

Clean Cities Georgia will lead the Southeast Clean Cities Network Expansion of partner coalitions. The Southeast Network consists of Clean Cities coalitions representing everyone in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. As a “super-sub,” ETCF will contract directly with these participating Coalitions to help them assume administrative roles and prepare them to become fully functioning Coalition member via these aims: 

  1. Expand existing Clean Cities Coalition capacity.
  2. Grow into new and hard-to-reach areas.
  3. Provide training to coalitions to be more effective by offering sessions on grant management, financial management, indirect cost rate, scaling team growth, membership recruitment, time tracking for project management, performance measurement and reporting.

TEST Real-World Charging

Funded by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, the goal of this project with Triangle Clean Cities is to assess the performance, reliability, usability, and safety conditions of AC Level 2 and DC Fast Charging (DCFC) stations across the United States from Coast to Coast. The Team-based Evaluation, Surveying & Training (TEST) for Real-World Charging project, or TEST Real-World Charging, will use Clean Cities Coalition networks of community-based organizations including EV Chapters/Clubs, community colleges, trade schools and Workforce Development Partners, State Departments of Energy and Departments of Transportation to execute a scalable, in-field methodology to assess AC Level 2 and DCFC performance, reliability, and customer experience.

TEST Real-World Charging Teams will assist in developing a training program to teach state Department of Transportation and state officials how to conduct their own field assessments of charging performance and reliability, using a single, nationally consistent methodology for all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

ETCF will serve as the super sub-awardee responsible for handling the contracting and administrative needs with the Clean Cities coalitions under a single contract with TJCOG/TCC. ETCF, led by 22-year Clean Cities Director Jonathan Overly, has substantial experience working with collaborative project teams across the country.