Advances in RNG Automotive Technology; State EV charging networks launch

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has handed over the keys to states and territories for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula (NEVI) program, opening the door for $1.5 billion through 2023 to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure funds (EV).

“America led the original automotive revolution last century, and today, thanks to the historic resources in the president’s bipartisan infrastructure law, we are poised to lead the way in the 21st century with electric vehicles,” said DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

The NEVI program is funding $5 billion over five years to build a nationwide charging network. The program was created under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021, which President Biden signed into law. It also has funds set aside each fiscal year for the DOT Secretary to fill gaps in the charging network with discretionary grants.

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The Inflation Reduction Act also provides support for building the US electric vehicle network, along with tax credits for the purchase of electric vehicles and $3 billion to improve access to charging stations in economically disadvantaged communities.

States and territories can be reimbursed with NEVI funds to upgrade or add EV charging locations, fund operation and maintenance of charging stations, install electrical equipment on-site, collaborate with the community and stakeholders, fund activities to data sharing and mapping analysis development.

“With this green light, states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico can increase their work to build EV charging networks that will make EV driving more convenient and affordable for their residents and serve as the backbone of our national grid for EV charging,” said Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Operations Director Stephanie Pollack. FHWA plans to work with the states to make funds available.

In 2020, the transportation sector was the largest economic sector polluting greenhouse gases (GHGs), emitting 27% of the nation’s greenhouse gases, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Late last year, the Biden administration set a goal of making half of all U.S. car sales zero-emissions by 2030. The government plans to buy only zero-emissions cars by 2035.

According to the International Energy Agency, electric vehicles in 2021 consumed about 50 TWh of electricity globally, but displaced about 300,000 barrels per day of oil. The agency said that for the sector to achieve net-zero emissions scenarios, electric vehicles would need to displace 7 million barrels per day of oil in 2030.

Bypass broadcasts with RNG

Specialty producer Ingevity Corp., meanwhile, is putting the spotlight on its renewable natural gas (RNG) operations with a rebrand of its carbon-neutral fuel segment, NeuFuel, and a partnership with American Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Ingevity, based in North Charleston, South Carolina, said it has rebranded its Adsorbed Natural Gas vehicle business in response to increased demand for RNG and sustainable fuels for existing diesel vehicles in service. According to Ingevity, Ford Motor Corp.’s 2021 F-250 and F-350, 2021 Transit and 2020 F-150 have been certified compatible with NeuFuel technology.

NeuFuel technology “provides diesel fleets with a proven, cost-effective path to zero emissions – today – when using their existing diesel vehicles,” said Ingevity President Ed Woodcock, who leads Performance Materials.

Ingevity also noted that it has expanded its product line and partnered with American CNG’s Demi Diesel Displacer for a dual-fuel, bolt-on solution for existing diesel fleets.

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