WASHINGTON - A number of commercial fleets will further advance their green efforts with recent funding awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) for projects focusing on green initiatives.

As part of the North Central Texas Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology, Coca-Cola, Sysco, and Frito Lay will participate in the deployment of refueling stations and alternative fuel vehicles in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The project includes a portfolio of different technologies and fuels, including B-20, ethanol E-85, compressed natural gas, electricity, and hybrid electric vehicles. 

UPS will construct a publicly-accessible LNG fuel station off of Interstate 15 in Las Vegas and deploy 48 heavy-duty LNG vehicles in its interstate alternative fuel operations as part of the UPS Ontario-Las Vegas LNG Corridor Expansion Project. The new LNG station will support these 48 trucks, an additional 161 LNG trucks in UPS' fleet, and other LNG fleet operators in the region.  DOE estimates that the 48 trucks alone will help displace approximately 1.25 million gallons of petroleum annually. 

The Maryland Hybrid Truck Goods Movement Initiative project will implement the largest collaborative hybrid truck project in the nation, providing financial and technical assistance to many large fleets including: ARAMARK, Efficiency Enterprises, Nestle Water Company, Sysco, and UPS to purchase 150 hybrid electric vehicles. 

FedEx and Meijer will increase the use of natural gas, electric and hybrid electric vehicles throughout Michigan as part of the Clean Energy Coalition Michigan Green Fleets Initiative. A total of 271 alternative fuel vehicles and 19 alternative fueling sites will be added throughout the state. 

Last week, approximately $300 million was awarded to 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Click here for a full list of recipients.