For several years, MassCEC has been supporting the advancement of clean transportation technologies and companies in Massachusetts through a suite of programs designed to accelerate the commercialization of promising clean technologies. MassCEC has awarded over $1.45 million to 15 clean transportation technology projects.
XL Hybrids, a company specializing in the electrification of commercial fleet vehicles, has benefitted from MassCEC’s DeployMass, Investments, Internship, and InnovateMass programs. A DeployMass award allowed the company to lower the costs of retrofitting its hybrid vehicles, which were then used by the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). XL Hybrids received an InnovateMass grant to retrofit vans and shuttles for use by Square One Daycare and Door2Door, an elderly mobility service company.
MassCEC also funds academic research to spur advances in clean transportation. MassCEC’s Catalyst program awarded Dr. Vijaya Chalivendra, Ph.D. of UMass Dartmouth to research lightweight, reinforced jute fiber that would decrease vehicle weight and thus increase fuel efficiency.
Other MassCEC programs that have awarded funding for transportation-related projects include AmplifyMass and Seed Investments. Additionally, the Solarize Mass Plus program offers an opportunity for communities to engage in programming that promotes the adoption of solar PV and additional clean technologies such as EVs.
MassCEC has also partnered with Green Energy Consumers Alliance to support Drive Green, an educational resource and online platform listing dozens of collaborating Massachusetts dealerships who provide reduced pricing offers on a variety of electric vehicle and hybrid makes and models.