Vehicle Technologies Office Announces Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Vehicle Technologies Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement

December 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) has issued a $15 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0001639)(FOA) entitled “FY 2017 Vehicle Technologies Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement.” This FOA supports a broad portfolio of advanced highway transportation technologies that reduce petroleum consumption and improve energy efficiency while meeting or exceeding performance and cost expectations. VTO seeks projects that catalyze the deployment of alternative fuels and energy efficient “smart” mobility systems.

The FOA identifies two areas of interest:

  1. Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects – The objective of this area of interest is to accelerate the deployment of commercially available alternative fuel and electric vehicles, as well as supporting infrastructure, through community-based partnerships among state and local governments and the private sector. In particular, projects that integrate alternative fuels with new mobility systems or “smart cities” are encouraged. These projects will reduce U.S. dependence on petroleum, increase local fuel diversification, and catalyze the adoption of clean transportation technologies in other communities through the sharing of best practices and the collection and sharing of data. DOE is interested in high impact, highly-leveraged, community-based projects that will catalyze alternative fuel deployment and use. Projects should involve community-based partnerships dedicated to widespread use of alternative fuels and smart mobility technologies. Projects should be designed specifically to be replicable, catalyzing the deployment of clean transportation technologies in other communities through the sharing of best practices and the collection and sharing of data.
  2. "Living Labs" - Energy Efficient Mobility Systems Projects – The objective of this area of interest is to develop and implement projects and tools that demonstrate and assess the return on investment (ROI) of energy efficient “smart” mobility systems that holistically reduce energy consumption while delivering the benefits of new mobility technology. Consideration will be given to connected and/or automated vehicle technologies, solutions applicable to multiple modes of transport suitable for the urban environment, and the infrastructure required to support consumer and fleet adoption of energy efficient mobility systems. Projects can include, but are not limited to:
    • “Living Lab” projects that integrate alternative fuels with smart technologies in a holistic approach that maximizes both mobility and energy efficiency.
    • Projects that demonstrate and assess the efficacy and return on investment (ROI) of electrification and shared mobility initiatives or other new mobility concepts or technologies that improves energy efficiency.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the full FOA posted to EERE Exchange to learn about steps for applying to the potential FOA. Information is also available on Grants.gov.