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The U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office has funded hundreds of projects across the country that advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies.

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Project Initiative/Award Awardee Status Date
Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives National Association of Regional Councils Complete Mar 2016

States impacted:

  • Arizona
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington

Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance

The Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance (AATA), also known as Fleets for the Future (F4F), worked to eliminate barriers to alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure adoption in public and private fleets by consolidating bulk equipment orders and streamlining the procurement process. The project was led by the National Association of Regional Councils who worked with multiple project partners and stakeholders in 11 states to develop fuel neutral best practices, cooperative procurement agreement templates, and design a web-based toolkit to educate fleets and procurement officers. The partners used outreach and education to share information about these resources to motivate fleet managers and consumers to purchase alternative fuel vehicles, equipment, and infrastructure.

As of 2018, the F4F team wrote 5 best practices guides, a multi-step strategic procurement process guide, and created a national procurement plan for the public sector. All of these publications are available on the project’s website. The project also resulted in 5 regional pilot procurement initiatives in Kansas City, Missouri; Boston, Massachusetts; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. Each regional pilot was associated with training opportunities for regional councils and fleets to address the unique barriers and procurement needs. Over 33,000 people were reached through these in-person events and over 3,000 people were reached through webinar participation.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives.

$1,758,599 Award

$466,052 Local matching funds

Partners

  • National Association of Regional Councils
  • Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Metro Area Planning Council
  • North Central Texas Council Of Governments
  • Pima Association of Governments
  • Electrification Coalition
  • Meister Consultants Group
  • Yborra & Associates, LLC
  • ICM Inc.
  • Propane Education & Research Council
  • Clean Communities of Central New York (Syracuse)
  • Metropolitan Energy Center
  • Utah Clean Cities
  • Western Washington Clean Cities
  • Clean Fuels Ohio
Using a Joint Procurement Process to Increase ZEV Adoption Nationwide Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives CALSTART Complete Mar 2016

States impacted:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Using a Joint Procurement Process to Increase ZEV Adoption Nationwide

Using a Joint Procurement Process to Increase ZEV Adoption Nationwide was an effort led by CALSTART to develop a replicable and flexible multi-state zero emission vehicle (ZEV) procurement model. This project, also known as EV Smart Fleets, aimed to create a nationwide solicitation for fleets interested in purchasing ZEVs. By assisting fleets in developing and using a single procurement, the project aimed to reduce the purchase price of ZEVs and increase ZEV adoption in public fleets.

CALSTART and their project partners engaged automobile dealers, automakers, and a large network of state and municipal government fleet procurement officials to inform the process. After significant research and engagement with these stakeholders, the project identified several significant obstacles to a nationwide procurement model for ZEVs. This research and market analysis revealed that the franchised vehicle dealership model prevented a nationwide ZEV contract from occurring and that state governments are often prohibited from purchasing vehicles from out-of-state dealers. These, along with other insurmountable barriers, prevented the project from proceeding with the nationwide EV procurement solicitation.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives.

$1,199,076 Award

$346,005 Local matching funds

Partners

  • CALSTART
  • California Department of General Services
  • Georgetown Climate Center
  • Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
  • Atlas Public Policy
  • Ross Strategic