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Project Initiative/Award Awardee Status Date
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