Technical Assistance Project (Tiger Teams)

This technical assistance helps Clean Cities coordinators, fleets, stakeholders, original equipment manufacturers, and fuel providers overcome obstacles to deploying alternative fuels and advanced vehicles and make informed choices to reduce their fuel consumption.

Projects Eligible for Assistance

Tiger Teams will consider technical assistance requests for the following types of projects:

  • Technical Problem Solving – Vehicle Operations: Issues can pertain to vehicle performance, drivability, safety, maintenance, driver acceptance, training, or best practices for implementation of alternative fuel vehicles at specific sites.

  • Technical Problem Solving – Infrastructure Operations: Issues can pertain to fueling station design, siting, interaction with alternative fuel providers or fire safety code officials, fueling station performance, maintenance requirements, or user and operator training.

  • Evaluation of Project Potential: Some projects (including transit systems and airports) may qualify for technical assistance if expertise is not available from local or regional resources or stakeholders. When there is demonstrated local interest, a Tiger Teams expert can evaluate local market conditions, conduct infrastructure assessments, gauge stakeholder needs, and assist in defining project execution feasibility.

Applying for Assistance

Technical assistance applicants need to demonstrate how they have made efforts to find solutions using local resources. Applicants can request technical assistance by submitting their contact information and details about the project to John Gonzales at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Each request for technical assistance is evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The problem is well described and defined
  • Stakeholders have an ongoing commitment to a successful outcome
  • The request falls within the scope of the Technical Assistance Project and is substantial enough to warrant assistance
  • Technical assistance experts have the expertise to assist
  • The Tiger Teams project has adequate funding to resolve the problem
  • The problem's resolution could be applicable at other sites.

John Gonzales notifies the applicant of the decision and works with the applicant to define how the project will proceed and develop a timeline.

Receiving Assistance

Once a project is selected for assistance, a technical expert gathers information from the applicant, stakeholders, and other key contacts. The expert identifies the project requirements, and work begins.

Work proceeds through teleconferences and site meetings with the expert and local stakeholders. At the conclusion of the project, the technical expert documents the final resolution and recommends future actions.