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DOE to Award $300M in Stimulus Bill Funding for Projects to Expand Use of Alt-Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles

Posted on February 28, 2009
Filed Under Government, Research | 1 Comment

doeThe US Department of Energy has issued a $300-million Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-PS26-09NT01236-04) for applications for cost-shared projects that expand the use of alternative fueled vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. The installation or acquisition of infrastructure necessary to directly support an alternative fueled vehicle or advanced technology vehicle is also eligible.

The FOA modifies a much smaller and earlier-issued FOA by incorporating a supplemental $300 million appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (the stimulus bill) for the Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 2005 Section 721 to fund a competitive grant pilot program to be administered through the Clean Cities Program.

The modified FOA now adds a fourth area of interest—the “Alternative Fuel and Advanced technology Vehicles Pilot Program”—as well as setting application due dates accommodating the revisions. The other areas of interest include:

  1. Refueling Infrastructure for alternative fuels
  2. Incremental cost of dedicated alternative fuel vehicles
  3. Education and outreach workshops for petroleum reduction fuels and technologies

The grant program may provide up to 30 geographically dispersed project grants, with a ceiling of $15,000,000 and a floor of $5,000,000. Grant recipients include state governments, local governments and metropolitan transportation authorities, in partnership with an active designated Clean Cities Coalition(s).

DOE is seeking projects that will contribute to a sustainable market for these vehicles with a potential for future growth in the absence of additional Federal funding.

Vehicles eligible under the new area of interest #4 include:

  • Light-, Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles (LMHDV) using EPACT alternative fuels
  • LMHDV Fuel cell electric vehicles
  • LMHDV Electric hybrid vehicles
  • LMHDV Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • Light-duty Neighborhood electric vehicles (if replacing full-size on-road vehicles)
  • Light-duty diesel vehicles with 2009 MY or later compliant emissions if replacing gasoline powered vehicles and in conjunction with biodiesel fuel use
  • Medium and heavy-duty hydraulic hybrid vehicles
  • A range of off-road/non-road commercial work alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicles.

Marine applications and locomotives are not eligible under this FOA, nor are prototype or novelty vehicles, golf carts, snowmobiles and other off-road recreational or sport vehicles.

The DOE funds are to be used to pay for the incremental cost to purchase new OEM vehicles or the retrofit, conversion or repowering of new and/or used conventional vehicles.

Refueling infrastructure that is eligible under this area of interest includes:

  • New dispensing facilities, or additional equipment or upgrades and improvements to existing refueling sites.
  • Upgrading or modifying private fueling stations to allow public and/or shared fleet access.
  • The purchase of equipment or to pay for specific turn-key fueling services by alternative fuel providers.
  • Facility upgrades or building modifications that are necessary to accommodate alternative fuels for fleet garages and other maintenance/service centers.
  • Projects may be proposed that include multiple fuel types (e.g., electric and hydrogen or propane and biodiesel or E85 and natural gas, etc.) at the same location or at different locations.
  • Refueling infrastructure will be given extra consideration if the facilities are shared or have open access to multiple fleets and/or are accessible by the public.
  • Refueling equipment and infrastructure must be designed, installed and maintained as required by the existing recognized codes and standards and approved by the local/state Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Infrastructure projects must describe their plan to communicate/coordinate with the appropriate AHJs.
  • Eligible infrastructure costs must be limited to the development of the refueling capability and related service/support for alternative fuel and/or advance technology vehicles.
  • Infrastructure projects must dispense fuel into vehicles on site in order to be considered.
  • Bulk fuel production facilities are not eligible for selection under this announcement.
  • Blending pumps (i.e. pumps that allow for fuel blends lower than E85 or B20) are not eligible for selection under this announcement.

This FOA will be managed as part of the Natioanl ENergy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) project management and procurement support to the Vehicle Technologies Program under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). This FOA would address the technology area of Clean Cities FY09 Petroleum Reduction Technologies Project for the Transportation Sector.

SOURCE: Green Car Congress

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