The Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District in California approved a $2.6-million contract for the conversion of 20 Ford Escape Hybrids and 10 Toyota Priuses to plug-ins.
Five complete proposals from vendors were received, subsequently reviewed, and scored by a panel of outside experts. AQMD selected Quantum Technologies for the conversion of the Escape hybrids, and Hymotion for the Prius conversions.
AQMD has been sponsoring plug-in conversions for a number of years. In July 2006, AQMD staff hosted a forum and technical roundtable with invited experts from DOE, NREL, Sandia, CARB, Johnson Controls, SCE, EPRI, and EnergyCS.
One major result of this technical roundtable was consensus by the panel members that early demonstrations are needed to provide real-world data as feedback for the technology providers to improve the battery specifications, energy management systems, and packaging.
This project is to conduct this early demonstration using converted commercially available hybrid electric vehicles in sufficient numbers to provide a wide array of driving cycles, expose a large number of users to PHEV technology, and establish statistically significant data for feedback to the battery manufacturer.
AQMD will work with interested fleets to develop the demonstration program at up to 15 sites. Depending on performance under these proposed contracts and value to AQMD, funding for additional vehicles may be requested.
The five vendors responding to the RFP were: Quantum; Hymotion; EnergyCS; E Drive; and Electro Energy. The RFP identified 100 possible points for the technical score and 20 possible points for the cost score. Within the 20 points for cost, 10 points were for the lowest cost in terms of absolute dollars, with additional points assigned based on the level of cost share.
Of the five complete proposals received, and based on the scoring presented below, proposals from Electro Energy, EnergyCS, and E Drive were ranked as not technically qualified since the average technical scores were below the required 80 points.
|Scoring for the Different PHEV Proposals|
|Quantum||Hymotion||E Drive||Energy CS||Electro Energy|
100 pts max, 80 min
20 pts max
15 pts max