The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $4.5 million (DE-FOA-0000951) to create and implement high impact and highly innovative approaches to increase the acceptance and deployment of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs).
DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) anticipates that many different projects will be proposed and encourages new and innovative approaches that are projected to have a high impact. The alternative fuel types to be addressed under this FOA are specified by the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and are:
- Methanol, ethanol, and other alcohols
- Blends of 85% or more of alcohol with gasoline
- Natural gas and liquid fuels domestically produced from natural gas
- Liquefied petroleum gas (propane)
- Coal-derived liquid fuels
- Fuels (other than alcohol) derived from biological materials (including pure biodiesel (B100))
The newly released Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) designates three different Areas of Interest (AOI) which focus on: AFV-use demonstrations via hands-on experiences; safety-related training; and emergency preparedness.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Demonstration and Enhanced Driver Experience Projects. The intent of this AOI is to combine a targeted vehicle demonstration project with a driver/fleet education experience to allow participants to better understand the benefits that these vehicles/technologies can offer.
Alternative Fuel Training for First Responders, Public Safety Officials, and Critical Service Providers. Applications under this AOI will develop and/or deliver alternative fuel safety and technical training to emergency first responders, public safety officials, and critical service providers that have a broad impact across the alternative fuel user community. This may include training for technicians and service personnel that will be operating and maintaining AFVs; and the associated fueling/charging infrastructure and service facilities. Training may also include tow- truck operators and automotive salvage/recycling operators that are dealing with wrecked vehicles and equipment end-of-life processes.
Incorporating Alternative Fuels into Emergency Response and Preparedness Operations. Applications under this AOI will include collaboration and participation with state and local governments to incorporate the use of AFVs, and alternative fuel infrastructure across multiple city, state, and regional emergency management and response entities into existing and future emergency preparedness plans.