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Alternative Fuel Infrastructure: Strategies for Getting Your Fleet Access to Alternative Fuel

Alternative Fuel Infrastructure: Strategies for Getting Your Fleet Access to Alternative Fuel

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Alternative Fuel Infrastructure: Strategies for Getting Your Fleet Access to Alternative Fuel

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  1. Alternative Fuel Infrastructure: Strategies for Getting Your Fleet Access to Alternative Fuel

  2. Vista Consultants, LLC • Marc McConahy (marc.mcconahy@verizon.net) • FEMP Fleet Contractor since 2001 • Facilitator monthly Interagency Committee on Alternative Fuels and Low Emission Vehicles(INTERFUEL for short) since 1991 • Experience with all alternative fuels and supporting infrastructure

  3. Department of Veterans Affairs • Regina Larrabee (Regina.Larrabee@va.gov) • Mechanical Engineer • Federal facility energy programs for 20+ years • Part of VA fleet program since 2008 • VA Fleet Program Manager since 2010 • Has taken the lead in the installation of E85 stations throughout Veterans Affairs

  4. VA accomplishments • Completed a feasibility study in 2009 identifying requirements for 91 potential on-site E85 stations • Centrally funded program to install E85 tanks at medical centers • Awarded contracts for 33 projects in FY 2011; • 9 have been completed and are now in operation; • 24 more to go

  5. Department of the Interior • Mark Rich (mark_rich@nps.gov) • Mammoth Cave National Park Concessions and Safety Manager • 30 + years with the National Park Service (NPS) • NPS Environmental Auditor • Chair of the Mammoth Cave National Park Green Team since 2004

  6. Mammoth Cave NP Accomplishments • First unit of the US Department of Interior to develop an on-site fueling station for E85 ethanol • First unit of the National Park to become 100% alternative fuel compatible in the GSA motor fleet. • Current alternative fuel station offers E85, Bio-Diesel, and Propane • Active partnership with the park concessioner Forever Resorts

  7. National Aeronautics and Space Administration • Bruce Chesson (Bruce.E.Chesson@nasa.gov) • Transportation Officer and Alternative Fuel Program Manager for NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida since 2004. • Built E-85 and electric charging infrastructure. • Current operating fleet is over 1300 + vehicles - 77% alternative Fuels

  8. Kennedy Space Center Accomplishments • Vehicles in active use: 77 Low Speed Electric; 34 dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG); 87 Bi-Fuel vehicles (CNG or unleaded gasoline); 677 E-85; 110 B20; 33 Hybrids • KSC has been early adopters for highway speed electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. • Operate CNG, E85, B20 and EV stations on-site Clean Cars at KSC

  9. General Services Administration • Sean Seymour (Sean.Seymour@GSA.gov) • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Analyst • Office of Fleet Management for 3 years • Experience in Electric Vehicle Charging Station Procurement and Monitoring

  10. GSA accomplishments • Electric Vehicle Pilot • 116 Electric Vehicles • 88 GSA Purchased Charging Stations • 3 Different Vendors • Electric Vehicle Charging Station Availability • Schedule 23V SIN 272 105 New Technologies • 9 Manufacturers Under GSA Advantage

  11. Department of the Navy – US Marine Corps • Jim Gough (James.gough@usmc.mil) • Marine Corps Transportation Services Director since 2005. • Responsible for developing and managing the Petroleum Reduction/Alternative Fuel & Vehicle Strategy • Acquisition and transportation management operations budget exceeds $100M annually

  12. US Marine Corps Accomplishments • E-85 use doubled each year since 2007 • Biodiesel use strong, leveling off • CNG use recovering increasing from downward slide ended in 2010 • H2 FCV pilots in SoCal &Hawaii, 6 FCVs • EV charging infrastructure growing

  13. Order of Our Infrastructure Discussion Today • Hydrogen • Propane • Natural Gas • Biodiesel • Electricity • E85 Ethanol

  14. AF Infrastructure Challenges Encountered • Hydrogen • Technology is not standardized • Emphasis on hydrogen vehicles has declined • Infrastructure Cost / Vehicle Cost • Finding space – Tank installation and vehicle/delivery truck access • Codes/Laws – Fire and building codes

  15. AF Infrastructure Challenges Encountered • Propane • Few vehicles available • Infrastructure Costs relatively low • Fleet acceptance • Codes/Laws – Fire and building codes

  16. AF Infrastructure Challenges Encountered • Natural Gas (LNG or CNG) • Local infrastructure available • Infrastructure costs high / maintenance complex (gas company willing to install in some locations) • Dispenser electronics do not last forever; manufacturers come and go – parts availability • Availability of vehicle maintenance limited • Codes/Laws – Fire and building codes

  17. AF Infrastructure Challenges Encountered • Biodiesel • Uncertainties about performance in cold weather • Concern about voiding vehicle warranties • Insufficient use to support bio-diesel tank • Incompatible dispensing hoses • Swap from diesel to biodiesel • Do not use biodiesel in static tanks (emergency generators)

  18. AF Infrastructure Challenges Encountered • Electricity • Need to reserve parking spaces solely for EVs • Lack authority to allow charging of non-government vehicles • Up-Front Financial Costs – Infrastructure is reasonably priced, installation can be very expensive • Storm outages of chargers • Resetting of ground fault protection safety circuit breakers • Billing and payment issues • How Many Stations are needed to Support a Fleet? • Which Network Manager to Choose? • Codes/Laws – Fire and building codes

  19. AF Infrastructure Challenges Encountered • Ethanol (E85) • Finding space – Tank installation and vehicle/delivery truck access • Codes/Laws – Fire Codes, permitting • Landlords – Leased property / coordination with other agencies • NEPA – Complicated process / Historical sites / Odd requirements • Station installers with no E85 experience, station designers with limited experience – economic delivery and stock rotation needs • Installation materials not E85 compatible

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