Fleet managers will benefit from the lower fuel costs, more reliable fuel prices, and lower emissions that come from using alternative fuels and advanced technologies made possible through the work of the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO). VTO provides a variety of resources – including more than 100 Clean Cities coalitions nationwide – to help fleet managers find the right technology that meets their needs. In addition, it also manages programs for regulated fleets that are required to use alternative fuels. Tools designed for sustainability managers may also be of use to fleet managers who have a focus on reducing emissions.
Tools for Fleet Managers
- Clean Cities provides information about funding sources for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), including grants from the federal government.
- The Guide to Federal Funding, Financing, and Technical Assistance for Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) and Charging Stations provides a description of opportunities and points of contact to assist those interested in advancing PEV technology.
- The Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity produces data sets on electric drive and AFVs that fleet managers can use to better understand their performance and other characteristics.
- The National Idle Reduction Network News reports on grants, publications, and news related to reducing vehicle idling.
- Clean Cities webinars present on a variety of topics related to AFVs, including useful tools, technical updates, and market overviews.
- Through the Technical Response Service and Tiger Teams, Clean Cities offers technical assistance for the simplest to the most complex challenges.
- The Alternative Fuels Data Center hosts more than 15 interactive online tools to help fleet managers make decisions about their fleet.
- The Alternative Fueling Station Locator maps thousands of alternative fuel stations across the country, including electric charging, natural gas, biofuels, and propane.
- The AFLEET tool allows a fleet to calculate its petroleum use, cost of ownership, and emissions.
- The Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool helps fleets create a strategy to meet their petroleum reduction goals.
- Light-Duty and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Searches help fleet managers find vehicles that meet their specifications.
- The Laws and Incentives Database supplies information on tax credits, rebates, exemptions, loan/lease programs, and grant programs at the federal and state level.
Programs for Fleet Managers
- The State and Alternative Fuel Provider Fleet Program works with covered fleets to reduce petroleum consumption and use alternative fuels.
- Sustainable Federal Fleets is managed by VTO’s sister program, the Federal Energy Management Program, to help fleets in the federal government reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Clean Cities supports local actions to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation, including working with fleet managers around the country to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle reduction measures, and fuel economy improvements.
- The National Clean Fleets Partnership builds on the success of Clean Cities by collaborating with the nation’s largest private fleets to cut petroleum use and share partnership opportunities.