The Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP's) ZEV Ready designation includes the initial 12 steps of the site-level federal fleet electrification process organized into four planning areas: Team Ready, Vehicle Ready, Charging Ready, and Commitment Ready.

ZEV Ready

What Is ZEV Ready?

ZEV Ready is a planning framework to guide and support agency federal fleet stakeholders through the process to electrify each fleet location. Once the fleet location has successfully completed the planning and design phases, it is designated as ZEV Ready. The site becomes ZEV Active when the stakeholders and fleet are prepared for acquiring, deploying, and operating zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and supporting electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at the fleet location.

How Does ZEV Ready Support Fleet Electrification?

The goal of the framework is for the key stakeholders at each fleet location to complete the recommended planning steps, ensure communication across all stakeholders at the fleet location, facility, and headquarters levels, and integrate with other related planning, sustainability, and technical efforts. Once stakeholders have completed the recommended planning steps, the agency fleet site location is self-designated as a ZEV Ready site.

What Are the Components of a ZEV Ready Designation?

The ZEV Ready designation includes four planning component areas: Team Ready, Vehicle Ready, Charging Ready, and Commitment Ready.

    Team Ready

    Achieve Team Ready status by:

    • Defining team roles, responsibilities, and training needs
    • Supporting stakeholder coordination and collaboration.

    Vehicle Ready

    Achieve Vehicle Ready status by:

    • Identifying candidate vehicles for electrification at each site.

    Charging Ready

    Achieve Charging Ready status by:

    • Determining EVSE needs at each site
    • Designing ZEV charging solutions specific to site characteristics.

    Commitment Ready

    Achieve Commitment Ready status by:

    • Aligning site electrification efforts with overall agency electrification goals
    • Ensuring site leaders coordinate with headquarters' electrification efforts.

    What Fleet Electrification Process Steps Are Included in the ZEV Ready Designation?

    As shown below, the ZEV Ready designation includes the initial 12 steps of the site-level federal fleet electrification process organized into the four planning areas: Team Ready, Vehicle Ready, Charging Ready, and Commitment Ready. As each site location completes the recommendation actions within each step, they achieve completion designations of Team Ready, Vehicle Ready, Charging Ready, and Commitment Ready.

    Team Ready

    Team Ready Goals and Steps

    Goal: Create and Train Team

    Goal: Engage with Key Electrification Stakeholders

     

    Vehicle Ready

    Vehicle Ready Goals and Steps

    Goal: Identify ZEV Opportunities

     

    Charging Ready

    Charging Ready Goals and Steps

    Goal: Identify EVSE Opportunities

    Goal: Engage with Utility

    Goal: Design EVSE Installation

     

    Commitment Ready

    Commitment Ready Goals and Steps

    Goal: Overall Fleet Planning & Strategy

    Goal: Financial Planning

    Goal: Obtain Leadership Commitment

     

    How Do Site Locations Achieve a ZEV Ready Designation?

    ZEV Ready

    Download the ZEV Ready Tracker and email Federal Fleets to begin the ZEV Ready designation process.

    Each site location achieves a ZEV Ready designation by completing the recommended actions within the 12 site-level federal fleet electrification process steps. An overview of the ZEV Ready designation process is outlined below.

    1. Site Location Registers for ZEV Ready Designation

    Typically, the agency headquarters fleet manager or site location fleet manager (and/or site ZEV champion) will register the site location for the ZEV Ready designation, including identifying the key site stakeholders. ZEV Ready is a self-designation that includes a list of recommended actions to be completed by each stakeholder.

    2. Stakeholders Review Relevant Process Steps

    Using the ZEV Ready framework, the site ZEV champion provides each stakeholder a recommended list of actions to complete as part of the ZEV Ready designation, for each of the four planning areas. The key stakeholders review the detailed discussions of each recommended process step in the ZEV Ready Center, and the corresponding actions recommended to achieve the ZEV Ready designation.

    3. Stakeholders Complete Recommended Actions

    Once each stakeholder completes the recommended actions within each process step, the site ZEV champion will check the recommended action as completed.

    4. Site Completes ZEV Ready Designation by Planning Area

    Once the site location has completed enough of the actions, it is designated as ZEV Ready in each planning area (Team Ready, Vehicle Ready, Charging Ready, and Commitment Ready).

    5. Site Achieves ZEV Ready Designation

    After the site has achieved ZEV Ready designation across the four planning areas, the overall site is self-designated as ZEV Ready.