The U.S. Department of Energy has floated a solicitation for Zero Emission Cargo Transport via the National Energy Technology Laboratory in West Virginia.
The agency has $10 million for ZECT, and says it anticipates making one or two awards this fiscal year, for a minimum of $2 million each, depending on the size of awards and available money. Cost-sharing of 50% is required too.
Applicants must be include OEM partners, with operations to take place in severe Clean Air Act nonattainment areas, which means the Los Angeles South Coast Air Basin in California and Houston-Galveston-Brazoria areas in Texas.
Hybrid vehicles are eligible as long as they operate with zero emissions for most of the time.
All projects must include a demonstration phase, and take into account real world market viability.
Data collection “should at a minimum include vehicle efficiency, cargo ton-miles per vehicle and fleet, petroleum consumption (if any), hydrogen consumption (if any), charging profiles, including times, duration, and electricity used, operational profiles, including times of operation, type of operation, and loading, accessory loading, time stamps, capital costs, operating costs, maintenance logs, maintenance costs, information related to the potential for electromagnetic interference, fuel cell specific information (if applicable), and battery specific data including state of charge, voltage, current, and temperatures,” DoE says.
Bids under funding opportunity DE-FOA-0000669 are due at close of business on May 15.
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