F4F Would ‘Lower the Transaction Costs of Procurement’
The National Association of Regional Councils is seeking input on its ambitious Fleets for the Future initiative designed to further the use of alternative fuel vehicles via cooperative procurement.
Via F4F, NARC and partners including the National Joint Powers Alliance, seek “economies of scale through a coordinated strategy designed to increase knowledge, lower the transaction costs of procurement, achieve better pricing, and address potential challenges arising from large-scale procurement initiatives, thereby increasing the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles in public and private sector fleets.”
“NJPA has nine national vendors under contract that offer a selection of fleet services, parts, equipment, school buses, and vehicles and chassis, with AFV upfit options for purchase and possible leasing arrangements,” states a memo on NARC’s F4F circulated by Kelly Gilbert of the Metropolitan Energy Center/Clean Cities in Kansas City.
Learn All About It at ACT Expo
“It would be ideal to set up a program similar, if smaller in scale, to the NJPA program to respond to the needs of the private sector fleet market,” she says.
Sound complicated? NARC’s F4F program will be addressed at a Fleets for the Future: Innovative Procurement Strategies to Reduce Cost & Aggregate Demand workshop on the afternoon of Monday, May 1 at ACT Expo. This year’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo takes place May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.
‘Streamlined, Intelligent Procurement’
“Through aggregated purchasing and a streamlined, intelligent procurement process, this project plans to reduce costs and increase deployment of alternative fuel vehicles,” says ACT Expo organizer (and Fleets & Fuels publisher) GNA/Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
In addition to the May 1 ACT Expo workshop, would-be respondents to the NARC solicitation may pose questions and requests for clarification no later than May 15. Proposals are due June 2.
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Source: MEC/Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up