Question and Answer MeetingElectric Vehicle and Electric Vehicle Charging Station Grant Regional Air Quality Council and Colorado Energy Office Photo credit Ambur Cole Photography
Goals for the First Round Application • Act as a demonstration project to improve future application processes. • Better understand obstacles to electric vehicle (EV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) deployment and ways RAQC and CEO can help fleets overcome obstacles. • Receive feedback from applicants on application process and implementation of EV and EVSE. Photo credit Ambur Cole Photography Photo credit Ambur Cole Photography
Funding Goals • Incentivize the diversification from petroleum operated vehicles in area public fleets by funding vehicle and infrastructure costs; • Promote the transformation of the region’s transportation system by incentivizing the development of geographically dispersed EVSE charging infrastructure; • Reduce harmful air pollutants; • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions; • Promote energy security by reducing petroleum usage and implementing cleaner, reliable alternative transportation; • Encourage technological innovation; • Advance fleet sustainability; and • Promote greening government initiatives.
Electric Vehicle Funding • RAQC grant requirements only allow us to cover 80% of the EV’s incremental cost. • Originally, the application based EV funding on the State of Colorado FYI Income 67 Innovative Motor Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Credits which provided incremental costs. • Last week, the Department of Revenue released a revised tax credit document with substantial changes and removed incremental costs. As a result, RAQC must modify application funding mechanisms and amounts. • RAQC will release guidance on recalculating funding amounts by January 25, 2013. • Potential Solution: Applicants will submit the awarded EV bid and a quote for a comparable gasoline or diesel vehicle. RAQC will issue funding based on the price differential submitted.
Mandatory Criteria • RAQC Funding Requirements: Projects applying for RAQC funding must be located in the seven-county Denver Metropolitan Area of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas or Jefferson Counties. • CEO Funding Requirements: Projects applying for CEO funding must be located within any other county in the State of Colorado6 except those that are covered by RAQC funding. • Projects implemented prior to February 28, 2013 are not eligible for funding. • RAQC funded vehicles must be registered in the same seven county area as above. • All requests for proposal, requests for qualifications or any bid documents related to your project must be run and awarded before submitting an application. Please contact RAQC or CEO staff for required information to be included in bid documents. All bid documents must be submitted to the RAQC prior to public release for approval from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO). Applicants may use the 2013 State of Colorado electric vehicle bids. State bid documents may be located online.
Mandatory Criteria • Vehicles and equipment must be purchased and not leased or financed to be eligible for funding. • The applicant must have title ownership to the site or facility where the proposed EVSE is being installed. If not, the applicant must provide written approval for EVSE installation from the title owner of the site. • The station(s) must be kept operational and in service for a minimum of three years. Exceptions may be considered under circumstances of severe hardship as determined by the EVIWG. • The applicant must apply for any required local government, utility and/or electrical permits and approvals. • The applicant must comply with all applicable federal, state and local permitting, zoning and code requirements. Certification that all requirements have been met is required from the installing electrician.
Mandatory Criteria • The applicant must follow independently published recommendations on the installation of EVSE in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). • The applicant must work with EVIWG to share data on overall energy consumption and interval data. Additional information and data may be requested upon availability. • The applicant must allow the EVIWG to make all applications and bid documents public. • The applicant must provide location(s) of funded sites to the EVIWG and the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center. • The applicant must provide a minimum of 20% EV/EVSE matching funds for the project or cash match. These matching funds cannot be direct or indirect federal funds. • Upon completion, all claimed eligible costs and final invoicing will be provided in a legible format and may be required on a form provided by the RAQC with backup original invoicing required at the time of submittal. If documents are illegible, confusing or incorrect in any manner, the project will not be funded. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure documents are clear.
Questions 1. Is there a limit on the number of EVSE charging stations we can apply for? There is no limit on the number of EVSE charging stations an organization can apply for. However, the EVIWG has the ability to award partial funding to applicants if the applicant is willing to accept the reduced award. 2. Do the charging stations have to be on city property? No, charging stations do not have to be located on city property. However, you will be asked to provide the address of the EVSE location (including zip code). Please note that projects applying for RAQC funding must be located in the seven-county Denver Metropolitan Area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas or Jefferson Counties). Projects applying for CEO funding must be located within any other county in the State of Colorado except those that are covered by RAQC funding. One organization must be designated as the applicant and be responsible for implementing the entirety of the project. Partnership with other entities is encouraged and could strengthen an application. 3. On page 5 of the application, it states that projects implemented prior to February 28, 2012 are not eligible for funding. Are you looking to award retroactive projects? Retroactive projects are not eligible for funding. The application has been changed to reflect the accurate date of February 28, 2013.
Questions 4. Do grants apply to HOA management companies, private parties, etc.? Yes, these entities are eligible for EVSE grant funding. Please note that applicants are prioritized in order as local governments, school districts, state/federal agencies, non-profit educational institutions and other non-profit agencies. The applicant must have title ownership to the site or facility where the proposed EVSE is being installed or provide written approval for the EVSE installation from the title owner of the site. 5. Are electric bikes eligible for funding? No, electric bikes are not eligible for funding. 6. Are hybrid vehicles eligible for funding or must they be all electric? Hybrid vehicles are not eligible for funding. The vehicle must be a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or battery electric vehicle (BEV).