The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office just announced its Notice of Intent (NOI) for 2022 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Funding. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Vehicle Technology Office, a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Fiscal Year 2022 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide FOA”.
Specifically, this FOA will advance RDD&D in several areas critical to achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050, including: advancement of electric drive technologies using less rare-earth metal, reduction of weight of battery electric vehicle technologies, electrification of non-road vehicles, improvements in offroad vehicle charging, improved efficiency of engines using low-carbon fuels, and deployment of these technologies among diverse communities.
DOE anticipates including the following areas of interest in the FOA:
1. Electric Drive System Innovations
2. Off-Road EV Charging Concepts
3. Powertrain Material for Battery Electric Vehicles
4. Multi-Functional Material and Structures Research and Development
5. Decarbonization of Off-Road, Rail, and Marine Technologies
6. Clean Energy Mobility Solutions for Underserved Communities
7. No Home Charging: Multi-Family and Overnight Parking
8. Community Engagement, Outreach, Technical Assistance, and Training in Underserved Communities
9. Community-Driven EV Charging Deployment in Underserved Communities
10. Innovative MDHD EV Charging and Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Regional Plans
11. Addressing Critical Training Needs for Transportation Decarbonization
12. Demonstration and Deployment – Open Topic
13. Transportation Energy Analysis
EERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately 27–39 months. EERE plans to issue the FOA on or about July 2022 via the EERE Exchange website https://eereexchange.energy.gov/.
Meanwhile, California has released updated draft regulatory language for its zero-emission fleet rule. As proposed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the draft Advanced Clean Fleets regulation would require fleets of 50 or more trucks to add only zero-emission trucks to their California fleet beginning in 2024. In addition, diesel trucks would be prohibited from operating in California after reaching 800,000 miles or 18 years of age.