REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: ALTERNATE FUEL VEHICLE PROCUREMENT AND SUPPORTING FUELING EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION


Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) manages several federal projects that offer incentives or reimbursements to sub-awardees and occasionally must re-allocate funds under our projects. The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit feedback from government agencies, commercial fleets and other alternative fuel stakeholders on issues related to procurement of alternative fuel vehicles and supporting fueling equipment and installation. This information will help us design requests for proposals that better meet our stakeholders’ needs. Read on after the questions for planned upcoming funding opportunities. 
 
Alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and other advanced vehicles offer a number of important benefits, such as fuel diversification for energy security, environmental benefits, and potential cost savings over the life of the vehicle. However, AFVs often have higher initial costs compared to conventional vehicles. Higher AFV and advanced technology vehicle prices can be attributed not only to manufacturers spreading costs over fewer vehicles, but also to the complexities of marketing and supplying vehicles to meet diverse local requirements and fleet needs. This is the deployment barrier our projects seek to minimize. 

This is solely a Request for Information, limited to respondents whose deployments will be located in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, and not a funding opportunity or request for proposals. MEC is not currently accepting applications. This questionnaire should take less than 10 minutes. Submissions are requested by September 30, 2020. 
 
MEC would like your input on how we can help you with your goals regarding alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure. 

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* 1. What type of business/organization do you represent? (check all that apply)

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* 2. Which of the following vehicle types would you be interested in purchasing in an alternative fuel model? (check all that apply)

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* 3. Specify alternative fuel type(s) for proposed vehicle deployment:

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* 4. Which refueling infrastructure type(s) would you be interested in deploying? (check all that apply)

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* 5. Which impediments are holding you back from applying to open funding opportunities for purchase/upgrade of AFVs and/or installation of AFV fueling stations? (check all that apply)

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* 6. If you checked: 'Our Budget is shrinking/we are in a budget freeze' on Q5,
how long do you expect budgeting issues to continue?

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* 7. Would your organization be interested in training by MEC/others on:

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* 8. MEC has several projects that are due by 9/2021 and later; if deploying AFVs, could you complete a deployment by:

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* 9. MEC has several projects that are due by 9/2021 and later; if installing an alternative fuel station, could you complete the installation by: 

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* 10. MEC is focusing on key highway corridors for some of its planned projects and funding: I-35, I-70, I-49, I-44 and US 400.  How likely is it that a project you’re considering will be located on one of these highway corridors?

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* 11. Please list location(s) you are interested in:

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* 12. Would you like someone from MEC’s staff to contact you regarding potential funding opportunities?
If so, please provide: Name, Phone Number and/or Email Address.

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* 13. Would you like to be added to MEC’s Clean Cities mailing list to receive notification of current/future funding opportunities? 
If so, please provide: Name and Email Address

Thank you for your participation in our RFI; we hope to use this information to make AFVs and alternative fueling stations more prevalent and accepted throughout Mid-America. 
 
Submissions are requested by September 30, 2020. 
  
A summary of current/upcoming MEC funding opportunities will be available after submitting your responses. Current solicitations will also be advertised on the MEC website. https://metroenergy.org/ 

See below for Administrative Information regarding this RFI. 
 
For more information, please contact: 
 
Jeff Windsor, Contract Specialist 
Metropolitan Energy Center 
300 East 39th Street 
Kansas City, MO  64111 
jeff@metroenergy.org
Administrative Information: 
 
A. Proprietary/Confidential Information 
Proprietary/Confidential information will be for internal use and individual responses will be kept confidential (except as may be required by law). Any release of information will be in the aggregate.  
 
B.  RFI Response Material Ownership  
MEC has the right to retain Submitter’s original submissions and other RFI response materials for its files. As such, MEC may retain or dispose of all copies/responses as is lawfully deemed appropriate. MEC has the right to use any or all information/material presented in reply to the RFI, subject to limitations outlined in the section, Proprietary/Confidential Information. Submitter expressly agrees that MEC may use the materials for all lawful purposes and to make the information available as required by law or regulation. 
 
C.  Disclaimer   
All information contained within this RFI, and any amendments and modifications thereto, reflect the best and most accurate information available to MEC at the time of RFI preparation. No inaccuracies in such data shall constitute a basis for legal recovery of damages or protests, either real or punitive, except to the extent that any such inaccuracy was a result of intentional misrepresentation by MEC. 
 
D. Incurred Costs 
MEC is not liable for any cost incurred by the Submitter.
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