Wyoming Department of Transportation Charging Station Request for Information (RFI)

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is seeking input from interested stakeholder to inform the development of the state’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Strategic Plan or “strategy”. They are seeking input from federal, local and tribal agencies, utilities, multi-family dwelling owners, retail business owners, DC Fast Charging station manufacturers and installation companies, academia, vehicle dealers, hydrogen development companies, airports, and any other interested stakeholders that may inform the development and executive of the strategy.

With the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, more than $7 billion is dedicated for electric vehicles and infrastructure and more than $10 billion dedicated to batteries, the grid and more. There will be a significant amount of funding flowing to each state as early as this spring.  Now is the time to respond to this RFI and help inform the state of Wyoming on their electric vehicle strategy.

You can respond to this RFI in two ways. You can view the RFI below 

 and provide your written comments to YTCC and we’ll aggregate all the stakeholder responses we receive. In addition, we you can respond to the RFI directly yourself. The directions to do so are below:

RFI No. 22-011CS-Zero Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure Strategic Plan- Interest Letter

Bid forms, Specifications and further information may be obtained without charge, by registering with Public Purchase at http://www.publicpurchase.com.  The Registration process may take up to 24 hours, so signing up right away is recommended.

If you have already registered with Public Purchase follow these steps:

  1.  Select Home on your top tool bar.  2. In the upper right hand corner click the Region drop down menu and select Wyoming. 3. Click the Select Agency drop down menu and select Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT).

This will take you to the main Bid board where you can view the above mentioned bid(s), you will need to register with WYDOT once there and then click Wyoming and Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) from the drop down menu in the upper right of the screen.

Responses to the portal are due by December 1st. Responses to YTCC are due by November 24th so we can incorporate them into our collective response.

Press Release: Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities Announces Green Fleet Leader Awards

New Funding Announcement: Montana Department of Environmental Quality

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is celebrating National Drive Electric Week with new funding opportunities to help curb nitrogen oxide ​(NOx) emissions with clean transportation. The grants are available for public and private entities and match funds to help make clean transportation affordable.

Apply TodayThe first funding opportunity, the Clean Truck, Bus & Airport Equipment Program, matches funds to replace older diesel trucks, buses or airport ground support vehicles with battery electric, alternate fuel or diesel vehicles. Examples of types of vehicles for this funding opportunity can include garbage trucks​, street sweepers, bucket trucks, buses​, or vehicles that service aircrafts between flights. Applications for this opportunity are due January 14​, 2022.

Clean School BusThe second funding opportunity is the Clean School Bus Program that applies to school districts statewide and matches funds to replace older diesel school buses with newer diesel, gasoline, propane, low ​NOx certified or battery electric buses. This opportunity has funded 23 diesel buses and 8 propane buses at school districts across the state since January of 2020. Applications for this opportunity are due November 15, 2021 with project completion by August of 2022.

The grants are funded through the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement and EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, respectively.

The grant announcements celebrate National Drive Electric Week that raises awareness of the benefits of driving ​all-electric or ​plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

DEQ is hosting a webinar on October 6 at 2 p.m. for those interested in learning more about the funding opportunities​, to register visit: Webinar Registration – Zoom.

For more information and to view the ​request for applications visit: Deq.mt.gov/energy/programs/fuels.

Grand Teton National Park deploys CNG refuse truck

GTNP Receives a Compressed Natural Gas Refuse Truck

Join Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the new CNG refuse truck

Jackson, WY | June 28, 2021 — Join Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Works for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse truck that Grand Teton National Park has received through the state of Wyoming Volkswagen Settlement funds program.

  • Event: The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on June 30th from 3-5 pm at Lower Valley Energy at the local CNG charging station. Ribbon cutting celebration from 3-3:30 pm; networking from 3:30pm-4:00pm and CNG workshop from 4:00pm-5:00pm. The workshop will provide information for individuals and businesses interested in purchasing and operating CNG vehicles.

“We would like to congratulate Grand Teton National Park on the introduction of a CNG refuse truck into their fleet, which will provide cost savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions for park operations. We would also like to thank the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality for providing the funding for alternative fuel vehicles in Wyoming through the Wyoming Volkswagen Settlement funds program,” Alicia Cox, Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities Executive Director.

Grand Teton National Park’s purchase of a CNG refuse truck is the perfect example of selecting an alternative fuel based on a vehicle’s application, as the CNG station at Lower Valley Energy is directly along the refuse truck’s route to the landfill, it is seamless to refuel Grand Teton National Park’s new CNG refuse truck.  Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s program helps fund the replacement of class 4 and above diesel vehicles with newer alternative fuel or diesel vehicles.

“We’re excited that another fleet can benefit from the cost savings and emissions reductions from fueling with CNG at the Jackson Station”, said Phil Cameron, Executive Director of Energy Conservation Works.

CNG is available locally at Lower Valley Energy, 4000 S HWY 89 in Jackson. It is currently available for $1.80 per gasoline gallon equivalent, offering significant savings to vehicle owners. The Wyoming Business Council, Town of Jackson, and Teton County partnered with Lower Valley Energy to locate and construct the station there.

Clean Cities advances the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. Clean Cities is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program.

Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities works to displace the use of petroleum and increase energy security and sustainability through the promotion of alternative fuels and vehicles in the Greater Yellowstone region.

Learn more about Clean Cities at cleancities.energy.gov, and learn how to get involved with the Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities coalition at www.ytcleancities.org.

Bill adding excessive fees for electric vehicles headed to governor’s desk

For Immediate Release: May 5, 2021

Bill adding excessive fees for electric vehicles headed to governor’s desk

HB 188 will raise registration fees for electric vehicles in Montana to some of the highest in the nation

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Helena, MT — A bill that will create some of the highest fees in the nation for electric vehicle registration was approved by the legislature on April 28 and is headed to the governor to sign into law.

If signed, HB 188 by Rep. Denley Loge (R-Saint Regis) will add additional fees on top of normal vehicle registration fees for electric vehicles. While most states charge a flat fee for electric vehicle registration, Montana would become one of two states to create a special fee for electric SUV and light truck owners.

Owners who register an electric SUV or light truck would have to pay normal registration fees, plus an additional $375 each year. For example, a gas-powered SUV in Montana that is 4 years old or newer would cost $217 to register. Someone who owns an electric SUV up to 4 years old would have to pay $592 each year under this new law.

These would be the highest registration fees for electric SUVs and light trucks in the nation.

“Many manufacturers are bringing to market new trucks and SUVs, offering a clean transportation option in these vehicles that are so popular with Montana drivers. Montana should support EV adoption in this segment, and not discourage it with excessive taxes,” said Joel Levin, Executive Director of Plug In America.

Owners of smaller electric vehicles would have to pay an extra $195 on top of annual registration fees, making these fees the third-highest in the nation.

If signed into law, these registration fees could discourage the growth of the electric vehicle industry in Montana, despite the vehicle manufacturing industry’s 2021 commitment to electric vehicle production.

“While we understand the desire of legislators to establish long-term sources of transportation funding, this bill is not an appropriate path forward,” said Philip B. Jones, Executive Director of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification. “Any rational analysis of state transportation funding needs will demonstrate that future shortfalls are primarily due to the lack of indexing the state motor fuels tax, and the increasing efficiency of conventional internal combustion vehicles. Putting a tax on electric vehicles at this early stage of market development is punitive and misguided. As a businessman, the Governor will likely understand the need of early-stage businesses to receive good policy support from government, rather than excessive measures like this that are meant to punish innovation and American ingenuity in vehicle and battery development.”

In January, General Motors (GM) became the first U.S.-based automaker to pledge a cessation on gasoline-powered cars, vans, and SUVs by 2035. Ford has also made promises to invest in electric and autonomous vehicles, introducing their more affordable Mustang Mach-E to dealerships in March. Similarly, Volkswagen announced recently that it aims for more than 70% of their European sales to be EVs by 2030, with a goal of 50% each in the U.S. and China.

Montana has been slower to adopt electric vehicles compared to some other states, despite the availability of state and federal tax credits for purchasing an electric vehicle and developing infrastructure to support their use.

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About Plug In America: Plug In America is the nation’s leading independent consumer voice for accelerating the use of plug-in electric vehicles in the United States. Formed as a non-profit in 2008, Plug In America provides practical, objective information collected from our coalition of plug-in vehicle drivers, through public outreach and education, policy work and a range of technical advisory services. PlugInAmerica.org

About the Alliance for Transportation Electrification: The Alliance for Transportation Electrification (ATE), a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation, is led by utilities, electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure firms and service providers, automobile manufacturers, and EV charging industry stakeholders and affiliated trade associations. The organization includes about 50 national dues-paying members and affiliated organizations. They are actively involved in over twenty regulatory and other state and Provincial proceedings in North America today. evtransportationalliance.org

START BUS UNVEILS 8 ELECTRIC PROTERRA BUSES TO SERVE THE TETON VILLAGE ROUTE

JACKSON, WYO. – START Bus and Proterra, a leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, unveiled the community’s first of eight Proterra® ZX5 battery-electric transit buses. They are the first battery-electric buses in Wyoming and first Proterra ZX5 buses to be deployed in the United States.

START Bus will put the buses into service in late November. START hosted Proterra representatives for a small ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 12. Due to COVID-19, it was not a public event. For the public to join in the fun, next Thursday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities will host a webinar with Proterra representatives sharing specifics about the e-bus deployment in Teton County and the premiere of a video about the project. Look for Zoom details through Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities.

Darren Brugmann START Director notes, “START Bus and the Town of Jackson are thrilled to add battery-electric buses to our fleet. These buses will provide cost effective, clean, efficient transportation, and help START reduce emissions to improve air quality. START is committed to transitioning 40% of its fleet to electric by 2022 and deploying these first eight buses is a major step toward that goal.”

START selected the 40-foot Proterra ZX5 MAX battery-electric transit bus with 660 kWh of onboard energy and the DuoPower™ drivetrain.

Just available in September, the Proterra ZX5 MAX can deliver up to 329 miles of drive range, which represents the most energy storage and longest drive range of any 40-foot electric bus available in the market today.

The DuoPower drivetrain delivers nearly twice the horsepower and five times better fuel efficiency than a standard diesel engine. It features two electric motors that deliver an impressive 550 horsepower, accelerating a ZX5 bus from 0 to 20 mph in under six seconds.

In addition, the DuoPower can propel a bus up a 25% grade, making it an ideal option for routes with steep hills. By combining this drivetrain with Proterra’s industry-leading battery technology and lightweight composite bus body, this vehicle provides superior performance and is designed to tackle Jackson’s routes and winter climate.

START utilized Proterra’s battery lease program to help lower the upfront price of their buses and ensure funding to deploy eight at once, representing one-third of START’s total fleet.

“Proterra is excited to partner with START to bring the first battery-electric transit buses to Wyoming and deliver clean, quiet transportation to local riders,” said John Walsh, Proterra’s Senior Vice President.

Manufactured in the United States, Proterra battery-electric buses feature zero tailpipe emissions, saving approximately 230,000 pounds of greenhouse gases annually when replacing diesel buses. The purpose-built electric buses further offer a quieter ride for reduced noise pollution, greater efficiency, and lower operating costs than combustion engine vehicles.

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About START
START Bus is a public transit system serving Jackson and Teton County, Wyoming, and nearby areas including Teton Village, Star Valley and Teton Valley, Idaho. It is owned and operated by the Town of Jackson.

About Proterra
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission, heavy-duty electric vehicles, enabling bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating costs while delivering clean, quiet transportation to local communities across North America. The company’s configurable ZX5 platform is designed to serve the daily mileage needs of a wide range of transit routes on a single charge. With industry-leading durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous U.S. independent testing, Proterra products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in America. For more information, visit: www.proterra.com.

Source: Town of Jackson, WY

New Funding Announcement

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced two new clean transportation funding opportunities using the State’s Volkswagen Settlement funds. Applications for both are due January 11, 2021. Additional details are provided below.

Fast Charge Your Ride

DEQ is seeking eligible applicants interested in installing Level 3 direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations along key travel corridors in Montana. DCFC stations are capable of providing at least a 50-kilowatt (kW) output for a single vehicle. Each DCFC station location must also have a Level 2 station on site for redundancy in case the DCFC station is temporarily out of service, already in use, or for use by vehicles unable to use the DCFC station.

Proposed EVCS locations eligible for funding are along I-90, I-15, US-93, and a portion of US-2. Additional priority locations include Gardiner, Seeley Lake, and West Yellowstone.

The purpose of this program is to help fund the installation of EVCS stations for light duty vehicles in support of expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure along key travel corridors in Montana in order to help reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), greenhouse gases and particulate matter associated with light duty vehicles in Montana.

Find the Request for Applications (RFA) here. Read the RFA to determine if your proposal requires the Corridor application or the Additional Priority Location application.

Clean School Bus Program

DEQ is soliciting interest from all K-12 schools and all districts in Montana to replace model years 1996-2019 diesel-powered C and D type school buses with new battery-electric or certified low NOx emission school buses or model year 1996-2009 diesel-powered C and D type school buses with propane and cleaner diesel buses.

The application and instructions provide the information to allow schools to determine whether they are eligible to apply. Districts that operate their own buses or contract with a fleet manager are both eligible.

Find the Request for Applications and application here.

Questions?

If you have questions about either funding opportunity or eligibility, please contact Neal Ullman at 406-444-6582 or neal.ullman@mt.gov.