The Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Technical Assistance Group (AFV-TAG) Supports Public Fleets

Public Fleets are invited to join the AFV-TAG

AFV TAG LogoThe Alternative Fuels and Vehicles Technical Advisory Group (AFV-TAG) is a joint program of the Washington Department of Commerce and the WSU Green Transportation Program. The AFV-TAG convenes fleet and facility managers, policymakers, and industry stakeholders to discuss the latest technology and policy trends, and to share experiences about alternative fuels and vehicles.

AFV-TAG meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday in January, March, May, July, September and November. Send an email to the Green Transportation Program to receive all future AFV-TAG announcements.

AFV-TAG Mandate

The AFV-TAG developed in response to RCW 43.19.648, which requires state agencies and local governments to fuel publicly owned vehicles, vessels and construction equipment with electricity or biofuels to the extent practicable. The definition of practicable can be found in Chapter 194-28 WAC for state agencies and Chapter 194-29 WAC for local governments.

The guides for local governments took effect June 1, 2018. The Washington Department of Commerce regularly collects reports from local governments using more than 200,000 gallons of fuel a year. These reports provide a record of fuel use and fleet developments by government entities around the state. This helps decision makers at all levels develop action plans and react to opportunities to further their transition to clean fuels.

Next AFV-TAG Meeting

July 18 , 2024 – 9 am - 11 am

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • News from the GTP
  • Grant opportunities for EVs and charging infrastructure
  • IRS tax credits: Details about how agencies, local governments, and tribes can take advantage of this new opportunity to get clean energy tax credits.

    We recently prepared two factsheets to help you get familiar with this topic:
    EV Tax Incentives
    Tax Incentives for Electric School Buses

  Register today!

Past AFV-TAG Meeting Summaries

May 16, 2024

We covered:

  • Grant opportunities
  • At-home fleet charging pilot program –Jamie Mittge and Reanna McNamara, WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
  • Public EV charging infrastructure framework – Kyla Wilson and Eurydice Pentz, Pierce County
  • Implementing the Transportation Electrification Plan, with school district examples – Rendall Farley and Bryce Eschenbacher, Avista

[Meeting Recording]

March 21, 2024 – Spring AFV-TAG Meeting

We heard about:

  • 2024 Legislative activities, focusing on new policies and funding opportunities of interest to those in green transportation.
  • R99 — renewable diesel market report.
  • State fleet electrification efforts at the State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) Office at Commerce.
  • A story of persistence and constant learning from the City of Mount Vernon, recently awarded a $12.5 million federal CFI grant to install 78 EV charging ports at the Mount Vernon Library Commons.

[Meeting Recording]

Timestamps for Key Contents

  • 0:00:00 Introductions
  • 0:03:11 Announcements & Updates
  • 0:23:11 Renewable Diesel Market Report
    • Megan Boutwell, Stillwater Associates
  • 0:55:00 SEEP Zero Emissions Vehicle Program: Executing Executive Order 21-04
    • Seth Kolodziejski, SEEP Office, WA Dept. of Commerce
  • 1:18:30 Grant Successes: City of Mt. Vernon Library Commons & EV Infrastructure
    • Jill Boudreau, Former Mayor, Project Administrator, City of Mt. Vernon
  • 1:42:42 Additional Announcements
  • 1:48:30 Closing Discussion

Jan 18, 2024 - New Year AFV-TAG meeting

This meeting included:

  • A brief look back at green transportation accomplishments in 2023 and a longer look forward into 2024, including what we might see from the Legislature’s short session and supplemental budget.
  • An update from Commerce about EV charging funding awardees and the EV incentives program currently being designed.
  • A technical discussion about the challenges and obstacles of building out EV charging in Washington, best practices for maintaining a high degree of reliability, and the demand for EV charging in Eastern Washington.
  • A panel discussion with transportation leaders who are working together to develop their EV transition plans.

[Meeting Recording]

Timestamps for Key Contents

  • 0:00:00 Introductions
  • 0:01:53 Announcements & Updates
  • 0:45:08 Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Success through EVITA
    • Tanya Dion, Project Developer, Energy Northwest
  • 1:14:39 Port Townsend-Jefferson County Climate Action Committee: ZEV Success
    • Cindy Jayne, Committee Chair
    • Nicole Gauthier, Jefferson Transit
    • Jimmy Scarborough, P.E., Jefferson County PUD
    • Julien Thorn, ZEV Co-op
  • 1:59:22 Closing Discussion

Archive of Past Meeting Summaries


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