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Question 1: In this article I see there is mention of funding for electric vehicle charging in multi-unit housing through the VTO. I looked at the DOE funding site listed at the bottom and couldn’t find such a solicitation or NOI. Could you please steer me to that funding announcement pertaining to multi-unit housing charging?
Answer 1:

Please refer to te following link: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaIdbba83da0-9b58-4d26-8c6a-4a36230aed4f


Question 2: For the natural gas topic #5, are combinations of technologies preferred? That is could multiple technologies from the approaches list be combined to provide a better overall benefit?
Answer 2: There is no inherent preference for combinations of technologies.  Novelty and innovation are always of interest.  All projects/applications will be evaluated in accordance with the respective Merit Review Criteria set forth in the Section V.A. of the FOA.
Question 3: Question 1: Is a thermoelectric generator (TEG) technology that generates electrical power from natural gas engine exhaust gas heat within the scope of this FOA (e.g. Topic Area 5: Natural Gas Engine Enabling Technologies) and considered responsive to the topic? The electricity generated from the engine exhaust waste heat would charge the vehicle battery and reduce the load on the engine via offsetting the electrical demand from the battery and load from an engine alternator (as in a traditional vehicle) or engine generator (as with a hybrid vehicle). Although this approach does not inherently increase the brake thermal efficiency per se of the engine itself, it does significantly improve the engine fuel consumption and associated emissions if the engine alternator/generator load is considered as part of the engine performance within a vehicle, which consumes significant electricity, particularly for a hybrid vehicles; for a given vehicle driving cycle, the vehicle fuel economy and associated emissions will significantly improve due to a well-performing exhaust TEG. Our company has a very compact and lightweight TEG technology for engine exhaust, which is particularly well-suited for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Question 2: If a natural gas engine exhaust thermoelectric generator (TEG) technology is not within the scope of this FOA, is there another FOA that does or will exist in the near future for such a technology?
Answer 3:
It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to make the determination if their proposed project meets the requirements identified in the FOA/specific Area of Interest.  Submittal of a concept paper will result in a recommendation regarding your proposed project.   
Question 4: Do you know if Federal Agencies are eligible to receive funding for DE-FOA-0002475?
Answer 4: Please refer to Section III, Eligibility for information on what entities can apply for funding under this FOA.
Question 5: 1. Are Battery Electric Switcher locomotives applicable equipment deployments under the Electric Vehicle Charging Community Partner Projects if operating within a port facility and near disadvantaged communities? This would involve repowering a diesel locomotive, using new li-ion propulsion systems but reusing the train frame/chassis reducing embodied energy. 2. Does the concept paper need letters of commitments for vehicle deployments? Or just the full application?
Answer 5:


1. It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to make the determination if their proposed project meets the requirements identified in the FOA/specific Area of Interest.  Submittal of a concept paper will result in a recommendation regarding your proposed project.                                                                                                                 

2. No, letters of commitment for vehicle deployments are not required to be submitted with the concept paper.   

Question 6: I was wondering whether vehicles procured through the Low GHG Vehicle Technologies grant would need to be FTA Buy America compliant. Please let me know.
Answer 6: Please see Section IV.H.vi (page 71) of the FOA which indicates that to the greatest extent practicable, all equipment and products purchased with funds made available under this FOA should be American-made. This requirement does not apply to used or leased equipment.
Question 7: I had two questions concerning Topic Area 2 of DE-FOA-0002475. In Section C. Applications Specifically Not of Interest, it states that AOI2 is not interested in applications that include the cost of EV charging infrastructure. 1. Does the word “infrastructure” here mean the charging pump itself, or the station hosting the pump? (i.e. Would the award be able to fund the charging pump, but not the land/asphalt/awnings/etc.? Or would it pay for neither?) 2. Would an award from this FOA support the purchase of PEV vehicles for a government entity for a current use? (i.e. Could we utilize the funding to change our fleet of gas powered inspection vehicles to PEVs?)
Answer 7:

1. Our definition of charging infrastructure includes electric vehicle supply equipment as well as all the supporting infrastructure. https://afdc.energy.gov/fuels/electricity_infrastructure.html                                               

2. It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to make the determination if their proposed project meets the requirements identified in the FOA/specific Area of Interest.  Submittal of a concept paper will result in a recommendation regarding your proposed project.   

Question 8: For AOI1, what is the definition of a rebate and tax incentive? For example: If the project wants to focus on charging in co-located areas: retail, medical clinics, hospitals and/or other businesses or government entities (e.g., museums, DMVs) where PEV drivers may have extended dwell times. Can a city offer to cover installation/hardware/software costs for charging stations and vehicles for MFUs and workplaces? Does that constitute a rebate or an incentive? Do the MFUs and workplaces have to be a partner within the application? Or can the city give them funding with them being a project partner?
Answer 8:

1.  Yes.  A city may cover installation/hardware/software costs for charging stations and vehicles for MFUs and workplaces. It is not considered a rebate or incentive if the city is making the commitment as part of the project application.


2.  No.  The MFUs and workplaces are not required to be partners.

Question 9: I was reading through the identified solicitation and I was interested in Topic Area 5. I didn’t notice anything about sensing or monitoring for the fuel tank (COPV) devices, and I was curious if applications of such a system would be of interest for this solicitation?
Answer 9:
It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to make the determination if their proposed project meets the requirements identified in the FOA/specific Area of Interest.  Submittal of a concept paper will result in a recommendation regarding your proposed project.   
Question 10: In the Topic Area 4a, Off-road vehicles, the objective specifically calls for improving the efficiency, reducing the cost, and complexity of compression ignition engines. Would proposals for alternative engine combustion strategies that allow for the use of low carbon fuels be appropriate? For instance dilute SI combustion of natural gas, propane, or alcohol fuels … just as an example. Or the proposals need to be compression ignition diesel engines?
Answer 10: The intent of this topic is GHG reduction through vehicle technologies that decrease energy use (i.e. increase efficiency). While the technologies listed is the topic description are highly encouraged, others that can demonstrate a pathway to affordability, durability, manufacturability, and consumer acceptance and implementation will be considered. Concepts focused on the use of natural gas, propane, or dimethyl ether are encouraged to consider topic areas 5 and 6.
Question 11: We have a point of inquiry regarding Area 4a: Research to Transform the Efficiency of Off-Road Vehicles. Namely, the second bulleted objective calls for “Technologies that increase the efficiency of compression-ignition engines and/or reduce the cost, complexity, and energy penalty associated with emission control over a typical drive cycle for off-road vehicles”. Would this objective include off-road vehicle efficiency benefits brought through V2V communication? Specifically, the proposed automation will allow vehicles to run in platooning configurations with a lead truck operated by a skilled driver and driver-less trailing trucks. Based on the terrain encountered, the lead truck and driver will inform the trailing trucks about the optimum speeds, engine torque, and tire inflation pressure that should be used to efficiently cross the terrain ahead. While there were no applications “specifically not of interest” in this area, the project team is seeking DOE’s feedback on applicability of the proposed technology to the spirit of the 4a language.
Answer 11:
It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to make the determination if their proposed project meets the requirements identified in the FOA/specific Area of Interest.  Submittal of a concept paper will result in a recommendation regarding your proposed project.   
Question 12: We are interested in submitting an application for grant under FOA-0002475 for “Reducing the Cost of DC Fast Charging Equipment”. We are developing our first public charging station for HD class-8 trucks and are purchasing a mix of CCS and MCS chargers from a company with aggregate of 3 MW power and know our cost of purchase and installation. We have developed a hardware and software concept of reducing the cost of system and installation and are prepared to take this through engineering design and production with possible grant funding. Would appreciate answer to following: -Is there a handbook for the 0002475 with details about qualification, available funding level for each application and scoring criteria? -What is the time line for submission and award?
Answer 12: There is no handbook available.  The FOA document itself sets forth the technical requirements, eligibility requirements, administrative requirements and funding available.  Please read the FOA document. 
Question 13: Would blending H2 into CNG for use in an internal combustion engine fit into the scope of area of interest #5 of this FOA?
Answer 13:
It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to make the determination if their proposed project meets the requirements identified in the FOA/specific Area of Interest.  Submittal of a concept paper will result in a recommendation regarding your proposed project.   
Question 14: Regarding: Topic Area 4a: Research to Transform the Efficiency of Off-Road Vehicles Are project concepts involving railroad freight or passenger locomotives, or marine propulsion, of interest and welcome under this topic?
Answer 14:
It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to make the determination if their proposed project meets the requirements identified in the FOA/specific Area of Interest.  Submittal of a concept paper will result in a recommendation regarding your proposed project.   
Question 15: When you have a chance can you send me the spec documents for this bid? "Low Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Vehicle Technologies Research, Development,"
Answer 15: Please refer to te following link: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaIdbba83da0-9b58-4d26-8c6a-4a36230aed4f
Question 16: Regarding Topic Area 3, are concepts that utilize overhead conductive charging acceptable for consideration? There is some language regarding plug-in charging and so am seeking clarification.
Answer 16: 1.  An amendment to the FOA will be forthcoming to clarify the connection of the charge station.  
Question 17: I am very interested in the Topic Area 2 (Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging) the DE-FOA-0002475 program, because I think it is a wonderful opportunity for our university campus to get equipped with more EV charging stations. I talked about this idea with the facilities department on campus and the local utility company, and they are both interested in collaborating. But since this seems to be less research-intensive, am I, a faculty member, eligible to lead the proposal? Would it be better if someone from the facilities department of parking office lead the proposal? The other question is, I am not a US permanent resident or citizen yet, does this affect my eligibility to lead the proposal, if I submit the proposal through my institution?
Answer 17: Please see Section III. Elgibility Information of the FOA. Being a foreign national does not affect the eligibility of that person to lead a proposed project.  Foreign nationals will have to be approved prior to beginning work on the project as described in section VI.B.iii of the FOA.
Question 18: I have a few questions related to the requirement to include multi-family housing. Please see excerpt below, for reference (from Page 12 of the solicitation document), Project approach must include both: 1.PEVs and charging infrastructure in underserved communities (e.g., low-income, rural, and demographics that currently have minimal access to PEVs). 2.Multi-family housing and curbside charging providing PEV charging opportunities for residents without access to dedicated off-street parking.
Answer 18:
AOI-1 project approach must include PEV charging that provides opportunities for residents without access to dedicated off-street parking to have convenient access to charging such that they are able to reasonably own and operate a PEV. The EV chargers do not have to be installed within the grounds of a multi-family housing property to provide convenient access to charging
Question 19: This is my idea for an alternative renewable resource livestock feed! This product should qualify for lots of different grants can you take a look at it and tell me what you think ?thank you
Answer 19:
It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to make the determination if their proposed project meets the requirements identified in the FOA/specific Area of Interest.  Submittal of a concept paper will result in a recommendation regarding your proposed project.   
Question 20: Please see the below questions on topic areas 4a and 8. Topic Area 4a: Research to Transform the Efficiency of Off-Road Vehicles 1. Does airport ground support equipment qualify as ‘off-road’ equipment? 2. Do TRUs fit within the definition of ‘off-road’ equipment? Topic Area 8: Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Proof of Concept 1. Do light-duty vehicles qualify for this topic area? In the objective, it states that medium or heavy-duty vehicles are of interest, but in #2 under the General Requirements, it states “a description of the on-road natural gas light-, medium, or heavy-duty vehicles”. Please clarify. 2. Do bi-fuel (dual-fuel or non-dedicated fuel) vehicles qualify for this topic area? 3. If a project involved the purchase of a new natural gas vehicle, an upfit, and a fueling appliance, would the 50% cost-share requirement pertain to the overall cost, or specifically to the incremental cost of the upfit and fueling appliance? For example, would a fleet project partner be allowed to attribute the full cost of new natural gas vehicle purchase to the cost-share requirement, and have the grant funds cover 100% of the cost of the upfit and fueling appliance?
Answer 20:

AOI 4:                                                                                                                                        

Commercial off-road vehicles are vehicles that do not travel on public streets or highways and are used for industrial, agricultural, or some other business activity.  While there are many vehicles may technically qualify under this definition, the sectors referenced in the topic description (construction, mining, forestry, agriculture) are the largest emitters of greenhouse gas and criteria emissions. Applicants are encouraged to target technologies that have the biggest impact on energy use and emissions across the off-road sector                                   


AOI 8:                                                                                                                                            

1.The objective of this area of interest is to “spur adoption of on-road natural gas vehicles (medium or heavy-duty) in a specific fleet or community where the low emissions from natural gas can provide unique and immediate health benefits. The technical approach must utilize a proof-of-concept demonstration of five or fewer vehicles per fleet, along with supporting infrastructure in local public or private fleet(s), and validate the demonstration’s energy, environmental, economic and operational benefits with the purpose of reducing the burden from truck usage in these communities.” If light-duty vehicles help support this objective, they will be considered, but should not be the majority of vehicles proposed.  They can supplement if it makes sense for a fleet.                                                                                                                                     

2. Dedicated natural vehicles are preferred, but dual-fuel vehicles can be part of the mix.                                                                                                                                          

3. The overall project cost share should be a minimum 50% of the total project costs, please see Section IV. Application and Submission Information H. Funding Restrictions Section vi. Equipment and Supplies.  Keep in mind property considerations.  Allowable costs are not limited to the incremental costs.  For the example, this would be allowable, but if the vehicle is sold at some point, 50% of the sale could be owed back to the Government.             

Question 21: 1) Both AOI 1 & 2 make reference to providing data to a designated national lab; should we reference a national lab in our proposals or will this lab be appointed by the DOE? 2) Will there be a teaming list made available on the EERE website for this FOA?
Answer 21:

1) The application does not need to reference a national lab for providing data.


2) No, a teaming list will not be provided.  The applicant may propose a team which conforms to the requirements of the AOI specific “Teaming Arrangements”

Question 22: Does the grant funding cover cost of EV charger installation for: -Early adopters homes that are socially disadvantaged -Pubilc areas in social disadvantaged neighborhoods for public use. -Public agency locations such as schools, EMS, county government that have high population of social disadvantaged residents.
Answer 22: Charging station installation are allowable costs in Topic Areas 1 and 2
Question 23: 1)For topic area 1 – do we have to use new PEVs only? Can we use certified used PEVs or used PEVs? 2)Do we have to have cash funds secured as part of our cost share before applying? For example we are currently applying to a grant for our EV work, but we won’t know if we will get it until June and it will be awarded until September or later. Can we include that in the cost share or not?
Answer 23:

1) Vehicles must be new OEM factory produced as described in Topic Area 1.                                  

2) Please refer to Appendix A Cost Share Information of the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Question 24: Regarding FFRDC participants, the FOA states: For subawards to DOE FFRDCs, the recipient shall use the Department’s strategic partnership projects program and the terms and conditions established for that program. With our company, the statement of work between the DOE FFRDC (subrecipient) and the lead institution (awardee) determines the type of contractual agreement between a national laboratory contractor and a private company or university [either a Strategic Partnership Project (SPP) or Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)]. Can the FFRDC determine the type agreement between the FFRC (as sub-recipient) and the awardee? If so, please confirm that CRADAs will also be allowed between the FFRDC and the awardee as the FOA only references strategic partnership projects.
Answer 24:

The type of agreement between the FFRDC and the potential awardee must be negotiated between the two entities. CRADAs are an acceptable type of agreement.

Question 25: We are interested in Topic 1. Topic 1 in this FOA requires multi-family charging. Do university dormitories qualify as multi-family? We have undergrad dorms without families, but also grad student apartments with families.
Answer 25: Multi-family housing, also known as multi-unit dwellings, refers to a type of residential development, such as apartments and condominiums. Submittal of a concept paper will result in a recommendation regarding your proposed project.   
Question 26: I have a local nonprofit that wants to submit a concept paper and application for Topic Area 2, Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging. Does this topic area require this nonprofit to go around the country and implement a workplace charging program at different locations? Or this topic area develops a nationwide workplace charging program that is shared with any and all?
Answer 26: Submittal of a concept paper will result in a recommendation regarding your proposed project. 
Question 27: We have a question about the definition of "dedicated off-street parking" in Area of Interest #1. We saw on the FAQ Question&Answer #18, and we understand a goal is to have convenient access to charging such that residents are able to reasonably own and operate a PEV, charged on or off the property. However, we are seeking additional clarification of how DOE defines "dedicated off-street parking". Could this refer to people who have parking, perhaps limited, but not dedicated or assigned to the individual car or resident? Would this apply to multi-family units with parking lots but no assigned spaces?
Answer 27: A resident without access to dedicated off-street parking, does not have a driveway, or other parking location at which the resident can install electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) to charge an electric vehicle. 
Question 28: Regarding the requirement for curbside charging, would the project developers have to deploy chargers on curbside or would a study to assess the challenges of curbside charging to develop solutions (without hardware deployment/installation) be eligible? Project approach must include both: 1.PEVs and charging infrastructure in underserved communities (e.g., low-income, rural, and demographics that currently have minimal access to PEVs). 2.Multi-family housing and curbside charging providing PEV charging opportunities for residents without access to dedicated off-street parking
Answer 28: A study to assess the challenges of curbside charging, without deployment of EV charging equipment, would not meet the intent of this area of interest.
Question 29: A couple of questions regarding topic area #8 of the VTO FOA. 1. Is Propane included in the proof of concept project? 2. Would Off-road vehicles, licensed for on-road be considered for this topic area? (for example Yard Tractors) 3. Would off-road vehicles and a hybrid platform for lift trucks be considered for this topic?
Answer 29:

1.No – this topic (AOI 8) is focused on natural gas. 

2. Yes, but consider that these must be powered by natural gas, and if used on-road: “all vehicles must be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) and/or the California Air Resources Board and meet applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for on-road use.”

3. Yes, but consider that these must be powered by natural gas, and if used on-road: “all vehicles must be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) and/or the California Air Resources Board and meet applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for on-road use.”

Question 30: Can we include LPG and/or DME for Topic Area 8?
Answer 30: No – this topic (AOI 8) is focused on natural gas
Question 31: Is there are Word template for concept paper (CP) submission? I could see the rules and requirements for the CP in the FOA and a Word template for the full paper submission.
Answer 31: No, there are no word templates.
Question 32: Would you please send me the application documents for DE-FOA-0002475? This is the error message I get when following this link: • Template SF 424 (Last Updated: 4/9/2021 01:14 PM ET) “Please wait... If this message is not eventually replaced by the proper contents of the document, your PDF viewer may not be able to display this type of document.”
Answer 32: The link provided downloads and opens the file without problem, please check with your system administrator.
Question 33: The FOA links to a web page for standard IP provisions, for which there are several options. How do we determine which categories we fall into? Specifically, what is the difference between a grant and cooperative award? What is the definition of domestic small business vs. large business? How do we determine the answer to “Special Data Statute” (yes/no)?
Answer 33:

1. Cooperative agreements include substational involvement, Grants do not.

2. Based on the size of your business you need to determine if you are a small or large business.

3. Please see Section VII. L. Rights in Technical Data.

Question 34: Answer #22 on the FOA’s FAQ page states that “Charging station installation are allowable costs in Topic Areas 1 and 2.” On Page 37 of the FOA, it says that in AOI2, “Applications that include the cost of EV charging infrastructure” are not of interest. Could you clarify what costs related to charging stations are acceptable, if any, for a Workplace Charging proposal? Or should these together be read to say that equipment costs are not to be included, but installation costs are okay?
Answer 34: The intent of this AOI is to develop programs and not install charging equipment.  So costs for installation of charging equipment would not be of interest under this AOI. 
Question 35: We are interested in submitting a proposal regarding Topic Area 2 (Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging), however, we noticed that, on Page 37 of the FOA, two types of applications that are not of interest are listed: • Applications that include the cost of EV charging infrastructure. •Applications that include the cost of data from EV charging infrastructureor vehicles. I would like to confirm whether it is true that we cannot use the grant money to purchase charging infrastructure for workplace charging. If it is true, would you be able to provide us with some guidance on what could be included in the budget?
Answer 35:

Amendment 1, Section I.C “Applications Specifically Not of Interest" Area of Interest 2 clarifies:

Applications that include the costs of EV charging infrastructure, electric vehicle supply equipment or the deployment of vehicles are not of interest.

It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to make the determination if their proposed project meets the requirements identified in the FOA/specific Area of Interest.  Submittal of a concept paper will result in a recommendation regarding your proposed project.  

Question 36: 1. For AOI 1, the FOA states on page 37 that: “Applications that include rebates or tax incentives” are Not of Interest. Does this mean that proposals for AOI 1 that include rebates, tax incentives, or other incentives as match funds to contribute to the cost of deployed ZEVs and infrastructure are not allowed? In other words, does the remaining cost of the ZEVs and infrastructure deployed under AOI 1 have to be covered completely by cash match, or can it be supplemented with available vehicle and EVSE grants and/or incentives? 2. Can you please elaborate on the following statement in the FOA on page 71: “Property disposition will be required at the end of a project if the current fair market value of property exceeds $5,000.” 3. On page 84 of the FOA, it states: “Prime recipients must report the executive compensation for their own executives as part of their registration profile in SAM.” When must prime recipients complete this by? 4. Can you please elaborate on the following phrase in the FOA on page 89: “…the government retains an undivided reversionary interest in the equipment.”
Answer 36:

1. Please refer to Appendix A Cost Share Information of the Funding Opportunity Announcement.                                                                                                                                                          

2. As stated on page 71, please see the regulations at 2CFR 910.360 or 2CFR 200.310 through 2CFR 200.316 depending on your type of organization.                                                                                                                          

3. Please see page 2 of the FOA regarding SAM Registration                                                                                                                                                  

4.  Essentially, the recipient holds conditional title to the property and the Government has an undivided reversionary interest in the share of the property value equal to the Federal participation in the project.  The Government thereby retains a vested interest in purchased equipment until dispositioned in accordance with 2 CFR § 910.360(g).  Please read 2 CFR § 910.360 - Real property and equipment, for a more complete elaboration on the phrase you have questioned. 

Question 37: 1. Under Section C "Applications Specifically Not of Interest" under AOI 1 it states "Applications that include rebates or tax incentives". Can you provide any clarification on this item or what specifically related to rebates or tax incentives is not of interest? 2. Under Topic 1 "Electric Vehicle Charging Community Partner Projects", it states; " Project approach must include both: 1. PEVs and charging infrastructure in underserved communities (e.g., lowincome, rural, and demographics that currently have minimal access to PEVs). 2. Multi-family housing and curbside charging providing PEV charging opportunities for residents without access to dedicated off-street parking." Can you verify that a project must include both PEVs and charging infrastructure into the proposal. A project proposal for either PEVs or charging infrastructure alone will not meet the FOA requirements?
Answer 37:

1. Essentially, the recipient holds conditional title to the property and the Government has an undivided reversionary interest in the share of the property value equal to the Federal participation in the project.  The Government thereby retains a vested interest in purchased equipment until dispositioned in accordance with 2 CFR § 910.360(g).  Please read 2 CFR § 910.360 - Real property and equipment, for a more complete elaboration on the phrase you have questioned.  .                                                       


2. Yes, they must include both.

Question 38: May an entity apply to more than one topic area? If so, does that require two initial Concept Papers? Is this permissible?
Answer 38: Yes. See Section III. F. Limitation on Number of Full Applications Eligible for Review
Question 39: On page 18 of the FOA, there appears to be a typo, see highlighted text. Should this be “a nationwide employer recognition” program? It seems to make more sense than an employee recognition program in this context. Objective The objective of this area of interest is to develop a nationwide workplace charging program that enables a large scale increase in workplace charging through employer education and outreach; technical and policy assistance for assessing the demand for, installing, and managing workplace charging; a nationwide employee recognition program for offering workplace charging; and resources to assist employees in advocating for workplace charging. DOE seeks a nationwide workplace charging program that spurs significant private-sector investment in offering Level 1, Level 2, and/or DC fast charging for employees to charge personal-use PEVs at their place of employment and implementing policies to engage employees and other stakeholders.
Answer 39: This should read as "nationwide employer recognition program".
Question 40: 1. Can you confirm that the Code of Federal Regulations applicable to this EERE solicitation allows for non-federal entities, both for-profit and not-for-profit, to take title to real property and equipment that is partially funded through an award issued under this funding opportunity? 2. Can you describe the full range of options for and how the directions articulated in 2 CFR 200.311(c), or other applicable CFRs, would be applied to the disposition of equipment at the end of the grant performance period in the scenario where the purchase cost of an electric school bus is split between the federal grant and a for-profit school bus service provider? a. Does this grant cover anything more than the depreciation value of the equipment during the grant period of performance? b. Are there other options beyond the three listed in 2 CFR 200.311(c) that may be presented to grant recipients as part of the disposition instructions? 3. Are all elements or approaches within a single Concept Paper required to meet both of the “must include” items listed on page 14 of the FOA? 4. Is there a specific distance between a curbside charger and multi-family or underserved single family housing which defines the threshold under which EERE considers the charging infrastructure to service the needs of those families and above which is deemed impractical? 5. Would a Level 2 or DCFC in a parking lot accessible to the multi-family residence be considered as meeting the intent of the second “must include” on page 14 of the FOA, or are the “curbside” and “without access to dedicated off-street parking” rigid requirements?
Answer 40:

1. Essentially, the recipient holds conditional title to the property and the Government has an undivided reversionary interest in the share of the property value equal to the Federal participation in the project.                                                                                                                                            

2. The Government thereby retains a vested interest in purchased equipment until dispositioned in accordance with 2 CFR § 910.360(g).  Please read 2 CFR § 910.360 - Real property and equipment, for a more complete elaboration on the phrase you have questioned. Disposition opitions will be discussed in more detail during negotiations if selected for award.                                                                                                                                                            

3. Please review the technical review criteria for concept papers identified in Section 5 of the FOA.                                                                                                                                                                      

4. Access must be convenient to charging such that residents are able to reasonably own and operate a PEV.                                                                                                                                                              

5. Yes, Level 2 and DCFC EVSE in a parking lot accessible to multi-family housing is considered a PEV charging opportunity for the those residents.

Question 41: 1. In AOI2, are the cost of a) purchasing and b) installing EVSE allowable as cost share? 2. Under “Objective” in AOI2, you state in the first sentence “…a nationwide employee recognition program for offering workplace charging; …” – our question is should “employee” be “employer” in that sentence?
Answer 41:

1. Applications that include the costs of EV charging infrastructure, EVSE or the deployment of vehicles are not of interest under this AOI. Applications with these costs included will be deemed nonresponsive and will not be reviewed or considered                    

2. This should read as "nationwide employer recognition program".

Question 42: Can you tell us how to deal with sensitive or proprietary information in the concept document?
Answer 42: See Section VIII.D., Treatment of Application Information. Applicants should not include trade secrets or commercial or financial information that is privileged or confidential in their application unless such information is necessary to convey an understanding of the proposed project or to comply with a requirement in the FOA. Applicants are advised to not include any critically sensitive proprietary detail.
Question 43: Do you have a specific template you would prefer we use for the Concept Paper, and what length would you prefer the concept paper?
Answer 43: See Section IV.C. for the Content and Form of the Concept Paper.
Question 44: Would Topic 4a or Topic 6 be appropriate for a DME fueled compression ignition engine for off-highway applications? Topic 6 is directly applicable to DME, but the restriction about not increasing the cost of the emission control system (interpreted as requiring a three-way catalyst) seems to preclude submitting a compression-ignition DME concept to Topic 6. Topic 6’s focus on LD and MD vehicles seems to also preclude an off-highway concept.
Answer 44: The intent of topic 4a is GHG reduction through vehicle technologies that decrease energy use (i.e. increase efficiency). While the technologies listed is the topic description are highly encouraged, others that can demonstrate a pathway to affordability, durability, manufacturability, and consumer acceptance and implementation will be considered.  The extent to which the proposed project, if successful, would meet these objectives will be assessed based on concept paper review, and encourage/discourage notifications will be made accordingly. Topic 6 is focused on on-road technologies. The objective of Topic Area 6 is to research, develop, and validate engine component technologies that improve the efficiency of direct injection engines using dimethyl ether, propane, or a blend of the two, cost-effectively and without increasing the cost of emission control systems for light and medium-duty vehicles.