In early 2013, C2ES, in partnership with National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), began a two-year initiative to develop innovative finance mechanisms aimed at accelerating the deployment of AFVs and fueling infrastructure. As part of this initiative, C2ES has assembled an advisory group of experts on AFVs, infrastructure, and finance from the public and private sectors to help guide its work. The AFV Initiative aims to:
The initiative’s first output, completed in December 2013, is a white paper on the financial barriers . The next steps are to prepare case studies and develop business models that state partners can consider piloting at the project’s conclusion:
Decreasing reliance on petroleum has important economic, security, and environmental benefits for the United States. The nation’s dependence on foreign oil comes at a high price. In 2011, the U.S. transportation sector consumed 71 percent of the country’s petroleum supplies. Dependence on oil in transportation makes the United States subject to price shocks largely outside of its control since it is a globally priced commodity. Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory estimate the total economic loss associated with oil dependence in the United States was $2.1 trillion from 2005 to 2010. These economic losses are due to oil price shocks and oil market influence by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). From an environmental perspective, motor vehicles are also responsible for half of smog-forming air pollutants, about 75 percent of carbon monoxide emissions, and more than 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Most AFVs do not rely on petroleum, are more energy efficient than their conventional counterparts, and have lower or no tailpipe emissions. However, market volatility, technological uncertainty, information failures, and regulatory hurdles and uncertainty – each of which can vary by fuel type – have stymied AFV and infrastructure deployment. Recent large investments by the federal government in AFVs and other clean technologies will be winding down in the coming years. New private financing mechanisms are therefore needed to fund these vehicles and associated infrastructure to enable wide-scale adoption.
C2ES has assembled an advisory group of experts on AFVs, infrastructure, and finance from the public and private sectors to help guide this initiative. The AFV Advisory Group provides valuable expertise on barriers to private investment in alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure and possible solutions. Members also will help disseminate lessons learned and will work with C2ES and other project partners to implement recommendations, including piloting new business models developed through the initiative. The AFV Advisory Group serves in an advisory capacity only and does not explicitly endorse any project content.
AFV Advisory Group members include:
DBL Investors 
General Electric 
General Motors 
Google, Inc. 
NRG Energy 
State of California 
Trillium CNG 
* Indicates project partner