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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) (Golden, Colorado) seeks proposals for novel research and development (R&D) of medium- and heavy-duty natural gas vehicle (NGV) technologies. The request for proposal (RFP) is issued in coordination with partners at the California Energy Commission, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office.

NREL intends to award up to $11 million for projects that advance the state of current technology for natural gas vehicles. Research will focus on: (1) reducing the cost premium of NGVs, (2) improving vehicle efficiency while maintaining low emissions, and (3) advancing new innovative medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engine designs. This RFP includes input and lessons-learned from the partners’ broad experiences in natural gas vehicle technologies.

NREL has worked with natural gas stakeholders for more than 15 years, regularly convening the Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum (NGVTF).

“As part of the NGVTF, we work closely with natural gas leaders to understand the technical barriers that impact the NGV industry,” said Margo Melendez, vehicle technology integration manager, NREL. “We have used the feedback from those meetings to inform an RFP that targets these barriers.”

The partners in this funding opportunity have a long history of working together to support natural gas vehicle technology research, which has led to many of the technologies on the road today.

“We are excited for the opportunity to engage private sector participation in this important R&D,” Melendez said.

For more information about the RFP, click here.

Responses are due November 19, 2018