Fleets for the Future (F4F) is an innovative project that is committed to providing local governments with the tools and resources they need to determine the best options available for sustainable fleet and infrastructure cooperative procurement.
Recognizing that vehicle procurement can be an overwhelming process for municipalities, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and its project team established F4F, which encouraged joint procurement to reduce the barriers and costs associated with alternative fuel fleet adoption. Through this project, NARC and the F4F team have created a partnership with Sourcewell to provide a communal location for clean vehicle and infrastructure procurement for participating fleets.
Many municipalities would like to invest in alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, but lack the resources or staffing to conduct a cost benefit analysis of this strategy. F4F has created best practices and templates that fleets can use to project fleet adoption costs and savings over time. These resources make the transition less overwhelming for fleets and enable them to incrementally look at the pieces necessary to transition to a more sustainable and economical growth model.
Working in concert with regional councils of government nationally, the Fleets for the Future project has a goal to decrease petroleum consumption through outreach, education and best practices for deployment. Nationally, over 95% of public and private fleets in the US utilize petroleum-based fuels, which leaves a large market opportunity for incrementally transitioning fleets over to more sustainable usage models.
The main goals of the Fleets for the Future project are to provide procurement opportunities and work systematically to remove barriers currently present in the public sector for alternative fuel procurement, and their model of working with regional councils of government on this project has allowed for more robust and direct messaging to the key market: local governments.
If you’d like to stay up to date with the work being done by Fleets for the Future, you can follow the project at fleetsforthefuture.org, or on Twitter @Fleets4Future.F4F+Opportunities+Flowchart+11_14_17+without+XL