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Title: Optimizing Federal Fleet Vehicle Acquisitions: An Eleven-Agency FY 2012 Analysis

Abstract

This report focuses on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) fiscal year (FY) 2012 effort that used the NREL Optimal Vehicle Acquisition (NOVA) analysis to identify optimal vehicle acquisition recommendations for eleven diverse federal agencies. Results of the study show that by following a vehicle acquisition plan that maximizes the reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, significant progress is also made toward the mandated complementary goals of acquiring alternative fuel vehicles, petroleum use reduction, and alternative fuel use increase.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Federal Energy Management Program Office (EE-5F)
OSTI Identifier:
1172929
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-5400-62264
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS; NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY; NREL; NREL OPTIMAL VEHICLE ACQUISITION ANALYSIS; NOVA; FLEET VEHICLE ACQUISITIONS; FEDERAL FLEETS; VEHICLE ACQUISITION PLAN; PETROLEUM REDUCTION; Transportation

Citation Formats

Singer, M., and Daley, R.. Optimizing Federal Fleet Vehicle Acquisitions: An Eleven-Agency FY 2012 Analysis. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.2172/1172929.
Singer, M., & Daley, R.. Optimizing Federal Fleet Vehicle Acquisitions: An Eleven-Agency FY 2012 Analysis. United States. doi:10.2172/1172929.
Singer, M., and Daley, R.. Sun . "Optimizing Federal Fleet Vehicle Acquisitions: An Eleven-Agency FY 2012 Analysis". United States. doi:10.2172/1172929. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1172929.
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