Country:United States
Year:1992
Policy status:Superseded
Jurisdiction:National, State/Regional
Date Effective:1992
Date Amended:

2005, 2007

Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Direct investment>Procurement rules
Policy Target:Transport
Agency:US Department of Energy (DOE)
URL:http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/epact/covered_fleets.html
Legal References:42 U.S.C. 13257; 42 U.S.C. 13251
Description:

Under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 State and Alternative Fuel Provider Rule:

  • 75% of new light-duty vehicles acquired by covered state fleets must be alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs);
  • 90% of light-duty vehicles acquired by alternative fuel providers must be AFVs. Covered fleets earn credits for each vehicle purchased.

Credits earned in excess of their requirements can be banked or traded with other fleets.

Section 703 of EPAct of 2005 (Alternative Compliance for State and Alternative Fuel Provider Fleets) expanded compliance options under EPAct of 1992 by allowing fleets to choose a petroleum reduction path in lieu of acquiring AFVs. EISA 2007 further amended the legislation to include hybrid electric and medium duty passenger vehicles. State or alternative fuel provider fleets are considered "covered fleets" if they own, operate, lease, or otherwise control 50 or more non-excluded light-duty vehicles (less than or equal to 8,500 lbs) and, of those 50 vehicles, at least 20 are used primarily within a single Metropolitan Statistical Area/Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area and are capable of being centrally fueled.

DOE issued new rules in 2014 in compliance with EISA 2007, which amends the legislation to include fuel-cell vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, or plug-in electric vehicles that did not otherwise qualify as AFVs.

Last modified: Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:37:22 CET