APEC workshop on Developing Vehicle Fuel Economy Regulations

In March 2019 in Hong Kong, Retyna delivered an international one-day workshop on developing vehicle fuel economy regulations for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). The workshop was attended by representatives from nine APEC economies.
The workshop report, including an appendix with all the presentations from the workshop, is available on APEC’s website here: APEC Energy Efficiency Policy Workshop Report
Topics covered include:
– Transport contribution to GHG emissions in APEC economies
– Suite of policy measures to improve vehicle fuel economy
– Vehicle fuel economy policies in APEC economies
– Chile’s proposed fuel economy standards: the process of developing new legislation and features of the standard
– Test protocols underpinning fuel economy regulations: the transition to Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) and its inclusion in CO2 policies

Andrew Campbell joins Retyna as Associate

Retyna is delighted to announce that Andrew Campbell has joined the team as an Associate.
Andrew has over three decades of expertise in vehicle power trains, specification and production of engine fuels, engine and system adaption for the use of non-traditional fuels. He has international project experience in the adoption of electric vehicles including the development of supporting infrastructure and electric vehicle related standards. He has undertaken techno-economic assessments and due diligence for energy projects at a national scale in a variety of countries. He has a particular interest and experience in engineering-based start-ups and personally holds several patents.
Andrew has a Masters of Engineering (Mechanical) degree.

Round 6 of EECA’s LEV Fund closes 9 am Thursday 21 March 2019

Round 6 of the EECA Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund is currently open for applications and closes at 9 am on Thursday 21 March.  This time EECA have produced some great tips and hints to help you with your application.  See https://www.eeca.govt.nz/funding-and-support/low-emission-vehicles-contestable-fund/apply-for-co-funding/

You can read this together with my tips for Round 5 in a previous post.

I have been working with clients on developing some great projects for applications in Round 6, starting well before Round 6 opened.  If you have a project idea you would like to develop for Round 7 later in 2019, please get in touch from April 2019.

5 tips for applying to the LEV Contestable Fund

EECA has just opened Round 5 of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.  Applications are due by 8 am on 19 September 2018.  If you have been developing your electric vehicle project idea, here are five tips to help improve your application:

Tip 1: Only ask for the level of funding you actually need

Applicants can request up to 50% co-funding from the Fund, but remember it’s a competitive fund.  The previous four rounds have all been heavily oversubscribed, so the Fund Panel (which makes recommendations on which projects EECA should fund) are looking to where they can get best value for EECA’s investment.   For example, if you only need 35% funding from EECA to get your project to fly, then only ask for this and not the maximum of 50% allowable.  This should improve the value for money rating (one of the four assessment criteria) for your project and make it more competitive.

Tip 2: Your project should be ready to go

The whole point of the Fund is to bring forward the uptake of EVs.   If a project could be delayed because there are still project development steps to go through, then this risks tying up funding which could be used for other good projects able to be implemented more quickly.   The Panel will be looking for solid projects which are ready to go once they have the co-funding they need. If you still need approval from your Board, or haven’t identified all your suppliers, then it may be worth waiting for the next round when your project is more developed.

Tip 3: Only ask for funding towards additional costs of electrification

EECA co-funding goes towards the additional costs of electrification, but not other aspects of your project.  For example, a freight company wants to demonstrate an electric truck in a new application.  It can apply for co-funding towards the extra cost of the electric truck above what it would have paid for a similar diesel truck, and the costs of charging infrastructure.  EECA will not contribute towards the full costs of the truck as this would subsidise the underlying freight business.  EECA asks you to provide an assessment of the additional costs of electrification.  It will also make its own assessment of what this is.  Accurately providing additional cost information shows you understand how the fund operates and avoids a low value for money score.

Tip 4: Show how others will learn from your project

EECA funds demonstration and other types of EV projects to overcome first mover risk and influence others to follow.  Projects should clearly show how they will help other companies and organisations learn from their demonstration experience or influence individuals and companies to buy, lease or experience EVs.  Provide examples of how you will do this, for example giving presentations at an annual industry conference on the project and what you learned to make it easier for others to follow you.

Tip 5: Don’t leave it to the last minute                                                 

It really shows when applications are completed in a rush and doesn’t leave a good impression with the Panel.  Having a well-researched application with solid supporting documentation gives the Panel greater confidence in the applicant’s ability to deliver the project (one of the four assessment criteria). The Fund has a very strict closing deadline.  If the application is not submitted by the deadline it will not be considered.  There will be plenty of other good projects that have got their applications in on time.

Retyna’s Managing Director, Liz Yeaman, was previously the General Manager, Transport at EECA and led the set up and management of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.  She has insights into how the Fund panel has assessed applications in all four previous rounds and how to craft an application to the Fund for the highest chance of success.  If you would like help with your project’s application to the Fund please get in contact.  liz@retyna.co.nz

 

Information and application forms for the Fund are on EECA’s website here: https://www.

eeca.govt.nz/funding-and-support/low-emission-vehicles-contestable-fund/low-emission-vehicles-contestable-fund/

New investment focus for Round 5 of Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund

EECA has just published on its website a new investment focus for Round 5 of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, ahead of opening for applications on 15 August 2018.

So far, EECA has updated the investment focus every second round to reflect the changing status of EV uptake and technology development.  The Round 5 investment focus is to:

  • Support the development of the charging network by identifying and filling the key gaps in the network, and by supporting EV charging stations in priority locations where further facilities are needed
  • Facilitate the scale-up of LEV technology, especially in shared fleets and public transport
  • Enable the demonstration and uptake of light and heavy LEVs and associated technologies through high visibility projects in sectors of the economy where LEVs remain relatively unproven
  • Encourage electric vehicle technology innovation, particularly Vehicle-to-Grid and Smart Charging technologies potentially resulting in reductions to peak electricity demand
  • Support the development of electric vehicle maintenance, repair and other support services.

For Round 5 EECA has called out some specific projects that it considers would fit the new investment focus.  New examples of projects EECA considers fitting the Round 5 investment focus include:

  • Vehicle-to-grid trials and smart charging technology which lead to peak electricity demand ‘shaving’ and corresponding benefits to EV owners
  • Addressing consumer confidence about EV servicing through industry accreditation
  • Expanding EV car share projects
  • Scale-up of EV charging infrastructure in key locations

With these new examples, it appears that EECA is seeking to replicate some of the early successes of the Fund, such as EV car share schemes, rather than just facilitate EVs into new sectors as it has done previously.  It’s easy to see why when EV car share delivers opportunities for more individuals and companies to experience the benefits of driving an EV without the need for vehicle purchase themselves.  Battery electric buses are another area of success ripe for replication.

The new investment focus also suggests that EECA is wanting to see some projects which address specific gaps in how the EV “ecosystem” in New Zealand is developing.  Some electricity lines companies have been getting a bit twitchy about the potential for local network demand peaks from EV charging, hence the specific encouragement of and smart charging and vehicle-to-grid projects.

EECA’s consumer surveys have shown that a weak point in consumer confidence about EVs is not knowing where you can get your EV serviced, so industry accreditation schemes will help there.

New Zealand now has DC fast chargers located so that you can drive to most places around the country in a used Gen 1 Nissan Leaf.  But there are still gaps, particularly in the South Island down the West coast, across Arthur’s Pass and into Milford Sound.   EECA wants to see these gaps filled.   It is also recognising that as the EV fleet continues to double in size every year, one DC fast charger in some key locations is not going to be enough to meet growing demand.  Bigger charging stations come with infrastructure challenges like transformer upgrades, so funding assistance might be possible for a project with a well-articulated application justifying EECA’s co-investment.

Retyna’s Managing Director, Liz Yeaman, was previously the General Manager, Transport at EECA and led the set up and management of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.  She has insights into how the Fund works and how to best write an application to the Fund for the highest chance of success.  If you would like help with your project’s application to the Fund please get in contact.

liz@retyna.co.nz

www.linkedin.com/in/liz-yeaman