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BESTFIT Innovative Charging Solutions

Grants to California Businesses for Projects
to Benefit the Electric Vehicle Industry

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Energy Commission (CEC)

Conf. Date:

08/18/20

LOI Date:

09/18/20

Deadline Date:

11/20/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to California businesses for projects to benefit the electric vehicle industry. Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for projects in one of the following areas of focus: increasing utilization, minimizing operating, purchase, and installation costs, and demonstrating advancements in customer or charging interface. Projects should demonstrate transformative technology solutions and work to accelerate the successful commercial deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging for both light-duty and medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) applications.

Previous work at the CEC, such as the EV Ready Communities Challenge grants and analysis for Assembly Bill 2127, have highlighted the need for unique charging solutions that are suited to the local built environment. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to EV charging, and there is instead a need to have a portfolio of charging solutions that complement and compete with one another. The purpose of this solicitation is to demonstrate novel technologies and/or business models that highlight these types of innovative charging solutions and form factors that are the “best fit” for the local built environment, use case, and vehicle type.

Areas of Focus:

  1. Increase Utilization
  2. Minimize Operating, Purchase, and/or Installation Costs
  3. Demonstrate Advancements in Customer or Charging Interface

Eligible Projects:

All projects must demonstrate novel technologies and/or business models that highlight innovative charging solutions and form factors that are the “best fit” for the local built environment, use case, and vehicle type.

All demonstrations must be installed for public or private use, real-world operating conditions at least at the bench scale, and must demonstrate how the novel technology and/or business model could be deployed at scale in the future and become commercially viable.

Eligible projects must fall within at least one of the categories below:

  • Bench Testing and Validation: Validation of concept in a test setup under real operational conditions.
  • Demonstration: Demonstration and testing of a complete system prototype under real operating conditions.
  • Prototype: Proof of functionality and operation of a complete system prototype under real operating conditions.
  • Complete Operational System: Proof of functionality of complete system under real operating conditions.
  • Commercial Availability: Qualification of system based on successful operation.

More information about the areas of focus can be found in the Solicitation Manual, page 13. See Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191708

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$7,500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Light-Duty: Up to $1 million per Applicant
- MD/HD: Up to $2 million per Applicant

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
This solicitation is open to all private entities with a business presence in California. To be eligible, Applicants must be involved in the EV or charging equipment business, such as the following:
- Automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) – Entities that manufacture and produce vehicles.
- EV charging product manufacturers – Entities that manufacture and develop charging equipment and products.
- Electric vehicle service providers (EVSPs) – Entities that manage connectivity across a network of chargers and/or offer software solutions using EV charging equipment.

Applicants are encouraged to partner with local city or county government authorities, nonprofit entities, community-based organizations, environmental organizations, local workforce development agencies, building developers, technology vendors, utilities, researchers, local community colleges, and financiers throughout the application process.

All corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) that conduct intrastate business in California are required to be registered and in good standing with the California Secretary of State prior to its project being recommended for approval at a CEC Business Meeting.

Ineligible Projects:
The following project types are NOT eligible for funding under this solicitation:
- Market, literature, or technology surveys, or meta-analysis studies
- Basic research and development
- Projects which include DER for purposes other than supplying power to EV chargers for light-duty vehicle charging
- Tests for regulatory compliance
- Marketing and promotional activities
- Software development with no research or validation component
- Lab-scale research and validation
- Research and development that is not EV-related and has no clear market connection
- Proof of functions

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Workshop - GFO-20-605 - BESTFIT Innovative Charging Solutions
- Tuesday, August 18, 2020: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

There will be one Pre-Application Workshop; participation in this meeting is optional but encouraged. The Pre-Application Workshop will be held remotely through Zoom, which is the CEC’s online meeting service, at the date and time listed below.

For more information, see:
https://www.energy.ca.gov/event/workshop/2020-08/pre-application-workshop-gfo-20-605-bestfit-innovative-charging-solutions

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Solicitation Release: August 7, 2020
- Pre-Application Workshop: August 18, 2020
- Deadline for Written Questions: August 21, 2020
- Anticipated Distribution of Questions/Answers: September 4, 2020
- Deadline to Submit Pre-Application Abstracts by 5:00 p.m.: September 18, 2020
- Anticipated Notice of Pre-Application Abstracts Results Posting: October 9, 2020
- Deadline to Submit Full Applications by 5:00 p.m.: November 20, 2020
- Anticipated Notice of Proposed Awards Posting: December 2020
- Anticipated CEC Business Meeting: February 2021

An Applicant must submit a pre-application abstract to the CEC before being approved to submit a Full Application. Submission of a pre-application abstract is mandatory.

During the solicitation process, questions of clarification about this solicitation must be directed to the Commission Agreement Officer (CAO) listed in the following section. You may ask questions at the Pre-Application Workshop, and you may submit written questions via mail, electronic mail, and by FAX. However, all questions must be received by 5:00 pm on the date listed in the Key Activities and Dates table earlier in this solicitation.

Match Funding Requirements:
1. Total Match Share Requirement: Applications must include at least 25 percent of the total allowable project costs as match share (i.e., the sum of the CEC’s reimbursable share and Recipient’s match share).
2. Cash Match Share Requirement: Applications must include a minimum cash contribution equal to at least 50 percent of the minimum match requirement.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://gss.energy.ca.gov/Login.aspx

Applications may also be addressed to:
California Energy Commission
Contracts, Grants & Loans Office
Attn: GFO-20-605
1516 Ninth Street, MS-18
Sacramento, California 95814


Direct questions to:
Marissa Sutton, Commission Agreement Officer
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-18
Sacramento, California 95814
Telephone: (916) 654-9409
FAX: (916) 654-4423
E-mail: Marissa.Sutton@energy.ca.gov

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