Vehicle Bid Details
This past summer you completed a request to provide MWCOG your three-year outlook to purchase AFVs and install alternative fuel stations through the Fleets for the Future Project. The requests have been compiled, aggregated, and the Invitation to Bid (IFB) for vehicles has finally been released. For more information, click here.
Mid-Atlantic Purchasing Team
The Mid-Atlantic Purchasing Team (MAPT) is a partnership between the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) to provide a government-to-government procurement for products and services for state and local governments and agencies, school districts and universities, authorities, and qualifying not-for-profit organizations (“members”). In 2009 the MWCOG Chief Purchasing Officers Committee entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee to expand the footprint of cooperative purchasing, thereby increasing the volume buying in the region and providing even greater savings for members. As a result, MAPT was created as a regional collaborative to provide members with more opportunities to save.
MWCOG is an independent, nonprofit association that brings area leaders together to address major regional issues in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia. MWCOG’s membership is comprised of 300 elected officials from 22 local governments, the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures, and U.S. Congress. From its inner core to outer suburbs, more than five million people call the metropolitan Washington region home.
BMC was formed in 1992 as the successor to the Regional Planning Council and Baltimore Regional Council of Governments. BMC is a nonprofit organization that works with the region’s elected executives to identify mutual interests and develop collaborative strategies, plans, and programs that will help improve the quality of life and economic vitality. BMC is a resource for the region.
Why is MAPT participating in Fleets for the Future?
Through MWCOG, MAPT formed a partnership with the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) to develop cooperative procurement contract opportunities for jurisdictions interested in purchasing alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles (AFATV) for use in their fleets. As AFATV demand increases in fleet usage, the corresponding fleet emissions will decrease, improving the health of the region. Additionally, the organizations that use these technologies will also benefit from decreased fuels and equipment maintenance costs. The Mid-Atlantic region also strives to be a leader in electric vehicle readiness and charging station infrastructure development. Facilitating the transition of fleets within this region would strengthen these goals by providing a case for increased build-out of this framework. Together, public and private purchases of AFATVs can make a vast improvement to the air quality within the region.
What does MAPT hope to achieve with the project?
MAPT’s goal is to provide the educational resources required to increase awareness of these technologies so that they are available when selecting fleet inventory replacement. MAPT expects to provide the most advantageous mechanisms when procurement is needed, optimizing the financial incentives available to participating organizations. Providing the discounts needed during this process will facilitate sustainable transportation solutions and increased awareness of the need for deployment of robust and efficient alternative fuel infrastructure.
Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition
The Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCCC) is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s designated Clean Cities coalitions. Its mission is to promote and assist in measurable improvements in regional reductions in the use of petroleum based fuels through a strong coalition of effective partnerships. Additionally, GWRCCC aims to increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles and fuels through infrastructure, promote economic opportunities in clean energy technologies, and encourage academic focused research on increased use of transportation energy efficiency options. Utilizing its network, GWRCCC is working with MWCOG to implement the Fleets for the Future Project by developing and executing a regional outreach and education campaign.