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Client Description:

GSD manages facilities, equipment, and other support services to City departments including alternative fuel fueling stations and suitable maintenance facilities.

Client Goals:

  • To better understand the opportunity to use alternative fuels in the City’s operations
  • Respond to their internal customers’ desire for facilities to maintain and fuel alternative fuel vehicles and trucks
  • Reduce fuel costs and emissions for the City and their internal customers


GNA Strategy:

  • Develop, and maintain via regular updates, a comprehensive, staged consolidation plan for City departments to provide natural gas and electric fueling and maintenance locations that best service the needs of each department
  • Analyze available public fueling infrastructure and onsite fuel station development opportunities and needs
  • Ensure proper shop facility upgrades and tooling for alternative fuel maintenance and repair
  • Provide detailed scopes of work used for the procurement of new fueling facilities at various City yards
  • Assist the City to award fuel infrastructure construction contracts to the most qualified and cost-effective vendor, and work in partnership with the City throughout the construction phase of the project to ensure the project meets the required specifications
  • Facilitate interaction with applicable utility service providers to ensure efficient and reliable access to necessary utilities to support the City’s alternative fuel refueling infrastructure needs
  • Assist with procurement of traditional and renewable LNG and pipeline natural gas, including monetization of applicable financial credits for low carbon fuel
  • Ensure City procurement of low carbon fuels leverages the best practices, pricing and strategies being utilized in the broader market
  • Provide assistance with tax issues and rebates as it relates to the use of alternative fuels
  • Provide survey of other agencies to understand EV charging price policies for infrastructure paid for with taxpayer funds

Project Results:

  • Development of an EV fleet and charging infrastructure deployment roadmap: GNA developed for the City of Los Angeles’ Department of General Services an electric vehicle strategy to purchase and deploy 100% light-duty EVs by 2035. The “Electric Vehicle Deployment Plan” provided a comprehensive review of the City’s fleet operations and recommendations for sequenced EV deployments by fleet location and application profile. It also provided detailed recommendations on the required electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) necessary to support a future EV fleet, as well as opportunities for providing EVSE access for public and employee vehicles. The report included a range of information and data on all of these issues, such as: EV and EVSE; eligibility for grants, incentives, rebates and credits; electrical service infrastructure requirements/utility interface considerations; applicable building codes and standards; and industry best practices on EV utilization, EVSE usage, and other issues.
  • Provide a Report Electric Vehicle Charging Best Practices: GNA provided a comprehensive summary report to the City to document current industry best practices and policies for providing EV charging infrastructure for municipal fleet operations, city personnel, and the general public. GNA completed a detailed survey of other leading municipal EV users (Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Monica and others) in order to provide guidance to the City of Los Angeles on the forward adoption of EVs, EVSE and EV charging policies and procedures by the City.
  • Secure One of the First and Largest Grants from the VW Mitigation Program for EV Charging Infrastructure: GNA worked with LA n Sync to secure an investment of up to $25 million for Los Angeles metropolitan area in electric vehicle charging infrastructure investment from Electrify America. To achieve these results, GNA organized and supported the City of Los Angeles, LA n Sync, and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) in setting up meetings with community, business, and philanthropic organizations to develop a proposal in response to Electrify America’s call for projects. GNA also organized public hearing participation from 15 different organizations in Los Angeles at the first Electrify America plan hearing to urge funding to come to Los Angeles.
  • Ongoing management and implementation of the City’s alternative fuel infrastructure plan: GNA has continued to update the City’s alternative fuels infrastructure plan with a comprehensive report of each City yard and the types of vehicles located at each yard. The report, published in 2006 and 2011, and again expected in 2018, includes the current number of alternative fuel vehicles at each location, the trend in vehicle purchases by the City, the latest public fueling infrastructure within 5 miles of each yard, recent infrastructure added by the City, and the necessary schedule for new fueling facilities and garage modifications.
  • Development of heavy-duty LNG, LCNG and CNG fueling stations at City yard locations: GNA has supported GSD with the specifications, procurement, design and construction of four of the nation’s largest LNG/LCNG fueling stations, as well as a portable LNG fueling station. The four yards combine to store 215,000 gallons of LNG and can fuel over a dozen heavy-duty vehicles simultaneously with either LNG or CNG fuel. In addition to the four LNG/LCNG fueling stations, GNA has also supported GSD with the specification, procurement, design and construction of eight CNG stations. These smaller stations are critical location gap yards and stations for street sweepers and other medium- and heavy-duty trucks used throughout the City.
  • Procurement of low-cost LNG fuel to save the City more than $5 million annually: GNA assembled the technical specifications for multiple fuel procurements that have resulted in the City being able to purchase LNG for approximately $1.43 per diesel equivalent gallon (in 2013), at least a $2 per gallon savings over diesel fuel. With over four million gallons of LNG being used by City fleets each year, that equates to almost $5 million saved annually.
  • Assisted with proper accounting for the IRS tax incentive to save the City $2 million annually: GNA has assisted the City in the proper accounting for the IRS tax incentive to further reduce the cost of LNG less than $1 per diesel equivalent gallon, saving the City another $2 million annually.