The nation’s transportation system is largely reliant on a single fuel source – petroleum – which is often subject to supply disruptions caused by natural and man-made disasters. Having a diverse set of fuels, vehicles, and other transportation options will lead to greater resilience of our transportation system. To support these efforts, NASEO has created a series of resources designed to aid State Energy Offices and other emergency management entities in examining the potential costs, benefits, and interdependencies associated with diversifying their fleets, reducing dependence on petroleum, and investing in electric, natural gas, propane, and biodiesel vehicles and infrastructure in support of energy security.

Motorweek’s National Preparedness Month: the Role of AFVs in Emergencies

  • States continue to consider resilience when developing alternative fuel plans. For example, in coordination with National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of South Florida, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released the Florida Alternative Transportation Fuel Resilience Plan in December 2022.
  • Southeast REVI launched a multi-state EV infrastructure map to enable coordination across the region on EV infrastructure investments. The map includes hurricane evacuation routes to inform states on existing EV infrastructure gaps and opportunities for EV infrastructure installation along emergency routes and priority corridors. 

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Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Resilience Case Studies

  • NASEO has developed a series of case studies that examine the benefits and considerations of incorporating   biodiesel, electric, natural gas, and propane vehicles into emergency fleets, and highlight ways that various   alternative fuel vehicles have been used during emergencies. To build on these fuel-focused case studies, NASEO worked   with two state governments to conduct a thorough assessment of alternative fuel vehicles and fueling stations, leading to suggestions on how to integrate these resources into emergency response planning. 

Alternative Fuels Tracking Tool

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