This Tool Library contains tools, reports, and webinars to help applicants and advocates identify, apply for, and deploy federal funding. Topics covered include finding regions in need of charging infrastructure, ensuring that projects are equitable, calculating the total cost of ownership of vehicles, and more.
Electrification Coalition Resources
- EV Funding Finder: Produced by the EC, this tool allows public and private entities to understand which federal funding sources they are eligible for, where they can access technical assistance, and how funding can be stacked and combined.
- Local Government Playbook: Produced by the EC, the Local Government Playbook recommends how counties, cities, and towns can leverage federal investments in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure.
- AchiEVe Model Policy Toolkit 5.0: Created by the EC, Sierra Club, Plug-In America, and FORTH Mobility, this comprehensive toolkit provides model EV policies at the state, local, and utility levels. The most recent edition addresses how Inflation Reduction Act funding will accelerate the deployment of EVs and accompanying infrastructure.
- DRVE Tool: The EC created the Dashboard for Rapid Vehicle Electrification (DRVE) Tool, an Excel-based total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis tool for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty fleet electrification.
Federal Government Resources
- Geospatial Energy Mapping (GEM) Tool: The GEM tool is an interactive, map-based tool that identifies potential energy resource areas and energy corridors. Using the mapping layers, users can filter to see charging station locations, helping to identify areas for future charger placement. The tool is the newest edition of the Energy Zones Mapping Tool model, developed by Argonne National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.
- AFLEET GHG Estimator: AFLEET, or the Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation Tool, analyzes alternative fuel vehicles’ environmental and economic costs and benefits. The tool helps users estimate petroleum use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, air pollutant emissions, and the cost of ownership of light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles. Applicants must use this tool to develop their narrative for the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Community grant program. Due to this, there is a CFI-specific version of the AFLEET tool.
- DOT’s Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tracts: The DOT’s Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tracts determines if a community falls under the federal government’s transportation disadvantaged community status. The tool can help users determine where investment will increase equity and inclusivity, and it is commonly used in federal grants to bolster applications.
- EV Charging Justice40 Mapping: Given the Federal Government’s focus on Justice40, this tool helps users align their projects with the goals of Justice40. The map includes layers displaying underserved communities, designated electric vehicle corridors, public fast-charging stations, and electrical substations.
- EVI-Pro Lite: A tool of the Alternative Fuels Data Center, this tool projects future consumer demand for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. After selecting a state or urban area and entering the number of plug-in electric vehicles to support, the tool will provide a detailed estimate of the area’s chargers needed to support future growth, including a breakdown of DC fast charging and level 2 charging.