ZEV City: Planning for EV Charging Solutions  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
2 hours
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (ET)

Cincinnati, OH

0.3 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

With the increasing penetration of electric vehicles (EV), fleet managers, facility managers, energy managers, and contracting officers have a greater role to play in fleet electrification than ever before. Come participate in a small group interactive "Sim City" game to help plan for EV charging solutions on your site. Take the role of a stakeholder or "Sim" such as a fleet, facility, energy, or procurement manager involved in the fleet electrification process. Use the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and General Service Administration's (GSA) various tools and resources to help plan various aspects of fleet electrification on your hypothetical site.

This workshop will also include a summary of how to play the "Sim City" game as well as an overview of FEMP's and GSA's tools, training, and technical assistance available to support fleet electrification.


Cabell Hodge, Federal Fleet Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Cabell leads the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's support for Federal fleet electrification in addition to several other national and international efforts. He conducts research, develops analysis, and has authored several publications on topics including fleet electrification, electric vehicle supply equipment installation, charging management, vehicle grid integration, battery electric buses, telematics, and vehicle cybersecurity. Before joining NREL, Cabell was a Policy Advisor at the Colorado Energy Office, where he developed programs and policies to deploy alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.

Michele Zemplenyi, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)  

Michele Zemplenyi is a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) where she supports multiple efforts, including electric vehicle supply equipment site assessments, deployment of energy storage at federal sites, and the development of a government-wide carbon pollution-free electricity procurement strategy. Dr. Zemplenyi holds a BA in Statistics and a PhD in Biostatistics from Harvard University.

Caitlin Dorame, Program Analyst, General Services Administration  

Caitlin Dorame works for the General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service on the Zero Emission Vehicle Team within the Office of Fleet Management. She supports agencies in planning and ordering electric vehicles to ensure they meet their targets in preparation for targets in Executive Order 14057. In her role she hosts trainings for agency partners, monitors all electric vehicle spending, and works one on one with agencies that are seeking advice for a best course of action. Caitlin supported the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Blanket Purchase Agreement contracting effort that led to 16 contracts awarded. This helped streamline infrastructure acquisitions for agencies.

Ranjit Desai, Lead EV Researcher and Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

As a lead Researcher and Analyst, Ranjit is supporting efforts at NREL's Center for Integrated Mobility Systems (CIMS) as a part of the Sustainable Transportation Integration Group where he is researching Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure. He supports the Federal Fleet team and U.S. DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and works on EV charging infrastructure analysis projects, along with a variety of interdisciplinary integrated modeling and analysis transportation-related projects involving techno-economic analysis, financial modeling, technology adoption, and system dynamics. He has also developed models to analyze how the consumer heterogeneities, uncertainties and technological progress impact the adoption of electric vehicles.

Mark Singer, Senior Transportation Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Mark Singer has supported the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) fleet task since joining the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 2009 and is the project manager for the Fleet Sustainability Dashboard (FleetDASH) web application tracking fleet fuel use behaviors. Mark has supported U.S. Department of Energy advanced vehicle technology efforts with analytic expertise ranging vehicle acquisition planning, alternative fuel infrastructure siting, sustainable fleet operations reporting, regulatory implementation, and consumer acceptance. Mark developed a background in data visualization, decision support tool development, and reporting across a range of industries and functional areas. He has an M.S. in industrial engineering from Purdue University.

Lisa Wheatley, Program Analyst, GSA Fleet  

Lisa Wheatley works for the General Services Administration in GSA Fleet on the Zero Emission Vehicle Team within the Office of Fleet Management. Prior to this role she supported customer agencies in the Pittsburgh area on fleet-related needs to include acquisition, operations, acquisition and billing. Lisa is an expert at helping agencies with their fleet needs and preparing them to meet the acquisition goals laid out in Executive Order 14057. Lisa has developed ZEV-related training as well as marketing materials for GSA's EVSE blanket purchase agreement aiming to help connect agencies with charging station providers which will accelerate federal fleet electrification. Lisa has a Masters of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Perform electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) siting and analysis [Zero-emission vehicle Planning and Charging [ZPAC Tool];
  • Estimate electricity usage from EV charging [Estimating Electricity Consumption Calculator];
  • Determine capacity on existing facility infrastructure [EVSE Planning Form];
  • Evaluate advanced and managed charging capabilities [Managed Charging, Bidirectional Charging, and EVs as Mobile Storage webpage]; and
  • Incorporate carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) and procure EV and EVSE and related infrastructure [EV U-Finder, Carbon Pollution-Free Electricity Resources for Federal Agencies].
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: