Executive Summary ETS Research & Testing Facility Eliminating diesel idling is the quickest and simplest way to save fuel, improve air quality and lower transportation costs for Florida agriculture and the business community. Idle reduction won't happen on its own due to the diversity of equipment choices, conflicting financial incentives, market uncertainties and a diverse regulatory environment. The financial feasibility of the ETS Research and Testing facility in Fort Pierce will require collaboration between the University of Florida, state and federal agencies, manufacturers, fleet owners and truck drivers.
ETS Research & Testing Facility Trucks consume 20% of the oil used in the transportation sector 2. They emit 20% of the carbon pollution 3. However they represent only 4% of the vehicles on the road 4. Trucks are truly the energy hogs of American highways
ETS Research & Testing Facility While new trucks (2014-2018) will be more energy efficient, older trucks will continue to be in use for the next 10 years and with no other alternative, continue to idle. 1. What can TCERDA do about this problem? 2. How will our research and testing facility help move the industry forward in reducing idling? 3. What is the funding potential for a Ft. Pierce research and testing facility ?
ETS Research & Testing Facility Site Development Process ETS (CADMOS) SUBLET GROUND LEASE TCERDA FHWA GRANT GROUND LEASE APEC
ETS Research & Testing Facility How will the ETS facility accomplish it’s intended goal? Partnering with the private sector. Cadmos US will provide working capital and solar PV installation. APEC will provide ground lease at no cost. We will work with the fleets to subscribe to usage and research agreements. Working with the University of Florida School of Engineering. Collaborating with federal, state and local government agencies. Bydesigning the ETS Facility to adapt to changing technology; it will stay viable for years to come.
ETS Research & Testing Facility Estimated Job Impact 40 temporary construction jobs 3 FTE jobs for the management and operation of the facility. 4 local research and testing jobs created. local employment will increase $1,000,000 during construction $360,000 annually. Additional local economic activity of $3 million during construction $1 million annually.
ETS Research & Testing Facility How will the development of the ETS Research and Testing be funded? We’ve identified 4 differentfunding sources: Conventional financing with a private development partner Federal and State grants Donations from supporters of the trucking industry Local government and utility partnerships
ETS Research & Testing Facility How will the operation and maintenance of the facility be funded? Multi-year subscription agreements. Hourly “pay-as-you-go” services to fleets and owner operators. Basic HVAC/power services would be competitively priced while cable TV would have an upcharge. WIFI would be provided for free. Fleet Condo model – Fleets would purchase “truck parking spaces” so that their drivers could use them. When empty they would be offered to other drivers on a time share basis. By a surcharge on fuel similar to how container deposit laws work. Drivers would redeem the fuel surcharge by using the ETS. Showers and vending- charged separately at cost.
ETS Research & Testing Facility How will the research and testing be funded? Grants, contributions and donations. Revenue sharing of a portion of the revenue from parking pads and power charges. Revenue from advertising from signs, internet and other media. Subscription revenue to fleets and others who want to purchase research/testing results.
ETS Research & Testing Facility What’s next? Board approval to complete ground lease agreement with APEC and CADMOS Board approval to proceed with pursuing additional funding for development and research