Decision Tree for Alternative Fuel Provider Fleets (Text Version)

Use this text version of the decision tree for alternative fuel provider fleets to determine whether your fleet is covered by the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct).

Question 1

Is your principal business generating, transmitting, importing, or selling electricity at wholesale or retail?

If yes, go to question 4. If no, go to question 2.

Question 2

Are alternative fuels your principal business [i.e., single largest portion of gross annual revenue is derived from alternative fuels (including producing, storing, refining, processing, transporting, distributing, importing, or selling at wholesale or retail)]?

If yes, go to question 4. If no, go to question 3.

Question 3

Does your business produce and/or import an average amount per day greater than or equal to 50,000 barrels of petroleum?

If yes, go to question 5. If no, go to conclusion 1.

Question 4

Does your principal business involve transforming alternative fuels into a non-alternative fuel product?

If yes, go to conclusion 2. If no, go to question 6.

Question 5

Is 30% or more of your gross annual revenue derived from the producing and selling of alternative fuels?

If yes, go to question 4. If no, go to conclusion 2.

Question 6

Does your principal business involve consuming alternative fuels as a feedstock or fuel in the manufacture of a non-alternative fuel product?

If yes, go to conclusion 1. If no, go to question 7.

Question 7

Does your entity's fleet own, operate, or control at least 50 light-duty vehicles (LDVs) within the United States?

If yes, go to question 8. If no, go to conclusion 2.

Question 8

When you subtract excluded vehicles, does your entity's fleet still total 50 or more LDVs?

If yes, go to question 9. If no, go to conclusion 2.

Question 9

Of those 50 LDVs, does your entity's fleet own, operate, or control 20 or more non-excluded LDVs that are used primarily within a Metropolitan Statistical Area/Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA/CMSA)?

If yes, go to question 10. If no, go to conclusion 2.

Question 10

Are at least 20 of those LDVs centrally fueled or capable of being centrally fueled?

If yes, go to conclusion 3. If no, go to conclusion 2.

Conclusion 1

Your fleet is excluded and thus not covered. If your fleet is not covered, your fleet must notify the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) if circumstance change such that your fleet becomes covered.

Conclusion 2

Your fleet is not covered. If your fleet is not covered, your fleet must notify the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) if circumstance change such that your fleet becomes covered.

Conclusion 3

Your fleet is covered by the EPAct alternative fuel vehicle–acquisition mandate.

More Information

If still uncertain about whether your fleet is covered, contact the Program's Regulatory Hotline at 202-586-9171, email regulatory.info@nrel.gov, or submit information concerning your situation to:

  • Regulatory Manager
    Alternative Fuel Transportation Program
    EE-2G/Forrestal Building
    1000 Independence Avenue, S.W.
    Washington, DC 20585

The number of non-excluded LDVs in your fleet and the number of your fleet's LDVs in MSAs/CMSAs is information your fleet should provide. DOE will provide a definitive answer.