DRIVE: California's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program

Funding Progress

Each year, the Energy Commission prepares an investment plan to determine funding priorities and opportunities. Sought are the best means of leveraging up to $100 million in program funding along with other public and private investments. Currently in the fifth year of a seven-year funding lifecycle, the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program plays a crucial role in attaining the state’s climate change and energy policies. Through 2014, the Energy Commission will continue to provide incentives to accelerate developing clean, efficient low-carbon technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum dependence.

Since the first investment plan in 2009, the Energy Commission has allocated near $550 million in program funding over six fiscal years and five investment plans. Based on these investment plans, the Energy Commission has issued grant agreements and proposed awards totaling more than $400 million for more than 230 projects that will support alternative and renewable fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. These funds are being used to:

  • Install 7,100 new electric vehicle charging sites and 17 hydrogen fueling stations.
  • Demonstrate and deploy more than 1,500 medium and heavy duty natural gas and hybrid-electric trucks.
  • Provide public outreach to promote deployment of heavy-duty natural gas vehicles.
  • Provide incentives for purchasing propane and natural gas trucks and buses.
  • Establish 75 new E85 fueling stations.
  • Develop liquid biofuels from agricultural and forest waste.
  • Seed funding for start-ups and small manufacturers of advanced technology vehicles, components and batteries. An additional $20.6 million was distributed through inter-agency agreements for: Certifying hydrogen dispensing equipment for retail hydrogen fueling stations and establishing specifications for hydrogen and biodiesel fuels.
  • Establishing statewide workforce training and development programs.
  • Converting state-owned hybrid vehicles to plug-in hybrid vehicles.
  • Augmenting the Air Resources Board’s Clean Vehicle and Hybrid Truck incentive programs.
  • Conducting research services and developing modeling tools through the US Forest Service, University of California at Irvine, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
  • Technical assistance in administering the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

For complete details of future funding allocations for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program see the 2016-2017 Investment Plan.

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