Fuels and Transportation Division

Electric vehicle charging

Perhaps no other population in the world has embraced the automobile as passionately, nor is any other state defined as much by the car, as California. There are over 26 million cars and 1 million trucks on California roads and highways. Roughly half of the energy Californians consume is for transportation.

In 2010, Californians consumed over 18 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel, resulting in the estimated emission of over 200 million metric tons of greenhouse gas equivalence. According to the latest inventory of statewide greenhouse gas emissions values, in 2009 the transportation sector represented 38 percent of statewide greenhouse gas emissions.

Reducing the rolling resistance of tires can lead to substantial improvements in vehicle fuel economy. In 2003, a consumer bill AB 844, directed the California Energy Commission to develop and implement a Fuel-Efficient Tire Program that included standards for tires on passenger vehicles and light duty trucks.

The Energy Commission is concerned with the impact transportation fuels have on our state. The Fuels and Transportation Division was created to focus on transportation energy and alternatives to conventional fossil fuels. The Division's mission is to ensure that adequate and reliable transportation energy is provided to the California transportation sector while balancing economic, public health, safety, and environmental consequences.

The Fuels and Transportation Division is divided into two offices; the Emerging Fuels and Technologies Office (EFTO) and the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Office (ZEVIO)

Emerging Fuels & Technologies Office

The Emerging Fuels & Technologies Office assesses and demonstrates the market potential of new transportation technologies and fuels, encourages the widespread use of low-emission alternative fuels in emerging technologies, and evaluates the development risks of and opportunities for using alternative fuels in transportation applications. Staff works to develop sustainability standards through participating in alternative fuel and technology working groups, speaking with industry stakeholders, and actively monitoring state and federal alternative fuel policies, such as the Renewable Fuel Standard and Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Office

Programs in this office contribute to statewide electric vehicle readiness efforts through participation in the Governor's Office Zero-emission Vehicle (ZEV) Task Force, Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Collaborative and California Public Utilities Commission proceedings. They contribute to statewide fuel cell vehicle and fueling infrastructure readiness and deployment through participation in the Fuel Cell Partnership. This office supports economic development and manufacturing growth in California through participation in the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development and the California Advanced Energy and Alternative Transportation Financing Authority, in addition to other workforce development activities associated with Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) funding.

The primary work of the Fuels and Transportation Division is to administer and implement the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program

Assembly Bill 118 (Nunez, Chapter 750, Statues of 2007) created the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), which creates an annual $100 million public investment fund to promote development and deployment of advanced technology, low carbon fuels and vehicles that will help the state achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals. Alternative fuels supported by ARFVTP include electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, natural gas and renewable natural gas, plus the fueling infrastructure needed to deliver these new fuels to California consumers. Alternative technology vehicles supported by ARFVTP include: electric drive cars, shuttles and trucks; hydrogen fuel cell cars, trucks and buses; natural gas trucks, buses and cars; as well as trucks and cars that can use biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. ARFVTP provides funding support for workforce training and development in order to prepare the next generation of mechanics and technicians to support new technology vehicles and fuels.

The Energy Commission is tasked with administration and implementation of the program. Five major program elements include an annual Investment Plan, Solicitations, Award Selection, Grant Development, and Grant Project Management. Each year's Investment Plan is publicly discussed with a 25-member advisory committee of outside technical and policy experts. In addition to grant development and project management activities, staff in this office ensure project compliance under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), prepare Localized Health Impacts Reports for all projects with the potential to adversely affect public health, host legislatively required Advisory Committee meetings and public workshops to solicit stakeholder and public input.

Commitment to Diversity

The Energy Commission is committed to ensuring participation in its ARFVT Program reflect the rich and diverse characteristics of California and its people. To meet this commitment, Energy Commission staff conducts outreach efforts and activities to:

  • Ensure potential new applicants throughout the state are aware of the Energy Commission's ARFVT Program and the funding opportunities the program provides.
  • Encourage greater participation by underrepresented groups including disabled veteran-, women-, minority-, and LGBT-owned businesses.
  • Assist applicants in understanding how to apply for funding from the Energy Commission's ARFVT Program.

Find out how to apply for funding opportunities through the ARFVT Program (PDF file).

California Energy Commission
Emerging Fuels & Technologies Office
1516 Ninth Street, MS-27
Sacramento, CA 95814
Main Phone: 916-654-4634

For additional information, please contact AB118@energy.ca.gov