California Energy Commission Offers Up Tens of Millions to Support Plug-In Vehicles
Just the facts. That’s all this post presents. There’s detailed info here, although most of it rather boring unless you reside in California.
And all of it is in figures, with dollars signs and other random numbers and mumblings. So, rather than some long-winded post explaining what’s going on, we’ll list just the facts straight from the source, which is from the California Energy Commission in this case.
“The California Energy Commission unanimously adopted the 2013-2014 Investment Plan Update to support the development and use of green vehicles and alternative fuels. The update sets funding priorities for the approximately $100 million in annual state funds under the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program, created by Assembly Bill 118.”
“Funding priorities through the ARFVT Program support fuel and vehicle development to help attain the state’s climate change policies. In addition, the program funds projects that assist in fulfilling Governor Brown’s Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Action Plan, with a target of installing enough infrastructure to support 1 million ZEVs by 2020, and a 2025 target of having 1.5 million ZEVs on the state’s roads.”
The 2013-2014 plan update allocates $100 million to projects in the following areas:
- $23 million for biofuels production and supply, with an emphasis on fuels made from waste-based and other low-carbon, sustainable materials.
- $20 million for hydrogen fueling infrastructure. An estimated 68 stations are needed to support the anticipated rollout of these vehicles in 2015-2017. Roughly 24 stations are built or in development.
- $15 million for medium- and heavy-duty electric truck and hybrid vehicle demonstration projects.
- $12 million for natural gas vehicle incentives. These incentives help to pay the difference between the cost of alternative-fuel vehicles and conventional vehicles. Buyers must agree to register and operate the vehicles in California at least 90 percent of the time for three years.
- $7 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, coordinated to fulfill the Governor’s ZEV Action Plan. Workplace, fleet and multi-unit dwelling projects will be given priority.
- $5 million for light-duty plug-in electric vehicle rebates to meet high demand for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, administered by the California Air Resources Board.
- $5 million for manufacturing projects, supporting economic development and clean transportation technology.
- $4 million to emerging opportunities. This allocation is not specifically tied to any single fuel or technology type, with a priority for projects that can leverage federal funding.
- $3.5 million for regional alternative fuel readiness and planning, building on previous projects supporting these efforts.
- $2 million for centers for alternative fuels and advanced vehicles to support collaborative efforts that promote innovation, demonstrate new technologies, leverage venture capital and federal funds, and provide workforce training.
- $2 million to workforce training and development.
- $1.5 million for natural gas fueling infrastructure to support growing use of these alternative fuel vehicles by many entities, including school districts.
Above we’ve bolded the specific funding that’s directed towards plug-in vehicles. See any areas of interest?