New California Grant Supports Zero Emission Vehicle Readiness

California is offering $1.3 million in grants to fund regional efforts that support plug-in electric (PEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

The funding is part of the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). Under Program Opportunity Notice PON-14-607, the grant emphasizes infrastructure development for PHEV and FCEV.

Regions that don’t currently have a readiness plan in place for PHEVs can apply for up to $200,000 to develop a plan. For FCEV programs, there is no grant limit. Plans submitted under this category must address plans for the area’s hydrogen refueling infrastructure, the permit process for refueling stations and the promotion of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

If funds are still available before the deadline, the ARFVTP will also consider applications up to $50,000 for PEV awareness activities.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served between February 16 and February 28, 2015, or until all money has been awarded, whichever comes first.

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Created in 2007, the ARFVTP has a budget of $100 million per year through the end of 2023. The agency’s mission is “to transform California’s transportation market into a diverse collection of alternative fuels and technologies and reduce California’s dependence on petroleum.” Its 10-year plan is broken down into three increments for 2015, 2020 and 2025 (see below).

2015 California Energy Commission ZEV Action Plan Goals.

2015 California Energy Commission ZEV Action Plan Goals.

ARFVTP has offered similar ZEV readiness grants in the past. In January, the commission awarded $2.28 million to eight different regions. Projects include alternative fuels readiness programs in Northwest California, Santa Barbara and San Francisco, with each receiving about $300,000.