On September 11, 2019, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced the approval of $95 million in new investments to go towards clean transportation programs throughout the state. The investments will contribute to CEC’s Clean Transportation Program that seeks to accelerate progress towards the state’s climate and clean transportation goals. The program includes a focus on ensuring that the benefits of transportation electrification reach disadvantaged communities. This funding will be broken up as follows:
- Light-Duty Charging Infrastructure: $32.7 million
- Medium- and Heavy-Duty Charging Infrastructure: $30 million
- Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure: $20 million
- Workforce Development: $2.5 million
- Production of Zero- and Near-Zero-Carbon Fuels: $10 million
The Clean Transportation Program, formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, invests nearly $100 million annually in clean transportation project in California. The CEC also administers programs focused on vehicle replacement including the School Bus Replacement Program which announced $90 million in funding for electric school buses in July 2019. The $62.7 million being invested in EV charging infrastructure increases the state’s total public funding for EV charging to almost $200 million according to the Public Funding Awards dashboard.
(hat tip to Patrick Brecht and Noel Crisostomo)