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$60 Million from CEC for H2, EVs, NGVs

July 23, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Electric Drive, Hydrogen, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Wants 1.5 Million H2, All-Electric and Plug-Ins by 2025

The California Energy Commission has approved nearly a score of hydrogen fueling, battery electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle projects totaling nearly $50 million. Some $8.1 million has been allocated for EV placements too, as well as $4.3 million for natural gas vehicles.

CEC-logoCEC notes California’s zero-emission vehicle goal of 1.5 million hydrogen, battery electric, and plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2025. Under ARFVTP, the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, the agency has already allocated nearly $400 million “to help bolster statewide infrastructure and create a viable market for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), and to promote alternative fuels.”

CEC Supports Commercial Fuel Cell Cars in 2015

The action this week affirmed awards for hydrogen fueling and electric charging construction projects recommended for funding in April and May.

“These projects will accelerate a statewide hydrogen refueling station network that will support the commercial launch of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in 2015 and boost the installation of electric vehicle chargers along highway corridors and in workplaces,” CEC says.

Strategic Locations

The infrastructure network is designed to support consumer choices by locating fueling stations and EV chargers in strategic locations.

For hydrogen fueling, there is $46.6 million in grant agreements for 28 hydrogen fueling stations and one mobile fueler:

  • FirstElement Fuel, Inc. was awarded $2,902,000 to construct two 100% renewable refueling stations in Los Angeles, and $24,667,000 for 17 stations located in Campbell, Coalinga, Costa Mesa, Hayward, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, La Canada Flintridge, Long Beach, Mill Valley, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Saratoga, South Pasadena, South San Francisco, Redwood City and Truckee;
  • HyGen Industries, LLC was awarded $5,306,814 to construct three 100% renewable hydrogen refueling stations located in Orange, Pacific Palisades and Rohnert Park;
  • Linde LLC was awarded $4,250,000 to install two hydrogen refueling stations located in San Ramon and Oakland;
  • ITM Power Inc. was awarded $2,125,000 to install a hydrogen fueling station in Riverside;
  • Air Liquide Industrial US LP was awarded $2,125,000 to install a hydrogen refueling station in Palo Alto;
  • HTEC Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation was awarded $2,125,000 to install a hydrogen refueling station in Woodside;
  • Ontario CNG Station Inc. was awarded $2,125,000 to install a 100% renewable hydrogen refueling station in Ontario; and
  • Gas Technology Institute was awarded $999,677 to design, fabricate, test and deploy a fully operational, commercial mobile hydrogen fueler with the capability to fill either 350 bar or 700 bar vehicle tanks through onboard metered dispensing hoses.

CEC has affirmed $2.8 million in final grants for 175 EV charging stations:

  • A Charger will receive $492,342 to install up to 61 electric vehicle chargers at 12 California State Parks;
  • International Association of Nanotechnology will receive $500,000 to install 10 electric vehicle fast chargers along the I-5 and Highway 99 corridor at 10 locations between Stockton and San Diego;
  • The City of Corona will receive $325,632 to install six Level 2 and three fast electric vehicle chargers throughout the city for plug in electric vehicle (PEV) destination and public access workplace charging;
  • The County of San Diego will receive $500,000 to install 35 Level 2 publicly accessible electric vehicle chargers at 10 County facilities;
  • The Fremont Chamber will receive $305,352 to install 10 Level 2 and two fast chargers at the Bayside Business Park;
  • The Electric Power Research Institute will receive $469,012 to install 24 Level 2 dual port chargers at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara: and
  • US Hybrid in Torrance will receive $200,000 to install electric vehicle chargers for its employees. It will consist of two Level 2 and 1 fast charger (CHAdeMO & SAE Combo connectors). The chargers will be powered by a 10-kilowatt solar PV system that will be connected to a 30-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion storage battery with bi-directional DC-AC charger that will provide a V2G interface.

Also approved this week:

  • $4.3 million in ARFVTP funding for natural gas vehicle rebates, lowering the purchase price of 384 natural gas vehicles at 13 dealerships throughout California – the largest award is $1.6 million for 64 natural gas-fueled Thomas Built school buses followed by just under $1.3 million for 118 Freightliner Customer Chassis Corp NGVs;
  • $5 million in ARFVTP funding for the California Air Resources Board’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project for qualified electric drive vehicles. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project is designed to promote the purchase of battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicles; and
  • $3.1 million in ARFVTP funding for two medium-duty electric repower demonstration grants for an electric school bus project and an Electric Vehicles International delivery vehicle project – $1.65 million for EVI.

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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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