More than $10 Million for Demonstrations in Disadvantaged Areas
The California Energy Commission has approved more than $10 million in grants for four electric-drive vehicle projects including a zero emission fuel-cell truck to transport shipping containers, and battery-electric school buses.
The CEC-approved Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) projects, “which move California away from its reliance on fossil fuels,” include:
- $2.9 million to Calstart to build and test four 33-foot, BYD-built battery-electric buses in Los Angeles;
- $2.8 million to Motiv Power Systems, Inc., to build and test large, battery-electric school buses in Reedley, Colton and Los Angeles;
- $2.6 million to Hydrogenics USA for an advanced fuel-cell truck, based on the Freightliner Cascadia, to transport containers from ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach along a 150-mile loop to a rail network; and
- $2.1 million to Hydrogenics USA for an advanced fuel-cell bus to be tested in the Coachella Valley.
Both the Coachella bus and the Freightliner Cascadia truck projects will employ a Hydrogenics Celerity Plus fuel cell unit powering a Siemens Elfa driveline.
‘Ease of Integration’
They will “demonstrate the ease of integration of a bundled fuel cell drive system and how it can lead to commercialization of heavy duty fuel cell vehicles in different platforms,” says Hydrogenics’ San Diego-based business development director Rob Del Core.
“These clean energy, zero-emission projects will be demonstrated in economically distressed areas that may benefit from additional jobs the projects will create,” CEC says. “They will be a vital part of the transportation technologies needed to meet California’s air quality, public health and climate change goals.”
NREL Assisting CEC
The Energy Commission also awarded $3.6 million to the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to provide technical support for the state’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Action Plan, to assess the benefits of the ARFVTP and to review proposals for hydrogen fueling stations.
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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up