$18 Million with an Emphasis on Pre-Commercial Technologies,
Includes $2 Million for Natural Gas Vehicle Deployment Projects
The California Energy Commission is supporting fuel-saving and greenhouse gas-reducing technologies at the state’s ports, seeking to speed the commercialization of alternative propulsion technologies and technologies that achieve fuel savings of 40% or better.
The agency has budgeted $17.8 million for solicitation GFO-15-604, titled Freight Transportation Projects at California Seaports:
- $13,805,625 for MHD/medium and heavy duty vehicle demonstrations;
- $2.0 million for ITS/intelligent transportation systems and technology demonstrations; and
- $2.0 million for natural gas vehicle deployments.
The MHD projects are for field demonstration of new or repowered Class 3 through Class 8 vehicles as well as forklifts and other cargo handling equipment greater than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. The MHD vehicles must have a pre-commercial alternative fuel, engine or propulsion or propulsion component technology. Vehicle or engine efficiency improvements that achieve fuel savings greater than 40% over a conventional baseline vehicle are also eligible.
MHD Goal is to Show ‘Market Viability’
The MHD program is “limited to on- or off-road vehicle technologies to prove or validate their technical or market viability prior to commercial vehicle or component production,” CEC says.
The eligible MHD award fuels are biogas, compressed or liquefied natural gas, hydrogen and electricity, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Both new and re-powered vehicle are eligible.
MHD awards are limited to $7 million.
Reduced Idling, Reduced Bottlenecks
The ITS technologies eligible for GFO-15-604 funding encompass connected vehicles, techniques and equipment that reduce idling and hence emissions, and management systems that improve traffic flow at port gates and terminals.
The funding for NGVs is limited to new, on-road vehicles – California Air Resources Board-certified and model year 2014 or newer – with GVWR of 8,501 pounds or greater.
ITS and NGV awards are limited to $1 million.
A Dozen Eligible Ports
GFO-15-604 funding is for freight transportation projects connected to one or more California seaport. The eligible ports are Benicia, Hueneme, Humboldt Bay, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Redwood City, Richmond, West Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and Stockton
Projects funded under the seaports solicitation GFO-15-604 “must enhance market acceptance and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce petroleum use, and benefit disadvantaged communities,” CEC says.
Applications for funding are due on March 10.
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Source: CEC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up