California Energy Commission Approves Grants for Alternative Fuel Transportation Projects

The California Energy Commission recently approved more than $10 million in grants for four alternative-fuel projects, including a zero emission fuel-cell truck to transport shipping containers and battery-electric school buses.

The 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, Inc. to build and test four 33-foot 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 Inc., for an advanced fuel-cell truck to transport containers from ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach along a 150-mile loop to a rail network and $2.1 million for an advanced fuel-cell bus to be tested in the Coachella Valley.

These clean energy, zero-emission projects will be demonstrated in economically distressed areas that may benefit from additional jobs the projects will create. They will be a vital part of the transportation technologies needed to meet California’s air quality, public health and climate change goals.

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