CEC Approves $1.9 Billion ZEV Transportation Plan - Smart Energy Decisions

Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables  -  February 20, 2024

CEC Approves $1.9 Billion for EV, Hydrogen Plan

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $1.9 billion investment plan that accelerates progress on the state’s electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen refueling goals. 

These investments will be used to deploy infrastructure for light, medium, and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) in California, creating an extensive charging and hydrogen refueling network that includes 40,000 new chargers across the state.

The plan includes allocating the funding over the next four years with at least 50% targeted to benefit priority populations. The funding is part of the $48 billion California Climate Commitment, which includes more than $10 billion for ZEVs and ZEV infrastructure. California also received billions from the Biden-Harris Administration for clean transportation.

“We need to make sure that this is zero emission refueling infrastructure for everybody,” said CEC’s Lead Commissioner for Transportation Patty Monahan in a statement. “By investing a bulk of funds to benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities, the state is making sure communities most in need have better access to chargers and less pollution from trucks and buses.”

The funds will become available over the next four years and distributed to projects through competitive grants. The projects include direct incentive and rebate programs for businesses, nonprofit organizations, tribes and public agencies.

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