Besides bridging the gap in California’s electric vehicle charging network, the new plan will invest 50 per cent of funds to benefit disadvantaged communities…

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has recently approved a $384 million plan for critical clean transportation investments to boost the adoption of zero-emission cars and trucks and help the state reach its climate, clean energy and public health goals. The plan focuses on closing gaps in zero-emission fuels and infrastructure to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order phasing out the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035.

“The zero-emission transportation market continues to be California’s for the making, delivering jobs and cleaner air especially in communities most in need of relief. This funding plan is another down payment on electrifying transportation while helping ensure everyone can take part through access to convenient refueling, innovative mobility options, workforce training programs and more,” said Lead Commissioner for transportation Patty Monahan.

The 2020-2023 Investment Plan Update for the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program) prioritizes funding for Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, related workforce development and manufacturing.

The plan approved includes: $132.9 million for light-duty EV charging infrastructure; $129.8 million for medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs and infrastructure; $70 million for hydrogen refueling infrastructure; $25 million for zero-and near-zero-carbon fuel production and supply; $10 million for recovery and reinvestment; $9 million for ZEV manufacturing and $7.5 million for workforce development. The funds will become available over the next three years and will be distributed to projects through a mix of competitive funding solicitations and direct funding agreements.

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