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California Energy Commission launches “Drive” website for info on alt fuels, vehicles

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has unveiled “Drive”, a new website providing industry professionals, fleet managers and consumers with information about greener transportation choices for the 21st century.

The Drive website details a wide range of transportation projects, from producing renewable fuels, to installing new fueling and charging stations for electric cars and other alternative fuel vehicles, to training the workforce that supports the ever-evolving transportation industry.

The CEC says that “Drive” is designed for businesses and manufacturers hoping to develop new technologies, for fleet managers looking to upgrade their vehicles, for local governments seeking incentives to invest in green transportation, or for consumers just looking for ways to cut their costs.

The new website presents a much needed, clear view of the state’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. This landmark economic development program provides as much as $100 million annually in competitive grants and financial incentives to develop alternatives to fossil fuels. It leverages federal and private investment to create jobs here in California. Drive clearly lays out the many funding opportunities and serves as a clearinghouse of information from such varied sources as state and federal government agencies, utilities, and vehicle manufacturers.

—Energy Commission Vice Chair James Boyd

Assembly Bill 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007) created the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The statute, amended by Assembly Bill 109 (Núñez, Chapter 313, Statutes of 2008), authorizes the Energy Commission to develop and deploy alternative and renewable fuels and advanced transportation technologies to help achieve the state’s climate change policies.

Comments

SJC

I hope employers put in charge stations, even if we have to help them out it would reduce oil imports and make for some cleaner air in populated areas.

ToppaTom

I think employers, shopping centers and other spots will install charging stations as a matter of good will, attracting buyers/employees etc.

Where there are no such reasons to install them, but they are needed, the bureaucracy will have to do so.

Reel$$

This seems like a valid idea. I just learned that Toyota is considering using the ICE in Plug-in Prius to recharge the EV battery. This would give them a little more range which is currently limited to 15 miles AER.

And they are also considering adding regen braking to the EV battery (in the prototype I saw there is none.) The Plug-In Prius separates the EV system from the Synergy Hybrid system.

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