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.