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The California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) announced the availability of up to $1,297,816 in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Readiness funding to support new and existing planning efforts for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). (PON-14-607) Grant funds will be awarded on a “first-come, first-served basis.”

Funding Categories and Award Amounts
Category Category name Minimum award Maximum award
A PEV Readiness Plan Implementation $50,000 per application Up to $300,000 per application
B PEV Readiness Plan Development $50,000 per application Up to $300,000 per application
C FCEV Readiness $10,000 per application Up to $300,000 per application

Category A: PEV Readiness Plan Implementation. The Applicant must refer to an existing and adopted regional PEV Readiness Plan and must outreach to the local Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordination Council(s) (PEVCC). The following implementation activities are allowable:

  • Permitting and Inspection Process
  • EVCS Installation Process
  • EVCS Siting
  • Signage
  • PEV Awareness
  • Local Government Code Adoption and Training

Category B: PEV Readiness Plan Development. This funding category is for regions that do not have a PEV Readiness Plan adopted or currently under development. Applicants must first develop a PEVCC-adopted draft PEV Readiness Plan before conducting any activities under this solicitation.

Category C: FCEV Readiness. The Applicant must refer to an existing regional planning document, either from another organization or their own (such as an environmental plan, a city plan, and/or a general plan) which can be used for FCEV planning. At least one of the following eligible FCEV or hydrogen station related activities must be addressed in the application:

  • Regional Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure Plan
  • Streamlining the Permitting Process for Hydrogen Refueling Stations
  • Promotion of FCEV Use
  • Training
  • Safety Assessments
  • Incorporation of FCEVs in Municipal Fleets
  • Signage
  • Site readiness


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