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California Energy Commission awards $24.9M to 9 medium- and heavy-duty advanced truck demo projects

The California Energy Commissions has selected 9 projects to receive a combined $24,873,512 in proposed funding for cost share in the field demonstration of advanced medium- and heavy-duty on-road vehicle technologies—primarily battery electric and fuel cell technology—that may become commercially available in California. The match amount for the nine projects is $17,212,984. The solicitation (PON-14-605) was under the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).

Nineteen other projects also passed the screening. However, the Energy Commission started with the highest score and began determining the awards, descending through the list of finalists until the money available (the $24,873,512) ran out. Five applications did not pass. The nine projects receiving funding are:

PON-14-605 proposed awards
Lead organization Project Title Cal Energy Funding
Transportation Power, Inc. Heavy-Duty Electric Yard Tractors $3,000,000
Transportation Power, Inc. Advanced Battery-Electric Port Vehicles $3,000,000
Transportation Power, Inc. Heavy-Duty Electric Refuse Trucks $2,884,812
Hydrogenics USA, Inc. Hydrogenics Advanced Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology Demonstration for Drayage Truck $2,679,417
Hydrogenics USA, Inc. New Flyer Advanced Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology Demonstration for Bus $1,739,937
Motiv Power Systems Class C Electric-Quest School Bus Demonstration $2,702,223
Motiv Power Systems Electric Refuse and Loader Truck Demonstration $2,980,875
CALSTART, Inc. LADOT-BYD Battery Transit Bus $2,886,248
North American Repower, LLC The Sectran Security PHEV- Renewal Natural Gas Truck Demonstration Project $3,000,000

Funding of these proposed projects is contingent upon the approval of these projects at a publicly noticed Energy Commission Business Meeting and execution of a grant agreement. If the Energy Commission is unable to timely negotiate and execute a funding agreement with an Applicant, the Energy Commission, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel the pending award.

Projects passed, but not funded due to their lower scores, include:

  • CALSTART; H2Ride Hydrogen Shuttle Bus Demonstration Project

  • CALSTART; UPS Advanced Hybrid Lift Truck Demonstration Program

  • City of Gardena - Gardena Municipal Bus Lines; Zero Emission Re-power

  • Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.; PGE PHEV-Renewable Diesel Work Truck Demonstration Project

  • Center for Transportation and the Environment; Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Delivery Van Project

  • Center for Transportation and the Environment; AC Transit Fuel Cell Bus Power Plant Retrofit

  • Center for Transportation and the Environment; Battery-Electric Mucker Demonstration Project

  • Antelope Valley Transit Authority; AVTA Battery Electric Bus Transit Technology Demonstration Project

  • The Regents of the University of California (Irvine); NextGen American Fuel Cell Bus Project

  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District; Development and Deployment of All-Electric Over The Road Buses

  • Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District; SBMTD Advanced Bus Transit Technology Demonstration Project

  • The Leland Stanford Junior University; Stanford University 100% Battery Electric Coach Bus Demonstration Project

  • Caterpillar; Hybrid Wheel Loader With Integrated Technologies

  • Caterpillar; Off-Road Large-Size Hybrid Excavator Phase III

  • Proterra; Extended Range Electric Bus Demonstration Project

  • The Regents of the University of California (Davis); Demonstration of Retrofitted All- Electric Transit Bus at UC Davis

  • Wrightspeed; Turbine-Electric Range-Extended EV Demonstration Vehicles

  • Odyne Systems; Odyne Advanced User Interface Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Technology Demonstration

  • XL Hybrids; Class 3-4 Advanced HEV Demonstration



Excellent project selection.

The time has arrived to electrify heavy trucks, garbage trucks, school buses, city buses, inter-city buses, local delivery vehicles and taxis.

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