DRIVE: California's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Alternative Fuels & Vehicles FAQ

How is the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) funded?

The program is funded through California vehicle and boat license fees.


What are alternative fuels?

Alternative fuels include electricity, natural gas, biomethane, propane, hydrogen, ethanol, renewable diesel and biodiesel fuels.
More information can be found in the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center.


What is an alternative fuel vehicle?

Alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) include any dedicated, flexible-fuel, or dual fuel vehicle designed to operate on at least one alternative fuel. AFVs are available in a variety of models ranging from sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans to medium and heavy-duty buses and trucks. More information can be found in the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center.


How can I obtain information about what has been funded previously under the ARFVTP?

Each year the Energy Commission adopts an investment plan that describes how program funding will complement existing public and private investments, including existing state and federal programs. The Investment Plan is used as a guide for awarding funds. Locate the latest Investment Plan Update or find previous years of funding in our Investment Portfolio. Additionally, take a look at descriptions of ARFVTP funded projects.


How does the Energy Commission decide where to invest program dollars?

Each year, with input from stakeholders and the AB 118 Advisory Committee, funding priorities and strategies are established to reflect the program goals and provide opportunities to complement and leverage existing public and private investments. These strategies are detailed in the annual Investment Plan for the ARFVTP and are intended to fill the funding gaps that otherwise delay the advancement of these promising technologies. You can follow yearly progress of the developing investment plan on the Alternative Fuels Proceeding page. Here you will have access to workshop recordings, transcripts, meeting notices, and previous and current Investment Plans.


How can I access funding?

Visit our funding information webpage to find out about current funding opportunities. Follow the link to the funding source listed beside your desired category. If there is no such link, there is no open solicitation at this time for that category. Subscribe to the Alternative Fuels ListServ so that you will be notified of funding opportunities as they develop.


What are the potential air quality impacts or localized health effects of specific ARFVTP funded projects?

The Energy Commission is required to assess the localized health impacts of the projects proposed for ARFVTP funding. The Localized Health Impacts Report focuses on the potential impacts the projects may or may not have on a particular community, particularly those communities that are considered especially vulnerable to emissions increases within their community. For projects located in high-risk communities this report assesses the impacts from criteria emissions/air toxics, the air quality attainment status, and mitigation plans, if available. It also includes information about the proposer's outreach efforts including public notices and community outreach. To review Localized Health Impacts Reports and report guidelines visit our Reports page. In addition, all projects are subject to compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

I'm thinking about buying an alternative fueled vehicle. Where can I find more information about available vehicles?

Visit our How to Upgrade page for consumers for basic information. Additionally, for details about various advanced vehicles and how they compare to conventional vehicles click here.


My business would like to green its fleet. Where can I find more information on fleet upgrades?

Visit our How to Upgrade page to find more information about fleet upgrades.


How do I find electric vehicle charging stations?

You can use Google Maps to find charging stations in California. Also, the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Data Center offers an easy-to-use station locator for finding electric vehicle charging sites.


What about other alternative fuel stations?

The US Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Data Center offers an easy- to-use station locator for finding biofuel, CNG, E85, Hydrogen, LNG and propane stations as well as electric charging sites.


How do I contact the ARFVTP if I have more questions?

Email your questions to the ARFVTP at

Note: For questions related to specific solicitations or funding opportunities, review the listings under the solicitation program opportunity descriptions.


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