For Immediate Release: June 2, 1999
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

Energy Commission Steps up
Drive to Promote AFVs

SACRAMENTO - With the start of the driving season, the California Energy Commission is urging motorists to take a closer look at alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs).

The Commission, through its Transportation Technology and Fuels Office is increasing efforts to promote AFVs in the light of current gasoline prices and to help the state meet clean air mandates, and reduce its 99 percent reliance on petroleum in the transportation sector.

The Energy Commission says California motorists with preference for non-gasoline or diesel fuel vehicles, can check with fleet managers of car dealerships now selling or leasing AFVs. The Commission has also set up a toll free number at (800) 232-4685 for AFV inquiries and will be posting additional information on its Web Site at:

By forming public-private partnerships, the Commission has worked with automobile manufacturers to create commercially-acceptable AFVs, powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), methanol (M85) or electric vehicles (EVs).

Currently, many auto manufacturers are concentrating on hybrid (gasoline-electric or fuel cell-electric) vehicle designs. They are also continuing to develop battery-electric vehicles while pursuing other alternative fuel technologies. These manufacturers include Toyota, General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler and Nissan.

Additionally, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, and Ballard Power Systems recently forged an agreement to put cars powered by fuel cells on California roads by 2004. Their joint effort has the backing of the Energy Commission and the Air Resources Board.

To support AFVs, the Energy Commission continues to work with public-private organizations to create and maintain a wider infrastructure for these non-gasoline or diesel fuel vehicles. The current fueling stations include 100 public fueling sites for CNG; 38 retail fueling sites for M85 and 353 public and private EV charging sites throughout California.

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