For Immediate Release: July 22, 2014
Media Contact: Teresa Schilling - 916-654-4989


California Energy Commission Advances Construction of Hydrogen Refueling and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission gave final approval today for nearly $50 million in construction projects to advance the consumer market for zero-emission electric vehicles, continuing the state's progress towards a clean transportation future that curbs greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

California's zero-emission vehicle goal is to get 1.5 million hydrogen, battery electric, and plug-in electric vehicles on the roadway by 2025. In response to this directive, the Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) has already allocated nearly $400 million to help bolster statewide infrastructure and create a viable market for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), and to promote alternative fuels.

Commissioners today approved grant awards for hydrogen refueling and electric charging construction projects recommended for funding in notices of proposed awards published in April and May. These projects will accelerate a statewide hydrogen refueling station network that will support the commercial launch of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in 2015 and boost the installation of electric vehicle chargers along highway corridors and in workplaces. The infrastructure network is designed to support consumer choices by locating refueling stations and electric chargers in strategic locations throughout California.

$46.6 million in grant agreements for 28 hydrogen refueling stations and one mobile refueler were awarded:

  • FirstElement Fuel, Inc. was awarded $2,902,000 to construct two 100 percent renewable refueling stations in Los Angeles, and $24,667,000 for 17 stations located in Campbell, Coalinga, Costa Mesa, Hayward, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, La Canada Flintridge, Long Beach, Mill Valley, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Saratoga, South Pasadena, South San Francisco, Redwood City and Truckee.
  • HyGen Industries, LLC was awarded $5,306,814 to construct three 100 percent renewable hydrogen refueling stations located in Orange, Pacific Palisades and Rohnert Park.
  • Linde LLC was awarded $4,250,000 to install two hydrogen refueling stations located in San Ramon and Oakland.
  • ITM Power Inc. was awarded $2,125,000 to install a hydrogen refueling station in Riverside.
  • Air Liquide Industrial US LP was awarded $2,125,000 to install a hydrogen refueling station in Palo Alto.
  • HTEC Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation was awarded $2,125,000 to install a hydrogen refueling station in Woodside.
  • Ontario CNG Station Inc. was awarded $2,125,000 to install a 100 percent renewable hydrogen refueling station in Ontario.
  • Gas Technology Institute was awarded $999,677 to design, fabricate, test and deploy a fully operational, commercial mobile hydrogen refueler with the capability to fill either 350 bar or 700 bar vehicle tanks through onboard metered dispensing hoses.

$2.8 million in final grants for 175 electric vehicle chargers stations were awarded:

  • Adopt A Charger will receive $492,342 to install up to 61 electric vehicle chargers at 12 California State Parks.
  • International Association of Nanotechnology will receive $500,000 to install 10 electric vehicle fast chargers along the I-5 and Highway 99 corridor at 10 locations between Stockton and San Diego.
  • The City of Corona will receive $325,632 to install six Level 2 and three fast electric vehicle chargers throughout the city for plug in electric vehicle (PEV) destination and public access workplace charging.
  • The County of San Diego will receive $500,000 to install 35 Level 2 publicly accessible electric vehicle chargers at 10 County facilities.
  • The Fremont Chamber will receive $305,352 to install 10 Level 2 and two fast chargers at the Bayside Business Park.
  • The Electric Power Research Institute will receive $469,012 to install 24 Level 2 dual port chargers at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara.
  • The US Hybrid Corporation in Torrance will receive $200,000 to install electric vehicle chargers for its employees. It will consist of two Level 2 and 1 fast charger (CHAdeMO & SAE Combo connectors). The chargers will be powered by a 10kW solar PV system that will be connected to a 30 kW/hr lithium-ion storage battery with bi-directional DC-AC charger that will provide a V2G interface.

Also approved at today's business meeting:

  • $4.3 million in ARFVTP funding for natural gas vehicle rebates, lowering the purchase price of 384 natural gas vehicles at 13 dealerships throughout California.
  • $5 million in ARFVTP funding for the California Air Resources Board's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project for qualified electric drive vehicles. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project is designed to promote the purchase of battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicles.
  • $3.1 million in ARFVTP funding for two medium-duty electric repower demonstration grants for a school bus project and a delivery vehicle project.

View all items that were on the July business meeting agenda.

To learn more about other projects the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program has funded click here:

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About the California Energy Commission The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974 and based in Sacramento, the Energy Commission has seven core responsibilities that guide its actions when setting state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration projects; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; and planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.