Natural Gas Vehicles & Refueling Infrastructure

Natural gas vehicles are a clean alternative to gasoline and diesel vehicles. A natural gas vehicle uses compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas fuel instead of petroleum and diesel fuel, providing significant reductions in greenhouse gas and air pollution, when utilizing clean renewable fuels.

Through the ARFVTP, the Energy Commission also supports projects that demonstrate in-state production of renewable natural gas or biomethane, which can be substituted for conventional natural gas in natural gas vehicles. When powered by biomethane, low-NOx engines can reduce criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions.

The ARFVTP also provides vehicle incentives to increase consumer adoption of with natural gas vehicles. The University of California at Irvine administers the ARFVTP-funded Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project (NGVIP) to provide incentives to reduce the purchase price of new on-road natural gas vehicles. The ARFVTP has also supported the construction of refueling stations for natural gas vehicles across California, particularly for school districts and local governments, which may not have access to the necessary capital for such long-term investments.

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