On July 27, 2020, the California Energy Commission (CEC) released a grant solicitation and application package (GFO-20-603) entitled “Block Grant for Medium-Duty and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Refueling Infrastructure Incentive Projects” under the Clean Transportation Program. This grant solicitation was to seek a block grant Recipient to design and implement various medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) refueling infrastructure incentive projects throughout California. CALSTART, Inc. (CALSTART) was awarded the agreement at the CEC’s March 2021 Business Meeting.

In April 2021, the CEC announced “Energy Infrastructure Incentives for Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles (EnergIIZE Commercial Vehicles)”, a first-of-its-kind project that will provide funding for electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure for zero-emission trucks, buses, and equipment in California. This project will leverage large amounts of funding in order to rapidly deploy ZEV infrastructure for MD/HD ZEVs in a streamlined manner to address critical barriers and gaps to the deployment of MD/HD ZEV infrastructure.

EnergIIZE Commercial Vehicles will be designed to speed up the deployment and installations of MD/HD ZEV infrastructure in order to provide more accessible and reliable electric charging and hydrogen refueling options, which are critical for accommodating future MD/HD ZEV fleets. EnergIIZE Commercial Vehicles will help achieve the ambitious goals set by Executive Order N-79-20, signed in September 2020, which requires 100% of MD/HD vehicles in the state to be zero-emission by 2045, where feasible.

EnergIIZE Commercial Vehicles will address gaps and reduce barriers to the deployment of MD/HD ZEV infrastructure throughout the state, speed up the deployment and installations of necessary electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling stations for fleet use, and will enable targeted infrastructure incentive deployment to disadvantaged communities (per CalEnviroScreen 3.0), low-income communities (per AB 1550), California Native American tribes, and other underserved communities in California to assist in meeting the state’s goals.

CEC staff is currently working with CALSTART to evaluate and set eligibility and funding requirements for infrastructure equipment through a stakeholder engagement process. EnergIIZE Commercial Vehicles is anticipated to launch and begin accepting applications in early 2022. For more information or questions, please contact energiize@energy.ca.gov or infrastructure@calstart.org.

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