The California Energy Commission today approved awards of more than $17.2 million for a wide range of green transportation projects, including more than $2.2 million to expand the statewide network of electric vehicle charging stations.
The awards were made through the CEC's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The program is slated to invest about $90 million during this fiscal year to develop new transportation technologies, plus alternative and renewable fuels.
It is paid for through surcharges on vehicle and boating registrations, and smog check and license plate fees.
Most of the funds for EV charging stations went to Monrovia-based AeroVironment, Inc., the technology firm charged with purchasing and installing the equipment.
Gov. Jerry Brown previously issued executive order has a target of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on state roadways by 2025.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District also was a beneficiary of funding, set to receive about $1.8 million to facilitate completion of a project to demonstrate a patented process developed at the Argonne National Laboratory to optimize production of biomethane and reduce carbon dioxide from anaerobic digestion.