This is a competitive grant solicitation. The California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) announce the availability of $44.1 million in funds to support large-scale deployments of on-road, zero-emission Class 8 drayage and regional haul trucks as well as the necessary zero-emission vehicle fueling infrastructure needed for service operation.
For the purpose of this solicitation, drayage trucks are defined as on-road heavy duty trucks that transport containers and bulk to and from the ports and intermodal railyards as well as many other locations. Regional haul truck, for the purpose of this solicitation, have daily ranges of 200 to 400 miles on a single charge or refueling event and are designed for day use and typically return to a home base each night.
Funds provided through this proposed solicitation include $20.1 million from the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program and $24 million for projects eligible under CARB’s FY 2019-20 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives (FY 2019-20 Funding Plan). CEC funding will support zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and installation, and workforce training and development. CARB funding will be allocated towards the purchase of on-road zero-emission Class 8 trucks. Other costs associated with administrative and data collection tasks will be supported by either CEC or CARB.
The overarching goals for the Zero-Emission Drayage Truck and Infrastructure Pilot Project solicitation are to: (1) advance zero-emission technology for Class 8 on-road trucks with a focus on regional haul or drayage service; (2) understand fleet dynamics when deploying a large number of zero-emission trucks and supporting infrastructure, including assessing the ability of fleets to recharge or refuel large numbers of trucks on a daily basis – sometimes multiple times per day; (3) support zero-emission, on-road heavy-duty truck manufacturers to realize economies of scale that come with larger production volumes; (4) holistically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG), criteria pollutant, and toxic air contaminant emissions in and around ports and freight facilities; and (5) provide economic, environmental, and public health benefits to disadvantaged and low-income communities.
This solicitation is open to local air districts, California-based public entities, and California-based non-profit organizations. Private sector parties (i.e., technology manufacturers and end-users) interested in securing funding for a technology or strategy, must partner with an eligible Applicant. Only projects submitted by eligible Applicants will be evaluated.
All proposed projects must be located in California.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Applications must include a minimum 50 percent total match share of the total allowable project costs (i.e., the sum of requested grant amount plus the Applicant’s match share). Match costs for infrastructure and workforce training and development may be counted towards the CEC’s grant agreement; match costs for trucks may be counted towards CARB’s grant agreement.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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