Grants Details

Zero Emission Vehicle Readiness - Alternative Fuel Readiness Plans
This Grant will expire on April 30, 2014

This solicitation is open to California eligible public entities that can meet the requirements of this solicitation. For purposes of this solicitation, eligible public entities includes, but is not limited to, those entities that have a direct role in the development, planning, permitting, or oversight of alternative fuel infrastructure such as cities, counties, air, water, and fire districts, and regional planning entities.


The following table shows categories of the funding allocations by category and minimum/maximum award amounts. 


Category Name

Minimum Award

Maximum Award

Total Funding Available


PEV Readiness Plan


$50,000 per 


 Up to $300,000 

per application



PEV Readiness Plan


 $50,000 per 


 Up to $300,000 

per application



FCEV Readiness

 $10,000 per 


 Up to $300,000 

per application



All projects must be located in California. 

Specific eligible activities are listed under each funding category (delineated as a., b., c., etc.) with the activity title listed in bold-face type. 

1. CATEGORY A - PEV Readiness Plan Implementation: The Applicant must 

refer to an existing and adopted regional PEV Readiness Plan and must 

outreach to the local Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordination Council(s) (PEVCC). 

See Attachment 11 for the Councils. The following implementation activities are 


a. Permitting and Inspection Process: Implement the streamlining of 

permitting and inspection processes, including outreach to city permitting 

offices and inspectors, development of online permitting and information 

websites, dissemination of best practices and standardization of permit 

fees. Work with the ZEV Infrastructure Project Manager in the Governor’s 

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b. EVCS Installation Process: Coordinate with contractors, inspectors and 

utilities to improve electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) installation 

process in residential multi-unit dwellings, public sites, workplaces, and 


c. EVCS Siting: Outreach to potential charging infrastructure host sites 

such as small, medium, and large workplaces; multi-unit dwellings; and 

corridor sites for fast charging. Refer to existing PEV regional 

infrastructure plans if available and involve the relevant utility company. 

d. Signage: Install directional “trailblazer1

” signage on local streets and 

roadways and/or signage at public PEV charging stations that informs 

drivers of prices per unit of measure and applicable charging voltages. 

e. PEV Awareness: Host and participate in “Green Car” shows, Ride and 

Drives, “Electric Vehicle (EV) 101” workshops to promote PEV awareness 

for consumers, businesses, and local government officials. 

NOTE: A maximum of $50,000 of Energy Commission funding may be 

utilized for PEV Awareness activities. 

f. Local Government Code Adoption and Training: Adopt residential 

and/or nonresidential voluntary measures in California Green Building 

Standards Code California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 11, 

A4.106.8 Electric vehicle (EV) charging and A5.106.5.3 Electric vehicle 

charging. This activity may provide training to city planners, city permitting 

staff, inspectors, and builders to implement codes by mid-2015. 

NOTE: A maximum of $20,000 of Energy Commission funding per city 

and a maximum of $60,000 of Energy Commission funding per 

application may be utilized for Local Government Code Adoption and 


2. CATEGORY B - PEV Readiness Plan Development: This funding category is 

for regions that do not have a PEV Readiness Plan adopted or currently under 

development. Applicants must first develop a PEVCC adopted draft PEV 

Readiness Plan before conducting any activities under this solicitation. See 

Attachment 12 for the Councils. 

a. PEV Readiness Plan Development: Applicants must demonstrate that 

they are referring to existing PEV Readiness Plans for guidance (See 

Section I.K., Reference Documents/Information). The plan must include at 

least the following activities: 

1. A description of the planning region, status of PEVs and charging 

infrastructure in the region, barriers to PEV adoption, and 

strategies to advance PEV adoption. 

 A directional sign displayed, usually with an arrow panel, off the freeway system to advise motorists 

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2. Estimates of a number of PEVs in use for the planning period of 

the Readiness Plan. 

3. Regional Charging Infrastructure Plan, including: 

ƒ Region-specific guidelines for PEV infrastructure 

deployment for residential single- and multi-dwelling units, 

workplaces, commercial and public areas, and fast 

charging units in strategic locations. 

ƒ Regional charge port infrastructure location identification, 

quantity and investment required to implement the 

installation of the infrastructure beginning in 2016. 

Locations may include public access on public property, 

commercial property, highway corridors, and workplaces. 

ƒ Region-specific planning data, including the use of 

previous studies, employer/workplace engagement, 

transportation studies, and estimates of PEV deployment, 

to support infrastructure deployment. 

4. Guidance on, including PEV-friendly building codes, zoning, 

parking rules, local ordinances, installation checklists, and 

streamlining of EVCS/EVSE permitting, installation, and inspection 


5. Plans for PEV education and training for regional stakeholders. 

6. Steps involved in carrying out a 1-2 year, 3-5 year and 5-10 year 

plan for estimating future PEV development needs. 

NOTE: A maximum of $200,000 of Energy Commission funds may be 

used to develop a Regional PEV Readiness Plan. 

b. PEV Implementation Activities: Applicants who are applying for 

Category B may choose to fund one or more eligible PEV Implementation 

Activities listed under Category A once the Regional PEV Readiness Plan 

has been adopted by a PEVCC and the selected activities are consistent 

with the adopted Regional PEV Readiness Plan. 

3. CATEGORY C – FCEV Readiness: The Applicant must refer to an existing 

regional planning document, either from another organization or their own (such 

as an environmental plan, a city plan, and/or a general plan) which can be used 

for FCEV planning. The Applicant must state which plan they referto in the 

project description table in the Application Form (Attachment 1). 

At least one of the following eligible FCEV or hydrogen station related activities 

must be addressed in the application: 

a. Regional Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure Plan: Develop and 

implement a Regional Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure Plan to guide 

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and to support market expansion of FCEVs and hydrogen production. 

Evaluate the opportunity for hydrogen refueling in a city or region. 

b. Streamlining the Permitting Process for Hydrogen Refueling 

Stations: Develop guidelines and best practices for streamlining the 

permitting of hydrogen refueling stations. This activity may include: 

1) Determining requirements for hydrogen refueling station 

permitting, i.e. plot plans and equipment plans. 

2) Outreach to city/county permitting offices and inspectors. 

3) Integrating hydrogen refueling stations applications with existing 

online permit application/approval systems and websites. 

4) Analyzing and evaluating permit applications (via contract with an 

expert, i.e., civil engineer) for a hydrogen refueling stations. 

5) Promoting an understanding and awareness of California 

Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) evaluations for hydrogen 

refueling stations and how to conduct them. 

c. Promotion of FCEV Use: Develop plans to promote the use of FCEVs. 

This activity may include: 

1) Developing and implementing a pilot project for car sharing and 

car-pooling using FCEVs. 

2) Promoting preferential FCEV parking in public places. 

3) Planning and conducting outreach activities that support the 

rollout of FCEVs and/or hydrogen refueling stations and work with 

local officials and communities on the planning and outreach. The 

activity(ies) may include: 

ƒ Developing materials that provide information about how 

hydrogen is used as a transportation fuel. 

ƒ Conducting workshops and town hall meetings about 

hydrogen used as a transportation fuel and also 

California’s hydrogen station refueling network. 

d. Training: Training activities may include: 

1) Leveraging existing training materials and develop new materials 

as needed for the evaluation of a hydrogen refueling station and 

the California Fire Code applicability to station site and equipment. 

2) Providing training to local officials on the California Fire Code and 

implementation of the Code to assist with hydrogen refueling 

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e. Safety Assessments: Develop First Responders Guidelines for 

responding to incidents in the vicinity of hydrogen refueling stations. 

f. Incorporation of FCEVs in Municipal Fleets: This activity may include: 

1) Conducting a usage assessment of all vehicles in the municipality 

to determine which fleet applications are best suited for FCEVs, 

and plan for replacing municipal fleets with FCEVs. 

2) Incorporating future fleet demand considerations into ongoing 

planning activities for hydrogen refueling infrastructure, in 

consultation with associated California Air Resources Board 

(CARB) programs and fleet operators. 

3) Developing a FCEV fleet demonstration plan that may include 

buses. Include longevity, California Highway Patrol (CHP) 

considerations, and needs for warranties for the equipment. 

4) Evaluating and clean up public lots for future hydrogen refueling 

station sites for municipal fleets. 

g. Signage: Install directional signage and/or signage at public FCEV 

refueling stations to inform drivers. To the extent that hydrogen is 

accurately dispensed as 1kg, provide information about the retail price. 

h. Site Readiness: Identify and evaluate public lots for future hydrogen 

refueling station sites.