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Clean Transportation Program

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

The California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program (also known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program) provides funding to support innovation and accelerate the development and deployment of advanced transportation and fuel technologies.


The Clean Transportation Program (also known as Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program) invests up to $100 million annually in a broad portfolio of transportation and fuel transportation projects throughout the state. The Energy Commission leverages public and private investments to support adoption of cleaner transportation powered by alternative and renewable fuels. 

The program plays an important role in achieving California’s ambitious goals on climate change, petroleum reduction, and adoption of zero-emission vehicles, as well as efforts to reach air quality standards. The program also supports the state’s sustainable, long-term economic development.


Through annual investments of up to $100 million, the Clean Transportation Program, also known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), promotes accelerated development and deployment of advanced transportation and fuel technologies. The program was established by Assembly Bill 118 (Núñez, 2007), which took effect January 1 2008, and was extended through January 1, 2024 by Assembly Bill 8 (Perea, 2013) The Clean Transportation Program plays an important role in achieving California’s ambitious goals on climate change, air quality, petroleum reduction, and adoption of zero-emission vehicles. The program also supports the state’s sustainable, long-term economic development. Administered by the Energy Commission’s Fuels and Transportation Division, the Clean Transportation Program invests in a broad portfolio of transportation and fuel transportation projects throughout the state, leveraging public and private investments.



The Energy Commission is committed to providing opportunities to participate in and benefit from clean transportation projects for diverse, underrepresented, underserved, and disadvantaged communities throughout the state.


Using funds collected from vehicle and vessel registration, vehicle identification plates, and smog abatement fees, the program:

  • Expedites development of conveniently-located fueling and charging infrastructure for low-and zero-emission vehicle;

  • Accelerates advancement and adoption of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, including low-and zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles;

  • Expands in-state production of alternative, low-carbon renewable fuel from low-carbon pathways; and support manufacturing and workforce training to help meet the needs of the state’s growing clean transportation and fuels market; and

  • Supports manufacturing and workforce training to translate clean technology investments into sustained employment opportunities. 


Through the Clean Transportation Program, also known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), the Energy Commission invests up to $100 million annually in projects that support adoption of cleaner transportation powered by alternative and renewable fuels. Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Electric vehicles have many advantages over traditional internal combustion engines, including zero tailpipe emissions. There are different types of electric vehicles: hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and battery electric. Learn More Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are highly-efficient, have zero tailpipe emissions, and can be powered by domestically-produced hydrogen fuel. Learn More Medium/Heavy Duty & Natural Gas Vehicles Medium- and heavy- duty vehicles range from construction equipment to public transit and school buses, to last-mile delivery trucks. Natural gas vehicles are a cleaner and more efficient alternative to gasoline and diesel vehicles. Medium-Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Biofuels Biofuels such as ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, and biomethane have lower carbon emissions than conventional fossil fuels. Learn More Workforce Development To meet the need for a skilled workforce in the state’s growing clean transportation and fuels market, the Clean Transportation Program is investing in manufacturing and workforce training and development, working with a variety of public and private partners. Learn More

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