DRIVE: California's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program


Demonstrating California's leadership in the national push to reduce dependency on petroleum and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while improving energy security, the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (also known as AB 118) provides financial incentives for businesses, vehicle and technology manufacturers, workforce training partners, fleet owners, consumers and academic institutions to develop and deploy alternative and renewable fuels and advanced transportation technologies to help attain the state's climate change policy objectives.

Distributing as much as $100 million annually through competitive grants and other means, the Energy Commission is leveraging large federal and private investments to help grow the nation's energy security through fuel diversity, while encouraging long-term economic development and advanced transportation employment opportunities.

Program Goals

Projects selected for program funding accelerate the development of alternative transportation fuels through the improvement and commercialization of existing and emerging alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. Recognizing there is no “silver bullet” or single solution, funded projects include commercial vehicle demonstrations and deployment, vehicle manufacturing, fuel production, fuel distribution infrastructure and research of innovative technologies. Additionally, critical functions such as outreach and marketing, workforce training and studies that focus on sustainable industry practices reinforce the goals of the program.

You can find out more in the projects section of this site.

Commitment to Diversity

The Energy Commission is committed to ensuring participation in its ARFVT Program reflect the rich and diverse characteristics of California and its people. To meet this commitment, Energy Commission staff conducts outreach efforts and activities to:

  • Ensure potential new applicants throughout the state are aware of the Energy Commission's ARFVT Program and the funding opportunities the program provides.
  • Encourage greater participation by underrepresented groups including disabled veteran-, women-, minority-, and LGBT-owned businesses.
  • Assist applicants in understanding how to apply for funding from the Energy Commission's ARFVT Program.

Find out how to apply for funding opportunities through the ARFVT Program
(PDF file).

How Funding Priorities are Determined

Each year, with input from stakeholders and the AB 118 Advisory Committee, the Energy Commission establishes funding priorities and strategies that reflect the program goals and provide opportunities to complement and leverage existing public and private investments. These strategies are detailed in the annual Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program and are intended to fill the funding gaps that otherwise delay the advancement of these promising technologies.

Get the latest Investment Plan.

Considered in the annual Investment Plan are the 2050 Vision goals outlined in the State Alternative Fuels Plan of 2007 (Assembly Bill 1007, Pavley, Chapter 371, Statutes of 2005), which was jointly developed and adopted by the Energy Commission and Air Resources Board and the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32, Núñez, Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006). In general, the State Alternative Fuels Plan makes recommendation to:

  • Reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050
  • Reduce petroleum fuel use to 15% below 2003 levels by 2020
  • Increase the use and production of alternative fuels in the state by 26% by 2022.
  • Increase in-state biofuels production 40% by 2020

Other important California regulations and policies driving the implementation of the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program include the Zero Emission Vehicle regulations, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the Bioenergy Action Plan.

Learn more about the key regulation and policies that drive the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

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