Zero-Emission Drayage Truck and Infrastructure Pilot Project

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November 19, 2020

Zero-Emission Drayage Truck and Infrastructure Pilot Project

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Applications now being accepted

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) are pleased to announce that the application period is now open for the “Zero-Emission Drayage Truck and Infrastructure Pilot Project.” Eligible applicants to this competitive solicitation include local air districts, California-based public entities, and California-based non-profit organizations. The total funding available for this project is up to $44.1 million. Funds provided through this proposed solicitation include $24 million for projects eligible under CARB’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives for Low Carbon Transportation Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program, and $20.1 million from the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program).  CARB funding will be allocated towards the purchase of on-road zero-emission Class 8 trucks.  CEC funding will support zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and installation, and workforce training and development. Other costs associated with administrative and data collection tasks will be supported by either CARB or CEC.

The only method of delivery for this solicitation is the CEC’s Grant Solicitation System.  Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time), February 1, 2021.

The grant solicitation and all associated documents are available from California Energy Commission.  

CARB and CEC will hold one Pre-Applicant Zoom Conference on December 17, 2020, at which time staff will be available to answer questions potential applicants may have regarding eligibility, application completion, and other requirements.  Questions may also be submitted via electronic mail.  All questions will be addressed during the Pre-Application Workshop and formal responses will be posted approximately three weeks after the public meeting. This will be the only opportunity to have questions answered. All communication must be directed in writing to the CEC’s Commission Agreement Officer (CAO), Kevyn Piper.  All written questions must be received by 5:00 p. m. on December 14, 2020.  The questions and answers will also be posted on both the CARB website and CEC website.

Applicant Zoom Conference, Remote Access Only

DATE:    December 17, 2020
TIME:     9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time).

Meeting may end earlier once all questions are answered.

Launch Meeting

You may also access the workshop by going to the Zoom webpage and enter the unique meeting ID and password below:

Meeting ID: 966 5530 5513
Meeting Password: Drayage20
Topic: GFO-20-606 Pre-Application Workshop - Zero-Emission Drayage Truck and Infrastructure Pilot Project

Telephone Access Only

Call (888) 853-5257 or (888) 475-4499 (toll-free). When prompted, enter the unique meeting ID number above. To comment over the telephone, dial *9 to “raise your hand” and *6 to mute/unmute your phone line.


California Climate Investments Low Carbon Transportation Funding:  The Low Carbon Transportation program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.  CARB and the CEC are soliciting Grantees to implement and administer projects 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. Funding for this project was allocated under the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives (FY 2019-20 Funding Plan).  CARB approved the current funding plan in October 2019, which included funding for a project to demonstrate the large deployment of zero-emission Class 8 on-road drayage trucks, along with the needed infrastructure.  CARB and the CEC joined forces on this solicitation in order to increase the scope of this project by doubling the available funding. Funding from CEC for this project was allocated under the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program.

The goals under this competitive 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.

More Information


If you have questions or comments regarding this workshop or you are interested in being placed on a project-specific email list, please contact Mr. Ryan Murano, Air Pollution Specialist.

If you require a special accommodation or need this document in an alternate format (i.e. Braille, large print) or another language, please contact Ms. Silvia Tunnell, Office Technician, as soon as possible.  TTY/TDD/Speech to Speech users may dial 711 for the California Relay Service.