The second round of the California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Energy Infrastructure Incentives for Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles (EnergIIZE) Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast Track funding lane are open with $10.4 million total available for applicants. The EnergIIZE Commercial Vehicles Project is funded by the CEC and implemented by CALSTART and partner Tetra Tech. EnergIIZE, with a total authorized allocation of $276 million through 2026, provides incentives to purchase infrastructure equipment for MD/HD zero-emission vehicles operated and domiciled in California, the company noted.
According to the recent press release, EnergIIZE has a total of four incentive funding lanes: EV Fast Track; EV Jump Start; Hydrogen; and Public Charging. EV Fast Track targets fleets with pre-existing commercial battery-electric vehicle commitments–those fleets who have already procured zero-emission medium-duty or heavy-duty (MD/HD) battery-electric vehicle(s), or who have an active purchase order.
EV Fast Track funds cover 50% of eligible equipment and software costs, up to a maximum of $500,000 per project, according to the release from CALSTART. As noted by the CEC, eligible equipment under EV Fast Track includes Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), direct current fast-charge (DCFC) EVSE, management software, switchgears, electrical panel upgrades, wiring and conduit, and meters. EV Fast Track funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
EV Fast Track applicants may also receive up to 75% of equipment and software costs, not exceeding $750,000 per project, if they qualify for EnergIIZE’s Jump Start equity criteria, which is intended for fleets located in disadvantaged or low-income communities or meet one of several other eligibility requirements, the press release stated.