$384 Million in ZEV Funding! And 2022 AltCar Expo

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Oct 25, 2022


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The 2022 AltCar Expo will take place on October 27, 2022, at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center as part of WRCOG’s Clean Cities Coalition initiative. Apart from AltCar Expo, $384M in Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) funding was announced. This will be funded by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA).

Key Takeaway:

  • The conference will feature new initiatives from regional agencies. It will give an overview of the $384 million funding plan for Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and hold several breakout sessions on the deployment of clean fuel cars. California expects to receive a total of $384 million for the program over the next five years.

$384M Funding for ZEV Infrastructure

This funding will help California achieve its health-based air quality standards and the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) First Adopted the ZEV Requirements

ZEV was introduced by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in 1990 as a component of the Low Emission Vehicle rule. The ZEV regulation has changed over the past 30 years to suit the status of technology. 

With the comeback of battery technology enabling auto manufacturers to offer consumers priced zero-emission vehicles, the 2012 amendments and the other two Advanced Clean Car Regulations have put California on the road for ZEV commercialization.

CARB restricts smog-inducing pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars in California. Its Advanced Clean Cars package of coordinated requirements includes the Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) initiative

Due to their greater energy efficiency and lack of tailpipe emissions while in operation, ZEVs reduce GHG emissions and air pollution levels. Their quiet engines also help to lessen noise pollution, which helps to decrease global health issues caused by noise pollution.

What is AltCar?

Alternative fuel vehicles were a dying dream when AltCar began in Santa Monica in 2005. AltCar’s mission is to establish an open and inclusive environment. All businesses and the general public must learn about alternatives to energy and transportation and inspire everyone to take further action in such an environment.

The National Debut of the Chevy Volt, the National Reveal of the Ford 150 CNG, the Global Debut of the Honda Plug-In, and the beginning of the Nissan LEAF and Toyota RAV EV Tours were all held at AltCar throughout the years. 

AltCar addresses the many extra concerns surrounding energy and transportation options. The options vary from urban planning, public transit, energy generation, and consumption, legislation and laws, and telecommuting.

Participants of the AltCar Expo

The following speakers will be joining the AltCar expo:

  • Gia Vacin, Deputy Director of ZEV Market Development.
  • Jim McKinney, Senior Policy Analyst.
  • Jimmy O’Dea, Assistant Deputy Director, Transportation Electrification, California Department of Transmission.ย 
  • Dr. Arun Raju, Associate Director of Operations at UCR’s CE-CERT.
  • Alison Linder, Senior Regional Planner and Clean Cities Coalition Director.
  • John Swanton, Communications Specialist at California Air Resources Board.ย 
  • Walter Shen, Planning & Rules Manager at South Coast AQMD.
  • Michael Sanchez, Assistant Fleet Manager, Los Angeles County Public Works.
  • Kevin Fisher, Director of Truck Systems Electrification, InductEV.ย 

Wrap Up!

On October 27, 2022, the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center will host the 2022 AltCar Expo. Besides holding various breakout sessions on introducing clean fuel vehicles, the conference will outline the $384 million funding plan for ZEV infrastructure. 

With the aid of this cash, California hopes to meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting health-based air quality requirements. The purpose of AltCar is to provide a space where companies and the general public may learn about alternative energy and transportation methods.


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