Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Community Input Needed:

Alternative Fuel Vehicles and infrastructure have enormous potential to help meet California’s environmental, economic, and energy security goals, and to improve the quality of life on the Monterey Bay. The Monterey Bay Alternative Fuels Vehicle (AFV) Readiness Plan is a blueprint to guide public and private action in the transition toward cleaner vehicles and a more sustainable future. This plan, funded by the California Energy Commission, will help align regional and local action with the state’s AB 32 goals for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions – an 80% reduction below 1990 levels by 2050 – as well as Governor Brown’s goal to reduce petroleum use 50% by 2030. Accomplishment of these goals will in turn provide an economic boost to Monterey Bay communities — as more vehicles are powered by local renewable sources such as solar, wind, and biofuels – and consumers benefit from the long-term trend toward lower total cost of ownership for most Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

Your input is needed to help us create the most comprehensive Monterey Bay Alternative Fuels Vehicle Readiness Plan for the Monterey Bay region. Please review the following documents and submit any comments or feedback to Piet Canin, VP Transportation at Ecology Action by May 1, 2016 to pcanin(at)

Readiness Plan Chapters:

Chapter 2 Electric Vehicles

Chapter 3 Hydrogen Fuels

Chapter 4 Biofuels

Chapter 5 Natural Gas

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Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs)

The Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of PEVs. PEV is a general term used to describe any car that runs at least partially on battery power and is recharged by electricity. There are two main types of PEVs to choose from, pure battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. This website is dedicated to providing educational information on PEVs. Check out our Resources section for all things PEV.

Additional Resources:

Plug-In America

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Biodiesel is a form of diesel fuel manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant greases. Biodiesel is produced from non-petroleum, renewable resources and therefore has less air pollutants overall than a gasoline vehicle. It can be used in pure form (B100) or blended with petroleum diesel. The most common blend is B20 (20% biodiesel). Biodiesel can be used in most diesel engines (especially newer ones).

Additional Resources:

The Green Station

North Star Biofuels

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Produced from corn, sorghum, potatoes, wheat, sugar cane, even biomass such as vegetable waste. Most gasoline sold in the U.S. contains up to 10% ethanol and all manufacturers approve blends up to E10 in their gasoline vehicles. E85, also called Flex Fuel, is an ethanol-gasoline blend containing 51%-85% ethanol. E85 can run in any Flexible Fuel Vehicle, which are offered by several vehicle manufacturers.

Additional Resources:

Blume Distillation

Renewable Fuels Association



The most common method of making hydrogen is natural gas reformation although California is working to increase the use of renewable production sources. Hydrogen can be used in fuel cell vehicles (FVC) or in internal combustion engines (ICE) designed for hydrogen. Unlike FVCs, ICE vehicles produce tailpipe emissions and are less efficient. A fuel cell is 2 to 3 times more efficient than an internal combustion engine running on gasoline.

Additional Resources:

California Fuel Cell Partnership

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Compressed Natural Gas

Most natural gas (CNG) is drawn from wells or extracted in conjuction with crude oil. Mining natural gas via fracking has many environmental consequences but many are exploring renewable natural gas production from decaying organic materials. CNG vehicles are available that run on CNG alone or on either gasoline or CNG as a bi-fuel vehicle. A CNG vehicle gets about the same fuel economy as a conventional gasoline vehicle but with fewer tail pipe emissions.

Additional Resources:

Consumer Energy Center

Alternative Fuel Resources:

The following resources provide an overview of the above alternative fuel options:

Alternative Fuels Data Center

Fuel Economy

Drive Clean