Charging & Fueling
The inpouring of so many great plug-in and alternative fuel vehicle models over the past several years has changed the vehicle marketplace, as well as our perception of gasoline as the only reliable fueling option. Alternative fuels such as electricity, hydrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG), biodiesel, propane and ethanol (E85) are all options that can minimize smog and greenhouse gas emissions as well as reduce our dependence on foreign oil. These fuels may be used in a variety of vehicles that range in function and size - from small passenger cars to large trucks.
Here you can find charging and fueling locations for a variety of fuels, or visit the US Department of Energy's website for further alternative fuels and vehicle data.
Charging a Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) is convenient, easy and inexpensive compared to buying gasoline. There are two types of PEVs: pure battery electric vehicles that run on electricity alone, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that are refueled with gasoline and also plugged in for a charge. The new PEV Resource Center has extensive information and resources dedicated completely to vehicles that plug in, including guidance on the different options for charging your PEV and how to get your home set up with charging that works best for you. Learn More >
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
California has 140 public CNG fueling sites, and 200 private fleet sites, while there are more than 1,300 nationwide. Consumers have the option as well of purchasing a "slow fill" system called Phill by BRC Fuelmaker that can be installed in a home garage for overnight refueling. Learn More >
Ethanol (E85) Flex Fuel
The number of Ethanol (E85) stations has grown in California in the last year with more stations planned in the near future. Learn More >
Biodiesel blended with conventional diesel at concentrations up to 20 percent (B20) is currently used in some diesel engines.
Individual consumers can purchase biodiesel, by the drum, directly from suppliers.
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By 2017, automakers expect to place tens of thousands of fuel cell vehicles in the hands of California consumers. As the number of fuel cell vehicles in California increases over the next 5-10 years, California is also working hard to make sure hydrogen is easily available to the drivers. Learn More >