Brower Center Terrace
EV charging LBNL
Richmond H2 station
SERC H2 station
ProspectSV HD

About NorthCAT

The Northern California Center for Alternative Transportation Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technologies (NorthCAT) is a new resource available to Northern California. The project, initially funded by the California Energy Commission and partner match fund sources, creates a physical and virtual network of training and showcase centers and informational resources for alternative fuels and vehicle technologies.

NorthCAT is a team of expert groups working to lighten the load on our planet by accelerating the adoption of clean vehicles and advanced fuels

The NorthCAT team is committed to providing informational resources and learning opportunities for fleet managers, city and local officials, first and second responders, electricians and tradespeople, and other interested groups. The center emphasizes advanced technology options with energy use and environmental benefits, including electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, natural gas, electric-drive, hybrid, and advanced combustion vehicles.

Latest News

The newest heavy-duty truck set to operate at the Port of Los Angeles emits an unusual byproduct that California could certainly use more of: water.

The program for PG&E's new EV Charge Network was recently approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.



Turtle Bay Ride and Drive
Redding, CA   August 19, 2017
Details: Elliot Goodrich -

National Drive Electric Week - Ride and Drives
Throughout N. California   September 9-16, 2017
Feature: Sept. 9th Richmond Auto Row at Hilltop
for Toyota Mirai test drives

Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America
Sacramento, CA   September 10-13, 2017

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit
Sacramento, CA   September 25-27, 2017

Fuel Cell Seminar
Long Beach, CA   November 7-9, 2017

Transportation Research Board
Washington, DC   January 7-11, 2018


  • Chevy Bolt sees projections of up to 2000 sales per month, and introduction into GM's Maven car sharing program. 8 months 1 week ago
  • Honda announces Clarity, claims 80-mile range and boasts price tag of $35,000. 8 months 2 weeks ago
  • Exciting recent news on the CA Energy Commission hydrogen station awards under GFO-15-605 and the PG&E and EV charger programs! 8 months 3 weeks ago
  • Consent decree signed Oct. 25 2016 for $800M VW investment in CA electric and hydrogen fueling infr. and mobility: 11 months 3 weeks ago
  • learning kiosk construction in Richmond Berkeley Global Campus is nearly complete -- pictures coming soon! 11 months 3 weeks ago
  • learning kiosk construction in Richmond Berkeley Global Campus is coming along well -- opening expected in October! 1 year 2 months ago
  • Check out this event w/ & on May 25 in Palo Alto. 1 year 6 months ago
  • RT : Our bus shelter which will be used for education is almost complete! 1 year 8 months ago
  • Plans coming together for a college student symposium in Berkeley May 17 with the Int'l Partnership for Hydrogen Energy - stay tuned! 1 year 8 months ago
  • More on North State Clean Cities Symposium: 1 year 8 months ago
  • Clean Cities Symposium in Eureka on 2/24 was a nice event, simulcast in Redding and Ukiah - kudos to SERC and RCEA for leading the charge! 1 year 8 months ago
  • Construction is underway for our San Jose learning kiosk 1 year 8 months ago
  • Lots of good discussion on EVs and vehicle-grid integration at the LBNL Battery Summit today! 2 years 2 weeks ago
  • Come to the Meeting of the Minds Oct 20-22 in Richmond/Berkeley! 2 years 1 month ago
  • Come to the Clean Cities' Clean Tech Forum and Clean Air Champions Award Meeting October 14-15 in Sacramento! 2 years 1 month ago
  • Visit to learn about a new resource in N. Cal for clean fuel vehicle and infrastructure education and training! 2 years 2 months ago
Contact Us for Information on Using Our Facilities

NorthCAT Facility Network

Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay, Richmond, CA

  • Building 445 - Conference Room (60 person capacity + 15 person breakout room)
  • Building 445 - Outdoor learning kiosk (coming soon!)
  • Building 192-T - 700-Bar Hydrogen Fueling Station and Training Facility
  • Info/Reservations for BGC Facilities
  • Contact: UC Berkeley (

David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

  • Conference rooms and auditorium (300+ person capacity among multiple spaces)
  • Lobby and gallery exhibit space
  • Downtown Berkeley - one block from BART
  • David Brower Center - LEED Platinum
  • Contact: (mention

Prospect Silicon Valley - San Jose, CA

  • Conference Room (100 person capacity + breakout rooms)
  • Indoor display/laboratory space
  • Outdoor learning kiosk (coming soon!)
  • Contact: ProspectSV (

Schatz Energy Research Center - Arcata, CA

  • Conference Room (30 person capacity)
  • 700-Bar Hydrogen Fueling Station and Training Facility
  • Indoor/Outdoor Display Areas
  • Contact: SERC (

CAFCP - W. Sacramento, CA

  • Conference Room (40 person capacity + breakout rooms)
  • Hydrogen and fuel cell technology display gallery
  • Contact: BKi (

BAAQMD Announces 2017 Charge! Program for Public EV Charger Installations!


To All Interested Parties:

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) is pleased to announce the 2017 Charge! Program, an incentive program that offers grant funding to help offset a portion of the cost of purchasing, installing, and operating new publicly available charging stations at qualifying facilities within the Air District’s jurisdiction.

The goal of the Charge! Program is to rapidly expand access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in order to accelerate the Bay Area’s adoption of EVs and ultimately achieve the region’s EV deployment goals of 110,000 EVs by 2020, and 247,000 by 2025. As of December of 2016, there are 83,000 EVs registered to Bay Area drivers.

Both public and private entities are eligible to apply. For 2017, $5 million is allocated to this program, and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. For a full list of eligibility requirements, please see the Charge! Program Application Guidance located

Pre-application Workshops and How to Apply

Applicants must attend at least one mandatory pre-application workshop before submitting an application. Each workshop will coverCharge! Program Requirements, the application process and evaluation criteria, and grantee/project sponsor’s administrative requirements. The following workshops have been scheduled:

  • Monday, February 27, 2017 3 – 4 PM (Register)
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 2 – 3 PM (Register)
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11AM – noon (Register)

Each workshop will be held online via webinar and is limited to 100 attendees. Registration is required. Based on demand, additional workshops may be schedule in the future. Notices about additional pre-application workshops will be sent via email to parties that have signed up to receive free TFCA email alerts.

The Online Application Form will be available at on Monday, February 27, 2017, following the first mandatory pre-application workshop. Instructions on how to apply will be given at the workshop.

To Learn More About This Opportunity

Visit the Charge! website at to obtain a full set of program requirements.


For additional information about this program, contact Ken Mak, Acting Supervising Staff Specialist at or (415) 749-8660.


The Air District views EVs as a promising technology for reducing tailpipe emissions from motor vehicles. For fiscal year ending 2017 (FYE 2017) the Air District has committed $12.5 million for EV related projects, with $5 million being reserved for EV-charging infrastructure projects.  As part of this commitment, Charge’s! goal is to accelerate EV adoption through lessening the barriers identified in the PEV Readiness Plan. Please note that solicitation for other EV related projects are scheduled later this year. For more information, sign up to receive email alerts via our TFCA Mailing List.