Developing Innovative Low Emission Natural Gas Engine and Vehicle Technology for Mediumand Heavy-Duty Vehicles


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Developing Innovative Low Emission Natural Gas Engine and Vehicle Technology for Mediumand Heavy-Duty Vehicles
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of this agreement is to research and develop technology that advances the beneficial use of natural gas as a low emission alternative fuel for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The technologies include a high efficiency natural gas engine architecture, a smart compressed natural gas fueling system with low cost pre-cooling, a transient plasma ignition system, and a natural gas plug-in hybrid ·electric truck. Research and development for these technologies will take place in existing laboratory settings and primarily include data collection to support technology advancement. Existing safety standards related to natural gas vehicle, engine, fueling station, and on-board storage technology will be followed to mitigate risks. This agreement is intended to lead to ratepayer benefits including lower total cost of ownership of natural gas vehicles, air quality improvements by enabling wider adoption, and greenhouse gas emission reductions by improving fuel efficiency and enabling renewable natural gas usage in the transportation sector.

Contact Information

Peter Chen
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
U.S. Department of Energy (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Los Angeles
Cross Streets
445 Maple Ave, 1751 Torrance Blvd Unit K
Other Location Info
See NOE for details

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
This project is exempt under Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, Section 15306, because it focuses primarily on information collection efforts related to the research, design, and development of natural gas vehicle technologies. The project involves engine development, related infrastructure technology development, subsystem development, and vehicle integration. Data collection on performance and emissions parameters will be done within existing laboratory environments. All four project locations are existing permitted facilities. The project includes on-road vehicle demonstration activities for two natural gas plug-in hybrid electric trucks. These trucks will be similar to existing prototypes that have been demonstrated on the road. Existing safety standards will be used to mitigate risks associated with building, testing, and demonstrating these trucks. Project activities will not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource.


Notice of Exemption

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