Reasons for Exemption
California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15301 provides that projects which consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, and which involve negligible or no expansion of use are categorically exempt from CEQA. This project is exempt under Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, section 15301 because work will be conducted at existing facilities. Specifically, the bidirectional charging capabilities for the battery-electric agricultural tractor will be developed and tested at an existing industrial facility in Livermore. The modified tractors will be operated on existing agricultural land, including a ranch in Helm and vineyard in Arroyo Grande. To support the demonstration, minor alterations including electrical modifications will be done at existing utility service points to install electric vehicle charging equipment. For these reasons, the project will have no significant effect on the environment and fits within section 15301.