California Awards $20M to Electric Vehicle Start-Ups

Tesla, Zero Motorcycles, and Bay Area QM are among 10 companies in the state to receive funding from the California Energy Commission.

Published: 13-Oct-2012

The California Energy Commission awarded more than $20 million for clean transportation projects statewide, and a number of the recipients are valley-based.

Tesla Motors Inc. will get $10 million for equipment to produce its new SUV/crossover vehicle, called the Tesla Model X, in Fremont. Palo Alto-based Tesla said it will provide $50.2 million in match funding for the vehicle’s production.

The Bay Area Quality Management District also received funding, $3 million for its Bay Area “eTaxi” program. The district is working with Palo Alto-based Better Place Mobility Services Inc. on a project that uses six battery electric taxis at Mineta San Jose International Airport and San Francisco International Airport and collects data on their operation.


Zero Motorcycle equipped with Z-Force power pack.

Zero’s new Z-Force(tm) power pack is first in transportation history that a mass production electric motorcycle capable of exceeding 100 miles range will be available for consumers.

Jiangsu Xinri electric motor scooter.

Pike Research ranks Zero Motorcycles and Wuxi-based Jiangsu Xinri.

Young lady takes spin on Zero electric motorcycle.

Paul Owen takes Zero S electric motorcycle for 26 mile ride around the streets of Auckland, New Zealand


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