Zero Emission Vehicle Projects

The State of California has established both short-term and long-term goals for improving air quality, reducing petroleum dependence, and lowering emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). Currently, the transportation sector is the biggest contributor (36%) to California's GHG emissions from the combustion of high-carbon, petroleum-based fuels. Transforming California's transportation systems towards zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) is a key part of the state's strategy to mitigate GHG emissions, improve air quality, leverage renewable energy sources, and reduce petroleum consumption.

ZEV technology includes battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) which run on electricity and hydrogen, respectively. The Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) is responsible for overseeing the fuel quality, dispenser accuracy, and advertising of all fuels sold at retail. To meet the demands of a changing market and facilitate the state's transformation towards ZEV transportation platforms, DMS has partnered with several agencies and entities, including the California Energy Commission, the Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and BKi – the management company for the California Fuel Cell Partnership.

DMS' current hydrogen-related projects include certification of hydrogen dispensers through "type evaluation" to ensure conformance with accuracy, design specifications and other technical requirements; testing hydrogen dispensers for compliance with SAE International J2601 specification for fueling protocols using a HyStEP device developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratory.

ZEV projects for BEVs include the development of standards for the measurement of commercial electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE); establishment of certification procedures for the standards used to test EVSE; creation of type evaluation procedures to certify EVSE for commercial use; and development of test procedures for use of EVSE and associated equipment.


Kevin Schnepp, Environmental Program Manager I
6790 Florin Perkins Road, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95828
Phone: 916-229-3458
Fax: 916-229-3015