Transportation & Alternative Fuels










California is working to expand the use and production of alternative fuels and vehicles for their benefits to air quality, climate change and to reduce our dependence on petroleum-based fuels.  Executive Order S-1-07, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), calls for a reduction of at least 10 percent in the carbon intensity of California's transportation fuels by 2020. It instructed the California Environmental Protection Agency to work with other state agencies to develop a schedule to meet the 2020 target.  

Common alternative fuels include the following:

  • Biodiesel / Renewable Diesel
  • Electricity
  • Hydrogen Fuel
  • Methanol
  • E85
  • Liquefied Propane Gas (LPG)
  • Natural Gas (Compressed) (CNG)

The State Air Resources Board (ARB) has numerous incentive programs to encourage development of alternative fuels and vehicles.


Biodiesel is an alternative fuel produced from renewable resources, such as soybeans or used restaurant grease. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in diesel engines with no major modifications.