The California Energy Commission has approved around $18.6m for the development of clean energy transportation in the state.

The funding is being made under the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118.

Under this program, it has been slated to invest about $90m for the fiscal year 2013 in order to boost the development and use of new technologies, and alternative and renewable fuels, to help the state meet its climate change goals.

Of the five recipients, South Coast Air Quality Management District is the highest beneficiary with a funding of about $6,690,828, while Linde will receive $4.5m.

The funding will be used to evaluate, test, upgrade and install publicly accessible hydrogen fueling stations.

Commenting on the initiative, Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott said the investments being made will support Governor Brown’s zero emission vehicles executive order, which sets a long-term target of reaching 1.5 million zero emission vehicles by 2025.