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Official: California puts legislative muscle, $2b behind hydrogen fueling stations

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Hydrogen refueling station

Last week, California regulators approved a bill that will fund more fleet purchases of zero-emissions vehicles while setting up a network of hydrogen refueling stations throughout the most populous US state.

Assembly Bill 8, which is expected to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, will provide more than $2 billion of funds for clean-vehicle incentives. The bill will also set aside about $20 million a year specifically for hydrogen station deployment through the end of 2023, with a goal of at least 100 publicly accessible stations installed during the next few years, according to Green Car Reports. Last year, the California Fuel Cell Partnership said 68 stations is the magic number needed to supply fuel to the early fuel cell vehicle market.

Meanwhile, the Modesto Bee says that the state will also approve Senate Bill 359, in which $20 million worth of rebates will be provided for buyers of plug-in vehicles in California. The state may enact a $3 fee on state vehicle registrations to help provide these funds.

Of the 10 publicly accessible hydrogen refueling stations in the US, all but one are in California (the other is in Columbia, SC), according to the US Department of Energy. This is a far cry from the “Hydrogen Superhighway” once envisioned for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Part of the reason is that each hydrogen refueling station costing about $1 million to build, much more than what a publicly accessible plug-in vehicle charging station costs to install.

Clean-vehicle advocate and non-profit Calstart put out a press release outlining parts of Assembly Bill 8. Check it out below.

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