California Invests in Hydrogen Fuel Infrastructure

The state will spend as much as $115 million to develop 111 stations by 2027.

December 11, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—This week, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a plan to invest as much as $115 million to increase the number of fueling stations in the state that support hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The funding nearly doubles the state’s investments to date and will help California nearly achieve its goal to deploy 200 public hydrogen fueling stations, the CEC said.

The plan also supports Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order phasing out the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035 by providing essential infrastructure to meet the fueling needs of the increasing number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) anticipated on the road in the next decade. While battery electric vehicles (BEV) are the most common ZEV in the state, more than 8,000 FCEVs have also been leased or sold.

Under the plan, up to 111 new hydrogen fueling stations will be built in the state by 2027, including many designed for multi-use by passenger vehicles, trucks and buses. Total project funding is subject to annual approval of both the state budget and allocations from the CEC.

To date, the CEC has funded 45 open retail hydrogen stations with an additional 16 under construction. Altogether with the new plan, there could be up to 179 stations in the state, including seven privately funded stations.

NACS Magazine explored the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel in “Fuels Errand?” in the October 2019 issue.

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