California to Fund Hydrogen Refueling and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 4:42 pm | Updated: 4:13 pm, Wed Jul 30, 2014.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Energy Commission gave final approval for nearly $50 million in construction projects to advance the consumer market for zero-emission electric vehicles, continuing the state's progress towards a clean transportation future that curbs greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

California's zero-emission vehicle goal is to get 1.5 million hydrogen, battery electric, and plug-in electric vehicles on the roadway by 2025. In response to this directive, the Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program has already allocated nearly $400 million to help bolster statewide infrastructure and create a viable market for zero-emission vehicles, and to promote alternative fuels.

Commissioners approved grant awards for hydrogen refueling and electric charging construction projects recommended for funding in notices of proposed awards published in April and May. These projects will accelerate a statewide hydrogen refueling station network that will support the commercial launch of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in 2015 and boost the installation of electric vehicle chargers along highway corridors and in workplaces. The infrastructure network is designed to support consumer choices by locating refueling stations and electric chargers in strategic locations throughout California.

$46.6 million in grant agreements for 28 hydrogen refueling stations and one mobile refueler were awarded.

SOURCE: California Energy Commission

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