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California Coalition Backs Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

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A bipartisan coalition of nearly 20 lawmakers today called on Senate President Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) to increase funding for hydrogen by $300m in the state budget and set aside 20% of the state’s Clean Transportation Program funding to bolster hydrogen fueling infrastructure in California.

“For all communities to truly participate in this exciting transition, hydrogen fueling infrastructure will be critical,” wrote the legislators. “Both zero emission vehicle technologies are essential to meet the needs of all consumers and assure public acceptance. These recommendations will provide the support and signal needed for private sector investments to enable California’s zero emission vehicle future.”

In addition, Assembly member Jim Frazier (D-Fairfield), also penned his own letter urging increased state support for hydrogen infrastructure.

“Intended to support Executive Order N-79-20 related to zero emission vehicles, the 2021-2022 revised budget proposal provides $500m in general fund dollars for near-term investments in fueling infrastructure,” wrote the legislators. “We respectfully request $300m be made available to bring the light-duty hydrogen market to a point of self-sufficiency, as illustrated by the Air Resources Board.”