California's Hydrogen Transportation Initiatives

This page last reviewed July 15, 2016


 

As zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), hydrogen fuel cells play a significant role in reducing California's greenhouse gas and smog emissions. The California Air Resources Board's most recent Advanced Clean Cars Program builds upon the ZEV Regulation in place since 1990, and rapidly increases numbers of ZEV technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles. By mid-century, 87% of cars on the road will need to be full ZEVs. This will place California on a path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, a goal adopted by many nations and believed necessary to stabilize climate temperature.

 

What's New

 

Hydrogen Stations

 

AB 8 Annual Evaluations

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the end of 2017, California is expected to have 50 hydrogen fueling stations open to the public.

The California Fuel Cell Partnership's (CaFCP) hydrogen fueling station map provides details and status of all hydrogen fueling stations in the State.

Their California Road Map describes the infrastructure that will be needed to successfully launch the commercial fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) market.

Under AB 8, ARB annually reports on an evaluation of the deployment of Fuel Cell EVs and hydrogen fueling stations in CA. In order to identify areas of greatest need for fueling infrastructure, ARB has developed the CA Hydrogen Infrastructure Tool (CHIT).

 

 

2016 AB 8 Annual Evaluation

 

2015 AB 8 Annual Evaluation

 

2014 AB 8 Annual Evaluation

Hydrogen Cars & Buses

 

Vehicle makes and models (CaFCP)

 

Advanced Clean Transit Program

 

Advanced Clean Cars Program

         

Policy & Funding

 

Other Hydrogen Resources & Programs

 

 

 

Staff from the Air Resources Board (ARB), California Energy Commission (Energy Commission), and Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), along with other state agencies, closely coordinate and work with other government and industry stakeholders to implement actions that support the development of a robust hydrogen and FCEV market.

Assembly Bill 8 (AB 8; Perea, Chapter 401, Statutes of 2013) remains a crucial driver to ensure California is prepared for commercial launch of FCEVs by providing a specific focus on development of the state’s hydrogen fueling station network. AB 8 dedicates up to $20 million per year to support continued construction of at least 100 hydrogen fuel stations. This focus will enable hydrogen FCEVs, along with other zero emission vehicle (ZEV) technologies, to play a significant role in meeting multiple policy objectives established by Governor Brown and the Legislature.

In addition to AB 8 and ARB’s Scoping Plan, Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-16-201211 provides another strong policy driver for accelerating commercialization of FCEVs and their associated hydrogen fuel station network. These policy drivers give clear direction for the ARB and CEC to plan and fund the state’s hydrogen fuel station network for its growing FCEV market.

The State of California is co-funding the initial network of hydrogen fueling stations, in advance of vehicle launches, through the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).

 

 

Hydrogen in ARB's Low Carbon Fuel Standard

 

ARB's Advanced Clean Cars Program

 

ARB's Zero Emission Vehicle Program

 

California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP)

 

A California Road Map (CaFCP)

 

ZEV Action Plan (Governor's Office)

 

U.S. Departement of Energy (DOE)

 

U.S. DOE’s National Hydrogen Permitting Website Guide

 

California Energy Commission DRIVE Website

 

California Hydrogen Business Council

 

DriveClean.ca.gov - Hydrogen Fueling

  Hydrogen Quality Regulation
       

CA Hydrogen Vehicle Infrastructure Historical Activities

Contact Us

 

The California Hydrogen Highway Network (CaH2Net) was initiated in April of 2004 by Executive Order S-07-04. The mission was to support and catalyze a rapid transition to a clean, hydrogen transportation economy in California.

The CaH2Net was a public-private partnership directed by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), using the California Hydrogen Highway Blueprint Plan (May 2005) as its guiding document. Learn more about the CaH2Net.

 

 

Hydrogen Policy:
Gerhard Achtelik | (916) 323-8973

 

 

Hydrogen Stations:
Mike Kashuba | (916) 323-5123

 

 

Hydrogen Buses:
Yachun Chow | (916) 322-7450

 

 

Hydrogen Network Analysis:
Andrew Martinez | (916) 322-8449

   

Hydrogen Production and Economic Analysis:
Jeff Lidicker | (916) 322-0845

   

Hydrogen Programs:
Lesley Stern | (916) 323-2913

 

 

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Incentives:
Mark Williams | (916) 327-5610

 

 

Outreach & Communication:

Melissa Meuser | (916) 327-2950

 

 

 

 

Media Questions:

ARB Public Information Office | (916) 322-2990

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