The California Hydrogen Highway Network (CaH2Net) was initiated in April of 2004 by Executive Order S-07-04. The mission of the CaH2Net was to support and catalyze a rapid transition to a clean, hydrogen transportation economy in California in order to:
- reduce our dependence on foreign oil
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- improve our air quality
- grow the California economy
The CaH2Net was a public-private partnership directed by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), using the California Hydrogen Highway Blueprint Plan (Blueprint Plan, May 2005) as its guiding document.
- Chapter 91, statutes of 2005 (Senate Bill 76) - $6.5 million in funding was allocated to the Air Resources Board for state-sponsored hydrogen demonstration projects. This funding helped co-fund 3 new hydrogen stations that met the Blueprint Plan’s environmental targets. The funding also allowed the State to procure hydrogen-powered vehicles and shuttle buses.
- 2006/2007 State Budget - Another $6.5 million was included in the 2006/2007 State budget for the continued development of hydrogen stations and for funds to match Federal funding to bring hydrogen buses to California.
- 2007/2008 State Budget - Another $6.09 million was included in the 2006/2007 State budget for the continued development of hydrogen stations and for funds to match Federal funding to bring hydrogen buses to California.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Vision and Announcement
The "Vision 2010" for California's Hydrogen Highways was to ensure that by the end of the decade every Californian had access to hydrogen fuel along the State's major highways, with a significant and increasing percentage of that hydrogen produced from clean, renewable sources.
Governor Schwarzenegger announced on April 20, 2004 his vision for the California Hydrogen Highway Network and signed Executive Order S-704 outlining that vision.
April 2004 announcement of the CaH2Net
California Hydrogen Highway Network Blueprint Plan
On April 20, 2004, the Governor signed Executive Order S-7-04 calling for the development of the California Hydrogen Highway Blueprint Plan (Blueprint Plan). Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger directed the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) to develop a “Blueprint Plan” that will expedite availability of hydrogen fueling stations and products that use hydrogen. The Blueprint Plan was developed through a collaborative process with input from more than 200 stakeholders from energy, auto and technology companies, environmental organizations and local, State and federal government agencies. The Blueprint Plan was presented to the Governor in May 2005.
Volume I: Summary of Findings and Recommendations for the CaH2Net
Prepared by CalEPA, this final document summarizes the major findings and recommendations regarding implementation of the CaH2Net, which are based upon Volume II.
Volume II: Consultant Report, Blueprint Plan for the CaH2Net
This document contains the complete and detailed CaH2Net Blueprint Plan, which was prepared by Tiax as the consultant and was based upon findings and recommendations from the individual Topic Team reports.
Topic Team Reports
The Topic Team Reports were a collaborative effort by many people, some of whom contributed focused sections or passages involving specialized areas of expertise. The participation of and contributions from individuals represent neither an endorsement of the Report and its findings or recommendations, nor a verification of a review of the Report, by the individuals or the organizations they represent.
Historical Updates & Reports
2006 Year End Report
- ARB's 2004 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Guide:
This is a catalog of companies and organizations working to facilitate the development and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the State of California. (Developed by the California Air Resources Board)