California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed $1.5bn for companies to invest in the construction and maintenance of charging and fuelling infrastructure for zero emission vehicles, such as those powered by hydrogen.
Part of a $4.5bn stimulus proposal for the 2021 state budget, the capital will help implement California’s ban on the sale of diesel or gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, meaning only zero emission car sales for the state from that date.
“In these darkest moments of the Covid-19 pandemic, this budget will help Californians with urgent action to address our immediate challenges and build towards our recovery,” said Governor Newsom, announcing the state budget.
“As always, our budget is built on our core California values of inclusion, economic growth and a brighter future for all. The budget makes progress towards the goal I set when taking office to harness California’s spirit of innovation and resilience and put the California Dream within reach of more Californians.”
Welcoming the proposal today (12th Jan), Clean Power Capital Corp said the announcement is well aligned with PowerTap’s hydrogen station development plans as it prepares for the rollout of initial hydrogen fuelling stations in the second half of this year.
The hydrogen stations will be completed and installed in accordance with the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) permitting guidebook.
Raghu Kilambi, CEO of PowerTap Hydrogen Fuelling said, “PowerTap plans to launch hydrogen fuelling station rollout in the second half of 2021 and will be announcing initial rollout partners in the near term. California’s announced stimulus plans for hydrogen infrastructure supports PowerTap’s aggressive rollout strategy.”
“In addition, with the incoming Biden Administration and the Democrats gaining control of the US Senate with the win of control of the Senate with two key Senate runoff elections in the State of Georgia, PowerTap is optimistic that the US federal government will introduce new green initiatives that will include incentives and funding for the hydrogen infrastructure space.”