California, US, is set to welcome over $6.1bn over five years, outlined within the proposed 2022-2023 State Budget, that will support investment for zero-emission vehicles with hydrogen to be included.
With this, Senator Bob Archuleta, Chair of the Californian Senate Select Committee on Hydrogen Energy, has welcomed the funding stating that it could be the key to unlocking wider adoption of hydrogen vehicles in state.
Speaking on the proposed state budget, Senator Archuleta said, “I am closely following the Governor’s proposed budget, which includes $6.1bn over five years for investments in zero emission vehicles. I am thrilled to see $1.1bn set aside for zero emission trucks, buses, off road equipment and fuelling infrastructure.
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“There is an emerging consensus that hydrogen is well suited to power the medium and heavy-duty transportation sector, meaning these investments will go a long way towards advancing our zero carbon goals.”
Despite this, the Senator has said that he will continue to advocate for further investment for hydrogen-powered medium and light duty vehicles citing that this is sector of the mobility market should not be neglected,” Senator Archuleta said.
“Going forward on budgetary revisions, I plan to advocate for funding to accelerate the deployment of light duty hydrogen infrastructure.
“The omission of funding in the budget to accelerate the development of light and medium duty hydrogen infrastructure will have a detrimental impact on meeting our state’s ambitious zero emission vehicle goal.
“In my district, home to many long-distance commuters and drivers who need quick fuelling, we are in desperate need of more hydrogen fuelling stations.
“As new housing units come online in already densely populated communities, access to an electric vehicle-charging outlet may not be feasible for every resident, especially where residents must park on a public street.
“California, like many other states and nations around the world, must commit resources to continue to attract private sector investment in hydrogen infrastructure and not put all its eggs in the battery electric vehicle basket.
“A refuelling station for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles could allow residents within a given region a zero-emission vehicular option that can be parked anywhere and can access the ever-increasing network of refuelling stations already permitted, and under construction.”
Making hydrogen happen
This March, H2 View will explore A Climate for Action and Investment in Europe in an immersive event that features some of the leading stakeholders and influencers in hydrogen, as well as a return to in-person networking and the opportunity to meet the Women in Hydrogen driving the agenda forward.
Taking place in Munich, Germany, confirmed speakers already include the Hydrogen Council, Hydrogen Europe, Clean Hydrogen Partnership, FiveT Hydrogen, Airbus, Nel and Michelin.
Further information on the event, agenda and confirmed speakers can be found here.
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