May 17, 2021 11:00 AM, EDT

Advocates Seek Funding for California Hydrogen Infrastructure

California Gov. Gavin NewsomCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsome (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

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In a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, executives of 25 multinational companies — including cellcentric, Cummins and Nikola Motor Co. — called for major new investments in hydrogen infrastructure in California,

“At this still early stage in market development, the signal California sends on hydrogen will impact private investment decisions. But in the medium to long run, hydrogen must and will stand on its own legs and be viable without external support,” the executives wrote in their letter to the governor.

Specifically, the companies called on Newsom to boost funding in the state’s Clean Transportation Program reauthorization. They asked him to direct the California Energy Commission to dedicate $500 million to hydrogen fuel infrastructure to serve the light-duty, transit and heavy-duty vehicle markets.

CEO Letter o California Gov. Newsome by Transport Topics on Scribd

Signing the letter were officials from Toyota, Hyundai, BMW, Shell, Chevron, American Air Liquide Holdings, Ballard, Bayo Tech, Faurecia, Hexagon Purus, Nel-Americas, Plug Power, PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Company, True Zero, Linde, 122 West, Black and Veatch, Mann + Hummel, Chart, Iwatani, Toyota Tsusho, and Ways 2 H.

Through the Clean Transportation Program, California is on track to provide $240 million for the development of hydrogen fueling infrastructure. That figure represents just 7% of total zero-emission infrastructure spending, according to the California Hydrogen Coalition. — Transport Topics

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