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CEC Approves Additional Hydrogen Fueling Stations for California, South Coast Air District

Residents who live in the South Coast air district will soon see a substantial increase in publicly available hydrogen fueling stations.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved a plan that will invest up to $115 million to increase the number of fueling stations in the state supporting hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The plan includes nearly $25 million for 30 hydrogen fueling stations to be built in the next 30 months, with most new stations in South Coast AQMD’s jurisdiction. The plan was approved by CEC in December 2020. More than half of the stations approved will be built in or near disadvantaged communities.

Up to 111 new stations are expected to be built across California by 2027 under the plan. Total project funding is subject to annual approval of both the state budget and allocations from the CEC.

An increase in hydrogen fueling stations is crucial for incentivizing industry to move from the hydrogen early adopter phase into the mass-market phase. This is a major step for providing critical fueling infrastructure to enable the continued deployment of zero-emission vehicle technology, and ultimately contribute to cleaner air in the region and across California.

To view a map of the proposed hydrogen fueling stations, please visit www.cafcp.org/stationmap.

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