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Governor Brown Signs AB 8

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 8 into law, extending the programs that accelerate the turnover of older vehicles and equipment and invest in the development and deployment of advanced technologies that are necessary to achieve the California’s air quality, climate, and energy goals until January 1, 2024. The bill includes a provision to fund at least 100 hydrogen stations with a commitment of up to $20 million a year from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell refueling with hydrogen

“The technology is here and automakers are ready,” said Catherine Dunwoody, executive director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP).  “Before they can sell or lease fuel cell electric vehicles, a much larger fueling infrastructure must be in place.”  

“One of the biggest obstacles to introducing fuel cell electric vehicles was the lack of fueling certainty,” said Professor Dan Sperling, CaFCP Chair and CARB Board member. Dr. Sperling is also the founder and director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.  “No more. The passage of AB 8 sends a clear signal to automakers, consumers and others that California will launch a market for FCEVs.” 

“Automakers have made and are making significant investments in fuel cell electric vehicles,,” said Robert Bienenfeld, assistant vice president, environment and energy strategy for the Honda Motor Company and CaFCP vice chair. “California's planned investments in hydrogen refueling will be a key enabler to create this market.”

Assembly Bill 8 was supported by a broad range of 80-plus stakeholders, led by the American Lung Association, CALSTART and California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA).