California OKs $1.4 bln plan for car chargers, hydrogen refueling

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Nov 16 (Businesshala) – The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a three-year $1.4 billion plan to help California achieve electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling goals.

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The CEC said the plan, approved Monday, would support California Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order phasing out sales of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035.

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The CEC said the 2021-2023 Investment Plan update increases the Clean Transportation Program budget by six times, including $1.1 billion from the 2021-2022 state budget, in addition to $23.8 million remaining in program funds.

“These dollars close the infrastructure funding gap by 2025 so that access to charging and hydrogen fuel is not a deterrent to those searching for clean transportation options,” Patty Monahan, Chief of Transportation’s commissioner, said in a statement. “

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The CEC said the plan focused on building zero-emissions vehicle infrastructure, with about 80% of available funds going to charging stations or hydrogen refueling.

The plan includes $314 million for light-duty electric vehicle charging infrastructure, $690 million for medium- and heavy-duty zero-emissions vehicle infrastructure (battery-electric and hydrogen), and $244 million for zero-emissions vehicle manufacturing. Are included.

On November 19, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will consider a proposal to supplement $1.5 billion in clean transportation incentives, including consumer vehicle rebates, and heavy duty and off-road equipment investments, the CEC said.

Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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