Release 06-19      

July 24, 2006


Jerry Martin
Gennet Paauwe
(916) 322-2990
California Air Resources Board Awards Hydrogen Station Grants

-- The Air Resources Board, in continuing its support for clean, sustainable transportation is pleased to announce that proposals have been selected to establish three new California Hydrogen Highway fueling stations in California.  

Dr. Robert Sawyer, Air Resources Board Chairman, said, "California is preparing for the future today by promoting the use of hydrogen power for cars with stations that will allow any owner of these vehicles to refuel quickly. Governor Schwarzenegger's vision of having hydrogen refueling stations in cities and on major freeways throughout California is crucial for the growth of this technology that can cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and help free us from petroleum dependency."

The demonstration stations, the first to be co-funded by California, will help build hydrogen infrastructure. These environmental criteria include a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gases and 20 percent use of renewable energy to produce and distribute the hydrogen. The criteria also require no increases in smog-forming emissions, compared to average gasoline vehicles and infrastructure. The 50 percent co-funding was made available through legislation adopted in 2005 (Senate Bill 76).

The following organizations submitted successful proposals in a competitive bidding process:

The next step in the grant process will be contract negotiation, followed by, outreach, permitting, site preparation and construction. Station commissioning is likely in late 2007.

Vehicle proposals also were received and evaluated with the following proposals selected:

Contract negotiations are underway with plans to place vehicles in state fleets or universities for evaluation and outreach. The vehicles will be leased for up to 24 months.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.