Today,, leaders from three state agencies will caravan from Sacramento to the Bay Area and back to demonstrate how easy it is to drive and fuel hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle in California, and celebrate the state’s global leadership in efforts to get more zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road.
Making the round-trip drive two days before Earth Day will be representatives from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Energy Commission, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), and other members of the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), a public-private effort to promote hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in California. CaFCP members include state agencies, automakers, station operators, and air quality groups.
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and other ZEVs play an important role in the state’s efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum dependence, and improve air quality. California state agencies collaborate on a range of initiatives to help reach the state’s goal of getting 1.5 million ZEVs such as hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on California roads by 2025.
These initiatives include Energy Commission investments in an initial network of 100 public hydrogen stations needed to help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles a practical option for consumers. CARB also supports development of fueling infrastructure by matching projected market demand and advancing station technology. GO-Biz helps station providers, local government and developers with planning and permitting of new stations. Additionally, incentives funded by proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade program are available to help Californians lease fuel cell vehicles.
The caravan, which will include models such as the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell and Toyota Mirai, is scheduled to kick off in Sacramento with stops at True Zero hydrogen stations in Hayward and San Jose. True Zero, Honda, and Toyota are all CaFCP members. Additionally, a hydrogen fuel cell electric bus operated by AC Transit will be on display in Hayward.
Follow the drive throughout the day using the hashtag #H2Tour on Twitter.