California Approves $46.6 Million In Funding For Hydrogen Stations, But Only $2.8 Million For EV Charging Stations
Can’t say we’re at all surprised by this bit of funding information coming from the California Energy Commission
California Energy Commission Advances Construction of Hydrogen Refueling and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission gave final approval today for nearly $50 million in construction projects to advance the consumer market for zero-emission electric vehicles, continuing the state’s progress towards a clean transportation future that curbs greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
California’s zero-emission vehicle goal is to get 1.5 million hydrogen, battery electric, and plug-in electric vehicles on the roadway by 2025. In response to this directive, the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) has already allocated nearly $400 million to help bolster statewide infrastructure and create a viable market for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), and to promote alternative fuels.
Commissioners today approved grant awards for hydrogen refueling and electric charging construction projects recommended for funding in notices of proposed awards published in April and May. These projects will accelerate a statewide hydrogen refueling station network that will support the commercial launch of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in 2015 and boost the installation of electric vehicle chargers along highway corridors and in workplaces. The infrastructure network is designed to support consumer choices by locating refueling stations and electric chargers in strategic locations throughout California.
$46.6 million in grant agreements for 28 hydrogen refueling stations and one mobile refueler were awarded:
- FirstElement Fuel, Inc. was awarded $2,902,000 to construct two 100 percent renewable refueling stations in Los Angeles, and $24,667,000 for 17 stations located in Campbell, Coalinga, Costa Mesa, Hayward, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, La Canada Flintridge, Long Beach, Mill Valley, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Saratoga, South Pasadena, South San Francisco, Redwood City and Truckee.
- HyGen Industries, LLC was awarded $5,306,814 to construct three 100 percent renewable hydrogen refueling stations located in Orange, Pacific Palisades and Rohnert Park.
- Linde LLC was awarded $4,250,000 to install two hydrogen refueling stations located in San Ramon and Oakland.
- ITM Power Inc. was awarded $2,125,000 to install a hydrogen refueling station in Riverside.
- Air Liquide Industrial US LP was awarded $2,125,000 to install a hydrogen refueling station in Palo Alto.
- HTEC Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation was awarded $2,125,000 to install a hydrogen refueling station in Woodside.
- Ontario CNG Station Inc. was awarded $2,125,000 to install a 100 percent renewable hydrogen refueling station in Ontario.
- Gas Technology Institute was awarded $999,677 to design, fabricate, test and deploy a fully operational, commercial mobile hydrogen refueler with the capability to fill either 350 bar or 700 bar vehicle tanks through onboard metered dispensing hoses.
$2.8 million in final grants for 175 electric vehicle chargers stations were awarded:
- Adopt A Charger will receive $492,342 to install up to 61 electric vehicle chargers at 12 California State Parks.
- International Association of Nanotechnology will receive $500,000 to install 10 electric vehicle fast chargers along the I-5 and Highway 99 corridor at 10 locations between Stockton and San Diego.
- The City of Corona will receive $325,632 to install six Level 2 and three fast electric vehicle chargers throughout the city for plug in electric vehicle (PEV) destination and public access workplace charging.
- The County of San Diego will receive $500,000 to install 35 Level 2 publicly accessible electric vehicle chargers at 10 County facilities.
- The Fremont Chamber will receive $305,352 to install 10 Level 2 and two fast chargers at the Bayside Business Park.
- The Electric Power Research Institute will receive $469,012 to install 24 Level 2 dual port chargers at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara.
- The US Hybrid Corporation in Torrance will receive $200,000 to install electric vehicle chargers for its employees. It will consist of two Level 2 and 1 fast charger (CHAdeMO & SAE Combo connectors). The chargers will be powered by a 10kW solar PV system that will be connected to a 30 kW/hr lithium-ion storage battery with bi-directional DC-AC charger that will provide a V2G interface.
So, to recap, $46.6 million will be spent on just 29 hydrogen fueling stations (including that one mobile refueler) and only $2.8 million will be spent for a whopping 175 charging stations.
Where’s the money better spent?
It seems clear from this that the plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure is far less costly and certainly returns much more bang for the buck. Hopefully, this disproportional spending on hydrogen doesn’t last long. Think of all the additional charging stations California could get for that $46.6 million spent on the hydrogen infrastructure.