California's Hydrogen Initiatives

This page last reviewed November 26, 2012

As zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), hydrogen fuel cells play a significant role in reducing California's greenhouse gas and smog emissions. The California Air Resources Board's most recent Advanced Clean Cars Program builds upon the ZEV Regulation in place since 1990, and rapidly increases numbers of ZEV technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles. By mid-century, 87% of cars on the road will need to be full ZEVs. This will place California on a path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, a goal adopted by many nations and believed necessary to stabilize climate temperature.


What's New


Hydrogen Stations


Hydrogen Cars & Buses


Policy & Funding

The State's actions to fund hydrogen stations, cars, shuttle buses and transit buses include:

  • Initial California Hydrogen Highway Infrastructure funding provided over $25 million for hydrogen transit buses, light duty passenger vehicles, and hydrogen stations. The State has provided co-funding for 9 stations.

  • Assembly Bill 118 (Nuñez Statutes of 2007) directs the California Energy Commission to prepare periodic Investment Plans for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The program makes available approximately $100 million to co-fund alternative fuels projects, a portion of which has been set aside for hydrogen infrastructure. Check out the CEC Drive website for more information.


Other Hydrogen Resources & Programs


Historical Activies of the California Hydrogen Highway Network

The California Hydrogen Highway Network (CaH2Net) was initiated in April of 2004 by Executive Order S-07-04. The mission of the CaH2Net was to support and catalyze a rapid transition to a clean, hydrogen transportation economy in California. The CaH2Net was a public-private partnership directed by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), using the California Hydrogen Highway Blueprint Plan (May 2005) as its guiding document. >>Learn more about the CaH2Net


Contact Us

Hydrogen Policy: Leslie Goodbody (916) 323-2961
Hydrogen Stations & Vehicles: Mike Kashuba (916) 323-5123
Hydrogen Buses: Lesley Stern (916) 323-2913
Hydrogen Quality, Production & Environmental Analysis: Christina Zhang-Tillman (916) 322-8449
Hydrogen Incentives: Mark Williams (916) 327-5610
Outreach & Communications:

Lisa Chiladakis
Melissa Meuser

(916) 327-2932
(916) 327-2950