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California legislature passes $2-billion bill extending clean vehicle and fuel incentives through 2023

12 September 2013

The California State Senate and Assembly approved a measure that would continue the state’s clean vehicle and fuel incentives through 2023. Assembly Bill 8, authored by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea, with Senator Fran Pavley as principal co-author, would provide more than $2 billion in funding to help fleets and consumers purchase clean and low carbon cars, trucks, buses, and construction equipment. It is now with Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

The programs that would be extended include the AB 118 clean fuel and vehicle programs and the Carl Moyer and AB 923 local air district funds for diesel emission reduction. Funding for the programs is provided through a dedicated revenue stream of fees that expire at the end of 2015, including smog abatement fees, vessel registration fees, and equipment identification plate fees. The bill extends those fees through 2023.

The bill also requires the annual allocation of $20 million for the construction of hydrogen fueling stations until there are at least 100 publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations in California.

The bill also adds intelligent transportation systems as a category of projects eligible for funding under the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The bill would require the commission and the state board, in making awards under both the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program and the Air Quality Improvement Program, to provide a preference to projects with higher benefit-cost scores.

The Senate voted to pass AB 8 on a bipartisan 29-6 vote. The bill went back to the Assembly for concurrence, where it garnered the required ⅔ majority.

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Intelligent decision from current top leaders?

Will California stay so far ahead of other States for ever?

Funding for the programs is provided through a dedicated revenue stream of fees that expire at the end of 2015, including smog abatement fees, vessel registration fees, and equipment identification plate fees.

The bill extends those fees through 2023.

F****** terrible tax and spend liberal bullshitters.
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Meh. $20M for hydrogen fueling stations is a waste of money.

$20M would buy 40 Tesla SuperCharger stations (with 8-10 plugs each) which could fuel cars TODAY.

You could install CHAdeMO and high power J1772 stations for standards compliance and get a lot more bang for your buck.

There's less than 100 DC quick charging stations in California right now - a smart expansion of those in areas where there are already high concentrations of EVs along travel corridors would make a lot more sense and cost a lot less money.

Edit to the above: Elon has said it costs about $250k per Supercharger install. Not sure how many stations that gets (Tesla typically installs 4-8 plugs per location, but has installed anywhere from 2-10). Anyway, that could potentially double the numbers above.

The Nissan CHAdeMO station starts at $15k. $250k should let you get at least 5 of them installed in a single location.

Putting money into fast charge stations and adopting the Tesla standard plug would be the right and smart thing to do...but, when have you seen self serving politicians do the right thing?

Many posters tend to forget the many $$$B if not $$T that the OIL industry got over the last 100+ years? Isn't that the way they got to be so rich while poisoning many?

I would also prefer to see more fast charge stations deployed along the more remote sections of I-5 to continue the West Coast Electric Highway down from Ashland OR to Southern California. Odd that WA and OR are so far ahead of California on these vital links.

Many million charging facilities will be installed ( in the next 7 to 10 years, in shopping centers, restaurants, schools, industries, offices, government buildings and other parking lots.

Many more will be installed in private garages and parking places.

Large (up to 240+ kWh) quick charge facilities will replace many liquid fuels pumping stations.

Taxis and city e-buses will have their own charging facilities in 10,000+ cities and villages.

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