Global Automakers is requesting that the California Air Resources Board commit the full allocation of 15%, or $64 million, from the VW Appendix D Settlement Funds toward hydrogen refueling and electric charging infrastructure. California has done much to support electric-drive vehicles to date and has led the country with its commitment to grow the market for BEVs, PHEVs, and FCEVs by implementing programs that promote investment in infrastructure projects. Global Automakers believes, however, that more must be done, and that the state needs to continue its initial establishment of a strong foundation for electric-drive vehicles by expanding its network of hydrogen refueling and electric charging stations to support increased sales of all electric-drive vehicles. Increasing available infrastructure is critical to the state’s ability to advance electrification.
Global Automakers and our members have a longstanding commitment to improving air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing fuel efficiency. Our members are investing heavily in alternative fuel and green technologies, including being the first to successfully launch hybrid electric vehicles 20 years ago and since then plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). We are proud that the number of electric-drive vehicles, in a variety of options and price points, are increasing every year.