California’s state government has made a priority of helping communities become “ZEV ready,” reports the California Fuel Cell Partnership.
Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order that calls for California’s major metropolitan areas to complete infrastructure plans, improve permitting and complete other actions to accommodate “ZEVs” – zero-emission vehicles – by 2015, the Partnership reports. A new ZEV Guidebook is a resource for cities and counties where hydrogen stations and electric chargers are being installed.
The guidebook covers topics such as necessary infrastructure, planning and zoning, permitting guidelines, greening local fleets and encouraging consumers through incentives and outreach. Although much of the book focuses on charging, the Partnership says its staff was instrumental in putting together a section on hydrogen, with background information, recommended actions for local communities, and practical tools and templates. Download the Guidebook here.