Global Automakers Stress the Importance of Infrastructure to Promote the Adoption of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in California

   Global Automakers Stress the Importance of Infrastructure to Promote the
            Adoption of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in California

PR Newswire

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 21, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of
Global Automakers (Global Automakers) and its member companies are meeting
with California lawmakers today to discuss the auto industry's impact in the
state and to emphasize support for hydrogen fueling infrastructure.


"Our members continue to invest in technologies to reduce the environmental
footprint of their vehicles, but that is only one part of the equation," said
Global Automakers' Director of State Relations Gordon Fry. "To get consumers
to buy green vehicles, they need to have the refueling infrastructure
necessary to support their purchases."

Global Automakers and its members are pushing for the passage of the two
bills, SB 11 and AB 8, which provide additional funding for the build-out of a
hydrogen fueling infrastructure in California. Currently the bills are pending
in both the Assembly and the Senate, while discussions continue between
legislators and manufacturers on the legislation. 

Global Automakers' member companies are demonstrating advancements in green
automotive technologies with a vehicle exhibit for lawmakers at Chops
Restaurant. Vehicles on display include the Honda FCX Clarity, Hyundai Tucson
ix Fuel Cell, Kia Optima Hybrid, Nissan LEAF, and Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid
Vehicle. The Association's members have long led the industry in the
development and deployment of fuel-efficient vehicles. These companies brought
the first hybrids to American consumers in 1999 and our members account for 78
percent of the U.S. hybrid market today.

"Fuel cells are just one of the many technologies our members are aggressively
pursuing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in order to protect the
environment and lessen our nation's reliance on fossil fuels," said Fry.
"Consumers need the reassurance that the infrastructure will be there to
support these green technologies."

The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle
manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related
trade associations. Our members include American Honda Motor Co., Aston Martin
Lagonda of North America, Inc., Ferrari North America, Inc., Hyundai Motor
America, Isuzu Motors America, Inc., Kia Motors America, Inc., Maserati North
America, Inc., McLaren Automotive Ltd., Nissan North America, Inc. Peugeot
Motors of America, Subaru of America, Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., and
Toyota Motor North America, Inc. We work with industry leaders, legislators,
regulators, and other stakeholders in the United States to create public
policies that improve motor vehicle safety, encourage technological innovation
and protect our planet.Our goal is to foster an open and competitive
automotive marketplace that encourages investment, job growth, and development
of vehicles that can enhance Americans' quality of life. Global Automakers'
members' invested $3.8 billion in California through 2012 and directly employ
more than 10,000 Californians.For more information, visit

Contact: Annemarie Pender
202.650.5548 |

SOURCE Global Automakers

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