The California Energy Commission has approved seven hydrogen stations and grants US$16 million award.
Seven new hydrogen refuelling stations will be built in California, collaboration with Honda and Toyota, who will provide financial support, at three Shell-branded retail stations in the city of San Francisco, and one in each of Berkeley, Sacramento, Citrus Heights and Walnut Creek.
The Energy Commission awarded the grant through its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), which invests up to US$100 million every year to support innovations in transportation and fuel technologies that help California meet its energy, clean air, and climate change goals.
The hydrogen refuelling stations will be installed in strategic locations, offering existing and future fuel cell electric vehicle drivers simple and straightforward car refuelling in minutes.
“Toyota and Shell have a long-standing relationship in support of hydrogen infrastructure development, dating back to the 2009 opening of Shell’s only dedicated hydrogen refueling station at our facility in Torrance, California,” said Craig Scott, Advanced Technology Vehicle Senior Manager, Toyota Motor North America.
“The California Energy Commission is pleased to support the adoption of zero-emission fuel cell electric cars through the expansion of California’s network of hydrogen refueling stations,” said Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. “The Commission looks forward to continuing its work with private and public partners to help transform California’s transportation system to help the state achieve its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, improve air quality, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.”