Hydrogen Fueling Stations Moving Ahead in California
March 22, 2006
California has been making significant progress in its effort to build a "hydrogen highway" of hydrogen refueling stations and fuel cell vehicles. In southern California, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is building hydrogen fueling stations in Burbank, Ontario, Riverside, Santa Ana, and Santa Monica, and at the SCAQMD headquarters in Diamond Bar. Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. is delivering 30 hydrogen-fueled Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles to the new hydrogen stations, and in recent months has delivered five vehicles each to completed stations in Riverside and Santa Ana. On March 17th, Quantum delivered five more vehicles to a new station in Burbank. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. is providing the hydrogen fueling stations, three of which will use electricity to separate hydrogen from water. The Los Angeles International Airport opened its own hydrogen fueling station in 2004, and placed five fuel-cell-powered Mercedes-Benz F-Cell cars in service last month. See the SCAQMD press releases on the Santa Ana and Riverside installations and the press releases from Quantum and the Los Angeles World Airports.
In northern California, the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) is running the HyRoad demonstration program, which features a Chevron Hydrogen fueling station, three fuel-cell buses, and up to 10 Hyundai and Kia fuel-cell cars. The new HyRoad program was formally dedicated on March 13th. San Francisco's utility, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), is also doing its part: in February, the utility took delivery of three F-Cell cars for use in its fleet. See the Chevron press release, the AC Transit Web site, and the PG&E press release.