California welcomed another station to its growing hydrogen refueling network, further bolstering the state’s global leadership in the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) as part of its broader strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.
The new station, now open at 1200 Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadena, provides Californians with the fueling options they need to consider replacing their petroleum-fueled cars with hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
With transportation responsible for nearly 40 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, the state is working to get 1.5 million ZEVs, such as hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, on California roads by 2025.
State initiatives to support adoption of these vehicles include the California Energy Commission investing in an initial network of 100 public hydrogen stations across California, which will help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles a practical option for consumers.
“The Energy Commission is committed to investing in a network of conveniently-located refueling stations to support the fuel cell electric cars that are on the road now and to encourage more consumers to consider zero-emission options,” said Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott.
The Energy Commission has funded 54 hydrogen stations, with 27 now open. Another seven stations are proposed for funding, pending Energy Commission approval. The public-private effort to build a network on this scale is the first of its kind in the world.
Fuel cell cars run upwards of 300 miles on a full tank, about the same distance as gasoline-fueled cars. It also takes roughly the same amount of time to fill the tank for both types of vehicles - three to five minutes.