On Monday, April 1st 2019 the Saanich Council held a council meeting and approved the plan to bring the first hydrogen fueling station to Vancouver Island. The station is planned to be on the corner of Quadra Street and McKenzie Avenue.
The councillors voted unanimously to amend an existing permit in order to allow an existing service station to add a hydrogen storage unit plus a dispenser.
Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC) sees the Saanich site as part of a six-station network spanning Greater Victoria and the Lower Mainland in support of fuel cell electric vehicles.
HTEC recently announced that it would be collaborating with international convenience-store chain, 7-Eleven, Inc. (7-Eleven) to build two retail hydrogen refueling stations in British Columbia.
The station locations— one in North Vancouver and another proposed for Vancouver Island—will be part of the six-station network HTEC is building to support the rollout of the first 1,000 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in BC. The stations will operate at 7-Eleven sites where Esso-branded fuel is sold.