MANSFIELD - A Texas company has announced its intent to locate a fueling station for hydrogen-fueled cars in Mansfield along with three other northeastern cities.
A spokeswoman for Air Liquide USA of Houston wouldn't say where the fueling station would be located, but said it would be part of a regional system to refuel zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Mansfield, Hartford, Conn., Braintree and New York City were named as the first four sites among 12 planned northeast U.S. locations in a company news release.
The announcement was made in collaboration with Toyota, maker of hydrogen-fueled cars.
Hydrogen cars are virtually unknown in Massachusetts, which lacks a network of refueling facilities for such vehicles. However Air Liquide said it plans to open the new fueling stations by the first quarter of 2017.
Initially, the company said, the network of hydrogen stations will span 300 miles across five states to provide fuel for new hydrogen vehicles including Toyota's Mirai. Air Liquide already has an involvement in privately-owned hydrogen filling stations in California.
Air Liquide has obtained long-term lease agreements for a hydrogen stations in Mansfield as well as the other three announced cities, according to a news release.
Hydrogen supplied by Air Liquide would be produced off-site and delivered to the stations. The company said the stations, which it will design and construct, will be capable of fueling a hydrogen vehicle in about five minutes.
Hydrogen vehicles can have a range of more than 300 miles per fill-up, depending on the model according to Air Liquide. The stations will be able to support vehicles from multiple manufacturers.
"We are excited to announce the locations of the first public hydrogen fueling stations in the northeast United States in collaboration with Toyota," said Ole Hoefelmann, chief executive of Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S. LLC and vice president of Air Liquide advanced Business and Technologies Americas.
"Air Liquide firmly believes in the potential of hydrogen as a clean and reliable source of energy for the transportation sector, both in the United States and worldwide. We are deeply committed to enabling the widespread deployment of hydrogen fuel cell technology and the required infrastructure."