California Fuel Cell Road Map Released

California Fuel Cell Partnership concludes that 68 hydrogen fueling stations located across the state will be sufficient to serve some 20,000 fuel cell vehicles intially at a cost $65 million.

Published: 20-Aug-2012

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are poised to enter California’s commercial market in 2015, helping the state reach its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and reducing dependence on petroleum. But the biggest obstacle to introducing FCEVs to the market is the lack of fueling stations.

The California Fuel Cell Partnership has just released "A California Road Map: Bringing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles to the Golden State," a report that describes the infrastructure necessary to successfully launch commercial FCEV.

Through research and modeling tools, members concluded that 68 station locations throughout the state will adequately serve the first 20,000 FCEV customers with enough hydrogen. Enough stations will give them the confidence that they can choose a FCEV instead of a conventional gasoline vehicle.


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