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H2USA Programs Aims to Increase Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure

US Energy Department program involves wide coalition of energy and automotive companies to increase the current 76, mostly privately held, fueling stations.

Published: 17-May-2013

There are 5,800 publicly available EV charging stations in the United States and people say that’s a roadblock to selling more electric vehicles. So imagine the challenge for fuel-cell vehicles: In the whole country, there are just 76 fueling stations (out of 203 worldwide), and most of them are private.

This lack of fueling infrastructure is an obvious, giant hydrogen hurdle that the U.S. Department of Energy, once seen as lukewarm on hydrogen, is now aiming to do something about. This week the DOE launched H2USA, described as a “public-private partnership focused on advancing hydrogen infrastructure to support more transportation energy options for U.S. consumers, including fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).”

There’s a whole gaggle of groups and companies involved – the American Gas Association, Association of Global Automakers, the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, Hyundai Motor America, ITM Power, Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition, Mercedes-Benz USA, Nissan North America Research and Development, Proton OnSite and Toyota Motor North America.

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