Officials Promise More Hydrogen For San Diego’s Growing Fleet Of Fuel Cell Cars
It takes less than five minutes to fill a tank, but drivers report shortages and long lines at the single hydrogen filling station.Growing popularity of zero-emission cars powered by fuel cells has caused occasional shortages of hydrogen in San Diego, but the California Fuel Cell Partnership promises improvements.
It takes less than five minutes to fill a tank, but drivers report shortages and long lines at the single hydrogen filling station in San Diego County.
While San Diego has only one station for now, two more are expected to open in 2022, and there are 47 other stations across the state, primarily in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, serving around 11,000 vehicles.
Malone said members of the fuel cell partnership, which include state government, private industry and academia, have sought to synchronize the rollout of vehicles and fueling infrastructure.
“Increasingly, our members are working to diversify and synchronize the production of hydrogen and incentivize the production of renewable and zero-carbon hydrogen to ensure reliable supplies of hydrogen,” he said.
Steve Ellis, manager of outreach and communication at hydrogen supplier True Zero, said the San Diego market got “ahead of the curve” in adopting the new auto technology, while obtaining permits for filling stations took time, especially during the COVID pandemic.
The state of California is a major proponent of fuel cell technology for vehicles, and has committed to having 200 filling stations operating by 2025.
Source: Times of San Diego.