Automakers develop consensus list of priority locations for next 19 H2 fueling stations in California
The automaker OEM Advisory Group (OEM AG) of the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) has developed a consensus list of recommended station priority locations for the next 19 hydrogen stations to be built in California. The OEM AG members are American Honda, General Motors, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.
The priority locations represent general geographic areas that the OEM AG suggests be considered by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), station developers and the California Energy Commission (CEC) in planning the next phase of hydrogen station network development in California. (Earlier post.) The automakers consider their recommendations as preliminary and expect to refine them further through subsequent analysis and further consultation with stakeholders prior to future solicitations.
To prepare the recommendations, the automakers worked individually to ascertain station deployment for their own market needs, then shared the data independently in a double-blind process. The data was then compiled into an aggregate list. The automakers then collaboratively reviewed the data to refine the cluster and regional infrastructure needs.
The automakers worked to ensure:
customer travel-time to the nearest hydrogen station is minimized within a regional market;
network coverage is sufficiently robust for inter-market travel;
increased network capacity; and
creation of redundancy in the network.
The recommendations focus on building hydrogen fueling network coverage and redundant capacity throughout the Northern California, Southern California and Central Valley regions.
|OEM AG recommendations|
(In alphabetical order, not priority ranked)
|Primary Priority||Secondary Priority|
San Diego #2
San Diego #3
Thousand Oaks/Agoura Hills
Encino/Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys
|* These two locations will further strengthen the I-5 corridor.|
In 2012, CaFCP published A California Road Map: Bringing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles to the Golden State (earlier post) that concluded that California would need 68 hydrogen fueling stations in five geographic clusters in which most early adopters are expected to support the roll-out of fuel cell vehicles. These cluster communities are:
- South San Francisco Bay Area
- Santa Monica and West LA
- Torrance and nearby coastal communities
- Irvine and southern Orange County
An update in 2014, Hydrogen Progress, Priorities and Opportunities (HyPPO), estimated California will reach 100 stations in 2021. HyPPO also discussed quantifiable improvements in cost reductions, investment strategies and station technology since 2012, while outlining a set of specific actions in six areas to further realize the establishment of the infrastructure required. (Earlier post.)