True Zero has opened a hydrogen fueling station in Santa Barbara in the California central coast region—the latest addition to the world’s largest network of hydrogen-fuel stations being built in California by First Element Fuel, Inc.
|Top: The new Santa Barbara station. Bottom: Toyota Mirai refueling at a True Zero station. Click to enlarge.|
With Phase one of the True Zero network taking shape fuel cell vehicle customers are able to get around California seamlessly Soon, a short stop for a four-minute charge of True Zero at stations like this one in Santa Barbara, will enable drivers to confidently get to their destination without the worry of range anxiety.—Dr. Tim Brown, Founder and COO of Irvine-based FirstElement Fuel
Phase one of the True Zero Network was brought online at an unprecedented speed and scale throughout the Silicon Valley, the greater Los Angeles area, the Lake Tahoe area and the San Joaquin Valley.
The projects are funded in large part by grants from the California Energy Commission, South Coast AQMD and Bay Area AQMD, as well as partnerships with automotive firms Honda and Toyota who are first to market with fuel-cell electric vehicles.
We owe a special thanks to the State of California and to the automakers committed to fuel-cell vehicles for their persistence and support. It goes well beyond the financial assistance; the technical assistance has also been critical. We knew building this network was going to be challenging. Having completed 15 stations in 18 months is an unprecedented achievement.—Tim Brown
The current generation of electric vehicles powered by fuel cells will be able to travel more than 300 miles on a single charge; a “fill up” will take four minutes or less.
The Santa Barbara True Zero station serves not only the local market, but also as a destination and connector for fuel cell customers have access throughout California, through the Central Coast area and beyond, just like they drive a gasoline-fueled vehicle.—Tim Brown
One third of TrueZero hydrogen fuel is renewable; the company says that it is continuously working to increase that number.