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California Energy Commission awards more than $16M to Equilon for 7 new H2 stations in Nor Cal; 60 funded

The California Energy Commission awarded more than $16 million to Equilon Enterprises, LLC, which does business as Shell Oil Products US, to develop seven new hydrogen stations in Northern California.

Three will be located in San Francisco, one in Walnut Creek, one in Berkeley and two in the Sacramento region. The stations will help expand the hydrogen refueling network in California. With the latest approval, the Energy Commission has funded 60 stations statewide, with 29 currently in operation.



It seems more and more evident that USA is composed of California and RoUSA (Rest of USA).

Had RoUSA followed California's lead, USA would already have 10+ million BEVs, 2.5+ million FCEVs, 10,000+ quick charge public stations and 2,500 + H2 stations?

RoUSA not an accurate assessment, Harvey.

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted California's stricter emissions standards. Nine also participate in the zero-emission vehicle mandate.

The 13 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.

Together, these represent 28% of new vehicle sales in US.

Other states are not so easy to pigeonhole, either.

For example, Arizona adopted California's ZEV standards in 2008, but repealed them when Jan Brewer became Governor in January 2012.

If all US states had adopted CA ZEV regs, we would probably have 2.4 million BEVs on US roads.

If we quadrupled the FCVs, we'd still have less than 4,000 in the US fleet, and only 112 H2 stations.


Fuel cells can be used in trucks everywhere, very limited thinking claims BEV is the only way.

If you're talking about H2 fuel cells, SJC, they can be used everywhere adequate refueling infrastructure exists.

When you go to ACT Expo and other clean-fuel trade shows, the truck booths are all about CNG though, not hydrogen.

I wish Nicola and Toyota the best with their H2 trucks. But the infrastructure has to be in place before they make sales.


Truck stop are already selling LNG, H2 is no problem.
When you say "infrastructure" in the case of 18 wheelers it is truck stops and corporate fueling yards.

Whether or not "H2 is no problem" may be evident by the lack of H2 refueling stations for trucks widely deployed throughout the cargo transportation corridors.

It may be no problem in theory, but in reality, the infrastructure does not exist and H2 trucks won't be sold until the infrastructure in in place.

Nicola has a plan for that and I wish them the best. But their job is much harder as a startup to have to raise money for both infrastructure and vehicles, and the engineer and sell both.

I hope they do it. But in the meantime, the rest of the alt fuel industry is lining up behind CNG, with the exception of Tesla and the short haul drayage players.


They can use CNG, LNG and H2, it is not either or.


Clean H2 (made with surplus RE) is better than CNG, the environment and us?

FCs run cleaner and are more efficicent than ICEs?

H2 stations availability is a matter of choice. Quick solutions are coming fast in Germany, Japan, So-Korea, California and many other places. It is just a matter of time before affordable H2 is available in the industrial world.

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