California awards $6.8m to construct four hydrogen vehicle fueling stations

The California Air Resources Board has awarded $1.7 million to each of Mebtahi Station Services, San Francisco Airport, Shell Hydrogen and the University of California, Los Angeles to supplement their construction of hydrogen refueling stations. The new stations will serve the growing number of fuel cell vehicles on the road in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, and will double the amount of hydrogen available to the public.

Mebtahi Station Services will use the funds to add hydrogen fuel to its existing Chevron Station near the corner of Western Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway in Harbor City. In a partnership with Capital Investment Group, Air Products & Chemicals and General Physics, Mebtahi aims to provide up to 100 kg of hydrogen per day to vehicles in a public retail setting.

San Francisco Airport is to build a hydrogen refueling facility at its Millbrae Avenue exit on Highway 101. This station will dispense 120 kg per day for passenger cars and buses operated by transit agencies throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Shell Hydrogen will also add hydrogen to an existing retail gasoline station at 1600 Jamboree Road in Newport Beach. The station will produce up to 100 kg per day of hydrogen onsite through a natural gas steam-reformation system.

UCLA, in a partnership with Air Products, General Physics and South Coast Air Quality Management District, plans to build a hydrogen fueling station at its transit facility at the corner of Veteran and Kinross Avenues in Westwood. This publicly available facility will produce hydrogen onsite and will provide 140 kg per day. The average refueling amount for an FCV is about 4–5 kg.

The California Air Resources Board has long supported the development of fuel cell vehicles and the required hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

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