FirstElement Fuel Hydrogen Refueling Stations

With hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) expected to play a large role in California’s transition to a zero-emission transportation future, the California Energy Commission is supporting the rollout of an initial network of hydrogen refueling stations.

Through the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), the Energy Commission has awarded FirstElement Fuel, Inc. more than $26 million to design and install more than 19 publicly accessible hydrogen refueling stations spanning from Lake Tahoe to the San Francisco Bay Area, and Santa Barbara to San Diego. FirstElement has also installed a refueling station at Harris Ranch in Coalinga, enabling FCEV drivers to travel freely between Northern and Southern California.

FirstElement’s open retail hydrogen refueling stations are installed with a capacity of at least 180 kilograms per day of dispensed hydrogen, which can refuel over 35 to 60 FCEVs daily and can support a community of approximately 250 FCEVs.

ARFVTP Award Amount
More than $26 million

Funding Category
Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure

Open Retail stations in Campbell, Coalinga, Costa Mesa, Fremont, Hayward, La Cañada Flintridge, Lake Forest, Long Beach, Los Angeles (2), Mill Valley, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Jose, Saratoga, South Pasadena, South San Francisco, Truckee

Top Photo: Hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle parked in front of FirstElement hydrogen refueling station.
               Bottom Photo: Hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles parked in front of FirstElement hydrogen refueling station.
Photos courtesy of California Energy Commission.

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