True Zero, which operates the world’s largest network of hydrogen charging stations, recently doubled the number of zero emission miles fueled through its stations to two million.
Hitting the two million mark happened just 60 days after reaching one million miles driven by hydrogen fuel cell vehicles fueling up at True Zero’s network of stations in California. By comparison, it had taken nine months to reach the first million miles, according to a True Zero press release.
True Zero reports having built 16 “hydrogen-charging stations” in its statewide network spanning from San Diego to Santa Barbara, and the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe, and a station on the I-5 corridor at Harris Ranch.
Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell and the Toyota Mirai have been accessing the stations. Honda begins deliveries of the Clarity fuel cell vehicle in California by the end of this year. Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai have also announced plans to bring fuel cell vehicles to the market.
“With a hydrogen network that spans across California and allows drivers to charge up in four minutes, electric fuel-cell cars with over 300-mile range are proving they can replace gasoline cars,” said Joel Ewanick, founder and CEO of FirstElement Fuel, True Zero’s parent company. “This kind of ramp means customers are choosing electric fuel cells as a vehicle that does it all, but with zero emissions.”
FirstElement, based in Irvine, Calif., had initially announced plans to build 19 stations in California in 2015. Hurdles such as permitting and equipment issues have slowed that timeline, extending the company’s goal to have the rest of the 19 stations in place by early next year. The press release reported that the first 16 stations have been installed. True Zero has started construction of two more stations, and is in the process of gaining permits on a third station for construction.
Grants from the California Energy Commission, the South Coast AQMD, and the Bay Area AQMD, as well as financing from Toyota and American Honda, have assisted the company in building its hydrogen network. The company estimates that the two million zero-emission miles fueled through its stations have eliminated 1.9-million pounds of carbon emissions.
“It’s thanks to the monies and commitment from the State of California and our other funding partners that this retail hydrogen network has been brought to life,” Ewanick said.