New hydrogen fuel station opens in CaliforniaDecember 16, 2014
California is an attractive market for companies developing fuel cell vehicles
California is currently one of the most likely markets where fuel cell vehicles will find success. The state’s residents have shown that they are interested in clean transportation and zero emission vehicles, which has encouraged automakers to develop new vehicles that accommodate consumer interest. Some automakers plan to release fuel cell vehicles in California beginning in 2015, but these vehicles will have a limited availability, partly due to the state’s lacking hydrogen fuel infrastructure.
Lacking infrastructure may make it difficult for fuel cell vehicles to find success
Though California is a favorable market for the auto industry, selling fuel cell vehicles in the state may be a challenge that is not easily overcome. The state currently lacks a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure, which is needed to support fuel cell vehicles. As such, consumers have shown relatively little interest in purchasing these vehicles. The state government has launched several initiatives designed to establish a working infrastructure, but efforts to do so have been slow going.
Ramos Oil opens new fuel station in West Sacramento
Ramos Oil, a prominent oil company, has announced that its new hydrogen fuel station in West Sacramento is completed and open for business. The station cost approximately $2.5 million to develop and some of this cost was covered by the California Energy Commission. The new station will offer hydrogen fuel to those that have fuel cell vehicles and is the tenth hydrogen station that Ramos Oil has built in the state.
State aims to have 100 hydrogen stations open to the public in the near future
Earlier this year, the California Energy Commission announced that it would be investing some $46 million into the development of 28 public hydrogen fuel stations. California currently has plans to have more than 100 stations open to the public within the next few years. Currently, 10 of these stations are operational, with 58 more in various stages of development. If the state can establish a working infrastructure, it may become the most popular market for fuel cell vehicles.