New hydrogen fuel station opens in CaliforniaMarch 31, 2015
Hydrogen station opens to the public in Diamond Bar
A new hydrogen fuel station has been opened to the public in California. The station is located in Diamond Bar and is the 11th hydrogen station that has been opened in California to date. The station is designed to be self-serve and will be open 24-hours a day, offering those with fuel cell vehicles a chance to access hydrogen whenever they see fit. The station cost approximately 1.1 million to develop and represents another step toward California’s goals to establish a Hydrogen Highway.
California continues to show strong support for its Hydrogen Highway initiative
The Hydrogen Highway is the name of California’s emerging hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The state has been investing in the development of this infrastructure in order to support fuel cell vehicles. New hydrogen stations are being built along the state’s highways, located at strategic spots in order to increase access to hydrogen fuel. Many automakers have plans to release fuel cell vehicles in the coming years, and they will need the support of a comprehensive infrastructure in order for their vehicles to find success.
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Several new hydrogen fuel stations will be opened in the state in the coming months
California has plans to develop more hydrogen fuel stations in the coming months. New stations are expected to be opened in various parts of the state, where fuel cell vehicles are likely to become popular among consumers. If enough of these fuel stations are built, consumers may be more willing to purchase fuel cell vehicles. Currently, the demand for these vehicles is relatively low, largely due to the lack of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure that can support them.
Automakers are somewhat slow in releasing new fuel cell vehicles due to infrastructure concerns
Automakers have been relatively slow in releasing their fuel cell vehicles. Thus far, only Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda have released such vehicles to the commercial market, though in limited availability. Other automakers have said that they are developing fuel cell vehicles, but retain a stronger focus on conventional electric vehicles that are powered by batteries. These vehicles tend to have more infrastructure support than those powered by fuel cells.