$16.4 Million from California for Seven Norcal Stations
American Honda is spreading the word that the California Energy Commission has awarded $16.36 million to Shell’s Equilon Enterprises unit backing seven hydrogen fueling stations in Northern California.
The stations will be set up in leaugue with Honda and Toyota, who will provide financial support, at seven Shell-branded retail stations: three in the city of San Francisco, and one in each of Berkeley, Sacramento, Citrus Heights and Walnut Creek.
The plan was outlined by Toyota early this year (F&F, February 21). The initiative “will bring us one step closer to a hydrogen society,” Toyota advanced technology vehicle senior manager Craig Scott said atb the time.
Big Slice of a Big Pie
CEC awarded the grant through ARFVTP, the agency’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which invests up to $100 million annually, Honda notes, “to support innovations in transportation and fuel technologies that help California meet its energy, clean air, and climate change goals.”
The new H2 outlets will offer “existing and future fuel cell electric vehicle drivers high-quality service with simple and straightforward car refueling in minutes,” Honda says.
Long Experience in Vehicle Fueling
“We will apply our worldwide experience of more than 100 years in marketing transportation fuels to the success of these hydrogen refueling stations,” Shell Exploration and Production hydrogen GM Oliver Bishop says in today’s Honda release.
“A range of different fuels and vehicle technologies will be needed to meet transport needs in a low carbon energy future. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are one of these solutions,” he said.
The seven new outlets will bring Shell’s California hydrogen fueling station tally to nine.
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Source: American Honda with Fleets & Fuels follow-up