Advancing Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in San Francisco and Beyond
San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition is implementing a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE) to accelerate the adoption of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) in the Bay Area. The project objectives will:
Increase community awareness of the availability and value of hydrogen and FCEVs
Drive market demand for FCEVs through SunShares, an established, public-facing group procurement program
Update and harmonize best practices in the permitting and inspection of hydrogen fueling stations among Bay Area Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs)
Deliver hydrogen safety and best practice education to elected officials and planning, building inspection, and public safety professionals across the Bay Area
California is investing in a retail network of 200 hydrogen fueling stations by 2025 to support the growing number of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) that are crucial to our goal of 5 million electric cars by 2030. Following are tools and best practice guidance to assist your community in evaluating and permitting hydrogen fueling stations.
The Governor’s Office of Business Development (GO-Biz) Zero Emission Vehicle Team provides technical assistance to station developers and local governments, and publishes a best practice guidance: California Hydrogen Station Permitting Handbook.
The U.S. DOE’s Hydrogen Tools Portal website includes tools and content on the safety aspects of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to inform those approving or using systems and facilities, such as local governments.
Hydrogen and FCEVs 101
This presentation covers how FCEVs fit into California's goal of reaching 5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2030 and how hydrogen has been implemented in cars, buses, heavy-duty trucks and more. View the PDF of the presentation here.
As part of the grant, we produced a monthly “Clean Cities Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle” e-newsletter. Read about relevant world-wide hydrogen and FCEV news in the archives below.
March 2017: Introducing the Hydrogen and FCEV Newsletter
April 2017: FCEVs Available to Consumers
June 2017: FCEV Sales and Market Forecast
August 2017: Annual Hydrogen Fuel and Vehicle Evaluation
September 2017: Four Ways Fuel Cells Power Up the U.S. Military
December 2017: Regional Hydrogen Briefings for Officials
January 2018: Success Story: Regional Hydrogen Briefings for Officials
February 2018: Governor Brown Sets New Targets for Zero Emission Vehicles
April 2018: Realizing the Potential of Renewable Hydrogen
August 2018: 2018 Evaluation of FCEV and Hydrogen Development
October 2018: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells for Military Use
November 2018: Liquid Hydrogen Production Plant for Western U.S.
December 2018: Automakers Pushing Toward a Zero Emission Future
January 2019: Fuel Cell Buses in US Nearing and Exceeding Targets
February 2019: Community Meetings on Hydrogen Fueling Stations
March 2019: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cruise Ships
April 2019: Nikola Makes Another Splash
California is implementing a network of hydrogen fueling stations to support FCEVs, including three stations opening in San Francisco in late 2019. An interactive station map is available here.
Regional Hydrogen Briefings for Officials
On January 23 and 26 of 2018, the City and County of San Francisco's Department of the Environment partnered with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) on regional hydrogen briefings in San Francisco and San Jose. A program was crafted that gave attendees a chance to learn from individuals who are directly involved in the deployment of fuel cell electric cars and hydrogen stations, as well as related codes and standards, emergency response, funding, and policy making.
Below are all the materials from the briefings, including a list of individuals who can assist with identifying resources and subject matter experts:
FCEVs are Electric Vehicles - CaFCP
Hydrogen Station Infrastructure - California Energy Commission
Overview of Hydrogen Station Development in CA - California Energy Commission
True Zero - FirstElement Fuel Brand
True Zero - Retail Hydrogen Station Network