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

Best Practices

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 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.

Newsletter Archive:

Hydrogen Stations

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:

Project Documents