Advancing Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in San Francisco and Beyond
San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition (SFCCC) has kicked off 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
Webinar for Code Officials
On Wednesday, July 19, the City and County of San Francisco's Department of the Environment (SFE) partnered with the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) on a webinar for code officials on the codes and standards and permitting best practices for deploying hydrogen fueling stations.
During the webinar, attendees were informed of how fuel cells work, how the cars and fueling stations work, and the safety elements of each. Code officials were directed to helpful resources, such as h2tools.org, a hydrogen safety knowledge-focused website created by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Attendees also received an overview of GO-Biz's Hydrogen Permitting Guide, which features a list of applicable codes and product standards, an introduction to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a permitting checklist for authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), and much more.
The webinar was packed with many more important details, and was recorded for future use by AHJs. The recording can be accessed here, and a PDF of the presentation is available here.
As part of the grant, we are producing a monthly “Clean Cities Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle” e-newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter and hear about the progress of the grant, progress of station development in the Bay Area, and read about relevant world-wide hydrogen and FCEV news.
- March, 2017: Introducing the Hydrogen and FCEV Newsletter
- April, 2017: FCEVs Available to Consumers
- May, 2017: Hydrogen and FCEVs Featured at 2017 ACT Expo
- June, 2017: FCEV Sales and Market Forecast
- July, 2017: Webinar for Code Officials on Hydrogen and FCEVs
- August, 2017: Annual Hydrogen Fuel and Vehicle Evaluation
- September, 2017: Four Ways Fuel Cells Power Up the U.S. Military
- October, 2017: Hydrogen and FCEVs Featured at Fleet Week and EV Week in SF
- November, 2017: Toyota to Build New Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Plant in CA
California is implementing a network of hydrogen fueling stations to support FCEVs. The following is a snapshot of station development as of May 15, 2017. The interactive station map is available here.
There are three FCEVs available in California: the Toyota Mirai sedan, the Honda Clarity sedan, and the Hyundai Tucson SUV, with more models on the way. For more information on FCEVs, incentives, and a video of how an FCEV works, please see the California Fuel Cell Partnership’s vehicle page.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Readiness Plan
Download the plan here.
In 2015, the California Energy Commission awarded a grant to SF Environment to develop a comprehensive Alternative Fuel Vehicle Readiness Plan. The Plan is intended to advance the adoption by the City and County of San Francisco of alternative fuels, including electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, natural gas, and propane.
SF Environment invited public and private-sector stakeholders to participate in a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to guide the work. The TAC met six times during 2016 to review data and best practices about each fuel type and make recommendations on policies and programs to guide Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) deployment to achieve San Francisco’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. The TAC concluded its work in January 2017.
The Plan is divided into six chapters:
1. Overview and Key Recommendations
2. Policy and Market Context for Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Planning
3. Plug in Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure
4. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure
5. Biofuel Vehicles and Infrastructure [includes renewable diesel]
6. Natural Gas Vehicles
Each fuel chapter provides substantial background of vehicles, fuel and fuel pathway development, and strategies for accelerating deployment.
SF Environment is now moving forward to implement the TAC’s key recommendations on each fuel type, while simultaneously assisting other municipalities in their own implementation efforts. By sharing best practices and lessons learned from this grant, SF Environment is helping lead the transportation revolution. As San Francisco and other cities across the country shift their modes of transportation from fossil fuels to clean and renewable fuels, the United States will move ever closer toward achieving its climate goals while also increasing energy security.