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
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
- 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
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
California is implementing a network of hydrogen fueling stations to support FCEVs. The following is a snapshot of station development as of March 13, 2018. The interactive station map is available here.
Regional Hydrogen Briefings for Officials
On January 23 and 26, 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:
- List of resources
- FCEVs are Electric Vehicles - CaFCP
- Hydrogen Station Infrastructure - California Energy Commission
- Overview of Hydrogen Station Development in CA - California Energy Commission
- Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
- Hyundai NEXO
- True Zero - FirstElement Fuel Brand
- True Zero - Retail Hydrogen Station Network
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.