San Francisco Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Newsletter
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Introducing the SF Clean Cities Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Newsletter

Did you know that there are now several models of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) operating on hydrogen fuel available in California? These cars have similar range and fueling operations as gasoline cars, but emit only water, making them true zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). ZEVs, which also include battery electric vehicles, are essential to ensuring California improves air quality while reducing the impacts of the climate crisis to protect human health and the economy.
There are now over 1,000 FCEVs and 26 hydrogen stations operating in California, with 50 expected to be operational by the end of 2017. The State currently requires 33% of hydrogen fuel come from renewable sources, such as solar or wind electrolysis.
How to fuel a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle
FCEVs make their electricity from hydrogen and oxygen. To "recharge" a fuel cell, a driver fills the tank at a hydrogen dispenser, most often found at traditional gas stations. Filling a tank with hydrogen takes about the same amount of time as filling up a tank of gasoline. FCEVs also have a similar range to gasoline-powered cars, but are two-to-three times more efficient because they are electric-drive cars.

New Project: Advancing Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in San Francisco and Beyond

The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) is pleased to introduce this collaborative project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. In coordination with the San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition and Frontier Energy, the City will provide education on FCEVs and hydrogen fueling stations to elected officials, municipal staff, and the public. The project also aims to streamline the permitting and inspection processes of hydrogen fueling stations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Finally, the City will work with its partners to organize a group-buy program to drive market adoption, reducing the cost and complexity of FCEVs.

Hydrogen News

New Hydrogen Station Announcements

The California Energy Commission recently announced funding awards for three new hydrogen fueling stations to be installed at existing gas stations in San Francisco. These will be the first of their kind in the City. Currently, Bay Area hydrogen fueling stations are located in Campbell, Hayward, Mill Valley, Oakland, Saratoga, and South San Francisco. New awards for future stations include Berkeley, Sunnyvale, and Walnut Creek.


California Hydrogen Station Map
US Department of Energy Hydrogen
California Energy Commission Hydrogen
California Fuel Cell Partnership


EV Roadmap 10 Conference
June 20-21; Portland, OR
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Goup Procurement = Lower Prices

SF Environment and the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) are once again teaming up on a group-buy program that brings discounts to residents of the Bay Area for rooftop solar and zero-emission vehicles, including hydrogen FCEVs and battery electric cars. Sign up now to be notified when the program opens in late summer 2017.

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