With California mandating the tip of gasoline-only car gross sales, the state Power Fee has promised to open extra hydrogen filling stations for clean-air autos in San Diego regardless of a two-year delay.
The mandate assumes that by 2030 some 5% of autos on California’s highway will likely be powered by hydrogen gasoline cells, a clear know-how that generates electrical energy whereas producing solely water as a byproduct.
However there was just one hydrogen filling station in San Diego County for the reason that Toyota Mirai was first bought in 2015. With Honda, Hyundai, Audi and others now additionally providing hydrogen autos, and extra San Diegans leasing and shopping for these clean-energy automobiles, traces are lengthy and drivers are annoyed.
In September 2020, the Power Fee introduced funding below Meeting Invoice 8 for 4 extra hydrogen filling stations within the county. Two years later, none have opened, although one in Mission Valley is nearing completion and anticipated to be prepared in a number of months.
There are at the moment 55 hydrogen filling stations open throughout California, with nearly all in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the Bay Space and Sacramento.
San Diego County is the second most populous county in California, with almost 9% of the state’s residents, but nonetheless has just one hydrogen station. A report in December on station utilization discovered that San Diego’s single station “has been and continues to function close to capability.”
Officers with the Power Fee mentioned San Diego was initially designated an “rising market” fairly than an optimum location for preliminary adoption of fuel-cell automobiles. Then growth of extra stations “suffered from pandemic associated labor shortages, provide chain points, and COVID-19 shutdowns” in addition to native allowing delays.
“Though the area has seen some delays in station rollout, builders proceed to pursue plans to assist the important thing market space in and round San Diego,” in line with the Power Fee workers.
The Power Fee mentioned Californians shouldn’t be discouraged from driving fuel-cell automobiles however suggested them to “be sure that they do know the fueling choices of their space.”