America's First Pipeline-Fed, Hydrogen Fueling Station Now Open In Los Angeles

America’s first pipeline-fed, retail hydrogen fueling station opened in Torrance, California, within Los Angeles county on Tuesday. The station will provide hydrogen for fuel cell and hybrid vehicles in the area. It was built through a joint effort by Toyota, Air Products and Shell alternative energies, with funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The station’s first customer was the owner of a Honda FCX Clarity.

A handful of hydrogen fuel cell black cabs have already hit the streets in London, and hydrogen fuel cell forklifts are already widely available, and used in warehouses and fleets from Whole Foods and United Natural Foods, to fuel cell cars — promised by manufacturers including Toyota, Daimler, GM, Honda, and Hyundai — are not slated for mass market availability until 2015. The dominant clean vehicle technology available in the U.S. remains the battery electric vehicle. Fuel cells cars produce zero greenhouse gas emissions, and have a 130- to 430-mile range…

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