Launching a transformational product in any market requires a bold vision, and the growing hydrogen transportation revolution is no different. Hydrogen is powering everything from consumer light-duty vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses, forklifts, trains and much more. From Asia to Europe and across North America, we are already seeing considerable growth for hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles of all shapes and sizes, and a road map for the future.
Fuel cell vehicles are zero-emission vehicles that operate on electricity. However, rather that storing electricity from the grid in a battery, they generate power through a chemical process utilizing hydrogen fuel, where the only emission is water.
In the light-duty vehicle market, fuel cell vehicles replicate today's driving experience by offering 300 to 400 miles of range on a tank of fuel and refuel in just three to five minutes. Fuel cell vehicles from Toyota, Honda and Hyundai are sold and driven in California today.
California's experience with fuel cell vehicles tells a dynamic story. From their commercial launch, nearly 5,000 fuel cell cars and SUVs have been sold or leased to consumers. There are 35 retail hydrogen fueling stations open to the public, with 29 in development and several hundred planned. In the next few years, California projects that tens of thousands of fuel cell vehicles will be deployed across the state. A driver can travel nearly anywhere in the state and have access to a retail hydrogen fueling station.