Officials Promise More Hydrogen for San Diego’s Growing Fleet of Fuel Cell Cars

September 28, 2021

Growing popularity of zero-emission cars powered by fuel cells has caused occasional shortages of hydrogen in San Diego, but the California Fuel Cell Partnership promises improvements.

The vehicles made by Toyota, Honda and Hyundai use compressed hydrogen to create electricity in a chemical process that produces only water as exhaust.

It takes less than five minutes to fill a tank, but drivers report shortages and long lines at the single hydrogen filling station in San Diego County.

Keith Malone, a spokesman for the Fuel Cell Partnership, said new production by Linde in Southern California will create enough hydrogen to fill 1,600 vehicles a day, while Air Liquide is opening a giant facility in Nevada to produce fuel for 42,000 cars a day.

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