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FirstElement Fuel, Inc. (FirstElement) is in the process of seeking permits and constructing nineteen new hydrogen refueling stations. The stations will be located at retail gasoline stations in California and are planned for Coalinga, Costa Mesa, Los Angeles-Hollywood, Los Angeles-Lincoln, La CaƱada Flintridge, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Long Beach, San Diego, Santa Barbara, South Pasadena, Campbell, Hayward, Mill Valley, Redwood City, San Jose, Saratoga, South San Francisco, and Truckee. Each station will have the capacity to dispense over 180 kilograms (kg) of hydrogen daily. On average, each car uses 0.7 kg/day, so 3,400 kg of hydrogen from these 19 stations can support a fleet of up to 4,800 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) daily.

Grant Amount

The Energy Commission is providing $27,569,000.

Match Funding

First Element Fuel will provide match funding of $12,904,491.

Project Benefits

FCEVs produce zero tailpipe emissions and will reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 44 percent compared to a conventional gasoline vehicle, depending on the percentage of renewable hydrogen dispensed. This project exemplifies California's commitment to commercializing zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) that use hydrogen as a fuel and it supports California's plan to diversify transportation fuels. Automobile manufacturers plan to roll out hydrogen FCEVs in the 2015-2017 timeframe, and this project is part of California's vision to expand the network of hydrogen fueling stations to 100.

Grant Agreement Number: ARV-14-013 and ARV-14-008

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