California currently has 2,500 daily riders on hydrogen vehicles including cars, light trucks, delivery vans and buses. New California regulation will require major public transit operators to have over 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell buses in service before 2022. Early fleet adopters of hydrogen are often major users of solar power. About half the stations in California put renewable power on the grid during daylight hours, then buy less expensive electricity at night to electrolyze hydrogen from water. The least expensive stations get their hydrogen from pipelines or onsite reformation of natural gas. About 70% of the California hydrogen vehicles use fuel cells. The balance run pure hydrogen or hydrogen blended with CNG in engines.
This section is all about the fuel hydrogen, how it’s being utilized in energy and transportation, and what’s in the plan for future expansion and implementation.