Hydrogen fueled transportation

Humans have burned wood, yak chips, fat from mammals, coal, oil, and the by-product from decomposing plant and animal matter (methane or “Natural Gas”) to scare away animals, provide light, cook food, heat homes, and eventually to power automobiles and industry.  The by-products from combustion are usually a poisonous mixture containing different types of gases, particles, and sometimes unburned fuel.

One exception to poisonous combustion by-products is the reaction produced when Hydrogen and Oxygen are burned together.  The by-product from these two gases is water vapor (H2O).  Jewelers have been using torches powered by Hydrogen and Oxygen for many years.  Hydrogen as a fuel is not without problem technologies and inefficiencies.  But Hydrogen has distinct advantages as a source of power.   Some of these are that the reaction does not produce poison during operation, storage, or during the process of electrolysis (where water is separated into Hydrogen and Oxygen gas).

This post is a quick introduction to Hydrogen fueled vehicles.


California's Hydrogen Transportation Initiatives This page last reviewed July 15, 2016 As zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), hydrogen fuel cells play a significant role in reducing California's greenhouse gas and smog emissions. The California Air Resources Board's most recent Advanced Clean Cars Program builds upon the ZEV Regulation in place since 1990, and rapidly increases numbers of ZEV technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles. By mid-century, 87% of cars on the road will need to be full ZEVs. This will place California on a path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, a goal adopted by many nations and believed necessary to stabilize climate temperature. What's New 2016 Annual Evaluation of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Deployment and Hydrogen Fuel Station Network Development New Webpage with Information About ARB's Hydrogen Infrastructure Assessments & CHIT Tool Governor Signs AB 8 - Extending programs aimed at reducing auto emissions until 2024, including a provision to fund at least 100 hydrogen stations with a commitment of up to $20 million per year. Hydrogen Stations AB 8 Annual Evaluations By the end of 2017, California is expected to have 50 hydrogen fueling stations open to the public. The California Fuel Cell Partnership's (CaFCP) hydrogen fueling station map provides details and status of all hydrogen fueling stations in the State. Their California Road Map describes the infrastructure that will be needed to successfully launch the commercial fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) market. Under AB 8, ARB annually reports on an evaluation of the deployment of Fuel Cell EVs and hydrogen fueling stations in CA. In order to identify areas of greatest need for fueling infrastructure, ARB has developed the CA Hydrogen Infrastructure Tool (CHIT).