Air Products, a leader in hydrogen fueling and infrastructure worldwide, announced it has achieved a pricing milestone at several California fueling stations, which are now offering hydrogen to fuel cell electric vehicle customers at under $10 per kilogram. Advancements in fueling technology and a greater volume of vehicles now using the stations were important factors in allowing the pricing move to less than $10 per hydrogen kilogram ($9.99/kg).
“There were several recent advancements we were able to make in fueling station technology and in distribution to push pricing below $10 per kilogram. There has also been a marked increase in vehicles using our stations, and an even greater outlook for the volume of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to be coming to market in 2017 and 2018,” said Ed Kiczek, Global Business Director—Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products.
Currently there are five Air Products California hydrogen fueling stations able to provide hydrogen at this new pricing milestone. The five stations are all supplied with hydrogen from Air Products’s world-class hydrogen production and pipeline-connected facilities in Wilmington and Carson, California. The stations with the new pricing are located in West Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, Fairfax, Santa Monica, and the fifth is soon-to-be operational in Lawndale, California.
Kiczek added that lower hydrogen fueling costs, and the fact that hydrogen as an energy carrier in a fuel cell electric vehicle is almost 2.5 times more efficient than traditional fuels in an internal combustion engine, are significant benefits to hydrogen as an alternate fuel source. “We are always looking for ways to be cost efficient with our fueling stations and our overall supply chain. We are very pleased to have successfully achieved a publicly-stated automobile manufacturers’ challenge to be able to provide hydrogen at less than $10 per kilogram,” Kiczek said.
Air Products hydrogen fueling stations all conform to industry dispensing standards. Further, 22 of the 25 hydrogen fueling stations operating in California today include Air Products supplied equipment, technology and hydrogen supply.