An Analysis of Near-Term Hydrogen Vehicle Rollout Scenarios for Southern California

Because of California’s Zero Emission Vehicle regulation, Southern California has been proposed as an ideal site for the next step toward commercialization of both fuel cell vehicle technology and hydrogen refueling systems. This “networked demonstration” may involve hundreds to thousands of vehicles and an early network of tens of refueling stations. Developing a successful early hydrogen refueling network in Southern California, even at the relatively small scale envisioned for 2009-2017, requires a coordinated strategy, where vehicles and stations are introduced together. A major question is how many stations to build, what type of stations, and where to locate them. Concerns include fuel accessibility, customer convenience, quality of refueling experience, network reliability, cost, and technology choice. A key idea advanced in this paper is that by concentrating both early users and stations in a relatively small number of clusters within a larger geographic area (the LA Basin), convenience and reliability can be provided with a small number of stations, and at relatively low cost. As more vehicles are introduced the network expands from this initial basis, larger stations are built and the cost of hydrogen becomes competitive on a cents per mile basis with gasoline.


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  • Accession Number: 01159514
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCD-ITS-RR-10-03
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2010 2:31PM