The city of San Ramon has opened the first hydrogen fueling station along Interstate 680 in the Bay Area, in part of an effort to encourage hydrogen-cell fuel cars that help reduce auto-related emissions.
This public refueling station, which is the sixth in the Bay Area, was heralded in by a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, hosted by the California Fuel Cell Partnership and attended by city officials along with representatives from Toyota, the Linde Group, the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board.
"We are excited to be part of this environmentally friendly and groundbreaking moment," San Ramon City Manager Joe Gorton said.
On a basic level, fuel cell cars use a hydrogen and oxygen reaction to create electricity that powers the vehicle, leaving behind only a byproduct of water.
The station is located on a half-acre land parcel on Norris Canyon Road at Bishop Drive -- the property is owned by Toyota Motor Sales USA and the facility will be operated by the Linde Group, an industrial gases company.
The station's construction was partly funded by a California Energy Commission grant.
"The Energy Commission is pleased to support the adoption of zero-emission fuel cell electric cars by expanding California's network of hydrogen refueling stations," said California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. "The city of San Ramonâ€™s new hydrogen station helps fuel cell drivers to travel more freely in the Bay Area and encourages more Californians to consider getting behind the wheel of these cutting-edge and fun-to- drive cars."