So is the experience of having a hydrogen car in California


Honda’s FCV, next enter in game

Along with Japan, the State of California is the main test bench for cars of hydrogen in the world. Once the initial phase in which only we were talking of prototypes, individuals have gotten in the garlic from 2015, the “year zero”. It is possible to buy a car fuel cell, but it is still a luxury.

California has a network of distribution of hydrogen pretty decent in the coastal areas, mainly in San Francisco and Los Angeles. It has also launched a supplier half way, so that it is not essential to start from a city to another with a full tank. According to grow the network of refuelling in other states, to allow the sale in other regions of the country.

unlike other concepts mixed automotive, fuel cells only operate on hydrogen of high purity, so it is essential to have a public network in conditions. In the paradigm of electric it makes sense to recharge at home, but this is not the case. The usage model is similar to the one that we have become accustomed, the of all life. In 2015 there were some problems with the emerging public network due to technical problems.


Map of hydrogen stations – Source: Toyota

Where can you refuel?

in mid-July of 2015 were open only eight service stations in the State, 48 are projected. For 2020 should be 100 points for refuelling hydrogen, and about 10,000 vehicles rolling with this fuel, according to estimates by the California Fuel Cell Partnership. Last year True Zero promised 19 refuelling points, of which right now are 13.

In total, there are now 19 refuelling points

Now True Zero is the company that more sites have to refuel in the State, there are only six refuelling points of the competition. Just compare the map above, that includes all the stations opening next and running, and the bottom map, which only takes into account the True Zero. The Tucson’re on the path of having to travel on the whole two million kilometres.

Japan is clearly ahead. The japanese equivalent of the Ministry of Industry/Economy established a target for 2020: 40.000 vehicles to hydrogen and 160 stations of refuelling for 2020. Now they work 80 of these stations. Keep in mind that Japan has 377.835 km2 of surface in front of 423.971 km2 of California, although the asian country what would quadruple in population.


Map of hydrogen stations – Source: True Zero

Behind True Zero are manufacturers Toyota and Honda, in addition to various state institutions related to energy and the environment. Is more, these two manufacturers have offered loans with a value of us $ 13.8 million to fund the expansion of the network of refuelling, other 29.6 million of dollars have been provided by the authorities.True Zero placed their pumps at gas stations existing, while containing costs.

Are circulating 210 Mirai and 100 Tucson

right Now, the game board dealt two models of Toyota and Hyundai, excluding prototypes on the loose, and the FCX Clarity of Honda that are still in circulation. Don’t get to have 1000 cars that use hydrogen in the area. The supply is very limited, the rate of production is slow and they come from east asia by ship. The experience of these pioneers help to the manufacturers to refine the product further.

We are in a very early stage of deployment of the technology of battery of fuel of hydrogen. The manufacturers want it to be as positive as possible for the clients, and they are supporting the creation of a network that they will benefit from in the future thousands of motorists. To the extent possible, that experience of use should be as similar to a conventional vehicle.


Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson FCEV

how Much cost the cars?

The supply current of the Toyota Mirai is or buy it for 57.500 usd (MSRP) or rent one in leasing by 36 monthly installments of $ 499, with one payment at the start of 3.649 dollars. To this amount we must add taxes, fees, and supplementary registration. The offer includes the fuel up to $ 15,000 or three years. Reaching 500 kilometers of autonomy with 122 litres, is the most efficient.

There is a limit of annual mileage to keep those prices

In terms of the Hyundai Tucson FCEV, is not offered a price to buy it, it only offers the leasing. The contract is also of three years, with fees $ 499, only that the initial amount is lower, 2.999 dollars. With 140 litres of hydrogen runs up to 426 kilometres. Hyundai also invited to fuel for the duration of the contract.

To facilitate the purchase, both models can benefit from a federal credit of $ 8,000, and a discount of $ 5,000 to the State of California. On the other hand, lanes HOV (HOV) can be covered with a single occupant. In spite of everything, move around with these two cars is not precisely inexpensive, although a Tesla Model S is the most expensive in the scheme of leasing.