The year is 2030: California has 1,000 hydrogen (H2) stations enabling upwards of one million fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) on the roads.

That’s the 2030 vision for California by the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) – The California Fuel Cell Revolution.

1,000 H2 stations and one million H2 cars could see 693.5 million gallons per year of gasoline displaced and 2.7 million metric tonnes per year of greenhouse gases avoided with today’s energy mix of 33% renewable H2.

Twenty years ago, the CaFCP started with a question: can we successfully replace gasoline with H2 as a transportation fuel?

“The answer today is a resounding yes—H2 can replace gasoline and diesel in California, and fuel cell vehicles can thrive in a retail environment. A new era of clean, carbon-free transportation is underway.”

Bill Elrick, California Fuel Cell Partnership’s Executive Director

“No single company or government entity could answer that alone,” explained CaFCP Executive Director Bill Elrick. “To move forward, we needed our best scientists, engineers, policy experts, and consumer specialists at the same table.”

“What transpired over the following two decades was an unprecedented collaboration among leaders in government and industry—even market competitors. This spirit of partnership, driven by a shared mission and hard-earned trust, is the very foundation of the growing fuel cell market we have today.”

“Thousands of fuel cell cars are on California roads, and drivers can refuel and travel across most of the state. Fuel cell buses have exceeded lifetime and performance expectations, transforming public transit opportunities. The technology for all H2 fuel cell vehicle types continues to improve.”

“So the answer today is a resounding yes—H2 can replace gasoline and diesel in California, and fuel cell vehicles can thrive in a retail environment. A new era of clean, carbon-free transportation is underway.”

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“Now is the time to harness this momentum as we take on a new challenge: how to scale the H2 and fuel cell vehicle market so that all Californians will benefit?”

“Ultimately, millions of drivers and riders will have everyday access to affordable, renewable H2 and fuel cell vehicles; businesses providing these products and services will create sustainable profits and jobs; and all Californians will breathe cleaner air as a result.”

“Reaching this vision will again hinge on a common purpose, collective vigour, and shared actions. The CaFCP is committed to accelerating progress and establishing a better reality for this generation, and the next.”

Revolution serves as the foundation for additional strategy documents, reports and activities to enable, establish, and expand the market. These will help guide California stakeholders - private industry and government working together – to achieve a vision of fuel cell electric cars, buses and trucks utilising renewable H2.