Toyota and Honda are collaborating with Shell Oil for the construction of seven new hydrogen (H2) stations in Northern California.

Last month, the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded more than $16m to Equilon Enterprises LLC, a subsidiary of Shell Oil, to develop seven new H2 stations.

The H2 refuelling stations will be built in collaboration with Honda and Toyota, who will provide financial support, at seven Shell-branded retail stations across Northern California; three in San Francisco, and one in Berkeley, Sacramento, Citrus Heights and Walnut Creek.

The CEC awarded the grant through its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Programme, which invests up to $100m every year to support innovations in transportation and fuel technologies that help California meet its energy, clean air and climate change goals. 

Oliver Bishop, H2 General Manager for Shell Exploration and Production Company, said, “We are grateful to the CEC for grant funding that will enable customers to choose H2 fuel alongside gasoline and diesel. We will apply our worldwide experience of more than 100 years in marketing transportation fuels to the success of these H2 refuelling stations. We are also grateful for the contributions of Honda, Toyota and Anglo American Platinum to these seven stations. A range of different fuels and vehicle technologies will be needed to meet transport needs in a low carbon future. H2 fuel cell vehicles are one of those solutions.” 

Toyota’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Senior Manager, Craig Scott, added, “Toyota and Shell have a long-standing relationship in support of H2 infrastructure development, dating back to the 2009 opening of Shell’s only dedicated hydrogen refueling station at our facility in Torrance, California. Toyota is excited to work with such a forward-thinking energy company as we transition to a cleaner, hydrogen future.” 

Steve Center, Honda’s Vice-President for Connected and Environmental Business Development, echoed, “With companies like Shell supporting H2 refuelling infrastructure, the motoring public and the investment communities will take note that H2 is going to be a major part of the future of clean, low carbon mobility. Honda believes fuel cell technology has great potential to address society’s energy and environmental concerns.”