The California Air Resources Board will give four groups/organizations - Mebtahi Station Services, the San Francisco Airport, Shell Hydrogen and UCLA - $1.7 million each to build hydrogen refueling stations for fuel cell vehicles in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. The four stations will be open to the public and will "double the amount of hydrogen available to the public." Not a bad deal for $6.8 million, huh? CARB's pro-hydrogen chairman, Mary Nichols, said in a statement that, "Hydrogen is one of the many fuels in California's future," and that, "we need to cultivate the industry's early growth." In total, the four stations will provide up to 460 kilograms of hydrogen each day (it takes about 4-5 kilos to refuel a hydrogen fuel cell car). Details on the locations - some at existing gasoline stations, some not - are available after the jump.
Late last month, the California Fuel Cell Partnership released a "vision document" that talked about building 46 retail hydrogen fueling stations in California at a cost of about $180 million over four years.