The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric vehicle market is still in incubation. On a global account, last year we saw 27 new hydrogen refueling stations come up. In the coming years, we should probably see a wider expansion in the commercial adoption of FCEVs alongside a larger array of fuelling stations.
For California, the next three years are seen as crucial for paving the foundation stone for commercialization of the fuel cell vehicles. The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) plans 70 refuelling stations to be set up in the state by 2016.
CaFCP classifies the state into number of clusters, based on the present hydrogen fuelling stations and will add strength to make customer accessibility easier to the speculated extend.
Berkeley, Santa Monica/West Los Angeles, Irvine and southern coastal Orange County, San Francisco South Bay Area and Torrance are recognized as the central nodes from which the future expansion will be initiated.
The projected estimates are that 20,000 FCEVs will be added in the state by 2016 and that could lead to 50,000 by 2017. Providing this coverage requires a balancing act between the customers and manufacturers to hatch the expectancy.