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HOUSTON -- A West Los Angeles Shell gas station became home to California's first Shell Hydrogen LLC hydrogen refueling station today.
The station joins California's 'hydrogen highway' campaign, which provides consumers a portal into future as it estimated that refueling services for hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles will become just as convenient as conventional gasoline motors.
Graeme Sweeney, executive vice president for Shell Future Fuels and CO2 said in a released statement: "California is leading the way with clean fuels as it moves one step closer to realizing its hydrogen program. Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) powered by hydrogen will provide a sustainable transportation choice for the future, opening up new markets across the globe. This requires the sustained effort of energy companies, auto manufacturers and federal and state governments working together," he said. "We are pleased to be playing our part to help develop a safe and reliable fueling infrastructure for future clean energy vehicles, as the only major energy company involved in FCV vehicle demonstrations in all three major hydrogen markets -- North America, Japan, and Europe."
The Shell station will operate in conjunction with a U.S. Department of Energy hydrogen infrastructure program that will supply hydrogen to future and existing General Motors FCVs in the LA metro area. GM plans to lease more than thirty Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell-Electric compact SUVs to private and commercial customers in Southern California, as part of a three-year trial, called "Project Drive-away."
James J. Provenzano, president of the 40 year-old public advocacy group Clean Air Now said in a released statement: "This is a very exciting development. With this station, Shell is helping to usher in the hydrogen age. We are very pleased to be working with a large oil company to demonstrate zero-pollution transportation technologies. Hats off to Shell for implementing innovative solutions to mitigate air pollution right here in Los Angeles."