Honda Automobiles: Honda Supporting Growth of California Hydrogen Network with Financial Support to FirstElement Fuel

Posted on 19. Dec, 2014 by in Honda Canada

  • Honda grant of $13.8 million will offer enhance and accelerate a network of open hydrogen refueling stations 
  • Funding could capacitate FirstElement to supplement during slightest 12 stations to a California hydrogen network 

Seeking to enhance California’s open hydrogen refueling hire network as a means to support a wider introduction of fuel-cell vehicles, Honda will yield $13.8 million in financial assistance to FirstElement Fuel to build additional hydrogen refueling stations around a state. Additional state grants, total with a Honda financing, could capacitate FirstElement to supplement during slightest 12 stations to a California hydrogen network.

“FirstElement Fuel is providing a critical square of what is indispensable for a successful launch of fuel-cell vehicles,” pronounced Steven Center, clamp boss of Honda’s Environmental Business Development Office. “Through this collaboration, FirstElement will capacitate a business to knowledge hydrogen refueling that is as reliable, available and consumer-friendly as a vehicles are.”

FirstElement perceived grants totaling scarcely $27 million from a California Energy Commission progressing this year to build a network of 19 stations around a state. The state of California has a devise to deposit $200 million into hydrogen hire growth over a subsequent several years. This financial support from Honda, along with expected destiny grants from a State of California, will concede FirstElement to enhance a network of stations by some-more than 50 percent, to during slightest 31 stations.

“This is an intensely certain step brazen for a enrichment of fuel-cell vehicles in a State of California,” pronounced Joel Ewanick, CEO of FirstElement Fuel. “We’re so beholden for a certainty that Honda has shown in a team, and for Honda’s care in a growth and deployment of fuel-cell vehicles.”

FirstElement Fuel is on a approach to formulating a world’s initial loyal sell hydrogen refueling network by building and handling stations in California’s metro areas, as good as in connector and end locations. The company’s idea is for drivers of fuel-cell vehicles to be means to transport seamlessly via a state, only as they are means a required gasoline car today. As one of a leaders in a growth of fuel cells, Honda has advocated for a strong and endless network of hydrogen refueling stations to offer a customers.

Honda has led a attention for scarcely dual decades in a growth and deployment of fuel-cell record by endless genuine universe testing, including a initial supervision swift deployment and initial sell patron franchise programs in a United States. Honda has also done poignant technological advancements in fuel dungeon operation in both prohibited and sub-freezing temperatures and in public reserve regulations, given a introduction of a initial era fuel-cell vehicle, a FCX, in 2002. Honda launched a some-more new fuel-cell vehicle, a FCX Clarity, in Jul 2008 as a genuine technological breakthrough in a areas of design, sedan packaging, public line manufacturing, and fuel-cell smoke-stack distance and efficiency, winning a 2009 “World Green Car of a Year” award.

On Nov 17, 2014, a Honda FCV Concept was denounced in Japan, indicating a approach to an all-new Honda fuel-cell vehicles slated for launch initial in Japan by Mar 2016 followed by launches in a U.S. and Europe. Honda’s next-generation fuel-cell car will underline a fuel-cell powertrain finished totally in a engine room of a vehicle, permitting for efficiencies in cabin space as good as coherence in a intensity focus of fuel-cell record to mixed car forms in a future. The next-generation Honda FCV is expected to have a pushing operation of some-more than 300 miles.

Honda Environmental Leadership
Based on a prophesy of “Blue Skies for a Children,” Honda is operative to allege technologies that residence society’s environmental and appetite concerns by a different lineup of products and technologies, including some-more fuel-efficient gasoline engines, healthy gas, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel- dungeon vehicles (FCVs).

Today, Honda is targeting a 30-percent rebate in CO2 emissions from a U.S. car product lineup by 2020, compared to 2000 levels. In office of a prophesy for a zero-carbon future, a association is advancing electromotive technologies in many forms, and is slated to deliver an modernized fuel-cell car in 2016.

In gripping with a joining to furnish vehicles with a lowest CO2 emissions during plants with a smallest environmental footprint, a association is broadly addressing emissions, energy, H2O use and rubbish in all phases of a products life cycles. In a production realm, this includes a 95 percent rebate in rubbish sent to landfills in North America. Honda is operative to extend a “green factory” and “green purchasing” initiatives to a some-more than 650 tools suppliers in North America and is also posterior some-more environmentally obliged business practices among a U.S. dealers.

Honda is also demonstrating a prophesy for zero-carbon mobility and vital with a origination of a Honda Smart Home US, in Davis, California, that was non-stop in early 2014 and is able of producing some-more appetite on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including adequate appetite to energy a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.

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