Shell Closing California Hydrogen Stations

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - February 13, 2024
Hydrogen Fueling Station

One of the main drawbacks to purchasing a hydrogen vehicle is the lack of available fueling stations. According to the Department of Energy, there are only 59 hydrogen stations available in the U.S. and nearly all of them are located in California. While hydrogen car owners are already having a difficult time finding a place to fill up their vehicles, things are about to get worse, as Shell Hydrogen has announced that it will close all of its hydrogen light-duty passenger fueling stations in California effective immediately.

The seven hydrogen stations that Shell Hydrogen is closing permanently include:

  • 1250 University Ave, Berkeley CA
  • 6141 Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights CA
  • 3510 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento CA
  • 551 Third Street, San Francisco CA
  • 1201 Harrison Street, San Francisco CA
  • 3550 Mission Street, San Francisco CA
  • 101 Bernal Road, San Jose CA

Hydrogen Insight was the first to report on the news and claims that Shell Hydrogen’s decision to close its light-duty hydrogen fueling stations will leave three filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles in California. Last September, Shell Hydrogen told the outlet that it would be scrapping plans to build and operate 48 new light-duty hydrogen fueling stations in the state. The outlet also reported that Shell Hydrogen had “temporarily” shut down five of its hydrogen fueling stations without providing a date for when they would become available again.

2023 Hyundai NEXO

In a letter to hydrogen customers, Andrew Beard, Vice President of Shell Hydrogen, claims that Shell Hydrogen’s decision to close all of its light-duty passenger fueling stations is “due to hydrogen supply complications and other external market factors.”

With less than 60 hydrogen fueling stations available throughout the United States, losing roughly 10% of them is quite the blow. We’re sure things will become more complicated for current hydrogen owners based on the already limited availability of hydrogen fueling stations because of Shell Hydrogen’s decision.

We can’t blame Shell Hydrogen for its decision. The U.S. has decided to pursue electric vehicles over hydrogen cars, essentially holding the hydrogen segment from any real growth. There are only three modern hydrogen vehicles, which include the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, Hyundai Nexo, and Toyota Mirai.

Shell Hydrogen’s decision and the small selection of hydrogen-powered vehicles bring the longevity of hydrogen vehicles into question. The U.S. government and automakers are pushing for electric cars and have all neglected hydrogen-powered vehicles, leaving them to flounder.

Pictured: Hydrogen Fueling Station (Top), 2023 Hyundai NEXO (Middle)

Source: InsideEVs

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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