Shell and Toyota Bringing Hydrogen Fuel to Long Beach


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The California Energy Commissioning (CEC) has awarded Shell Oil Products US and Toyota $8 million in funding to develop the first hydrogen-truck refuelling station at the port of Long Beach.

The funding forms part of the CEC’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which looks to develop green infrastructure at ports, warehouses and distribution centres utilizing hydrogen and electric power across California.

Shell and Toyota are developing the new facility to encourage the adoption of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks at the port of Long Beach, one of the largest freight hubs in the world.

Hydrogen general manager at Shell, Oliver Bishop: “This station will help the hydrogen-fuelled freight sector to flourish in California.

“Hydrogen offers a promising path for decarbonizing transport, particularly the heavy-duty sector where there are few alternatives to conventional fuel.

“Shell and Toyota will combine their expertise to deliver an effective alternative fuel for Californian freight.”

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The funding is contingent on the approval of the project at an upcoming CEC meeting – if approved Shell will build, own and operate a hydrogen station at the Toyota Logistics Services location at the port, fuelling Toyotas Project Portal heavy-duty fuel cell truck fleet.

Toyota Motor North America’s Director Advanced Technology Vehicles, Craig Scott “We greatly appreciate the CEC for recognizing the importance of this breakthrough project at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.”

“Toyota continues to demonstrate that fuel cells are one of the most innovative and sustainable technologies for light and heavy-duty vehicle electrification.

This initiative with Shell further strengthens our combined commitment to hydrogen as a viable transport fuel and complements our retail station project in Northern California.”

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