published on April 20, 2016 - 8:38 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols will be in Coalinga today to cut the ribbon on a new hydrogen fueling station, the first of its kind in the Central Valley.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place from 1-2 p.m. at the new True Zero Harris Ranch Hydrogen Fueling Station, located at 24505 Dorris Ave.

Nichols is part of a delegation of state officials caravanning across the state today to promote zero-emission technology. The group also includes California Energy Commission Janea Scott and Tyson Eckerle, deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

The new fueling outlet, located just off Interstate 5, is one of only 15 retail hydrogen stations currently operating around the state and will allow drivers of hydrogen-powered vehicles to make it from Los Angeles to Sacramento on a single refueling.

The Air Board estimates that California will have more than 50 hydrogen stations by 2017 and 100 by 2023.

Although there are currently only about 300 hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles operating in the Golden State, that number is projected to increase to over 10,000 by the end of 2018 and 34,300 by the end of 2021, according to a recent report from the Air Resources Board.

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