This is the first time when Toyota has opened a hydrogen fueling station in the United States.  The Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. has celebrated the opening of this station and fed directly from an active industrial hydrogen pipeline.

This U.S. station will provide hydrogen to all those vehicles which are based on Toyota fuel cell hybrid demonstration program and will also provide fuel to the fuel cell vehicle fleets of other manufacturers in the Los Angeles area. This station is operated by Shell and is located next to the TMS headquarters in Torrance, California. Basically, this station is a collaborative project of two companies, but other companies are also included in such as Air Products, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Department of Energy.

The gas offered to the fuel-cell drivers, which is a new method of powering up their vehicles, is actually comes from hydrogen product plants of Air Product  and it has gained funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District as well as Department of Energy.

What makes this station unique from others is that the station does not depend on the hydrogen delivered in and stored on the site. This system allows four vehicles to get refueled in one time. So no one will have to wait for fueling their vehicles. At present, Toyota is not offering any line of fuel-cell cars, but its plan is to use this newly opened fueling station as a demonstration program which will be helpful to test more than 100 cars in the coming future.

By Sunita Mandal


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