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The energy giant has been a top H2 participant worldwide but is shuttering all seven Californian locations.

Shell Hydrogen has announced that it will immediately and permanently close all seven of its hydrogen stations in California.

 

The oil company will no longer be operating its light-duty H2 refilling locations in the United States.

The closure of the hydrogen stations in California is a painful cut to the H2-powered car market that is already struggling to take off in the United States.  Moreover, California is the only state in the country where H2 is available for refueling fuel cell vehicles.

Until Shell decided to shut down its H2 refueling locations in California, it ran 7 of the 55 locations available to drivers in California. It was a part of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership (H2FCP). Therefore, while this certainly causes pain to the small H2 community in the state, it isn’t likely to be a fatal wound.

A solid network of hydrogen stations has been a major challenge to H2 car adoption.

Automakers and gas giants have both been talking about H2 fuel cell passenger vehicles for a long time, particularly in terms of their potential as an alternative to battery electric cars.  The tech has seen a growing amount of uptake in commercial trucking and in heavy duty applications, but the passenger vehicle market hasn’t seen the same success in the United States.

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