Make Hydrogen Happen

According to a June 2023 report from the U.S. Dept of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), by 2030 an estimated 28 million EV charging ports will be needed to support 33 million battery electric vehicles (BEVs) with the vast majority (92%) expected to be private Level 1 (L1) and Level 2 (L2) chargers at single-family homes. This is where the problem with BEVs starts to show: 30% of Americans are renters often without access to at-home charging. With such a large percentage of chargers expected to in single-family home garages, how will renters or anyone without a garage charge their BEV? The answer is they generally might not buy a BEV at all or they take advantage of the almost negligible number of multifamily (apartment or condo) building chargers, charging while at the workplace, or the roughly 1 million public Level 2 (L2) chargers that will exist in parking lots at government buildings, stores, restaurants, and hotels.

The 2030 National Charging Network: Estimating U.S. Light-Duty Demand for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

2030 National EV Charging Network Size

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) use a fuel cell that is powered by hydrogen to make the electricity the car needs to turn the wheels and power all the other electronics. With a growing national hydrogen distribution network, filling an FCEV could be as easy as filling a gasoline-powered car, is just as convenient, and has fewer use obstacles. In high-density cities like New York and Philadelphia or any city with crumbling infrastructures where adding hundreds of thousands of public EV chargers is unlikely, FCEV charging is critically important to meet this nation’s emerging clean-energy transportation future.

Further, by employing the existing gasoline station operating framework, FCEV filling is able to fulfill the need for station owners to segue from a gasoline model to something else – hydrogen is that something else.