General Motors has teamed up with The Gas Company (TGC) to bring a hydrogen fueling infrastructure to Hawaii. The partnership aims to build several hydrogen fueling stations on the island of Oahu.
TGC already produces hydrogen along with synthetic natural gas, and it will be utilizing its 1,000 mile utility pipeline system to put up the fueling stations.
Charles Freese, executive director of GM Global Fuel Cell Activities, said that this collaboration is just what a hydrogen transportation infrastructure requires since both the source of the hydrogen and a viable way to deliver it for fuel cell vehicle use are addressed.
Freese added that it's likely that the Hawaii infrastructure will soon support "tens of thousands of fuel cell vehicles."
The state of Hawaii has plans to lower its petroleum consumption by 70% in the next several years. The new hydrogen infrastructure is expected to have a key role in that target.
Currently, there is only one hydrogen-powered vehicle on the island of Oahu -- a modified Chevrolet Equinox that participated in GM's Project Driveway initiative.
It can be recalled that GM experienced a setback when it started to build hydrogen fuel stations. Project Driveway was held back by several months when a truck accident damaged a hydrogen fuel pump.