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Hydro-Honda Gets Help from Trains

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Senior Consultant, Microgrid Labs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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I frequently write about transportation. However, it is rarely that I see one flavor of the mobility-industry interact with a completely different flavor. Like, for instance, light road-going electric vehicles interacting with rail-vehicles. This is one of those times.

In the past Honda has been enamored with hydrogen fuel-cell cars. Although they still are to a degree, they seem to be shifting some of their affection to other products in their corporate network.

I live in Livermore, CA. A few years ago, the City of Livermore (in Alameda County), the county to the east (San Joaquin) and other governmental agencies started a short commuter rail project (26 miles long) called Valley Link. This rail link will connect the Altamont Corridor Express to the Bay Area Rapid Transit System.

A major part of Valley Link is a solar powered green-hydrogen production facility in Tracy (Just east of the Altamont Pass in San Joaquin County). This will fuel the Valley Link trains, local hydrogen-fueled busses, and other hydrogen fueling facilities, perhaps including those that fuel light vehicles.

California currently has only 63 operating light duty vehicle (LDV) hydrogen refueling stations, and 29 additional planned LDV hydrogen refueling stations.  None of these are in the Livermore or San Joaquin Valleys.


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