FAQs

Check out our FAQs for some extra insight and information about hydrogen. Also visit our Hydrogen and FCEVs page for more information.

Hydrogen

How much does hydrogen cost?

Just like every commodity, the price of hydrogen will vary by market. Here in BC, the retail price of hydrogen at the pump is $12.75 per kilogram, making it competitive with gasoline on a price per kilometre basis.

Where can I fill up with hydrogen in BC?

As of May 2021, four stations are open in HTEC’s BC network. HTEC opened the stations in Vancouver and Burnaby in partnership with Shell, and the stations in North Vancouver and Victoria are in partnership with 7-Eleven Canada.

Doesn't making hydrogen cause pollution and use a lot of energy?

From well to wheels, hydrogen in a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is more energy efficient and cleaner than a combustion vehicle, including a hybrid. If renewable energy is used to make the hydrogen, carbon emissions can be reduced up to 90%. FCEVs are zero-emission at the tailpipe and reduce carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and the organic compounds that contribute to smog.

This chart (using data from the Alternative Fuels Data Center (U.S. Department of Energy) and BC Hydro) shows vehicle greenhouse gas emission by fuel type.

Where does the hydrogen come from for the BC station network?

Today, HTEC uses locally produced hydrogen made by electrolysis with electricity from the BC or Quebec grid. In the event this supply is unavailable, HTEC purchases hydrogen made from natural gas using steam methane reforming. HTEC is building multiple hydrogen production facilities in BC to make hydrogen via electrolysis using low carbon intensity hydroelectricity.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

Where can I buy an FCEV in BC, and how much do they cost?

Currently, two hydrogen electric vehicle models are available to BC drivers: the Toyota Mirai and Hyundai’s second-generation fuel cell SUV, the Nexo. Contact a dealer directly to talk about price.

What is the range of a hydrogen FCEV?

Vehicle range depends on the way the vehicle is driven. However, FCEVs on the market today average between 500 and 570 kilometres on a full tank of hydrogen.

How long does it take to refuel?

Filling up at a hydrogen station is fast, easy, and convenient — as simple as fueling up a car with gasoline. HTEC’s station are self-serve, pay at the pump, and you drive away with more than 500 kms of range in under five minutes.

Are battery EVs better than hydrogen FCEVs?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to help society in its transition to a low-carbon energy future. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles will be part of a portfolio of transportation choices for consumers that include battery EVs, other low carbon fuels, and public transit. For consumers looking for long-distance range and rapid refueling at central service stations, hydrogen FCEVs are the answer.

Safety

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Are hydrogen stations safe?

Filling up at a hydrogen station is safe, fast, easy, and convenient — as simple as fueling up a car with gasoline. Hydrogen fueling stations are designed to global standards and are in operation in communities around the world, supporting thousands of hydrogen FCEVs.

Are hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles safe?

Hydrogen FCEVs are as safe as any other vehicle on the road and have millions of miles of safe, on-road experience. Almost 10,500 Californians own or lease FCEVs and refuel safely every day at one of more than 45 hydrogen stations in operation across the state.