(Daily Journal, 8/2/17)
HONOLULU — Hawaii is building its first public fueling station for hydrogen vehicles, which will enable the state to begin selling cars that only emit water vapor.
Honolulu-based Servco Pacific is building the station which it plans to complete it in early 2018. Once it’s operational the company will begin selling the hydrogen-fueled Toyota Mirai.
“I really do see today’s event as the beginning of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Hawaii,” Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Wednesday at a groundbreaking for the station.
Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy goals in the nation and aims to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2045. Ground transportation was not included in that goal, and a bill to extend that goal to vehicles died in the last legislative session.
“If we truly are committed to a 100 percent clean energy future, then transportation is a big challenge,” Ige said.
There are only 38 hydrogen fueling stations nationwide, mostly in California, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. South Carolina, Connecticut and Massachusetts also have stations.