How California is Using Hydrogen to Reach Carbon Neutrality Goals

The state has added light and heavy-duty fuel cell trucks to the market, setting it closer to a self-sustaining hydrogen economy, says California Fuel Cell Partnership’s Bill Elrick.


“California has set aggressive goals to achieve zero-emission fleets across vehicle categories, including cars, buses, and trucks,” said Bill Elrick, executive director at California Fuel Cell Partnership. (Source:

Three years ago, California pledged to reach full carbon neutrality by the year 2045, a mission that would require the state to eliminate, sequester or offset any and all carbon emissions to achieve. So far, investing in the development of fuel cell electric trucks and hydrogen fueling stations has been a successful avenue to help meet its ambitious goals.

The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) found that heavy-duty trucks account for only 2% of vehicles on California roads, yet these trucks generate more than 9% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, 32% of its nitrogen oxides, and 3% of its particulate emissions.

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Mary Holcomb

Mary Holcomb is an Associate Editor for's Digital News Group. She contributes to the company’s technology-based content such as subsea, seismic, digital oilfield, etc.