Shell has opened a retail station in Southern California that allows drivers of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to fill up and pay for the fuel with a credit card. California now has 30 open retail stations that dispense highly pressurized gaseous hydrogen fuel.
The station, which opened on Oct. 9, had previously been used by manufacturers such as Toyota and Honda as a testing station for hydrogen fuel cell prototypes. It was built by Shell in May of 2011.
The station now accepts payments from major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and U.S. Bank Voyager. The fuel now costs $14.99 per kilogram.
Filling up a Toyota Mirai or Honda FCV takes about 10 minutes. The Mirai's pair of fuel tanks can store up to 5 kg of hydrogen gas.
Officials from Shell, Toyota, the City of Torrance, and state leaders attended the event in Torrance that marked the opening of the station to the public. The station is located at 2051 W. 190th St.