North Vancouver-based Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC) is partnering with 7-Eleven Canada to open a hydrogen fuelling station at the Esso at the Westview Shopping Centre.
The hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles have a fuel cell that combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, which runs an electric motor.
The technology has existed since the 1960s, but adoption as a means of transportation is relatively new.
Hydrogen fuelling takes just three to five minutes for an average-sized tank, and they cover a range of 600 kilometre.
“The BC Low Carbon Fuel Standard is a significant contributor to realizing the new fuelling stations,” said Colin Armstrong, president and chief executive officer, HTEC. “Support through the Part 3 Agreement program and other CleanBC programs have made HTEC’s vision a reality.”
HTEC and 7-Eleven have begun construction on a second station, which will open on Vancouver Island later this year. The companies are also expanding the network into the Okanagan, with a station set to open in Kelowna next year.
CleanBC program was developed in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus and supports the commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action to meet B.C.’s emission target
There are currently two public hydrogen fuelling stations operating in the province, with four more o open by the end of 2021.