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About fuel cell electric vehicles

Fuel cell electric vehicles are electric vehicles powered by hydrogen. FCEVs offer performance, range and refill time similar to combustion vehicles, and the quiet operation, zero emissions and power characteristic of battery electric vehicles. FCEVs are the best of both worlds.

Major automakers are deploying FCEVs and transit agencies are operating fuel cell buses in California and around the world.

Inside the vehicle

Inside, fuel cell electric vehicles are as spacious and comfortable as any other vehicle. They have room for four-to-five passengers and plenty of cargo space. The controls are all familiar, although the dashboard gauge displays kilowatts instead of RPMs. Many FCEV drivers or passengers remark how quiet their car or bus runs.

Safety is a priority

Automakers conduct extensive safety testing with destructive and non-destructive evaluations at the component, system and vehicle level. FCEVs have several safety systems designed for hydrogen and electric drive to protect passengers and first responders in case of an accident. FCEVs have been in real-world accidents and all performed as designed. [Read more about safety]

Environmental and energy benefits

Electric vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, like other advanced technology vehicles, will help us achieve energy and environment goals, including reductions in pollution and emissions that contribute to climate change as well as energy independence and security.

Learn about the performance, power, range and benefits of fuel cell electric vehicles

Makes and models

Hundreds of fuel cell electric vehicles are on the road in California, with real people driving and riding in them for work and pleasure. While a few automakers currently offer FCEVs for lease in California, as early as 2015 many automakers will offer FCEVs for sale to the public.

 

Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro

Chevy Fuel Cell EV

Honda FCX Clarity

 

Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL

Nissan X-Trail

Toyota FCHV-adv

Toyota Mirai (FCV)

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

AC Transit buses

SunLine Transit buses