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.
Power and performance
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]
Cost and availability
Early commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles has begun. Models are available today for consumers to lease and more have been announced for sale and lease in the 2015-2020 timeframe. The California hydrogen station network is expanding to support the existing and growing lineup of FCEVs. In addition, three transit agencies across the state operate fuel cell electric buses. [Learn more]
Environmental and energy benefits
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.