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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.

Power and performance

Power and performanceFCEVs accelerate quickly and easily cruise at highway speeds. Their MPG equivalent is impressive—two to three times as many miles as their combustion counterparts. The driving range is also similar to combustion vehicles, 230-400 miles depending upon the vehicle’s tank capacity.

Inside the vehicle

Inside the vehicleInside, 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 and 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]


Mercedes-Benz customerEarly 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 growing lineup of FCEVs. In addition, three transit agencies across the state operate fuel cell electric buses. [Learn more]

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 Mirai (FCV)

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

AC Transit buses

SunLine Transit buses