Chula Vista’s innovative hydrogen fuel-cell demonstration project has been honored with the San Diego Regional Energy Office’s SANDEE (San Diego Excellence in Energy) award.
The city won for its work in promoting energy efficiency through the use of a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.
Chula Vista is the first city in San Diego County, and one of only three cities in the nation, to add this type of vehicle to its fleet. The FCX, manufactured by American Honda Motor Co., is a zero-emission vehicle, producing water instead of carbon dioxide.
The city has a two-year lease on the FCX, which is the world’s first fuel-cell car certified for regular commercial use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.
With a range of 160 miles before refueling, and room for four people, the car is capable of reaching maximum freeway speeds, according to a spokesman.
Chula Vista also is the only city in the United States that can produce its own hydrogen from water, using solar electricity and an electrolyzer. The hydrogen is available at the city’s own fueling station.
, Pat Broderick