Assessing Drivers' Hydrogen Infrastructure Choices in California

Authors: Aimee Krafft*, University of Nevada - Reno, Scott Kelley, University of Nevada, Reno
Topics: Transportation Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: Keywords: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, GIS, Transportation, Refueling Infrastructure, Survey
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Washington 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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As of early 2018, over 5,000 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCV) have been sold or leased to customers in California, signaling that there is strong consumer demand for them. While these data are encouraging for those watching the nascent HFCV market, an effective hydrogen refueling station infrastructure is necessary to support their further widespread adoption. For other cities and regions interested in developing an infrastructure to support HFCV refueling, this initial California market offers the opportunity to gather important empirical data on refueling station use and consideration. Notably, there have been limited efforts in the AFV refueling station location literature to understand the nature of AFV drivers’ station choice sets at the time of the vehicle purchase, and how they change over time. This is an important consideration for the rapidly-developing HFCV refueling infrastructure. To address these priority research topics, this study develops an online survey instrument that is distributed to drivers who refuel at hydrogen refueling stations in California. The survey prompts this sample of known HFCV adopters to indicate the hydrogen refueling stations that they planned to use at the time they purchased or leased their vehicle, the stations that they currently use, the reasons that they planned to use or currently use those stations, and questions about travel behavior. These data help to understand how hydrogen refueling station choice sets change over time for early HFCV adopters and offers important insights for future infrastructure considerations.

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