"These partnerships are critical to building the infrastructure that will make hydrogen a relevant alternative fuel in the future as well as a key to the ongoing success of Project Driveway," Larry Burns, GM vice president of R&D and Strategic Planning said in a release.
In addition to the opening of this second station, Shell is planning a third station to be opened this summer in Bronx, in conjunction with New York City Department of Sanitation. The station opened today is located at JFK International Airport and is a result of a partnership between Shell, GM, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the US Department of Energy.
"The prospects for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are strong in the longer-term", Duncan Macleod, Shell vice president of Hydrogen said. "This first cluster is an important step as we continue to build capability in retailing hydrogen fuel, in line with the auto makers' plans to develop hydrogen vehicles."
With the opening of this new station and the addition of the third later this summer, Shell will leap from demonstration stations to a cluster of stand-alone stations. The biggest beneficiary of the project will be, for now, GM and its Project Driveway, which selects consumers who sign up on the Internet in the greater New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. to participate for two months at a time in the demonstration.