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Honda Celebrates Shell and HTEC’s First Retail Hydrogen Station in Canada

Today, Honda Canada celebrated Shell and Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC) at the launch of Canada’s first retail hydrogen refueling station in Vancouver, British Columbia. The station opening at 8686 Granville Avenue between Vancouver International Airport and the downtown core which will support popularizing the benefits of hydrogen powered vehicles. Honda Canada representatives were on hand to support the launch, providing ride and drive opportunities for attendees in the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle.


Shell, HTEC and Honda Canada believe hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have the potential to be an important part of a future low-carbon transport system and are excited to bring this technology to the Canadian public.


“We applaud Shell and HTEC for their work and investment toward building infrastructure needed to showcase the vast potential of hydrogen fuel cell technology” said, Jean Marc Leclerc, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. “As we work toward a shared vision of a carbon free society, we look forward to seeing that infrastructure grow across the country.”


Having identified hydrogen as a potential solution to the environmental issues faced by society, Honda began basic research on fuel cells as early as the late 1980s. In 2002, Honda became the first automaker in the world to receive approval by the U.S. government to sell fuel cell vehicles, and began leasing them in the U.S. and Japan. In 2016, Honda reached an even greater height with the next evolution of its fuel cell technologies with the Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle.


The Clarity Fuel Cell can be used on a daily basis just like a traditional gas-powered vehicle, providing as much driving enjoyment and with zero emissions. Honda is stepping into a new era with the aim of popularizing fuel cell vehicles and wants to create a movement towards a hydrogen society. The foundational work done by Shell and HTEC today, along with the support of government, to create the necessary infrastructure to popularize the potential of hydrogen vehicles will help move us toward our vision of a carbon-free society.