City of Taylor, Ford and BP to open hydrogen fueling station

The City of Taylor, Ford, BP and the U.S. Department of Energy will open a hydrogen fueling station at 10 a.m. October 17 at the Taylor Department of Public Works (DPW) at Northline and Beech Daly roads.

The pump is located in the parking lot of the Taylor Animal Shelter, located just east of the DPW.

The city operates four hydrogen-powered Ford Focus fuel cell vehicles: three in the Fire Department and one in the DPW. The vehicles are part of Ford's fleet of 30 hydrogen-powered Focus vehicles that are in operation around the world.

Ford, which has more than a decade of expertise in hydrogen-propulsion technology, will later this year begin delivery to select states across the country of a fleet of Ford E-450 buses powered by V-10 engines that run on hydrogen.

Establishing an infrastructure is a key challenge in making hydrogen a commercially viable fuel. The Taylor station represents one such step.

Mayor Cameron G. Priebe is among those scheduled to speak during the fuel station opening.