The borough of Lodi will be the first in the state of New Jersey to host a hydrogen fueling site.
In late February, the local zoning board approved plans from hydrogen infrastructure provider Air Liquide U.S. for the fueling location, which will be at an existing Shell-branded gasoline station on Essex Street. According to The Record, the plan includes the installation of a hydrogen fueling dispenser, storage facility and upgrades to the site.
Air Liquide is partnering with Toyota to expand fueling infrastructure on the East Coast as the automaker rolls out the Mirai FCV. In 2017, the team plans to begin building a dozen hydrogen fueling sites in New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Delaware. These include sites under construction in Hartford, Conn., and Braintree and Mansfield in Massachusetts.
The Lodi site is located off Route 80 and Route 17 and is close to the Garden State Parkway and Route 4, which made it an ideal spot, Aaron Harris, technical director for Air Liquide's hydrogen energy systems, told the newspaper.
While New Jersey gasoline stations are full-service by law, hydrogen customers will do their own fueling. The gas station’s employees are being trained to assist.