Nikola opens first Hyla refueling station in Southern California

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On Thursday, Nikola Corporation announced the opening of its first HYLA brand hydrogen high-pressure refueling station and facility in Southern California.

The station, in Ontario, Calif., opened for operation last month. Officials celebrated its opening on March 21 with remarks from Nikola executives and representatives from the city and state. Participants were able to take part in truck and hydrogen refueling demonstrations, as well a facility and equipment tours, and rides in the Nikola hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks.

“We are proud to commemorate this historic day as we celebrate the inauguration of the first HYLA hydrogen refueling station in Southern California. We extend our sincere gratitude to the city of Ontario for their invaluable support and collaboration in bringing this vision to life,” said Nikola President of Energy Ole Hoefelmann. “This moment marks the beginning of a transformative journey toward a more sustainable future for transportation. With several more stations planned this year, we are committed to driving positive change and leading the charge for zero-emission trucking solutions.”

The Ontario station will be able to fuel up to 40 Nikola hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 trucks per day. The station is a key part of Nikola’s strategic initiative to develop up to nine refueling solutions by mid-2024. The company said it aims to have 14 total refueling solutions operational by the end of the year.

“I welcome the news of HYLA constructing their first semi-truck hydrogen refueling station right here in Ontario,” U.S. Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) said. “Clean and innovative technologies like battery-electric and hydrogen fueled trucks will create jobs and help the Inland Empire thrive, all while fighting the climate crisis.”