California Hydrogen Highway road tested by The Sunday Times

In late 2015, Sunday Times Driving editor, Nick Rufford, became the first journalist to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco along the new California Hydrogen Highway in a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV).

Today, according to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, there are now a total 20 publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations in operation in California as well as a host of non-retail stations and commissioned future stations in development. A map of all the stations is pictured above and available via the California Fuel Cell Partnership website.

In 2013 Governor Brown signed AB 8, a bill to fund $20 million a year for up to 100 stations to make up the California Hydrogen Highway. As at the time of the video, there is still only one hydrogen refuelling station that exists on the highway between LA and San Francisco.

Toyota declared its plans to phase-out fossil fuel vehicles by 2050, and strongly supports hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. As do other automotive giants including Hyundai and Honda.

Honda Motors fuel cell electric vehicle, the Clarity, and will be available in California in 2017. It reportedly has a range of 425 miles (683km), while the Toyota Mirai has a range of 312 miles (502 km). This is in comparison to electric vehicles which are currently striving to reach 200 miles.