Ford Motor Company and BP have opened a new hydrogen station in Michigan that will fuel a fleet of Ford Focus fuel cell vehicles.

Gerhard Schmidt, vice president of research & advanced engineering at Ford, said that the opening of this new station represents a step forward for hydrogen as a motor fuel.

BP is committed to developing cleaner fuels, added Maria Curry-Nkansah, BP’s hydrogen business development manager. With this station, we will continue our work to gain real-world experience in hydrogen fueling infrastructure and help build public awareness of this developing technology.

Ford currently has a fleet of 30 hydrogen-powered Focus fuel cell vehicles on the road as part of a worldwide, seven-city program to conduct real world testing of fuel cell technology.

Having the fleet out on the road has allowed Ford to gain valuable feedback on servicing vehicles in the field. As a hydrogen infrastructure is developed and implemented for the fleet at each of its locations, the company believes that it will continue learning how to ensure the customer and hydrogen fueling interface is seamless and customer-friendly.