Blackjacks Roadhouse in the Edmonton Region has officially become Alberta’s first commercial hydrogen fueling station, and Diversified’s Dual Fuel motorcoach was front and centre for the March 27th unveiling.

The HYLA fueling station, representing Nikola Corporation’s energy brand, will be situated along Highway 2 in Leduc County, Alberta. Highway 2 is a vital transportation corridor linking Alberta’s two largest urban centres— the Edmonton region and Calgary. This station will play a key role in decarbonizing one of Western Canada’s busiest highways, with approximately 96,000 vehicles passing by Blackjacks Roadhouse daily.

This project is a demonstration of the collective efforts from across the Edmonton region and beyond, to accelerate the hydrogen economy. Moreover, it will help meet the fueling needs of the Nikola hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles destined for the Canadian market and ensure a seamless and reliable refueling experience for hydrogen-powered vehicles in the Edmonton region.

Today’s event also marks a significant milestone in the 5,000 Hydrogen Vehicle Challenge, which hopes to get 5,000 hydrogen-powered or dual-fuel-hydrogen vehicles on the roads in Western Canada by 2028. Investments into fueling infrastructure and supporting technology are a big part of reaching that goal and achieving the critical mass of vehicles needed to sustainably transition the commercial transportation sector to hydrogen.