The California Fuel Cell Partnership is a collaboration of organizations, including auto manufacturers, energy providers, government agencies and fuel cell technology companies, that work together to promote the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. By working together, we help ensure that vehicles, stations, regulations and people are in step with each other as the technology comes to market.
CaFCP has a small staff in offices located in the Sacramento and Los Angeles areas. Members’ staff participate on standing committees and project teams. CaFCP’s success is directly linked to the commitment and involvement of our member organizations.
The California Fuel Cell Partnership is committed to promoting fuel cell vehicle commercialization as a means of moving towards a sustainable energy future increasing energy efficiency and reducing or eliminating air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Collaboration is key
Our members collaborate on activities that advance the technology, often creating consensus that saves time, effort and money. For example, California was the first state to designate hydrogen as a transportation fuel. With that designation came a need to immediately set some standards and regulations. CaFCP and its members provided the Department of Measurement Standards with joint input about hydrogen quality regulations, instead of individually submitting conflicting input to the agency. DMS was able to create the regulation in months instead of years.
Some projects, like public outreach and first responder education, are ongoing and involve a team of staff and members. Other projects arise around one issue, like training drivers on how to use the stations. Staff and members come together as a team to address it and, when completed, the project team disbands.
Regardless of the issue or matter, CaFCP and its members are engaged on a day-to-day basis to move fuel cell electric vehicles closer to market.
- Automotive members provide fuel cell passenger vehicles that are placed in demonstration programs, where they are tested in real-world driving conditions.
- Energy members work to build hydrogen stations within an infrastructure that is safe, convenient and fits into the community.
- Fuel cell technology members provide fuel cells for passenger vehicles and transit buses.
- Government members lay the groundwork for demonstration programs by facilitating steps to creating a hydrogen fueling infrastructure.
The California Fuel Cell Partnership is a unique collaborative of auto manufacturers, energy companies, fuel cell technology companies and government agencies. The CaFCP currently consists of 36 members. These members are working together to achieve a common vision—preparing to commercialize the vehicle technology of the 21st century.
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In January 1999, the California Air Resources Board and California Energy Commission joined with six private-sector companies—Ballard Power Systems, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company, BP, Shell Hydrogen and ChevronTexaco—to form the California Fuel Cell Partnership. The goal was to demonstrate and promote the potential for electric vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells as a clean, safe, and practical alternative to vehicles with internal combustion engines. Within a very short time, other government agencies and private businesses became members.
"California has teamed with some of the best automotive manufacturers and energy providers in the world, to develop an exciting new technology that is both environmentally safe and commercially viable." — former Governor Gray Davis formally announcing the collaboration on April 20, 1999
In November 2000, our West Sacramento headquarters opened. The building included a public gallery, offices, a hydrogen fueling station and indoor service bays for vehicle maintenance. In the beginning, the automakers had just a handful of cars—all stationed in Sacramento. Our goal was to see if these fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen could be technically viable. If the answer was no, then CaFCP would close its doors in 2004.
Before the first phase was finished, CaFCP members knew that the technology could succeed. Our membership grew to 33 and they drafted a new set of goals for the next phase of operation, 2004 to 2007. During this period, CaFCP members worked on projects to prove or disprove the commercial viability—would the vehicles, fuel and public policies meet consumer expectations?
CaFCP is now in its fourth phase: preparing for market launch. Our attention has shifted slightly from vehicles to stations as market introduction of FCEVs begins. Much remains to be done, and our members remain confident that FCEVs are a crucial part of the transportation mix.
Chair: Dr. Clark E. Parker, Sr.
Dr. Clark E. Parker, Sr. was appointed to the South Coast AQMD board in 2012 and chairs the board's Refinery Committee. He also serves on SCAQMD’s Legislative, Technology and Personnel committees. Dr. Parker is a successful business executive and has worked extensively in a variety of businesses and industries including Tidewater and Getty Oil, IBM, and PennCorp Financial. He has also developed hundreds of commercial and residential properties throughout Southern California and is a licensed general contractor and real estate developer and broker, and holds a California contractor’s license.
Dr. Parker is a member of the California Professional Fiduciaries Advisory Commission. Dr. Parker was an alternate member to the Coastal Commission and a member of the California Senate Select Committee on Telecommunication; he has served as an Advisory Member of the University of California Santa Barbara Foundation Board; and he has served as an advisor to California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. Dr. Parker is currently the Honorary Consul General for the Central African Republic Government.
Dr. Parker has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Science from Redlands University, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Central Arizona, and a Doctor of Laws from Laurence University. Dr. Parker holds Advanced and Basic certifications from UCLA and an Associate of Arts degree from the Center for Early Education in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Parker certificates and credentials for teaching preschool through college.
Executive Director: Bill Elrick
Bill Elrick is the California Fuel Cell Partnership’s Executive Director. Previously, he held the Technical Program Director position for 7 years, bringing his active tenure in alternative fuel transportation to 20 years. Under his leadership, CaFCP members have developed new analysis tools and detailed roll-out plans that industry, state and federal agencies reference in planning support for hydrogen stations. He works directly with industry stakeholders including automakers, station developers, medium and heavy duty fuel cell vehicle developers, and government to facilitate collaborative actions that fulfill each organization’s needs. Bill has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Indiana.