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California Fuel Cell Partnership Releases Progress and Next Steps for Fuel Cell Vehicle Commercialization in California

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

 Long Beach, CA – The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) released their Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle and Station Deployment Plan: Progress and Next Steps report at the National Hydrogen Association Conference & Expo. The "next steps" report further refines CaFCP’s 2009 action plan with specific steps needed in 2010 and 2011 to prepare for fuel cell vehicles to enter the commercial market in 2015.CaFCP’s executive director, Catherine Dunwoody said, "The most important next step is to build retail-ready stations. Today just a few publicly accessible hydrogen stations are serving a handful of customers, and stations being developed now will enable more customers to fuel. Expanding the retail-ready network in 2011 will prepare California to move from hundreds of fuel cell vehicles to thousands over the next few years."

 The Next Steps: Positioning California for Success

The next steps report calls for specific actions that move us closer to the commercial market:

  • New stations – seven new stations and four expanded or upgraded stations are needed in early market communities to be operational by the end of 2011. These stations will provide fuel to passenger vehicles and transit buses coming in the near future.
  • Synchronize and augment regulations and policies – The California Air Resources Board this year will propose new regulations for renewable hydrogen, propose revised Zero-Emission Vehicle regulations to launch California on a path to meet 2050 climate goals, and adopt changes to existing fuels regulations, such as the Clean Fuels Outlet, that will help coordinate fuel and vehicle deployment.
  • Complete codes and standards for retail sales of hydrogen – The Division of Measurement Standards will develop the tools and methods for measuring hydrogen dispensed and fuel quality, so that hydrogen can be sold as a retail transportation fuel.
  • Support business models developed by the private sector – CaFCP will identify practical approaches that independent fuel retailers can use to develop business models for hydrogen to compete with gasoline and yield profits for business.
  • Support early market communities – Hydrogen and fuel cells can help communities meet their environmental and energy goals, reducing local emissions as well as their carbon footprint. Communities can identify local resources, renewable in many cases, to make hydrogen in their region and be more energy independent. CaFCP is working closely with early market communities to help them make these connections.

Fuel Cells 2000 recent report State of the States: Fuel Cells in America identified California as the nation’s leader in fuel cell vehicle and hydrogen infrastructure development and demonstration. The actions in the next steps report will help California retain that position. Download the report for free at: http://www.fuelcells.org/statereport.html.
 
Please visit: www.cafcp.org for the overview or full version of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle and Station Deployment Plan: A Strategy for Meeting the Challenge Ahead and Progress and Next Steps.
 

Roy Kim, CaFCP
(714) 723-0099 cell
rkim@cafcp.org