Founded in 1999, the California Fuel Cell Partnership is an industry/government collaboration aimed at expanding the market for fuel cell electric vehicles powered by hydrogen to help create a cleaner, more energy-diverse future with no-compromise zero emission vehicles. Staff from member organizations participate on standing committees and project teams that help ensure that vehicles, stations, regulations and people are in step with each other as the market grows. CaFCP’s success is directly linked to the commitment and involvement of our member organizations.
CaFCP members collaborate on activities that advance the technology, often creating consensus that saves time, effort, and money. 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, such as a process for commissioning stations. Staff and members come together as a team to address it and, when completed, the project team disbands.
Chair: Jerome Gregeois
Jerome Gregeois is the Director of commercial vehicles development at the Hyundai America Technical Center where he oversees the Engineering and planning of medium and heavy duty vehicles for the United States market. Mr Gregeois joined Hyundai in 2008 and held positions in the powertrain development department on engines, transmissions and electrified systems, with a focus on performance and suitability to market expectations.
In the past 10 years, he was involved in the development of the first hybrid electric, the first battery electric and the first hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles by Hyundai for the North American market. Additionally he was engaged in the zero emissions refueling/recharging infrastructure development support.
He is passionate about resolving environmental issues by developing innovative, relevant and cost effective technologies. Mr Gregeois holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Hyundai in 2008, he held positions in design, testing and quality for powertrain systems at Nissan in the United States and Renault in Europe.
Executive Director: Bill Elrick
Bill Elrick is the California Fuel Cell Partnership’s Executive Director, with over 25 years of experience in the alternative fuel transportation industry. 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. He serves as a member of the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Advisory Committee. Bill has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Indiana.