California steps up its hydrogen plans


California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) has released an action plan that details a strategy for deploying hydrogen fuelling stations and fuel cell vehicles in California.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle and Station Deployment Plan: A Strategy for Meeting the Challenge Ahead, specifies the steps needed to meet the fuel needs of 4,300 passenger vehicles and 20 fuel cell buses, by 2014, and prepares for even more growth throughout 2017.

The plan calls for 46 retail hydrogen fueling stations in six key California communities, at a cost of about $180m over four years; $60m from industry and $120m from government.

Catherine Dunwoody, CaFCP’s Executive Director said, “By 2017, automotive manufacturers plan to place 50,000 zero-emission fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in customer hands.”

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