April 28, 2004

Hydrogen infrastructure project gets green light

Washington, D.C. – A five-year program to develop a hydrogen refueling infrastructure was announced by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), as part of its national “Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project.” The project is designed to gain real-world experience with fuel cell vehicles, address related issues such as fuels and fueling infrastructure, and to educate the public about this developing technology.

The project will involve automakers, an energy company, two California universities, and a public agency.

Toyota, Honda and Nissan plan to assign, collectively, up to 65 fuel cell vehicles to this project, and BMW plans to assign up to 15 hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine vehicles.
Ford intends to place up to 30 hydrogen-powered vehicles, and BP plans to build a network of fueling stations to support them, in metropolitan Sacramento, Orlando, and Detroit. DaimlerChrysler has proposed to supply their fuel cell vehicles to fleets in certain US markets and BP proposes to provide the refueling infrastructure to support the fueling needs of those fleets.

In addition, a team consisting of ChevronTexaco Corp., Hyundai Motor Co. and UTC Fuel Cells has been selected to lead a five-year demonstration and validation project designed to showcase practical application of hydrogen energy technology.

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