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California Fuel Cell Partnership Opens Headquarters Facility

The opening ceremony of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, a member organization that promotes the advance of fuel cell technologies for the auto industry, featured seven prototypes of fuel cell powered vehicles by leading car makers.

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Fuel Cell Partnership officially opened the doors to its newly constructed fuel cell vehicle headquarters facility in West Sacramento. More than 400 attended the event. The ceremony featured the Partnership debut of seven automotive manufacturers’ fuel cell electric vehicles – the first time in history that these cars have been brought together. Fuel cell-powered buses were also demonstrated. The dramatic 55,000 square-foot facility, which houses fuel cell cars and a hydrogen fueling station, serves as an operations base for executing the Partnership’s goals of demonstrating fuel cell vehicle technology, exploring an alternative fuel infrastructure, and increasing public awareness. The facility features a public gallery area with educational exhibits, fuel cell models, and an interactive kiosk. This unique Partnership comprises 18 member organizations from industry and government working together to advance fuel cell technology. Over the next few years, more than 50 fuel cell-powered cars will drive on California’s diverse roadways in real-world conditions – the largest concentration of fuel cell vehicles in the world. 20 fuel cell buses will also be demonstrated in regular transit operations. The Partnership – which formally began in April 1999 – includes auto manufacturers (DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen); energy providers (BP, Shell, Texaco); fuel cell companies (Ballard Power Systems and International Fuel Cells); and government agencies (the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Transportation). The team also includes Associate Partners who assist with specific areas of expertise to help meet the Partnership’s goals: hydrogen gas suppliers (Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. and Praxair); a methanol fuel supplier (Methanex); and bus transit companies (AC Transit, operating in the San Francisco Bay area, and SunLine Transit Agency Palm Springs area). More information about the Partnership and the facility may be found on the organization’s website.