Fuel Cells for the Masses

Fuel cell vehicles aren’t much more than a hypothetical transportation solution to most folks, so the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) takes to the road once a year to showcase the technology to the Average Joe, or Josephine.

Sacramento, California – September 16, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Fuel cell vehicles aren’t much more than a hypothetical transportation solution to most folks, so the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) takes to the road once a year to showcase the technology to the average Joe. The third annual Cruisin’ Southern Cal started from the Diamond Bar hydrogen refueling station at the South Coast Air Management District and will travel through three counties from September 17-19. Public ride and drives will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, and in downtown San Diego. Whistle-stop events will be held in several communities along the Pacific Coast Highway so local people will have an opportunity to get a close look at the fuel cell vehicles. “Hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology offers the potential for zero tailpipe emissions, zero greenhouse gas emissions, and greater energy diversity, including increased use of domestically produced renewable fuels,” said Catherine Dunwoody, executive director of CaFCP. “The California Fuel Cell Partnership is dedicated to placing fuel cell vehicles on the road in very visible demonstrations, including these road rallies, to help develop the kind of public acceptance needed to realize a hydrogen economy and make fuel cell vehicles commercially viable.” A brief overview of the rally: Sept. 16 – South Coast AQMD, Diamond Bar: Official send-off, 12:30 p.m. Sept. 17 – Long Beach Convention Center 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sept. 18 – Orange County Fair Grounds, Costa Mesa 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 19 – County Administration Building, San Diego noon – 4 p.m.
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