Chris White, California Fuel Cell Partnership

I sat down with the CaFCP Communications Director, Chris White to discuss the hydrogen budget cut. What does it mean for CaFCP? How does the economic freefall of California effect CaFCP?

The California Fuel Cell Partnership is a collaboration of organizations, including auto manufacturers, energy providers, government agencies and fuel cell technology companies, that work together to promote the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.Some of these companies are; Chrysler, Honda, Daimler, General Motors, Nissan, Hyundai, Toyota, Volkswagen, Linde, Air Products, Shell Hydrogen, United Technologies Company (UTC) Power, Chevron.

“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have progressed to the point where some automakers are ready to begin early commercialization,” said CaFCPs executive director, Catherine Dunwoody.

“I invite Secretary Chu and President Obama to drive one of the 300-plus hydrogen fuel cell vehicles automakers and transit agencies have already placed on the road. We can deliver passenger FCVs to their doorsteps in Washington DC, and they can fuel at the Shell hydrogen station nearby. Like the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have driven in these vehicles, their experience will convince them to participate in the final stretch of bringing these clean, fuel-efficient vehicles to market.”

In March of this year, the California Fuel Cell Partnership released a plan for the first phase of an early commercial market for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The “action plan” includes real numbers of fuel cell vehicles that the automakers are planning to place in California “ 4,300 by 2014 and nearly 50,000 by 2017. It calls for a network of retail hydrogen stations to provide fuel for the first fuel cell vehicle customers. The State of California marked their continued support for hydrogen by committing $40 million toward these retail stations.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.