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DOT Joins Fuel Cell Partnership

The California Fuel Cell Partnership has now been joined by the U.S. Department of Transportation in the public-private venture's quest to promote fuel cell vehicles as a technology both environmentally safe and commercially viable.

The partnership, which is just over a year old, also includes: DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Volkswagen, BP Amoco, Shell, Texaco, Ballard Power Systems, the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

DOT is the federal agency that develops and implements national transportation policy and programs. The Fuel Cell Partnership notes the agency has demonstrable experience with fuel cell-powered applications for transportation, including transit buses.

The California Fuel Cell Partnership is a voluntary effort to advance a new automobile technology that could move the world toward practical and affordable environmental solutions. The Partnership aims to demonstrate fuel cell-powered electric vehicles under real day-to-day driving conditions; demonstrate the viability of an alternative fuel infrastructure technology; explore the path to commercialization; and increase public awareness of fuel cell electric vehicles.

According to a Partnership spokesperson, the association will place more than 70 fuel cell passenger cars and fuel cell buses on the road between 2000 and 2003.

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