Hydrogen road tour runs up West Coast

The 2009 Hydrogen Road Tour recently covered 1700 miles (2700 km) over nine days as it made its way from southern California to Vancouver, BC. The trip provided a unique opportunity to see what the transportation future holds for clean, efficient hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

This year’s Hydrogen Road Tour was organized by the California Air Resources Board, California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), Powertech Labs (in British Columbia), the US National Hydrogen Association and the US Fuel Cell Council, and featured the participation of vehicles from seven major automakers. The expedition stopped in 28 communities along the route, mostly locations where hydrogen technologies – passenger vehicles, transit buses and hydrogen stations – will likely enter the market first.

Vehicles were involved from Daimler, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen – including several new models – as well as fuel cell transit buses at several stops. Air Products and Powertech Labs provided hydrogen fuel and mobile refueling stations.

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