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SoCal to Vancouver On Hydrogen—And We’ll Do Some Of The Driving!

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Honda FCX Clarity

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The California Fuel Cell Partnership has announced a Hydrogen Road Tour 2009 event, aimed at informing the public about hydrogen-fueled vehicles. From May 26 through June 3, the tour will travel nearly 1,700 miles, from Chula Vista, California, to Vancouver, British Columbia.

Twelve different fuel cell vehicles from seven automakers will caravan in the event, with stops in 28 communities along the way and organized public showings or ride-and-drives in many of them.

With a total of 30 members now, including automakers, energy companies, fuel-cell tech companies, and government agencies, the California Fuel Cell Partnership aims to work toward commercialization of hydrogen vehicle technology.

In last year’s Hydrogen Road Tour, which went cross-country from Maine to California, vehicles were trucked for some segments of the trip where the distance between refueling stations was too great. Vehicles in this year’s tour will cover the entire distance on their own, with a mobile refueling station along for segments where it’s needed, and to educate people on how quick, simple, and safe the process is.

2009 Honda FCX Clarity

2009 Honda FCX Clarity

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Look for updates from your truly as I pilot the Honda FCX Clarity—the model that’s now being delivered to a few select California lessees—on an 85-mile stretch into Portland, Oregon, on May 31.

Visit www.hydrogenroadtour.com for more info, including when the caravan might stop near you.

Here are some of the vehicles:

Daimler F-Cell
Chevy Equinox FCV
Honda FCX Clarity
Hyundai Tucson FCEV
Kia Borrego FCEV
Nissan X-Trail
Toyota FCHV-adv
Volkswagen Tiguan HyMotion
Volkswagen Caddy Maxi

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Comments (3)
  1. "Cost of Hydrogen"

    I'm just curious, what does hydrogen cost per gallon and how do they produce it in large quantities?
     
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  2. "Enjoy driving the Honda FCX Clarity!"

    Bengt,
    I hope you enjoy driving the Honda FCX Clarity into Portland!
    Todd,
    Hydrogen typically costs around $6-8 per kilogram. The Honda FCX Clarity gets 60 miles per kilogram. The Toyota FCHV-adv is a mid-size SUV that gets around 80 miles per kilogram. The current Chevy Equinox (with three-year old technology) gets around 45 miles per kilogram.
    Nearly all of the hydrogen is produced today from reforming natural gas. However, hydrogen from wind power via electrolysis has a TON of potential.
    Greg Blencoe
    Chief Executive Officer
    Hydrogen Discoveries, Inc.
    "Hydrogen Car Revolution" blog
     
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  3. "Road Trip"

    whoo.. Hydrogen Road trip, there's a first.
     
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