California Hydrogen Plan Would Put 2,000 FCEVs on Road by 2010

But challenges lie ahead. Hydrogen cars cost $1 million each. Refueling stations are generally not accessible to the public. The range between fill-ups averages about 100 miles. And disputes persist over hydrogen sources, mostly coal vs. renewable fuels like wind power.

Published: 01-Jun-2005

SACRAMENTO -- Hydrogen-powered cars are ready to leave the laboratory and hit the road in growing numbers.

In a rare agreement on such a sweeping and costly initiative, automakers and clean-air advocates on Thursday rolled out an ambitious plan to add 2,000 experimental vehicles to the modest fleet and open dozens of refueling stations from Sacramento to San Diego by the end of the decade.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has embraced the $53.5 million, five-year blueprint, although it is substantially more modest than his aggressive hydrogen highways initiative.

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