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Industry Coalition Launches National Fuel Cell Bus Initiative.

WestStart-CALSTART recently announced it is coordinating the National Fuel Cell Bus Technology Initiative, which the company envisions as a six-year, $150-million development effort to support the research, development and demonstration of fuel cell (FC) and hydrogen technology. Specifically, the company said the effort looks to address fuel cell and hydrogen vehicle technology commercialization challenges, focus on reducing technical and cost barriers for fuel cell and hydrogen use in the transit sector, and use demonstrations as "rolling classrooms" for fuel cell and hydrogen education.

According to WestStart-CALSTART, the initiative is supported by "an array of key industry leaders," including AC Transit, Ballard, Boeing, the CEO Coalition to Advance Sustainable Technologies, ECD Ovonics, Hydrogenics, ISE Research, Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium, Quantum Technologies, Sunline Transit, Texaco Ovonic Hydrogen Systems, Thor Industries and the Tri-Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon.

"For the transportation market, the best way to introduce new fuels is in transit," said WestStart-CALSTART president and CEO John Boesel. "With transit buses, you build one hydrogen station and then you've addressed the question of 'where do I refill.' That allows the critical early stage research and development dollars to be focused on the issues of cost, durability and reliability. It's clear to our coalition that focusing work on reliability and cost reduction in buses will speed and support efforts for all fuel cell work and will keep pace with the efforts of global competitors."

Contact: Bill Van Amburg, WestStart-CALSTART, phone 626-744-5600, e-mail bvanamburg@weststart.org.

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