IFC Joins CA Fuel Cell Partnership
The California Fuel Cell Partnership today announced that fuel cell manufacturer International Fuel Cells (IFC, South Windsor, CT) has joined its public-private venture to help demonstrate and commercialize fuel cell electric vehicles in California over the next four years.The partnership-which formally began in 1999-includes auto manufacturers DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen; energy providers BP, Amoco, Shell, and Texaco; fuel cell companies Ballard Power Systems and International Fuel Cells; and government agencies including the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Transportation."It is exciting to be at the forefront of the development of fuel cells for transportation," said William T. Miller, president of IFC. "We look forward to working with the other members of the partnership as we take the innovative thinking of our 650 employees and our 35 years of fuel cell experience, in a variety of applications, to move ahead to meet the new challenges of this emerging industry."The partnership's auto partners will deliver fuel-cell powered vehicles for testing and demonstration in California beginning this fall.