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AQMD Announces New
Hydrogen-Fueled Demonstration Fleet

Oct. 5, 2005

Thirty Vehicles In Five Cities

Anaheim – Thirty hydrogen-fueled hybrid cars will be demonstrated in five cities across the Southland starting this month in a major step toward expanding the region’s hydrogen fueling infrastructure and commercializing fuel cell vehicles.

Miguel Pulido, Mayor of Santa Ana and a Governing Board member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, announced the new demonstration program today during a news conference at the California International Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center.  The show opens to the public this evening and runs through Sunday.  AQMD will display a fuel cell vehicle and several hybrid cars at its exhibit in the event’s “Auto Show Underground.”

For the demonstration fleet, Quantum Technologies of Irvine is converting 30 hybrid Prius cars to burn hydrogen instead of gasoline.  The hydrogen-fueled, internal-combustion-engine vehicles will meet the state of California’s strict Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle emission standards for smog-forming nitrogen oxides.  Unlike their gasoline-fueled counterparts, they will have no carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon or carbon dioxide emissions.

The vehicles will be demonstrated in municipal fleets in Burbank, Ontario, Riverside, Santa Ana and Santa Monica.  Each city as well as AQMD will have five vehicles.

In addition, each city will have its own hydrogen refueling station.  Electrolyzer units that use electricity to separate hydrogen from water will be installed in Burbank, Riverside and Santa Monica.  In Santa Ana and Ontario, mobile units containing compressed hydrogen will serve the demonstration fleets.  AQMD has operated its own electrolyzer hydrogen refueling station since August 2004.

The demonstration fleet is one of many projects co-sponsored by AQMD’s Technology Advancement Office in an effort to help develop hydrogen internal-combustion-engine vehicles as well as “plug-in” hybrids.  AQMD also is leading the effort involving several other organizations to establish a hydrogen fueling network in Southern California.  So far, four stations are operational and an additional 10 (including those in the five cities) are expected to be completed by the end of next year.

AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.