San Francisco, September. 25,
2003 --- American Honda announced today that it will supply two Honda FCX
hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles, the world's first commercially certified
fuel cell car, to the City of San Francisco. This makes San Francisco
one of the first U.S. cities to commit to the use of Honda's advanced
fuel cell technology in pursuit of improved air quality and energy sustainability.
"We're very pleased to have San Francisco as a customer for Honda fuel
cell technology," said Gunnar Lindstrom, senior manager of Alternative
Fuel Programs for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We applaud the vision
and commitment that the leaders of this City have demonstrated by investing
in the environment and hydrogen power."
The City of San Francisco will add two Honda FCX fuel cell cars to its
fleet of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The City also
intends to create a hydrogen refueling infrastructure to support the regular
daily operation of the vehicles by city employees.
"This is a very exciting day for the city of San Francisco as it takes
a leadership role by putting hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles into
practical, everyday use," said Mayor Brown. "San Francisco's commitment
to becoming a hydrogen city is being realized today with the addition
of Honda's fuel cell vehicles to the city fleet."
The hydrogen-powered Honda FCX is the only fuel cell vehicle to earn full
certification by both the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for everyday commercial use. The
FCX is also distinguished by being the first fuel cell vehicle to earn
a place in the EPA fuel economy ratings (51 city / 48 highway).
"San Francisco has more than 700 advanced technologies vehicles in the
City's fleet and one of the nation's largest alternative fuel infrastructures,"
said Jared Blumenfeld, Director of the Department of the Environment.
"Adding the Honda hydrogen-powered fuel cell car is the next critical
milestone in our evolution towards non-polluting vehicles. Over the next
few years we hope to provide a model for other cities wanting to make
hydrogen fuel cells a reality."
The FCX uses fuel cell technology to convert hydrogen into electricity
with water and heat as the only byproducts. The vehicle is driven by an
electric motor, with power assist provided by a Honda-developed ultra-capacitor.
As part of its efforts to bring fuel cell technology to the market, Honda
plans to place about 30 fuel cell cars in the U.S. and Japan over the
next three years. Honda undertook fuel cell research in 1989 and has been
road testing vehicles in the United States since 1999. Honda has also
been a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, based in Sacramento,
Calif., since 1999. City of San Francisco Becomes Fuel Cell Customer