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October 27, 2004

Schwarzenegger Opens Hydrogen Fueling Station at L.A. Airport

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled on October 22nd the state's first hydrogen fueling station designed for retail sales. Located at the Los Angeles International Airport, the BP station was developed in partnership with Praxair, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and Los Angeles World Airport as part of DOE's fuel cell vehicle and infrastructure validation effort. According to BP, the new station has been designed to run like a public retail station in order to help BP develop such stations in the future. See the BP press release.

The new station will normally provide hydrogen for five fuel cell cars provided by DaimlerChrysler, but at its opening, the station fueled up a one-of-a-kind vehicle, the governor's hydrogen-fueled Hummer. General Motors Corporation (GM) built the vehicle, dubbed the H2H, and GM is sharing the vehicle with the governor's office. The H2H burns hydrogen in an internal combustion engine, drawing on three high-pressure carbon fiber tanks that carry a total of 5.5 kilograms (12 pounds) of hydrogen. According to the GM press release, the H2H is expected to travel 60 miles between fill-ups, or about 11 miles per kilogram of hydrogen—the energy equivalent to a fuel economy of 11 miles per gallon of gasoline. See the governor's press release and the GM press releases on the H2H and its design and technology highlights.