ChevronTexaco, Hyundai Motor Co., and UTC Fuel Cells Launch Department of
Energy Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project
CHINO, Calif., Feb. 18 -- ChevronTexaco Technology
Ventures LLC (CTTV), a subsidiary of ChevronTexaco Corp. (NYSE: CVX), unveiled
its first Chevron Hydrogen energy station today at the Hyundai-Kia America
Technical Center in California. The project is part of the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) "Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and
The hydrogen energy station located in Chino, California is part of a
five-year DOE cost-sharing program designed to demonstrate safe, practical
hydrogen technologies in real-world settings. CTTV is leading the project in
collaboration with Hyundai Motor Co. and UTC Fuel Cells.
"The Chevron Hydrogen energy station is a glimpse into the future of
distributed energy with hydrogen production on site to fuel a small fleet of
Hyundai's Tucson fuel cell demonstration vehicles powered by UTC Fuel Cells.
ChevronTexaco's practical and cost-effective approach to producing hydrogen,
where it is consumed, differs from other projects that have fuel delivered to
their stations," said Dr. Donald Paul, ChevronTexaco Corporation's vice
president and chief technology officer.
"Projects like this one are very important. Learning demonstrations like
this station are an extension of our research and provide critical data to
help ensure that future research is focused on the most important barriers,"
said DOE's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,
David K. Garman. "We will demonstrate and measure technology progress towards
the goal of hydrogen fuel at costs competitive with gasoline and fuel cell
vehicles with the affordability and reliability of today's cars," added
"The value of investing in hydrogen technologies is of paramount
importance to California and to the United States. Hydrogen offers many
advantages, and is abundant; but is used primarily now for industrial
purposes. ChevronTexaco, Hyundai, and UTC Fuel Cells are developing a way for
consumers and others to put this energy to use in the future," said
Congressman Gary Miller.
California Cabinet Secretary Terry Tamminen said, "This is an exciting day
for Southern California and for the state. In developing and leading Governor
Schwarzenegger's Hydrogen Highway Network, investment in the development of
facilities like this one is exactly what he hoped to encourage and support
because of its benefit to our environment and to our future energy needs."
Chino Mayor Dennis Yates said, "We're proud that our city has been chosen
as the location for ChevronTexaco's first hydrogen energy station and we're
excited to be part of this unique partnership with our community."
ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures provides proprietary technology to
convert hydrocarbon feedstocks, such as natural gas, into hydrogen. This
proprietary technology can be integrated into a hydrogen fueling and power
system to support hydrogen powered fleets and to provide clean electric power.
The Chino site is designed for fleets only and does not include a stationary
fuel cell. Future full-scale hydrogen energy stations could be designed to
include a stationary fuel cell to generate ultra clean power.
Hyundai Motor Co. is a leader in adapting fuel cell technology for
automotive applications. Hyundai became a member of the California Fuel Cell
Partnership in 2000, and its first-generation vehicles are decorated veterans
of the Michelin Challenge Bibendum -- an international competition for
alternative energy vehicles. In 2003, Hyundai and UTC Fuel Cells agreed to
collaborate on Hyundai's second-generation fuel cell vehicles based on the new
Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage SUV platforms. These vehicles will feature
greater range (almost 200 miles), more power (80kw) and be capable of starting
in freezing temperatures.
UTC Fuel Cells is aggressively developing Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM)
fuel cell technology for automotive and fleet vehicle applications. UTC Fuel
Cells' proprietary ambient-pressure approach to fuel cell design allows for a
quieter, smaller, and more efficient fuel cell system that is easier to
install in a vehicle.
The first vehicle demonstrated at the site was driven by legendary race
car driver Mario Andretti, who drove-up in one of Hyundai's Tucson fuel cell
SUVs to show how fueling stations of the future may operate.
In a related announcement in Orlando, the state of Florida today announced
an agreement with Ford Motor Co. and ChevronTexaco subsidiary ChevronTexaco
Hydrogen Co., to construct a hydrogen energy station to fuel Ford hydrogen
internal combustion engine shuttles for use at the Orlando International
Notes to Editor:
1. ChevronTexaco Hydrogen Co. will be building up to six hydrogen energy
stations under the DOE cost-sharing program, many of which will be
located in California. The stations are designed to demonstrate and
validate safe, practical hydrogen technologies in real-world settings.
2. ChevronTexaco, Hyundai and UTC Fuel Cells are members of the California
Fuel Cell Partnership which operates a hydrogen demonstration station
in Sacramento, California.
ChevronTexaco Corporation is one of the world's leading energy companies.
With more than 47,000 employees, ChevronTexaco conducts business in
approximately 180 countries around the world, producing and transporting crude
oil and natural gas, and marketing and distributing fuels and other energy
products. ChevronTexaco is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information on
ChevronTexaco is available at www.chevrontexaco.com.
ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures L.L.C., a subsidiary of ChevronTexaco
Corp., identifies, develops, and commercializes emerging technologies and new
energy systems that have the potential to create economic value for the
company. These include investments in hydrogen-related technologies, advanced
energy storage technologies, renewables, and nanotechnology. ChevronTexaco
Hydrogen Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., is a subsidiary of
ChevronTexaco that designs and builds hydrogen energy stations.
About Hyundai Motor Co.:
Established in 1969, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai
Automotive Group, which includes Kia Motors Corp. and more than two dozen
auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Employing nearly 50,000 people
worldwide, Hyundai Motor posted US$21.94 billion in sales in 2002. Hyundai
motor vehicles are sold in 166 countries through 4,504 dealerships and
showrooms. Further information about Hyundai Motor Co. and its products is
available on the Internet at www.hyundai-motor.com.
Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. It is responsible for the technical
development of automobiles in North America, including governmental
certification issues. Its headquarters are located in Ann Arbor, Mich., with
two branch offices in the Los Angeles area.
About UTC Fuel Cells:
UTC Fuel Cells, a unit of UTC Power, is a world leader in fuel cell
production and development for commercial, transportation, and space
applications. UTC Power is a proven, single-source provider of clean power
solutions with over 40 years of experience. More information on UTC Power and
UTC Fuel Cells can be found at www.utcpower.com.
United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), based in Hartford, Conn., is the
parent of UTC Power and six other companies that provide high technology
products and services to the commercial building and the aerospace industries.
SOURCE ChevronTexaco Corp.