Meagan Terry 
UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy 


Wednesday June 27, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM PDT

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UC Center Sacramento 
1130 K Street
Lower Level Room 3
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Policy Forum Series - Zero Emission Vehicles: Beyond the Mandate

Session Four

Hydrogen: Highways or Clusters?

Join the UC Davis Policy Institute and UC Center Sacramento for the fourth and final ZEV Forum session:

Hydrogen: Fuel cell vehicle infrastructure - what is needed, when, and where?

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) have zero tailpipe emissions, fast refueling time, long driving range and could be competitively priced with high volume sales. However, for this market to develop, it is considered essential to have an adequate infrastructure in place first. In this session we look at refueling infrastructure rollout strategies for FCVs in California. Thinking has evolved from the early “Hydrogen Highway” concept to a more sophisticated “Cluster Strategy” wherein infrastructure placement is coordinated with vehicle sales to minimize infrastructure cost and provide adequate accessibility to early adopters. We will explore key questions for FCV rollout: How many stations are needed? Where should they be placed? What support is needed to build a business case for a new infrastructure?


  1. Infrastructure challenges/opportunities.
  2. What do we really need to create a market and is there a business case for infrastructure?
  3. What policies are likely to influence infrastructure deployment?


  • Anthony Eggert, Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy  


  • Joan Ogden, Co-Director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS) Program at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis)
  • Analisa Bevan, Chief of the Sustainable Transportation Technology Branch at the California Air Resources Board
  • Jim McKinney, Manager of the Emerging Fuels and Technologies Office of the California Energy Commission
  • Catherine Dunwoody, Executive Director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP)

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