Northeast Plans for 10,800 Fuel Cell Vehicles In Next 10 Years

A development project in the Northeastern U.S. released a new plan for zero emission vehicles in the region that includes adding 10,800 hydrogen-powered vehicles to the roads.

New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and New Jersey make up the region. Each state has its own individual outline as part of the plan.

The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC) developed the recommendations with the intent of promoting fuel cell technology in the region. NEESC is a project administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies.

This plan comes two years after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the eight states requiring large auto manufacturers to sell 3.3 million zero emission vehicles in the area. Both FCV and all-electric vehicles were included in the requirements, with target dates set between 2018 and 2015.

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“Hydrogen and fuel cell projects are becoming increasingly popular throughout the Northeast region,” said NEESC. “These technologies are viable solutions that can meet the demand for clean and renewable energy.”

Additional region-wide goals in the NEESC recommendation include adding 640 fuel cell-powered buses, 110 hydrogen refueling stations and creating 1,300 megawatts of fuel cell electric generation.

The chain reaction from reaching these goals, said NEESC, will lead to the creation of jobs in the supply chain, a decrease in FCV manufacturing costs and the development of a technology better suited to compete in the global market.

Overall, NEESC said these eight states will benefit both environmentally and economically.

“The Northeast hydrogen and fuel cell industry, while still emerging, currently has an economic impact exceeding $1 billion in total revenue and investment,” stated NEESC.