WEH GmbH Wins Award from California Fuel Cell Partnership for Successful Testing of Hydrogen Fuel Nozzle

The dispensing nozzle is literally the point where the vehicle meets the fuel, and we are pleased that WEH has stepped up to show it can manufacture a hydrogen nozzle that meets industry requirements.

West Sacramento, CA - The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) today named WEH GmbH Gas Technology, based in Illertissen, Germany, the recipient of its incentive award for demonstrating that the company's hydrogen fuel nozzle meets industry performance standards.

"For fuel cell vehicles to operate successfully in fleet demonstration programs and to move towards full commercial development, it is critical that key components of the fueling infrastructure be in place," said Catherine Dunwoody, CaFCP executive director. "The dispensing nozzle is literally the point where the vehicle meets the fuel, and we are pleased that WEH has stepped up to show it can manufacture a hydrogen nozzle that meets industry requirements."

CaFCP announced the incentive program in June, 2004, to provide a manufacturer 50 percent of the cost, up to $25,000, for third-party testing to demonstrate performance to the design standard SAE J2600, Compressed Hydrogen Surface Vehicle Refueling Connection Devices. WEH's type TK16 nozzle for hydrogen dispensing was tested by TUV, a global leader in independent testing and assessment services.

"Receiving the fuel nozzle incentive award from the CaFCP has tremendous significance for WEH," said Wolfgang Weh, Managing Director of WEH GmbH. "Becoming the first company worldwide to make this achievement gives us the incentive to work even harder in order to further expand our leadership position. Our goal is to provide the industry and our customers with the perfect product." For more information about the company, please visit www.weh.com.

Through the collaborative work of its members, including vehicle manufacturers, energy companies, fuel station developers, government agencies, utilities and fuel cell companies, the California Fuel Cell Partnership is addressing numerous technical aspects of interface between fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen fuel stations. For information about CaFCP's Station Testing Apparatus please see the technical factsheet at http://www.cafcp.org/resource-ctr.html

About the CaFCP
The California Fuel Cell Partnership is a voluntary, industry-government collaboration to advance a new vehicle and fueling technology that could move the world toward practical and affordable environmental solutions. CaFCP members are demonstrating fuel cell-powered electric vehicles under real day-to-day driving conditions; testing alternative fuels and demonstrating the viability of an alternative fuel infrastructure technology; facilitating the path to commercialization; and increasing public awareness of fuel cell electric vehicles. The CaFCP is working to facilitate placement of up to 300 fuel cell passenger cars and buses on the road by the end of 2007.

The CaFCP -- which started in April 1999 -- includes auto manufacturers (DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen); energy providers (Air Products, BP, ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Praxair, Proton Energy Systems, Shell Hydrogen, Stuart Energy, and Ztek); technology companies (Ballard Power Systems and UTC Fuel Cells); government agencies (California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, South Coast AQMD, US Department of Energy, US Department of Transportation, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Automotive Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis); and bus transit agencies (AC Transit, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and SunLine Transit Agency).

For more information, please contact the California Fuel Cell Partnership at: 916-371-2870 or by email: info@cafcp.org or visit our website www.cafcp.org

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