California Clean Mobility Project (CCMP) Phase III: Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle Driver Acceptance Study in the Bay Area

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Advanced Vehicles and Fuels

The “California Clean Mobility Project” (CCMP) is a multi-year effort including UC campuses, California state agencies, and local air districts. This Phase III of the study builds on previous CCMP phases: 1) Phase I  included comparative research about driver perceptions and energy and environmental impacts between conventional Prius hybrid vehicles, Toyota prototype plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs), and Toyota prototype Highlander fuel-cell hybrid vehicles (FCHV-Advs); and 2) Phase II of the CCMP involved deploying 10 conventional Prius hybrid vehicles and 10 Prius PHVs in real-world driving situations in Northern California, with a similar study in Southern California.   This Phase III of the CCMP effort in Northern California expands the fleet of Toyota FCHV-Adv Highlander vehicles to 8 vehicles, supported with fueling at the UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station and the Emeryville hydrogen station operated by AC Transit.  Toyota Motor Sales is providing the vehicles for the study and project support funds are being provided by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The purpose of this phase of the research is to gain a stronger understanding of driver response to the FCHVs with the 700-bar fueling capability (over 300 miles of driving range in the Toyota vehicles), as well as the collection of technical vehicle performance data. This information will be used to help inform associated technical, economic, and environmental assessments of FCHVs and other advanced vehicles. From January to November 2013, over 50,000 miles had been accumulated on the fleet of FCHV-adv vehicles.

 

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