Task Order 6114
Policy and Behavioral Research
Exploratory Field Test of Early Fleet Niches for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles and Fueling Infrastructure
Dr. Susan Shaheen
Research Engineer, PATH
Dr. Timothy E. Lipman
Assistant Research Engineer, Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC)
This six-part study involves the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH), Institute of Transportation Studies at Berkeley, and Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc. The study's purpose is to understand the processes involved in operating hybrid fuel cell electric vehicles in a fleet setting, including supporting a fueling infrastructure.
The study will use Mercedes-Benz's "F-Cell" vehicle, a hybrid fuel electric vehicle with a hybridized fuel cell, battery power system coupled with an electronic motor/power controller propulsion system.
The six parts of this project include: first, a review of literature on hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell vehicle customer acceptance/response. Second, "ride-n'-drive" clinics will be operated in Richmond and Sacramento, California with approximately 100 participants at each site. Third, a Caltrans focus group and a PATH focus group will be arranged to assess the response to hydrogen cars and infrastructure. Fourth, two more focus groups will be arranged with carsharing participants. Fifth, a plan for a next phase "pilot program" is developed. Sixth, a final report is published.
Related PATH Articles/Journals
Elliot Martin and Susan Shaheen (2007). "Dynamics in Behavioral Response to a Fuel Cell Vehicle Fleet and Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure," Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting