Founded in 1999 as the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership is an industry/government collaboration aimed at expanding the market for fuel cell electric vehicles powered by hydrogen to help create a cleaner, more energy-diverse future with no-compromise zero emission vehicles. Staff from member organizations participate on standing committees and project teams that help ensure that vehicles, stations, regulations and people are in step with each other as the market grows. H2FCP’s success is directly linked to the commitment and involvement of our member organizations.
H2FCP members collaborate on activities that advance the technology, often creating consensus that saves time, effort, and money. Some projects, like public outreach and first responder education, are ongoing and involve a team of staff and members. Other projects arise around one issue, such as a process for commissioning stations. Staff and members come together as a team to address it and, when completed, the project team disbands.
Chair: Justin Ward
Justin Ward is the General Manager of Toyota’s Fuel Cell Development (FCD) department at the Toyota Motor North America, Inc (TMNA) campus located in Gardena, California. FCD is responsible for the development and proliferation of fuel cell technologies in North America. Examples of FCD responsibilities include: control logic development for the Toyota Mirai, development of hydrogen (H2) related codes and standards for vehicles, stations, and facilities, testing and validation of fuel cell vehicle (FCV) components, and development support for Toyota’s heavy-duty fuel cell system called Project Portal. In addition to FCV and H2 related responsibilities, FCD also performs confirmation testing for conventional powertrains as it relates to in-use vehicle emissions and on-board diagnostic (OBD) requirements.
Vice-Chair: Nuray Elci
Nuray Elci is Chevron's VP of Renewables, leading the commercialization of lower carbon fuels products in the Americas. She oversees over $1BB capital spend, JV and partnership management, and acquisitions in R/CNG, Hydrogen and SAF. She has a diverse background in fuels, lubricants, base oil, and M&A, with a BS, MBA and DM from Maryland and Sacramento universities.
Executive Director: Bill Elrick
Bill Elrick is the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership’s Executive Director, with over 25 years of experience in the alternative fuel transportation industry. Under his leadership, H2FCP members have developed new analysis tools and detailed roll-out plans that industry, state and federal agencies reference in planning support for hydrogen stations. He works directly with industry stakeholders including automakers, station developers, medium and heavy duty fuel cell vehicle developers, and government to facilitate collaborative actions that fulfill each organization’s needs. He serves as a member of the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Advisory Committee. Bill has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Indiana.
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