BP Amoco p.l.c. today confirmed its continuing support for the California Fuel Cell Partnership, following the combination of Partnership member ARCO with BP Amoco.

ARCO was an original member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, which officially began in April 1999. The Partnership is dedicated to the demonstration of fuel cell vehicles and the fuel infrastructure needed to support them. A headquarters facility is to be constructed in the Sacramento area, which will serve as an operations base for fuel cell vehicles beginning later this year.

The Partnership includes auto manufacturers (DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Honda, Nissan and Volkswagen); energy providers (the former ARCO, now BP Amoco, Shell, and Texaco); a fuel cell company (Ballard Power Systems); and government agencies (the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the South Coast AQMD).

BP Amoco and ARCO merged operations effective April 18, 2000.

BP Amoco is an active supporter of hydrogen and fuel cell vehicle technology with representation and participation in both the National Hydrogen Association in the USA and the CEFIC Hydrogen Group in Europe. BP Amoco is also an active participant in the General Motors fuel cell vehicle development program.

BP Amoco’s solar energy business, BP Solarex, is a world leader in solar photovoltaic technology — a technology which may one day allow the cost-effective manufacture of hydrogen fuel from renewable solar energy and water.

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BP Amoco brings to the Partnership a history of development and introduction of cleaner fuels and experience with the supply of alternative fuels, such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG). This expertise will complement and build upon the already strong support to the Partnership provided by ARCO.