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Second Hydrogen Station Opened in Florida

Ford of Ocala, a leading dealership for new and pre-owned Ford vehicles in Ocala, Florida, is pleased to announce that Ford Motor Company, in association with BP, has opened a second hydrogen station, which fuels a fleet of Ford Focus fuel cell vehicles, on December 11 at Oviedo, Florida.

Thus, the Ford Motor Company, BP and the state of Florida have marked an important milestone in their collective path towards the use of hydrogen as viable alternative fuel for the future.

The new station is part of the Ford-Department of Energy (D.O.E.) Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project. Ford and BP officials were joined by members of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Progress Energy Florida and the U.S. Department of Energy.

"This opening represents another step forward for hydrogen as an alternative fuel," said Sheral Arbuckle of the Ford Motor Company's Research and Advanced Engineering Department. "We have made much progress in hydrogen propulsion over the past 15 years and we are pleased that our energy partner, BP, continues to support this project with the much needed infrastructure to fuel our vehicle fleet. This is another major milestone in this joint government and industry initiative."

"BP is committed to developing cleaner fuels," said Maria Curry-Nkansah, BP's hydrogen business development manager. "With this station, we will continue our work to gain real-world experience in hydrogen fueling infrastructure and help build public awareness of this developing technology. This program is an example of how government, energy companies and the auto industry are working collaboratively to assess the potential of hydrogen as an alternative fuel."

One of the hydrogen-powered Ford Focus vehicles gives the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) park rangers a pollution-free ride during everyday operations at Wekiwa Springs State Park, which attracts nearly 185,000 visitors annually. Home to a handful of freshwater springs, the 8,000-acre park protects the headwaters of the Wekiva River. Two more vehicles are utilized by DEP's Central Regulatory District for field inspections. Progress Energy's energy-efficiency specialists and customer account managers are using the remaining three hydrogen-fueled cars at their Jamestown Operations Center.

The hydrogen demonstration project is part of an initiative unveiled in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Energy. Through the federal government's Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project, Ford supplied the Florida DEP and Progress Energy with six hydrogen-powered Ford Focus fuel cell vehicles. BP America supplies the cars with hydrogen fuel through a grant from the state of Florida.

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