Once again, California is hoping that if the state builds them, people will come. The Golden State has long championed the cause of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and a sufficient (though rather expensive) refueling network to support them. Now, California has some specific locations in mind.

The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), which includes American Honda, General Motors, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen, last week listed an initial network of 19 stations the group feels would best serve the state and its future fuel-cell vehicle drivers. The CaFCP was looking for locations that would provide a combination of being near potential users, while giving those drivers the ability to fill up during city-to-city travel.

The group's "primary" list includes Northern California locales such as San Francisco and the East Bay's Berkeley/Richmond/Oakland area. Down south, the group recommends the Beverly Hills/Westwood areas on Los Angeles' Westside, as well as Manhattan Beach and Torrance/Palos Verdes, while also suggesting two San Diego stations. Lebec, a town along Interstate 5 that's about 80 miles north of Los Angeles, is also included. Take a look at the CaFCP's letter here.

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