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News ReleaseAir Products' Mobile Hydrogen Fueler Powering California Road Rally Participants

October 04, 2006 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products' (NYSE: APD) mobile hydrogen fueling technology will be on the road fueling vehicles in parts of Southern California from Oct. 4-8 as part of the California Fuel Cell Partnership's (CaFCP) Road Rally 2006. The Road Rally is a five-day event that takes fuel cell vehicle technology on the road for vehicle displays, consumer "ride and drives" and provides the public an opportunity to learn more about hydrogen as an alternative fuel. It will also showcase the capabilities of Air Products' mobile hydrogen fueling technology, which will keep the fuel cell vehicles' wheels turning as the Road Rally moves from city to city.

The Air Products mobile hydrogen fueler comes complete with fueling storage and dispensing, and can be transported from location to location to provide hydrogen fueling for promotional demonstrations or remote endurance testing. The fueler can be remotely monitored and is designed to ensure daily, around-the-clock hydrogen vehicle fueling availability. There are currently 15 Air Products mobile hydrogen fuelers operating in the United States and worldwide today.

"Our fueling technology being used for the Road Rally really demonstrates the flexibility and capability of the mobile hydrogen fueler. The unit needs no utility hook-up and can be relocated for events like this or for a dedicated customer testing program at a fixed location. We look at the system as a bridge in the development of a hydrogen fueling infrastructure. The mobile fueler offers reliable, cost-effective and automated fueling capability on demand for the customer," said Steve Hoffman, regional project engineer, Future Energy Solutions at Air Products.

This year's Road Rally will travel through Southern California stopping in Anaheim, Torrance and San Diego. CaFCP will bring fuel cell vehicles to the Orange County Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center on Oct. 5 for public "ride and drive" opportunities. In Torrance on Oct. 6, CaFCP will present the second annual Fuel Cell Vehicle Workshop for emergency responders sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Fire Marshals Association and the California State Firefighters Association. Road Rally 2006 will end at the SRT Coronado Speed Festival on Coronado Island just off San Diego on Oct. 7-8 with vehicle and educational displays, and public "ride and drives." Air Products will be providing a speaker for the Fuel Cell Vehicle Workshop in Torrance, and an interactive hydrogen dispenser mock-up at the Speed Festival. For more information on the Road Rally, visit the CaFCP web site at  

Air Products is an industry leader in hydrogen safety and engineering, and a global leader in hydrogen production and distribution, as well as the industry leader in hydrogen fueling stations for clean transportation applications with over 50 installations in the United States and abroad in Korea, Singapore, Japan, Germany and India. In California, Air Products has built 15 fueling stations, and its University of California-Davis station was designated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as "Hydrogen Highway Network Station #1" in 2004, as part of the Governor's "Hydrogen Highway Network" initiative.

About Air Products

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $8.1 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit  

About the California Fuel Cell Partnership

The California Fuel Cell Partnership is a collaboration of 31 organizations working together to promote the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Members include auto manufacturers, energy companies, fuel cell technology companies and government agencies. Visit for more information.

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.

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