Monday, August 25, 2008

Roadtrip in Hydrogen Cars

31 cities in 18 states - from Portland, ME to Los Angeles, CA in a vehicle emitting only water vapor and heat. Can you imagine a more glorious roadtrip of a pack of hydrogen vehicles powered by zero-emission technology? Actually, yes, thanks to nine different automakers (e.g. Honda, GM, Toyota Motor Corp, Ford Motor Co, BMW AG, Daimler AG, Hyundai Motor Co, Nissan Motor Co, and Volkswagen AG.)

Where can you obtain a hydrogen vehicle? Unfortunately, not at your local car dealership. Honda Motor Co has begun leasing about 200 FXC Clarity fuel-cell autos in Southern California. It runs on electricity powered by hydrogen, and emits only water vapor and heat. General Motors Corp is also testing a 100 fuel-cell Chevy Equinox SUVs on the road.

Using those types of vehicles, one unique part of the roadtrip challenge were how some hotspots (or should we say dry zones) required the vehicles to be transported on flatbed trucks from Missouri to New Mexico. Why? Those were stretches without hydrogen fueling stations. It was an effort designed to raise awareness and illustrate the need to construct more hydrogen fueling stations. With higher standards, popularity and rising oil prices, expect to see development of fuel stations to appear in big cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C.

Sourced from the Reuters InterActive Carbon Markets Community

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