March 5, 2014
The First Mass-Produced Hydrogen Car : Bye-bye, gasoline! (Daniel Dumas, 03.04.2014, Popular Science)
When it comes to alternate energy sources, most automakers think simply--battery power or bust. That's what makes the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell an outlier. The SUV will be the first mass-produced hydrogen car in the U.S. when it debuts this spring.
Hydrogen Fuel Is Set to Take Off, but Is It Safe?/ (NAVEENA SADASIVAM, March 04, 2014, Pacific Standard)
Later this year, 1,000 of Hyundai's hydrogen-fueled cars will go on sale in California, and Toyota has announced plans for a commercial model to go on sale in 2015. Ford, Daimler, Nissan, General Motors and Honda have also announced plans for partnerships on hydrogen fuel cell technologies. The California Air Resources Board has projected that there will be over 50,000 electric and hydrogen cars in California by 2018.California Governor Jerry Brown last year agreed to devote $20 million every year over the next decade to build 100 additional hydrogen fueling stations. The state currently has 23 active stations.Hydrogen as a fuel source is an attractive proposition mainly because it doesn't emit toxic, heat-trapping pollutants the way gasoline does. An analysis conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy shows that for a mid-size SUV, the total greenhouse gas emissions from using hydrogen as a fuel is at worst half that for gasoline.
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 5, 2014 11:55 AM