Hydrogen cars go on tour in America

Posted by Laura Grant on August 14, 2008
Posted in Transport

In Who Killed the Electric Car, US President George Bush said hydrogen was the transport fuel of the future. Who’d have thought that five years after Bush issued a challenge to innovators to develop hydrogen technologies that a fleet of hydrogen vehicles would be touring America?

Nine car manufacturers have hydrogen-fuelled cars taking part in a whirlwind tour across the United States. The 13-day Hydrogen Road Tour ’08 started on Monday in Portland, Maine, on the east coast, and will end in Los Angeles, California, on the west coast on August 23. The companies taking part are General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen and BMW. The BMW Hydrogen Series 7 burns hydrogen in an internal combustion engine.

“The technology necessary to put these cars on the road, and keep them moving, exists today,” said Paul Brubaker of the US department of transport’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). “The question is not if hydrogen powered vehicles will be available commercially, but when.”

The tour is sponsored by the participating car manufacturers, the US department of energy, the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the National Hydrogen Association, and the US department of transport. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. and Linde are providing mobile refuelling stations and hydrogen fuel for the tour.

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