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Can Hydrogen really be the cure to replace the snake oil salemen in the auto industry

Posted in Alt Fuels, Car Tech, Diesel, Electric Cars, Emissions, Hybrid by will bee | August 17th, 2007 | 1 Response |

Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 at BonnevilleAs for and OSU are out breaking speed records in their Hydrogen cell Fusion the bunkers are busy bunking the notion that Hydrogen can truly replace oil as the fuel of tomorrow for the car of tomorrow. We are around a decade away from when the auto industry began rolling out their Hydrogen fuel celled autos at auto shows and exhibits and despite the new lands speed record we still seem decades away from making a feasible Hydrogen powered car.

Those are just some of the points brought up in an article for AutoWeek by Mark Vaughn. Proving that some of the writers who cover this industry are weary of the hyperbole that surrounds Hydrogen and the as yet unfulfilled promise of its future.

Vaughn see’s other technologies that are closer to being street ready and thus ready to make an impact on the market sooner rather than later. Yet, no matter what the alternative to the internal combustion engine and petroleum based fuels there are sure to be bunkers and debunker’s for all solutions. Take for example the Chicago rally of UAW workers that took place just the other day.

If reaching the goal of 35 or 40 mpg with a combustion engine in all cars by 2020 seems unthinkable how do they think Hydrogen is achievable. Engine technology succeeded in getting the car up to 25 mpg in 15 years when some said it could not be done.

This is the second day in a row that I expressed my displeasure over the lack of speed and critical inefficiency with which we are progressing in alternative fuel technologies. While I will not go as far as to say that Hydrogen should not be pursued as a long term solution, it does seem imperative that electric and alternative fuel options spread further through the market in order for any progress to be achieved. Until that time comes maybe we all should be researching diesels and cooking grease distillers so we can be our own solution to the growing problem (and in case you are lost on what those problems are, here is a list: foreign oil enslavement, auto industry stagnation, big oil government and endorsement deal politicians).

If you are brave enough to face an unpopular opinion, whether you agree with it or not, take the jump to the AutoWeek site to read Mark Vaughn’s article. The battle for alternatives is getting heated and it seems we are still a long way from a solid front runner.


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  1. jordan says:

    Just found this, Bee, and it answers the questions that led me to search for it in the first place. No wonder you haven’t written much on it lately.