DoE Has Slight Change of Heart

Green Car Reports - March 22, 2013

When is the last time you remem­ber the Depart­ment of Ener­gy mak­ing a rever­sal in a stand on any­thing, let along its fund­ing prac­tices?

Find out what ener­gy source gains from their change of heart.

Four years ago, then-Ener­gy Sec­re­tary Steven Chu was wide­ly known as a skep­tic about hydro­gen fuel-cell vehi­cles.

Last sum­mer, he appeared to relent — and now the DoE has said it will launch a cam­paign to pro­mote hydro­gen fueled cars, ten­ta­tive­ly deemed H2USA.

One of the initiative’s tasks will be to advo­cate for fund­ing and con­struc­tion of the hydro­gen refu­el­ing sta­tions that will be need­ed if Toy­ota, Hon­da, and Hyundai bring hydro­gen vehi­cles to mar­ket in 2015 or there­after, as they have said they will.

Those automak­ers feel that hydro­gen-fueled cars are still impor­tant as one way to trav­el with zero emis­sions with­out the range anx­i­ety of most bat­tery-elec­tric vehi­cles today.

Not every glob­al car­mak­er agrees; Volk­swa­gen CEO Mar­tin Win­terko­rn said hydro­gen cars are unvi­able as a future tech­nol­o­gy just two weeks ago.





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