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Hydrogen Cars Close to Production

July 13, 2007

Hydrogen Cars Close to Production

AP breaks the news that "the relatively quick-and-easy answer to foreign oil dependence and automotive greenhouse gas emissions is circling the grounds every day at Orlando International Airport in Florida…" Great news — oh, that’s according to a "top Ford Motor Co. official." Apparently the hydrogen combustion cool-aid has been fed up the corporate food chain and subsequently has been served to AP’s stringer with very little comment on the actual production of hydrogen. Ford has about 30 E-450 Hydrogen shuttle buses working across the U.S. and Canada with engineers monitoring them electronically in real time and find that they have near zero emissions and get up to 13 percent better fuel economy than their gasoline counterparts. While we’re all for zero emissions et al., these vehicles rely on a 6.8 liter modified gasoline combustion engine that runs on hydrogen. While it may be easy to convert a gas engine to hydrogen and get it to market in five years, it’s not so with regard to effectively generating the amounts of hydrogen necessary to make said vehicles more mobile than expensive paperweights. Granted, that’s short of a breakthrough in hydrogen production which perhaps Ford is truly gunning for given the company’s lackluster commitment to developing plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).Powered by Qumana

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