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Hydrogen taking back as doors open for electric

MILFORD, Mich. — With oil out of control into the Gulf of the moment could hardly be for introducing a new wave of electric

And then there’s hydrogen.

No, there is.

It’s easy to that hydrogen-fuel-cell cars been around for decades in one form or another. General Co. has a nice one a roomy Equinox a rear exhaust port for its emission: water vapor.

the key and it purrs to life. Push the and it takes off, just a real car. It can hit 105 mph on the GM test without breaking a sweat.


Then it attaches to a pump at a fueling station on the site, and ready to go in about the same as filling a gas tank.

Yet hydrogen to be the big loser as the Volt, Leaf and electrics take the stage.

impractical to believe that will build more one new fueling infrastructure all at once. stations will come

Out of favor in the White House, will have to wait, forever.

You have to pick a said David Whiston, equity analyst at Morningstar Electric is what you will see in the decade.

At GM, Mark Vann is the faith. An engineer who spearheads projects, Vann points out most major automakers maintain hydrogen programs. GM has 1.4 million miles on its fleet of 120 vehicles.

We obviously have a lot he said.

The pros and cons of technologies are debated all the time, but it down to pleasing the car shopper, who wants all the convenience of traditional gas at a good price.

Hydrogen fuel cells a ridiculous amount of money, and the stations cost even But the price is coming down as figure out how to use less platinum and parts. Compared with the electrics, hydrogen goes distances, scales up into vehicles and recharges in no time, said.

Germany and Japan see big for fuel cells, he said. and Hawaii like them

Without broader political however, it may not matter.

Hydrogen takes part of the blame for the Supercar hybrid-electric championed President Bill Clinton, one of electric vehicles that make it over the years. George W. Bush took he pushed a hydrogen-powered FreedomCAR raising suspicions that the Texas oil man wanted to postpone the day of for gasoline by embracing a far-distant

President Barack Obama’s secretary, Steven Chu, hydrogen off the bat, saying it require four technological to succeed, and even then be practical for years and years.

almost like a running Every 10 years, everybody it’s 10 years away, Mike Omotoso, powertrain at automotive research firm Power and Associates. It is 10 years

It will be the last on the list, and the in volume and market share.

But doubts any alternative to fossil will catch on in a big way anytime He said government forecasters who 1 million electric vehicles on the by 2015 will be disappointed the numbers clock in at fewer 500,000.

Better hope BP that runaway oil well At the rate it’s going, is going to need every drop of gas.

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