As Federal Government Holds Back on Hydrogen, California Remains Buoyant Page 2

June 1, 2009

“We, of course, not only celebrate hydrogen-fueled vehicles, we also celebrate electric cars, battery cars, biofuel cars and all of this, said Schwarzenegger. “We don’t want to choose the winners; I think the market will decide that.”

Shell Hydrogen Station in Reykjavik Iceland

Shell Hydrogen Station in Reykjavik Iceland

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The so-called Hydrogen Highway—a plan to implement hydrogen infrastructure—has been one of Schwarzenegger’s pet projects since taking office in 2003. California now has more than a third of the hydrogen refueling stations in the U.S., with 26 in the state and 62 total in the U.S., with seven more new public-access stations coming online in California by the end of the year. The plan, with Shell, is to build a chain of hydrogen fueling stations from California up to Vancouver, in time for the Olympics, and then to continue to Alaska. From here on, the emphasis is on public-access stations, and primarily stations that are open 24 hours a day.

Tours like this, showing fuel-cell cars as practical vehicles that can travel long distances and refuel quickly, go a long way toward swaying public opinion and getting people interested in the cars—so that the infrastructure might quickly follow.

What do you think? Is there still a hydrogen future in our lifetime?

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