31 cities, 18 states, 13 days – Hydrogen cars take the roads

Los Angeles, California (JusticeNewsFlash.com – News Report) -– America is craving cleaner, safer vehicles, and hydrogen-powered cars may be just the right thing to quench the hunger. In understanding how the hydrogen injection systems work – a small amount of electric power from the truck’s engine is used to split water from a small, refillable reservoir into hydrogen and oxygen gases. Then, the hydrogen and oxygen are both injected along with the diesel into the engine. The results are reduced emissions and reduced fuel use.

In an event called Hydrogen Road Tour ’08, Hydrogen vehicles from BMW, Daimler, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen crossed America to show that hydrogen vehicles and fueling technologies are almost ready for the anxious consumers. Nine auto manufacturers, including the U.S. Department of Energy, California Fuel Cell Partnership, National Hydrogen Association, and U.S. DOT, sponsored the tour. In order for the use of hydrogen-powered cars to be plausible, more fueling stations must be built across the country.

Currently, there are about 60 hydrogen stations in the United States, and only two are open to the public without prior arrangement. Yet even if this proposal develops, a study completed by the National Research Council found that carmakers would only sell about 2 million electric vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells by 2020. Honda Motor Co has already leased about 200 FXC Clarity fuel cell autos in Southern California and General Motors Corp has tested about 100 fuel cell Chevy Equinox SUVs on the road.

According to an article from the National Hydrogen Association, “using natural gas to make hydrogen for the first hydrogen vehicles will not put a huge strain on our natural gas supply; it would cut pollution in half. Just a 2% increase in U.S. natural gas supply would support 10 million fuel cell-electric vehicles (FCEVs) annually. That would reduce overall greenhouse gases by 50% for every gasoline vehicle replaced.”

When the United States consumes about a quarter of the world’s oil, imports 70 percent of its crude oil and consumes 44 percent of oil – contributing about a fifth of the carbon dioxide emissions – we must be concerned. 90 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, comes from CO2, therefore it is our responsibility to develop greener, more earth-friendly cars. And with benefits such as, reducing greenhouse gas emission and improving air quality, while promoting America’s energy independence, why wouldn’t we invest in this?

Source: National Hydrogen Association

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