Hyundai and Toyota have both announced that they will be introducing hydrogen fuel cell cars into the marketplace in the latter part of 2014. In the U.S., it will begin in California, where the various car manufacturers have been testing fuel cell prototypes for years. In the U.S., California has been a leader in clean, automotive technology. A number of hydrogen fueling stations are already in place and more are coming. Europe has put much more effort into building infrastructure for hydrogen vehicles. Most likely, these clean running machines will gain a foothold in the European Union first, simply because European energy policy aggressively encourages the adoption of hydrogen and other clean energy technologies.
|Toyota Fuel Cell Car|
The fossil fuel industry has long used its wealth and political influence to undermine the credibility of hydrogen as a clean energy alternative. Despite the naysayers, hydrogen continues to emerge, because it works. It is nature's elegantly simple answer: clean, non-toxic, cost effective, and safe when properly managed. I suspect by 2020, the transition into the hydrogen age will be well underway.
Here is a very engaging video from Toyota showcasing their new fuel cell car... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7xCbmkWKkw
Here is a link to the website for the California Fuel Cell Partnership... http://cafcp.org/