Thursday, March 11, 2010
A Chicken in Every Pot? How About Hydrogen Fueling in Every Home?
In this CNN interview, the future of automotive fuels can be seen. Although BMW, as shown in the video, attempted to lead the world into clean, renewable energy for cars, the world simply wasn't ready for it. With all good ideas, launched before their time, there is often some "catching up" to do.
The Hydrogen fueling equipment you will see in the video looks like a toy, but don't be mislead. This technology is scalable to support transportation needs - and more. Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and many more are at the the nascent edge of having a viable Hydrogen strategy. The title of this post is ironic, because this is the classic "chicken or the egg" example.
Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) are facing the same challenges: manufacturers aren't betting the house on the technology (yet) because the electrical refueling infrastructure is not in place. Cities, states and federal government haven't proved the infrastructure because there isn't a critical mass of vehicles to use it.
Things are changing. States are installing electrical charging stations. Auto manufacturers are ready to deploy a plethora of alternative drive trains such as PHEV, ER-EV, BEV - and entire alphabet soup of options. Some of those options already have concept vehicles designed with Hydrogen as the fuel source for the electricity used to power the vehicles.
When the chicken crosses the road, it had better start to look both ways for a car, electrically powered with Hydrogen.
Enjoy the video.