A report issued by an expert panel from the National Academy of Sciences recommends that industry and government researchers examine battery powered electric vehicles as an alternative to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The recommendation is considered a Plan B to current fuel cell plans, but GM certainly wasn't happy to hear this news. With their hydrogen fuel cell 'marketing' program in full-tilt and the failure of the EV-1 electric car, GM is not looking to switch gears or even partially revive an electric car program. The panel of technical experts was created by a government funded program to review government research aimed at making the gasoline to hydrogen switch. The panel determined that while the obstacles to hydrogen powered vehicles are not show stoppers, there are sufficient hardships ahead to warrant having a backup plan. We're all for electric cars, as long as they're as fast as the Venturi Fetish.

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