U.S. government announces $119 million for hydrogen vehicles

Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman announced Tuesday that the Department of Energy will provide $119 million in funding for hydrogen fuel cell research. Speaking at the Washington Auto Show, Bodman also unveiled the DOE's "Roadmap on Manufacturing R&D for the Hydrogen Economy," a white paper that lays out the R&D needed in manufacturing, storage and production of fuel cell technologies.
The announcement is part of President Bush's $1.2 billion Hydrogen Fuel Initiative announced back in 2003, with a goal of making hydrogen fuel cell vehicles practical and cost-effective for large numbers of Americans by 2020.

This week's initiative aims at improving the performance and lowering the cost of key fuel cell technologies by 2010. More details here.

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